MU medical students develop free clinic for the uninsured [Photo]

From left, Vincent Horne, 26, Emily Doucette, 23, and Kayla Schleicher, 23, are three of the MU medical students who are starting a free clinic called MedZou. The clinic will help ease backups at the Boone County Family Health Center.

Chris Koster’s campaign staff may have violated fundraising law [Photo]

Campaign staff for Chris Koster, shown here speaking in the state Senate chambers on March 12, may have violated state fundraising laws by coordinating the transfer of large donations through local political organizations. Koster, who faces two opponents in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary, says his campaign's fundraising tactics are legal and similar to those used by other statewide candidates.

Mudd Puppies [Photo]

Tenley, a Labrador/basset mix, gets a wash from owner Kimberly Tarango at Mudd Puppies on Sunday. "I love this place!" said Tarango after finding out that she didn't have to clean hair out of the tub — clean up is part of the price.

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Mudd Puppies, located on Chapel Hill Road in Columbia, is a self-serve dog wash. Steven Bishop, owner, says he supplies “everything but the dog.”
For a small fee, dog owners are provided with shampoo, conditioner, towels, brushes and groomer’s dryers in a safe, dog-friendly environment. The best part is that there’s no cleanup; it’s included in the price.

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Tenley gets a wash from owner Kimberly Tarango and her son, Caden, at Mudd Puppies on Sunday.

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students spend 3 days assisting with Iowa flood relief [Photo]

Andy Patton, 23, and his mother, Karen Mickey, carry a bucket of debris and sludge from the basement of Ellis Community Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday. Water filled the basement and first floor of the church when the Cedar River flooded.

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Students from The Crossing present a shirt with all their signatures on it to John Berge, who will hang it in his store when renovations are complete.
Front row (from left): Taylor Pancoast, Kara Reserm Haley Grayless, Alex Roark, Candace Lawthlon, Katie Smith and Cassie Shields.
Center row (from left): Marty Swant, Kelly Brdicka, Bethany Jones, Alicia Eubanks, Kevin Sorgent, Ryan Krull, Kyle Richter, Jared Faurot and Joy Olson.
Back row (from left): John Berge, Robert Monroe, Rachel Shomaker, Austin Conner, Scott Belden, Nathan Casey, Dustin Jeffries and Rado Marinov.

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Piles of debris such as this one cleared from a flooded business n Czech Village are visible throughout Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as residents begin the rebuilding process.

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Colleen Kelly sweeps the staircase into the basement of an antique business. Students cleaned the building so it can be renovated and reopened.

Day in the sun [Photo]

Javion Boon, 2, cautiously dips his toes into the kiddie pool at Douglass Park on Sunday.

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Kentavin Mullins, 14, twists and turns his way down the slide at the Douglass Park swimming pool on Sunday.

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Brett Sramek plays softball with his team, DOA, at Cosmo Park on Sunday. The team’s name, which stands for Dead on Arrival, was chosen because several of the players are pathologists. The co-ed team admits that their softball skills might not exactly be great, but they all have fun playing.

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A.J. Baillargeon, right, and Valerie Sunn, left, practice softball with their team, DOA, at Cosmo Park before a game on Sunday.

Missouri hybridizers look to create diverse day lilies [Photo]

Lloyd Calvin pollinates a day lily at his home garden. Calvin carefully catalogs his cross-pollination efforts so that new combinations of petal colors and shapes can be recreated later.

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Lloyd Calvin has been hybridizing day lilies as a hobby for 15 years. He carries the stamens in his mouth and fertilizes the flowers using tweezers.

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Lloyd Calvin uses pollen from one day lily to fertilize another in hopes of combining certain attributes of both, such as the ruffled edges of this red bloom.

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Lloyd Calvin stores and labels some stamens in a box and freezes others. Each flower in his garden is labeled with the different day lily breeds that created it. Calvin found that cutting up old window blinds works better for labels than paper because plastic is hardier during storms, such as the one Wednesday night the blew away many of his paper labels.

Storm progression [Graphic]

Unsolved property crimes increasing in Columbia [Graphic]

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students get to work shoveling sludge [Photo]

Marty Swant