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A house sits in receding flood waters Wednesday in Piedmont. This area of southeast Missouri has received heavy rains for two days resulting in severe flooding with numerous evacuations and power outages.

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Drivers go slowly by cascading water next to the road Wednesday in Piedmont.

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Flood debris partially covers a small bridge in receding flood waters Wednesday in Piedmont.

Gymnastics coach emphasizes academics and humor [Photo]

Missouri gymnastics associate head coach John "Fig" Figueroa, right, congratulates junior Adrianne Perry after sticking her uneven bars landing. Figueroa puts emphasis on academics as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Meditation class emphasizes breathing, focusing on the here-and-now [Photo]

Lynn Rossy leads a morning meditation session Tuesday. Rossy is the director of the Mindfulness Practice Center and a health psychologist for Healthy for Life at MU.

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From left Armine Alioto, Lynn Rossy and Julie Dubrouillet participate in a morning meditation at the Heinkel building on campus Tuesday. The three women work for the T.E. Atkins University of Missouri Wellness Program in different roles working to make employees and students more aware of areas where they may need help. The focus areas of the program are stress reduction, weight management, inactivity and smoking cessation. The Mindfulness Practice Center is based in Columbia but covers all University of Missouri campuses.

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Columbia Police Department officers Taser Missourian reporter Sean Sposito. Instead of shooting him with barbs, officers attached the taser probes directly to Sposito's shirt. The barbs can penetrate through up to two inches of clothing, and the probes deliver 50,000 volts in five-second bursts. Sposito received the full voltage.

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Columbia Police Department officers Taser Missourian reporter Sean Sposito. Instead of shooting him with barbs, officers attached the taser probes directly to Sposito's shirt. The barbs can penetrate through up to two inches of clothing, and the probes deliver 50,000 volts in five-second bursts. Sposito received the full voltage.

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Columbia Police Department officers Taser Missourian reporter Sean Sposito. Instead of shooting him with barbs, officers attached the taser probes directly to Sposito's shirt. The barbs can penetrate through up to two inches of clothing, and the probes deliver 50,000 volts in five-second bursts. Sposito received the full voltage.

At least five dead in Missouri floods [Photo]

A mangled stop sign lies at the side of the road on Corrigan Street in Piedmont, Mo., on Wednesday afternoon. Piedmont, a town of 2,000 residents, was flooded when the McKenzie Creek rose above its banks Tuesday.

Tigers baseball team looks to finalize batting order [Photo]

During Wednesday's game, Missouri's Ryan Gargano struck out three batters in only nine pitches.

MU softball team falls short of breaking wins record [Photo]

Missouri junior pitcher Stacy Delaney delivers to a Bradley University hitter during the Tigers' game against the Braves on Wednesday at University Field. The Tigers lost to the Braves, 5-4, ending a 19-game winning streak.

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Missouri junior pitcher Stacy Delaney pitches from the circle during the Tigers' loss, 5-4, to the Bradley Braves on Wednesday at University Field.

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Missouri junior Lindsey Ubrun went hitless during the Tigers' game against the Bradley University Braves on Wednesday afternoon at University Field.

Columbia Police Department to equip more officers with Taser stun guns [Graphic]

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Missourian reporter Sean Sposito is tasered by Columbia Police Department [Video]

On Wednesday, March 5, the Columbia Police Department tasered Missourian reporter Sean Sposito. SWAT Commander Tom Dresner filmed the controlled experiment. Instead of shooting him with barbs, officers attached the taser probes directly to Sposito's shirt. The barbs can penetrate through up to two inches of clothing, and the probes deliver 50,000 volts in five-second bursts. Sposito received the full voltage.

Internet transforms gardening [Photo]

The women behind Garden Rant (from left, Susan Harris, Michele Owens, Elizabeth Licata and Amy Stewart) have gathered only once, but they're constantly in touch.

Man charged with sexually exploiting children [Photo]

Luis Gerardo Pereida, of 1515 E. Walnut St., turned himself in to the Boone County Circuit Court on Tuesday on charges of sexually exploiting children.
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