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The sculpture features eight discs that highlight new breakthroughs by researchers at MU. Al McQuinn, a 1954 MU graduate, commissioned the artwork.

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A sculpture by artist and architect Kenneth vonRoenn (above) is dedicated at MU’s Life Sciences Center on Tuesday. The artwork is titled “Joy of Discovery.”

Visiting the Morrison Observatory [Audio]

When compared with the largest optical telescope on Earth, the telescope at Morrison Observatory in Fayette City Park might seem tiny. Its lens size of 12 ¼ inches pales in comparison to the 32-foot lens on a telescope in Hawaii. However, the telescope at Morrison Observatory was built in 1875 and was once the seventh largest in the U.S. On Thursday nights during the month of October the observatory will be open to the public.

MU soccer player scoring well on the field and in class [Photo]

Missouri's Michelle Collins, left, is second on the team with 17 points and shares the lead in goals.

MU soccer team turns back Texas Christian [Photo]

Missouri's Crystal Wagner, center, steals the ball from fallen TCU player Kat Tarr.

Local View: Why can't we call the alley 'Sharp End'? [Photo]

Local View: Gov. Matt Blunt and the Sunshine Law [Photo]

Nature lover pursued life-long passion for wildlife [Photo]

Dave Hamilton, left, and Rex Martensen pose for a photo while on a hike in New Mexico on the Ted Turner Ladder Ranch during the Cougar Field Workshop. Organizers of the event led participants on an excursion to locate and identify mountain lion sign.

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Dave Hamilton with a bobcat in 1979.

Poet Baraka to speak at MU [Photo]

Amiri Baraka

Columbia's residential lakes tested for fecal coliform and E. coli [Photo]

From left, Kayla Rodes, 14, Carly Lancaster, 14, and Emily Peel, 14, play volleyball on a floating platform in Hulen Lake while Jack David, 14, in front, Andy Blackburn, 14, and James Carter, 14, attempt to operate a semi-functional paddle boat on Saturday. The group of West Junior High School students spent a couple hours swimming and playing water volleyball at a private residential neighborhood beach on Hulen Lake, located west of Stadium Boulevard off West Rollins Street.

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Spikes in fecal coliform and e. coli levels in lakes often occur after rainfall. It is suspected that the runoff from geese feces increases these levels. On Sunday, geese gathered at Katy Lake, off of Scott Boulevard south of Chapel Hill Road. In August, Katy Lake’s fecal coliform count was above Environmental Protection Agency’s recommndations, but September levels have dropped below acceptable EPA levels.

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The circus comes to town [Photo]

As children poured through the front gate, anxious to witness the spectacle of Carson and Barnes traveling circus, ring master Brad Lee, left, and high wire and trampoline tumbler Eric Fernandes pass the time at the performer’s entrance. The circus was in Columbia on Monday for one night only.

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Billy Morris, the elephant trainer for Carson and Barnes traveling circus, guides an elephant as she sets in place the first poles to raise the big top. Elephants have been a part of their family since the circus began four generations ago.

Burri tries new swing for Rock Bridge [Photo]

Rock Bridge sophomore Kayla Burri has been golfing for just a few months but has already carded a competitive round in the low 80s. She said her family triggered her interest in golf.

Hispanic Heritage Dance Group performs [Video]

The Hispanic Heritage Dance Group performs Mexican folk dancing at a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

In their own words [Slideshow]

Listen to Mohamed Gumati share his story.

Tigers defeat Redbirds [Slideshow]

The Missouri football team improved to 4-0 with a 38-17 win over Illinois State Saturday.