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Key to the City

Julia Ames, left, and two of her friends leave City Hall after waiting for the artwork's lights to turn on May 20.

COLT Employee radio

COLT worker Eric Gooding talks on the radio with the conductor during a freight shipment between Centralia and Columbia on Thursday, May 13. Gooding is the newest employee at COLT, a Columbia owned freight line.

COLT train tracks

A freight car passes through Centralia during a shipment to Columbia on Thursday, May 13.

COLT employees talk

COLT Railroad employees Shane Riley and Matthew Sabath go through paperwork before heading out for the morning's shipments on Thursday, May 13. COLT employs a small team of 6 full-time and temporary employees to run and maintain the freight rails in Columbia.

COLT Train

A COLT Railroad engine awaits the day's shipments on Thursday, May 13. COLT Railroad is a city owned entity that moves freight in and around Columbia and the surrounding communities.

SWAT Burton press conference

Columbia Chief of Police Kenneth Burton gave a statement to the public and answered questions on Thursday related to SWAT activity earlier this year. The police will invest in eight new helmet cameras costing about $300 each so every future SWAT entry can be reviewed. "We are trying to go above and beyond to make sure this doesn't happen again," Burton said.

City Council approves Farmer's Market expansion

Paula Nolan buys strawberries at Thursday's grand opening of a new Columbia Farmers' Market location in the parking lot of Forum Boulevard Christian Church. Nolan said: "I wasn't sure if I was going to come out due to the rain, but it's only three minutes (away from home). It's really great for us over here."

Farmer's Market opens satellite locations

Paula Nolan bought her fresh lettuce from Tammy Sellmeyer on the grand opening, Thursday, at Farmers' Market's second location. The new location, at Forum and Nifong, is in the Forum Boulevard Christian Church parking lot.

Callaway Nuclear Power Plant safety

Since 2005, there have been at least 17 documented cases of alleged discrimination at the Callaway Nuclear Generating plant, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents acquired under the Freedom of Information Act.

Farmers must wait for fields to dry out before planting more

Recent rainfall levels have put the corn growth behind schedule because the soil is too saturated. Planting corn from this date on can decrease the overall yield by 25 percent, said Bill Wiebold, MU plant sciences professor. If farmers have to wait until June to plant corn, he said, the yield decreases even more.

Rain might be too much for corn crops

This corn, at John Forsee’s farm in Hartsburg has been submerged because of the rising water table from the recent rain. Hartsburg resident Wayne Hilgedick said, "When the river is up a long time, like it has been, then the seep water just comes up." Hilgedick said that some of the corn will drown, and it’s almost too late to replant.

Missionary work in Kazakhstan

Scott Parsons dressed like a doctor at the orphanage. "It was flu season, and we had to be extra cautious to make sure that the kids do not get sick," he said.

Pinkel becomes face of motocycle safety

MU football coach Gary Pinkel has become the new poster child for motorcycle safety. He will appear in a series of ads for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety's "Share the Road" campaign.

Rukus Ball roll raises money for gifted program

Duncan Galen, 12, climbs out of a Rukus Ball that is held by Scott Troske during a fundraiser for Columbia Public Schools' gifted program Tuesday evening at Cosmo-Bethel Park. After Superintendent Chris Belcher rolled down the hill, children at least 12 years old were able to have a turn.

Helping to get the ball rolling

Owen Arnold, 2, helps push the Rukus Ball down the hill for the gifted program fundraiser Tuesday at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Arnold said, "That's awesome," as the ball began to roll.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany laughs as he talks with the media Tuesday in Chicago at his conference's spring meetings.

Stella Pruitt poses with Google logo

Stella Pruitt and her gifted teacher Connie Hayward pose for a photo with Pruitt's design for a new Google logo on Tuesday morning at Smithton Middle School.

Smithton student a regional finalist in Google logo competition

Stella Pruitt poses for a photo with her parents, Michelle and David, after an assembly Tuesday morning at Smithton Middle School. Pruitt designed the Google logo seen here and is a regional finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition. If she wins, Pruitt will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and Smithton Middle School will receive a $25,000 computer lab.

Joseph Sparks

Joseph Sparks is master’s candidate in journalism at Mizzou.

Group protests police actions

Greg Williams attended the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday to make a stand against the Columbia Police Department. After the release of a video showing the SWAT team entering a house in Columbia, Williams has tried to start a new group, "Stop Brutality."
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