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Allen McCarter pins up papers with participants' reflections during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships ex-offenders face in their communities.

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While simulating being an ex-offender, Mia Ferrell, left, discusses her lack of options with Danny O'Farrell, right, who is acting as a prison worker during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday.

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Scott Searles examines his resource cards during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday. Participants traded the cards for simulated services.

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Three or four men entered this house on Pimlico Drive early Tuesday morning. The men demanded money and property from the occupants and shot Nathaniel Bentley, 22, in the head.

Calming horse racing controversy [Photo]

Track workers try to hold down Eight Belles after the filly crossed the finish line and collapsed with two broken ankles during the Kentucky Derby.

Major flooding in Boone County unlikely this week [Photo]

Gary Fowler, a deckhand on the Mark Twain riverboat, points to flood waters creeping up the ramp leading to the tour boat Tuesday in Hannibal. Several towns along the Mississippi River are bracing for flooding that forecasters say could reach near the record levels of 1993.

Heavy rainfall may lead to flooding [Graphic]

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Nina Moini, 19, greets incoming freshmen at the MU summer welcome on Tuesday. Freshmen were divided into smaller groups; Moini's group of incoming freshmen was called the "Nina Nina's Ballerinas."

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Ellie Schamel, left, and her mom Gail Schamel enjoy ice cream at the ice cream social held Tuesday. The social was part of summer welcome at MU.

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Summer Welcome leaders sing the Mizzou fight song to a group of incoming freshmen at the Summer Welcome Spirit Rally on Tuesday.

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Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The idea is to turn up the topsoil and expose the layers of dirt below which allow the field to dry faster. Drennan had previously attempted to plow another field until he got stuck and couldn't get towed out. “If the four-wheelers are getting stuck like this, it’s too wet to let anyone play on the field,” Drennan said.

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Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The excessively wet weather has made maintaining the field difficult and playing ball on it nearly impossible.

Bearfield man killed in robbery [Photo]

Three suspects entered this house on Pimlico Drive early Tuesday morning, police said. The suspects demanded money and property from the occupants and shot Nathaniel Bentley, 22, in the head, according to police.

Columbia organization MarineParents.com keeps growing and making a difference [Photo]

Volunteers Darlene James, left, and Melodi Wisswell, right, stuff care packages for Marines on Saturday. Marine Parents, a volunteer organization, regularly sends care packages to Marines overseas.

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Volunteers Connie McClellan and Winston Getz help to check and seal packages for Marines on Saturday. Marine Parents, a volunteer organization, regularly sends care packages to Marines overseas.

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Volunteers help to repackage socks and underware for deplolyed Marines on Saturday. Marine Parents, a volunteer organization, regularly sends care packages to Marines overseas.

National Weather Service changes heat advisories and warnings [Graphic]

Revamping city's streetlights [Graphic]

Columbia to improve street light efficiency [Graphic]

Soap Box Derby [Slideshow]

Columbia's 71st Soap Box Derby was a time for racing, family and fun.
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