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Fire destroys upper floor of Columbia home

Flames burn on the chimney of the house at 1810 Brandeis Court on Thursday. The owner of the house escaped the fire, which destroyed most of the upper floor and attic of the residence.

Space shuttle Discovery blasts off

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on its final journey to the International Space Station. The shuttle has flown more missions than any other space shuttle — this will be its 39th mission. It will deliver the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module and Express Logistics Carrier 4 to the International Space Station.

Space shuttle Discovery launches for last mission

Space shuttle Discovery blasts off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The mission, STS-133, will deliver the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module and Express Logistics Carrier 4 to the International Space Station. After the mission, Discovery will be retired.

Woman walking through snowstorm in downtown Columbia

A woman walks through downtown Columbia in a snowstorm on Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Friday.

Shoveling snow outside of Panera Bread on Ninth Street

Lance Wanner shovels the sidewalk Thursday outside of Panera Bread on Ninth Street. Wanner said he was wearing shorts because he was not expecting the snow so soon.

Ben Holden

Ben Holden is the director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts And Media.

Bruins struggle offensively

Rock Bridge freshman Chayla Cheadle attempts a lay up while Smith-Cotton senior Tiara Powell, left and senior Tanaeia Smith defend Wednesday in Jefferson City. Cheadle finished with 10 points.

Bowers steals ball from Baylor

Bowers and English will not hire agents, meaning they can still return to the team next season. Their final decision must be made by May 8.

Marcus Denmon guards Baylor guard

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon guards Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn during the men's basketball game Wednesday. Missouri beat Baylor 77-59.

Hickman girls basketball player Jade Holly vs. Jefferson City

Hickman sophomore Jade Holly, right, drives to the basket against Jefferson City's Lauren Coons. Holly scored nine points for the Kewpies in their district semifinal loss to the Jays on Wednesday night in Jefferson City.

MU men's basketball player Laurence Bowers vs. Baylor

Junior forward Laurence Bowers led Missouri with 20 points, nine rebounds and six steals in the Tigers' victory Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

MU men'sbasketball player Ricardo Ratliffe vs. Baylor

Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe drives against Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn. Ratliffe scored 11 points and had 13 rebounds against Baylor in the Tigers' victory Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

MU men's basketball player Justin Safford vs. Baylor

Missouri's Justin Safford powers up a shot against Baylor on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. Safford scored nine points and had three rebounds coming in off the bench for the Tigers.

Hickman girls basketball player Aqua Corpening vs. Jefferson City

Senior Aqua Corpening led Hickman with 22 points on Wednesday in the Kewpies' loss to Jefferson City in the semifinals of the Class 5, District 9 tournament. Hickman finished the season at 17-8.

Apartment fire

Firefighters survey the remains of an apartment fire Wednesday at Forest Village Apartments on Providence Road in south Columbia. An unidentified woman was taken to the George D. Peak Memorial Burn and Wound Center at University Hospital with burns over a significant portion of her body. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 7:41 p.m.

Injury not encouraging for Wainright

After throwing during spring training baseball, St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright is returning to St. Louis to have his elbow examined by team doctors. General manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday that "things do not look encouraging" for the 2010 Cy Young runner-up based on the initial evaluation by training staff.

Missouri softball practices

Missouri senior Abby Vock fields a ball during batting practice Wednesday at Daniel Devine Athletic Pavilion.

Dinner train

The Columbia Star Dinner Train will run on the COLT line between Centralia and Columbia. When service begins, the train will travel between Columbia and Centralia and offer appetizers, drinks and a five-course meal by candlelight.

Dinner train moves to Centralia

The Columbia Star Dinner Train was moved from Mexico to Centralia on Wednesday. Central States Railroad President Mark Vaughn said the train will hopefully be running by May.

Sen. Claire McCaskill addresses city hall forum

Sen. Claire McCaskill speaks at a town hall forum at the Columbia City Hall on Wednesday. She answered residents' questions that she drew from a wicker basket.
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