Behind the final clarifier tank [Photo]

Officials of the Columbia Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant hope to expand its facilities with the stimulus money to improve efficiency and meet new denitrification requirements. A grassy field in the background of a final clarifier tank is one location where they hope to expand.

Columbia Terminal Railroad [Photo]

Traffic drives alongside the Columbia Terminal Railroad on Paris Road.

Seeking to improve 'Blind' Boone center's roof [Photo]

Those at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center on North Providence Road are seeking stimulus money to fund improvements to the center's roof.

Five new buses to be purchased with stimulus money [Photo]

The city of Columbia's El Dorado buses are mainly used to cover bus routes around the MU campus. Grant money is funding the purchase of five new buses, scheduled for delivery in April 2010.

Rough driving over Stadium Boulevard potholes [Photo]

Potholes make for a rough driving surface on Stadium Boulevard.

City to purchase new buses with stimulus money [Photo]

The city of Columbia's El Dorado buses are mainly used to cover bus routes around the MU campus. Grant money is funding the purchase of five new buses, scheduled for delivery in April 2010.

City stimulus requests up to $126 million [Graphic]

A new train overpass for Columbia [Video]

The COLT railroad crossing on US-63 is set to receive some safety improvements thanks to stimulus funding. ADS Transload Facility warehouse manager David Dick talks about the significance of the railroad.

Baseball stress [Photo]

Khalil Greene's 2008 season ended last July when he punched a dugout wall and broke his left hand. The Cardinals don't want the frustration to eat him up again, so they're using their slumping shortstop in a utility role for the time being.

Ragtime music's new tune [Slideshow]

Adam Swanson, 17, joined 11 other headlining performers for the “Blind” Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival from May 31–June 2. Swanson performed in multiple concerts throughout the festival and hosted a seminar about his mentor, Johnny Maddox.

Swanson’s age makes him the youngest performer at the festival, but according to fans and fellow ragtime pianists, Swanson is more than capable of keeping time with the veterans.

Couple tours Woman-Centric home [Photo]

Kim Trabue and her husband, Tom, tour the first Woman-Centric home in Columbia on Sunday. Visitors were invited to tour the home, which was built with women specifically in mind.

Neighbors check out Woman-Centric home [Photo]

Neighbors Ted and Lila Hilgeford and James and Angeli Brooks check out the first Woman-Centric home in Columbia on Sunday. The home attracted families who, like the Brooks, still loved the home they were in but were curious about the Woman-Centric approach.

Woman-Centric home opens for tours [Photo]

The first Woman-Centric home in Columbia, at 2310 Redmond Court, was open for visitation Sunday. The house design is based on recent research done by Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling Inc. to better serve a woman's homeowner experience.

OK you cop? [Photo]

Letter magnets cover the refrigerator of Dorie Clark. Bought as an educational tool, Clark was hoping to teach his ex-wife's son, Dakota Miner, how to spell. Lessons were cut short after Dakota was removed from Clark's care. "Life is a challenge and whatever challenge I see I'll go after it. Right now I need to stay busy 'cause of that little one. You have too much time on your hands, things go through your head," said Clark. Although unemployed, Clark keeps busy with job interviews, exercise and has even enrolled in Metro Business College in Jefferson City with aims to receive an associate's degree in Biblical studies.

Clark pines for ex-wife's son [Photo]

On March 8, Dorie Clark's ex-wife removed her child, Dakota Miner from his care. Clark, who has no legal rights to Dakota, is concerned for his safety and hopes to regain custody soon. Clark stares at an empty miniature red recliner in his living room, which was given to Dakota for Christmas. "He stole my heart the first time I saw him... Hopefully I'll get him back," said Clark.

Early morning exercise [Photo]

Dorie Clark, 65, bikes through his neighborhood on the early morning of June 1. Clark, a recent graduate of the MU Law Enforcement Training program exercises from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. every morning.

Dressing for comfort [Photo]

Interviews do not worry Dorie Clark. At 65, he has been through plenty and says he is not worried about his interview with the Eldon Police Department. Clark chose to dress business casual for the interview because it was more comfortable.

Discussing career paths [Photo]

Everett Rayl of Versailles, right, is Dorie Clark's pastor and close friend. The two worked together at the F.A. Smith & Company factory in Eldon until both were laid off. Clark and Rayl discuss employment options such as teacher certification or studying computer science.

Monitoring his blood pressure and pulse [Photo]

Since 2006, Clark has been recording his pulse and blood pressure. He checks it before and after his morning workout and says doing so helps him keep track of "when I'm up, when I'm down and when I'm stressed out."

Clark awaits his interview [Photo]

Dorie Clark awaits his interview for a position at the Eldon Police Department on Monday in Eldon. With only three officer positions available, Clark hopes his past experience as an officer in the 1980s and good relationship with the current staff will give him an edge of the competition.