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PHOTO GALLERY: First Ward candidate Bill Easley focuses on community

Bill Easley, a City Council candidate for the First Ward, wants to focus on community. He's specifically interested in housing and crime issues.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge players Gumati and Smith sign at rival colleges

Rock Bridge soccer players and friends Cooper Smith and Salim Gumati signed on Thursday to play for rival colleges. Smith will be attending Drury University and Gumati has decided to go to Rockhurt University.

PHOTO GALLERY: Three injured in Highway 63 crash

Three people were sent to University Hospital with minor injuries Thursday evening after a collision on Highway 63.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tyree Byndom is a First Ward City Council candidate

Tyree Byndom is one of three candidates running for First Ward City Council representative. He has hosted a radio talk show and spoken at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center, but he does not plan on campaigning for the position because of religious reasons.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kids take the wheel at Tons of Trucks

Rain didn't stop kids of all ages from coming to the Columbia Parks and Recreation's Tons of Trucks event on Wednesday in the Target parking lot. The free event gave kids of all ages the chance to explore a variety of service vehicles, from a firetruck to a garbage truck.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ginny Chadwick balances responsibilities while campaigning

First Ward City Council candidate Ginny Chadwick works to balance different aspects of her life while campaigning.

PHOTO GALLERY: Congregation gathers in support of Medicaid expansion

The Faith Voices of Columbia congregation gathered at the Second Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday in support of Medicaid expansion.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle baseball loses 16-1 to Helias

Battle High School baseball lost 16-1 to Helias on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU announces five Kemper Fellowship awards

On Monday, five MU faculty members were surprised during class by a parade — headed by Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and a check for $10,000. Recipients of the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence receive the award from a gift of $500,000 donated by Commerce Bank in the name of 1926 MU graduate William T. Kemper. The fellowship has been awarded the past 24 years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alpha Hart Elementary students play during recess

First-graders play on Alpha Hart Elementary's playground during their recess recently. Sutherland Smith Park will be built near the school and will be available for students to use.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri softball falls to Georgia, 6-2

No. 16 Missouri softball lost to No. 13 Georgia, 6-2, Sunday. The Tigers won the first two games of the series on Friday and Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hallsville Community Development benefit dinner and auciton

The 19th annual Hallsville Community Development Association hosted its benefit dinner and auction on Saturday. The proceeds from the auction will go to the nearby fairgrounds and to finish the concrete flooring in the Bob LeMone Building, where the auction was held.

PHOTO GALLERY: Candidates for Columbia City Council meet for final forum

Candidates for Columbia City Council and the Columbia School Board attended an All-Candidate Forum at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center on Saturday. The candidates discussed public safety, downtown and health issues.

PHOTO GALLERY: Convent near UMSL to be demolished

The old Incarnate Word convent owned by the University of Missouri-St. Louis is being threatened with demolition by the university. The convent was built in the early 1900s and has been owned by the university for more than 20 years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spring Break in Columbia

For the children who stayed in Columbia for spring break, there was plenty to do. On Friday, children were painting canvases at Paint the Town and skating at the Empire Roller Rink.

PHOTO GALLERY: Motorcycle accident on Providence Road

While driving north on Providence Road, a motorcyclist was rear-ended by a car on Friday. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to an area hospital.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU Law School offers cross-cultural class

Ilhyung Lee teaches an alternative dispute resolution class designed to develop a cultural fluency in its students. Lee said it is one of five such classes taught in the country.

PHOTO GALLERY: Campers enjoy Spring Adventure Camp

The Activity and Recreation Center hosted 25 kids for its Spring Adventure Camp this week — a camp for kids to swim, play sports, watch movies and enjoy other activities. The weather kept the campers mostly inside Thursday, but it still offered activities including basketball and swimming.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ukulele Fight Club kicks off inaugural meeting

Ukulele players from around Columbia gathered for an inaugural meeting of the Ukulele Fight Club, a group that brings people of all skills together to play and sing.

PHOTO GALLERY: Union members rally against legislation

About 1,000 Missouri union workers gathered on the Capitol lawn to protest "right to work" legislation. Gov. Jay Nixon said he opposes the legislation and called it unnecessary. It would take away the requirement in labor contracts that all employees pay union fees.
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