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Local view: Open records and the race for governor [Photo]

Local view: Blunt taking lessons from Bush [Photo]

Program aims to keep parolees out of prison [Photo]

Larry Goodwin, 49, of Centralia, retouches the trim of a house in Hallsville. Goodwin, who is participating in a reintegration program as part of his probation, works with his son on various construction projects.

Columbia's dirty jobs: Semen collection inspector for livestock [Photo]

Jere Mitchell is the service director for Certified Semen Services, and he travels to 22 different states inspecting semen collection from bulls. Mitchell used to run a collection center before working as an inspector.

MU needs comeback<br>to win women's basketball exhibition [Photo]

Tigers freshman Shakara Jones moves past a Gorillas defender in Monday's exhibition.

Land trust holds work day to protect open space [Graphic]

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In Her Own Words: Halcyone Perlman [Slideshow]

Ballet instructor Halcyone Perlman discuss her love for the art of dance.

Beauty and the Kick Boxer [Slideshow]

When Bill Rastorfer retired after a 14-year career as a boxer, he wanted to continue with the sport as a teacher. But his day job as a computer drafter kept him from teaching full time. He could not afford to buy his own boxing gym, so he compromised with his wife. Today, he operates Dojo Studio, a Columbia gym that he runs out of a back room in his wife’s hair salon.

“Cheermeisters” a force behind MU volleyball [Photo]

Redshirt sophomore Lauren Nuckolls and freshman Ali Groomes stand on a sideline during a game against Baylor at the Hearnes Center.

Columbia’s Dirty Jobs: The poop scooper [Photo]

David Jacks, the owner of Scoop-n-Doo, cleans up after a job in a north Columbia neighborhood. Jacks has been operating his business since 1994 and enjoys the flexibility of his job. Aside from dogs, Jacks has picked up after llamas, pot-bellied pigs and other animals.

For one Boonville folk musician, the music never stops [Photo]

Bob Dyer performs with the Discovery String Band at the 2006 Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville. Dyer was involved in local music and history.
Folk musicians Cathy Barton and Dave Para, longtime friends of Dyer’s, have been coordinating the effort to record a tribute to Dyer, who died April 11 at age 67.

Divided drivers [Photo]

Brothers Mike Reichert, left, and Larry Reichert visit with one another at the Hallsville Primary School's Nike sports equipment sale on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Hallsville.

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Larry Reichert, left, and his nephew Dave Reichert chat about Larry's motorcycle outside the Hallsville Primary School's Nike sale in Hallsville.

Baiting and waiting [Photo]

Preston Espinosa, left, fishes with his son, Tyler Espinosa at Cosmo-Bethel Park during a kids trout outing put on by the Mid-Missouri Trout Unlimited on Sunday. At the beginning of the month, 2,400 rainbow trout were placed in the lake at Cosmo-Bethel Park. It's catch and release Trout season from November 1 to February 1.
"I've been waiting for a while. They (trout) took my pink bait. It's floating around over there," said Tyler as he points to his bait floating in the leaves. Tyler had been fishing with his dad since he was four years old.
"I tried to start him early," Preston said.