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Apartment fire in north Columbia

Firefighters from the Boone County Fire Protection District tear away a section of roofing at an apartment building at the 1100 block of N Kathryn* early Sunday afternoon. Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp said the apartment the fire originated in, apartment eight, sustained heavy fire damage. The fire spread laterally, also causing damage in an adjoining apartment, but was under control within 10 minutes of fire crews arriving on scene.

McGwire works with outfielder

St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire, right, works with Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus in a batting cage on Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

McGwire addresses fans

St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire speaks on Sunday to fans at the team's annual Winter Warm-Up during his first public appearance in St. Louis since admitting to using steroids in St. Louis. McGwire admitted that he used steroids for a decade, including when he hit 70 homers in 1998.

Veterinarian Jim Joyce

Veterinarian Jim Joyce of Springfield says a lack of facilities to take horses to slaughter is bad for horses and the horse industry. "The situation that is set up right now was not thought through, and the people who designed this don't know what they're talking about," Joyce said.

Cotton harvest near New Madrid

Johnny Langley dumps freshly picked cotton into a cotton module maker on Rick and Cindy Faulkner's cotton farm near New Madrid in November. The farm is in one of the country's top 50 cotton-growing counties. They're all poor, with a per capita income that's at least 30 percent lower than the U.S. average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

A cotton field near New Madrid

A cotton picker maneuvers through a field as the sun sets near New Madrid, Mo. An AP analysis found that government cotton subsidies have helped prop up the economy in cotton farming areas during the recession.

Harvesting cotton near New Madrid

Cindy Faulkner drives a cotton picker through a field during November harvest on the family's farm near New Madrid. The farm is in Missouri's Bootheel which includes four of the country's top 50 cotton-growing counties.

New chambers: Public view

In this panoramic photo illustration, the view of the new City Council chamber from the public seating area.

New chambers: Council view

In this panoramic photo illustration, the view of the new City Council chambers from where the council members will sit.

MU women's basketball player Kendra Frazier

Missouri sophomore Kendra Frazier is one of four players on this season's Tigers roster who are Kansas natives.

Samantha Kathleen Brown

Photo Courtesy Parker Funeral Service & Crematory

MU men's basketball player Justin Safford vs. Oklahoma

Missouri forward Justin Safford, left, tries to shoot past the defense of Oklahoma guard Cade Davis on Saturday in the Tiger's 66-61 loss in Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma's Warren drives past Missouri guard

Oklahoma guard Willie Warren, center, eyes the basket as he drives between Missouri guard Michael Dixon, right, and forward Laurence Bowers in the second half the game in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Oklahoma won 66-61.

Oklahoma's Davis goes for basket

Oklahoma guard Cade Davis, front, goes up for a basket in front of Missouri forward Justin Safford, back, during the second half of game in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Oklahoma defeated Missouri 66-61.

Assessing the crash site

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Ballard and members of the Boone County Fire Protection District begin their investigation into the cause of a head-on collision on Highway WW early Saturday afternoon. Both drivers were taken to University Hospital with moderate to severe injuries, Ballard said.

Highway WW head-on collision

Missouri State Trooper Scott Ballard, left, takes notes for his accident report at the site of a head-on collision on Highway WW east of Rangeline Road early Saturday afternoon. Both drivers, the only occupants of the vehicles, were taken to University Hospital with moderate to severe injuries.

Caulking the Council Chambers

Central Missouri Glass employee John Wayne Josey puts final touches of caulking along the door frame of the new City Council Chambers in the Columbia city building addition at 701 E. Broadway.

Overlooking the collision site

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper waits for a tow truck to get in position to remove a Dodge Omni from the site of a two-car accident at the intersection of Highway WW and Olivet Road on Friday morning. The driver of the Omni was ejected from the car by the force of impact and was taken to University Hospital.

Collision along Highway WW

A late model Ford Focus rests among trees along Highway WW near the Olivet Road intersection after the vehicle was involved in a two-car collision Friday morning. The two occupants were taken to University Hospital to receive treatment for injuries that were described as moderate.

Officer searches for evidence

Officer Gamal Castile canvasses the park outside Grace Covenant Church at the intersection of Garth Avenue and Sexton Road Friday afternoon for possible evidence in a shooting incident that occurred earlier that day.
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