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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.

Douglass’ Boone signs to play Moberly basketball [Photo]

Douglass High School basketball player Landon Boone during a practice session Feb. 18 at Columbia College.

Homicide on Pomlico [Graphic]

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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.

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Allen McCarter pins up papers with participants' reflections during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday, June 6, 2008. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships ex-offenders face in their communities.

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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-offenders face in their communities.

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While simulating being an ex-offender, Mia Ferrell, left, discusses her lack of options with Danny O'Farrell, right, who is acting as a prison worker during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday.

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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.

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Three or four men entered this house on Pimlico Drive early Tuesday morning. The men demanded money and property from the occupants and shot Nathaniel Bentley, 22, in the head.

Calming horse racing controversy [Photo]

Track workers try to hold down Eight Belles after the filly crossed the finish line and collapsed with two broken ankles during the Kentucky Derby.

Major flooding in Boone County unlikely this week [Photo]

Gary Fowler, a deckhand on the Mark Twain riverboat, points to flood waters creeping up the ramp leading to the tour boat Tuesday in Hannibal. Several towns along the Mississippi River are bracing for flooding that forecasters say could reach near the record levels of 1993.

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Nina Moini, 19, greets incoming freshmen at the MU summer welcome on Tuesday. Freshmen were divided into smaller groups; Moini's group of incoming freshmen was called the "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.

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

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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 allow the 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,” Drennan said.

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Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The excessively wet weather has made maintaining the field difficult and playing ball on it nearly impossible.

Bearfield man killed in robbery [Photo]

Three suspects entered this house on Pimlico Drive early Tuesday morning, police said. The suspects demanded money and property from the occupants and shot Nathaniel Bentley, 22, in the head, according to police.
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