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Where are you from? [Audio]

Rhonda Kaissi has been a permanent substitute teacher for Columbia Public Schools since the beginning of the program in 2004. Her Syrian accent gains students’ attention, but Kaissi feels content every time that they understand what she teaches.

Hickman tennis team goes out in style [Photo]

Hickman junior Alex Turner returns a serve during doubles play Monday at the district meet at Rock Bridge High School.

Female lawmakers say discrimination remains in Missouri’s legislature [Photo]

State Representative Judy Baker, D-Columbia, talks with another representative during the legislative session on May 6 at the Capitol Building in Jefferson City.

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Missouri Senator Maida Coleman, far right, talks with other senators during the legislative session on May 6 at the Capitol Building in Jefferson City.

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State Representative Rachel Bringer waits on the House floor during a legislative session on May 6.

Women legislators in Missouri Senate [Graphic]

Parents ask for later start to school [Graphic]

Missouri Civil Rights Initiative stays in play even though ballot campaign ends [Photo]

Missing Minority Campaign organizers Anthony Martin and Winston Tracy worked hard to fight against the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative legislation that will not appear on the November ballot.

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Ward Connerly, chairman of the American Civil Rights Initiativ,e gave a speeh at Truman State to promote the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative. He led and helped pass similar citizen-driven propositions in California, Washington and Michigan.

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Tim Asher, executive director of the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative, debated with Roger Worthington about the plan. The proposed initiative sought to ban statewide and local affirmative action programs granting preferential treatment based upon race, gender, ethnicity or origin in public education, employment and contracting.

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Ward Connerly, chairman of the American Civil Rights Initiative gave a speech at Truman State to promote the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative. He led and helped pass similar citizen-driven propositions in California, Washington and Michigan.

MU School of Medicine opens clinical center [Photo]

Robin Wootten shows off a specially designed mannequin on Monday at the MU School of Medicine's new $26.5 million Clinical Support and Education Building. The seven-story building houses the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center, a state-of-the-art facility for students learning how to perform medical procedures.

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Specially designed mannequins Hal, left, and Russman wait to be examined in the simulation room at the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center, which opened Monday in the University's Clinical Support and Education Building. The mannequins allow students to practice various medical procedures while simulating physical processes and responses such as breathing and reacting to light.

Tornado deaths underscore risks of taking shelter in cars [Photo]

Michael Hillmann looks for any items he could salvage from his mother's home on Sunday after a tornado on Saturday caused major damage and caused at least 25 deaths in Missouri, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama Hillman's mother, Susan Roberts left her car and home and survived, but another woman seeking shelter climbed into Susan's car and was killed.

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Text of reasons University of Missouri System Board of Curators object to giving a student member voting privileges.

Boehm to retire as police chief [Photo]

Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm will be retiring and has accepted a job as manager of security for MU Health Care.

School board to vote on proposed boundary lines for new school [Graphic]

MU grades examined show majority in 2007 were A’s and B’s [Graphic]

Chinese community in Columbia worry about families in China [Graphic]

School board still struggles with cuts [Graphic]

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