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Lewis and Clark statue unveiling [Video]

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol in Jefferson City to watch the unveiling of a Lewis and Clark memorial, which features five bronze statues. The memorial sits on the east side of the Capitol grounds and connects the Katy Trail with Jefferson City’s trail system.

Man wants Army to reopen investigation into daughter's death in Iraq [Photo]

Army Pfc. LaVena Lynn Johnson is seen in a November 2004 photo taken at basic training. Johnson was found dead July 19, 2005, in a small contractor's tent in Balad, Iraq. Her death was ruled a suicide but her father, John Johnson, wants Congress to force the Army to reopen its investigation into her death.

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John Johnson talks about the circumstances surrounding the death of his daughter, Army Pfc. LaVena Lynn Johnson, Tuesday, June 3, 2008, in St. Louis. Private Johnson was found dead July 19, 2005, in a small contractor's tent in Balad, Iraq. Army investigators and coroners ruled she had shot herself in the mouth with an M-16 rifle. Her father wants Congress to force the Army to reopen its investigation into her death.

Last day of school through principals’ eyes [Photo]

Parkade Elementary Principal Betsy Baker says goodbyes after school let out for the summer on Tuesday. After 12 years as principal at Parkade, Baker is retiring. "Today has been a lot harder than I thought," Baker said.

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Deb Barksdale stands amid a flurry of cards from her students that she received on her birthday in September. Barksdale is retiring this year from Benton Elementary School.

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Nyle Klinginsmith is retiring as principal at Jefferson Junior High School.

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Linda Klopfenstein is retiring as principal at Midway Heights Elementary School.

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Tarry Parish is retiring as assistant principal at Lange Middle School.

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Daniel Roe, 54, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a stabbing Tuesday night, Columbia police said.

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Parker Naylor walks around his property on I-70 Drive N.E., in Columbia, Mo., Wednesday, June 4, 2008. He envisions his property to be a commercially developed area in a decade. A little north of his property is a site for a new high school. Before the area is developed and more people to come around, he wants to make sure all parts of his property are in good shape. He has been watching a healthy red hawk died suddenly, a stumbling deer, and a lot of mosquitoes around the area where a thousand of 3-decade-old tires have been dumped.

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Illegally dumped tires sit in storage space at Drew Anderson's Cosmo Self Storage in Columbia in May, 2008. Missouri Department of Natural Resources inspector Jacob Cross estimates that there are more than 900 tires present.

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A tire on the Naylor property in May 2008, contains a pool of water, good breeding conditions for mosiquitoes. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources estimates that this tire has been present at the dump at Naylor's home in Columbia for more than 20 years.

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Parker Naylor, on his property on I-70 Drive N.E., in Columbia, Mo., Wednesday, June 4, 2008, talks about the tires that have been illegal dumped there. A day after a rainy day, he is about mosquitoes, that could possibly carry West Nile virus, that may breed around the tires. He has owned the land since 1990 and the tires have been there more than 30 years. He is waiting for the Department of Natural Resources to send people to his property to get rid of the tires. He had expected the cleaning up work to be done last summer, but now he’s not sure if it will even get done this year.

Money will be tight again this year for Columbia [Photo]

City Manager Bill Watkins answers questions after his State of the City address Wednesday morning. Watkins said he expected another tight budget year with little to know increase in revenue.

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City Manager Bill Watkins delivers his annual State of the City address on Wednesday morning. One of Watkins ideas for the coming year is to target economic development through partnerships with Regional Economic Development Partnership, Inc. and MU.

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Tight wallets in sight for Columbia residents for fiscal year 2009 [Photo]

City Manager Bill Watkins delivers his annual State of the City address in the City Council chambers in Columbia. The speech addressed Watkins's opinions on and recommendations for the current status of various sectors of the city's government.

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City Manager Bill Watkins delivers his annual State of the City address in the City Council chambers in Columbia. The speech addressed Watkins's opinions on and recommendations for the current status of various sectors of the city's government.

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City Manager Bill Watkins answers questions after his State of the City address Wednesday morning in the City Council Chambers in Columbia. The speech addressed Watkins's opinions on and recommendations for the current status of various sectors of the city's government.

Neighborhood Response Team expands boundaries to include Benton-Stephens, East Campus [Photo]

Senior Building Inspector Brenda Candaday and Environmental Health Specialist Dave Crooks take notes on the condition of a house on Sexton Road on June 6. The two are part of the Neighborhood Response Team started by the city to check things such as peeling paint, loose gutters and unsafe living conditions.
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