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Robotic surgical system unveiled [Video]

Columbia Regional Hospital unveiled its new da Vinci Surgical System Wednesday. The $1.3 million robotic system will help doctors conduct surgical procedures by providing a better range of motion and increased dexterity. Doctors say the system will be used for prostate, kidney and bladder surgery.

Fire at MU Power Plant stamped out quickly [Video]

Columbia firefighters responded to a fire inside the MU Power Plant Wednesday evening. The Columbia Fire Department reported that welding sparks ignited the fire, which caused about $5,000 in damage before being extinguished.

MU welcomes new freshmen [Photo]

Summer Welcome leaders teach the MU fight song to a group of incoming freshmen at the Summer Welcome Spirit Rally on Tuesday.

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Nina Moini, 19, greets incoming freshmen at the MU Summer Welcome on Tuesday. Freshmen were divided into smaller groups, and Moini's group was called "Nina Nina's Ballerinas."

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Ellie Schamel, left, and her mom Gail Schamel enjoy ice cream at the ice cream social held Tuesday. The social was part of summer welcome at MU.

Spring rains washing out softball season [Photo]

Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The idea is to turn up the topsoil and expose the layers of dirt below which allow the field to dry faster.

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Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The idea is to turn up the topsoil and expose the layers of dirt below which allowsthe field to dry faster. Drennan had previously attempted to plow another field until he got stuck and couldn't get towed out. “If the four wheelers are getting stuck like this, it’s too wet to let anyone play on the field,” he said.

Victory Circle helps ex-offenders transition back into society [Photo]

Allen McCarter pins up papers with participants' reflections during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships ex-offender face in their communities.

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During a simulation exercise at Smithton Middle School on Friday, Mia Ferrell discusses her lack of options as an ex-offender with Danny O'Farrell, who is acting as a prison worker. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships that ex-offenders face when they return to their communities after prison.

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Scott Searles examines his resource cards during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday. Participants traded the cards for simulated services. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships ex-offender face in their communities.

Three suspects sought in fatal shooting [Photo]

Police say three people entered this duplex on Pimlico Drive early Tuesday and robbed and killed Nathaniel Bentley.

Homicide on Pomlico [Graphic]

CARE program comes together at new Orr Street location [Photo]

From left, members of CARE Gallery Kiana Nason, Stellan Harris and Lauren Sapp plan activities for Lunch in the Park, where they will be painting faces, assembling pinwheels, and making buttons with younger kids. CARE employs people ages 14 to 18 for the summer. "I like it," Oz Terrell said. "I'm only 15, so it's hard to get a job anywhere else."

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Members of CARE Gallery Kathleen "Kitty" Wininger and Stellan Harris practice face painting for their upcoming participation with Lunch in the Park, where they will be painting faces, assembling pinwheels and making buttons with younger kids

First da Vinci surgical robot in mid-Missouri arrives at Columbia Regional Hospital [Photo]

Scott Troxel, urologist, left, and Jonathan Thomas, obstetrics and gynecology surgeon, with the da Vinci surgical robot. The robot lessens recovery time for minimally invasive surgery patients.

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Phil Groeschel, right, from the MU theatre department, works with Imuetiyan Eke, center, and Brandon Lor from the Kauffman Scholars Program in leadership building activities at Eckles Hall on Monday. The Kauffman Scholars Program is an after-school program preparing low-income students for college.

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Phil Groeschel, from the MU theatre department, leads a group of students from the Kauffman Scholars Program in leadership building activities at Eckles Hall on Monday. One aspect of the program requires students to visit colleges during the summer so that they can see what options are available to them.

College preparation program stresses early start on road to degree [Photo]

Middle school and high school students from Kansas City visited MU on Monday to participate in various leadership programs. The students came to MU as participants in the Kauffman Scholars Program, which helps underprivileged seventh- though 12th-graders prepare for college.

Fire at MU Power Plant stamped out quickly [Photo]

Columbia firefighters dump debris onto Fifth Street outside of the MU Power Plant on Wednesday evening. A fire broke out in a server room in the southeast corner of the plant but was quickly contained by officials who got the call at 5:47 p.m.

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Ten fire trucks sit outside the MU Power Plant to investigate a fire that broke out Wednesday evening. The fire, which was started by welders working on a valve pipe on Stewart Road, was quickly contained in the server room where it broke out.
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