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PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge High School pep rally celebrates achievements

Rock Bridge High School held a pep rally on Friday to recognize students' achievements and get students excited for the girls basketball semifinal game against Blue Springs on Friday night at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman High School hosts pep rally

Hickman High schools hosted a pep rally to celebrate the boys basketball team heading in to state semifinal games and to honor student achievements.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tigers shut down Aggies 62-50

The Missouri men's basketball team defeated Texas A&M 62-50 at the SEC tournament Thursday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri softball wins double-header against Evansville

The Missouri softball team took Evansville in a double-header at University Field on Wednesday, winning 3-1 and 4-3. The occasion marked Coach Ehren Earlywine's 300th win.

PHOTO GALLERY: Observers try to get glimpse of Pan-STARR comet

Observers arrived Tuesday evening at MU's Laws Observatory to see the comet Pan-STARRS. However, the comet couldn't be seen due to heavy clouds in the western sky.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students, parents take classes at Russell Elementary PTA fundraiser

Russell Boulevard Elementary School students and some of their parents took university-style classes at "Russell University," a PTA fundraiser on Tuesday evening. The courses were designed to help introduce parents to resources for helping their children with homework.

PHOTO GALLERY: Deal reached to save Niedermeyer from demolition

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Brian Treece of the Historic Preservation Commission said the Niedermeyer building, located at 920 Cherry St., will remain a viable and affordable apartment option. An MU professor has stepped forward to buy the property from Collegiate Housing Partners, which planned to demolish the building and build a new apartment building on the land.

PHOTO GALLERY: Joint Communications Center faces challenges

Crowding, understaffing and failing equipment have long been problems at the Joint Communications Center. Officials hope to overhaul the system using proceeds of a three-eighths-cent sales tax that appears on the April 2 ballot. If voters approve the tax, it would generate an estimated $9.3 million per year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Marcy Luebbert uses city bus for transportation

Marcy Luebbert's favorite Columbia Transit bus route is the 103 Green Northeast Loop. This route, according to Luebbert, has everything that she needs: shopping centers, her bank, her doctor's office and restaurants. Luebbert has cerebral palsy and she doesn't own a wheelchair van, so the bus is her only means of transportation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rain, snow runoff create muddy conditions for Columbia

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Spriggs in St. Louis, Columbia received 0.83 inches of rain through Sunday afternoon. The rain was added to approximately 2 inches of runoff from melting snow.

PHOTO GALLERY: Peeps company celebrates 60th birthday

Displayed are Peeps at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pa. With the storied candy brand celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, a quirky new TV ad campaign talks about all the things people do with their Peeps.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gunshots kill average of 87 people per day in U.S.

From the biggest cities to the smallest towns, more than 31,000 people die of gunshot wounds in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - an average of nearly 87 people a day.

PHOTO GALLERY: Breast cancer survivors deal with their decision to have a double mastectomy

Women face the decision to remove a healthy breast with a double mastectomy after having breast cancer in one breast. Research shows that the number of women opting for double mastectomies after breast cancer is increasing.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou Dance Marathon goes 13.1 hours

Along with MU students, community members from Columbia College, Stephens College, and area high schools took part in the Mizzou Dance Marathon on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge girls basketball advances to state semifinals with win over Nixa

Rock Bridge secured a 50-22 win over Nixa in Saturday's Class 5 quarterfinal game at Springfield's Drury University. The defending state champions will return to Mizzou Arena for the semifinals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Win over Kickapoo puts Hickman boys basketball in state semifinals

Hickman made a late comeback to prevail 73-68 over Kickapoo for a spot in the state semifinals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball team loses to San Francisco

The Missouri baseball team lost 8-3 to San Francisco on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri softball loses to Texas A&M at home

The Missouri softball team lost 11-3 to Texas A&M on Saturday at home. The Tigers dropped to 10-2 (1-1 SEC).

PHOTO GALLERY: Canines compete at annual Columbia dog show

A variety of dog breeds were groomed and judged Saturday at the 2013 Columbia Missouri Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children learn about history of the world

Families with young children headed to Rock Bridge High School for an educational event put on by Columbia Public Schools and faculty members from MU’s departments of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences and Anthropology.
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