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Latest rescues

Pam Pearn checks in a carrier of dogs brought in to the Central Missouri Humane Society by the Animal Health Division of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The animals were rescued from a dog hoarder, a pet lover who got out of hand, from north of Columbia.

Check-in line

Humane Society employee Julie Aber, center, holds a yellow lab mix for check-in as Carmen Skelly, right, an animal cruelty task force investigator for the Humane Society, carries in another mixed breed during a drop-off of 28 dogs from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The dogs were rescued from a dog hoarder north of Columbia.

Dog intakes double

The Central Missouri Humane Society received a drop-off of 28 dogs on Monday, rescued by the Animal Health Division of the Missouri Department of Agriculture from a dog hoarder, a pet lover who got out of hand. Intakes of dogs from the Department of Agriculture doubled in 2009 compared to years past because of the state's initiative to crack down on irresponsible dog breeders and owners.

Poodle vaccination

Animal care counselor Megan Burnam gives a vaccine to a miniature poodle during intake of 28 dogs rescued from a dog hoarder located north of Columbia.

Gary Kespohl

Gary Kespohl

Karl Skala

Karl Skala

Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller

The Missouri men's basketball team will be depending on the leadership of seniors J.T. Tiller, center, Zaire Taylor, left, and Keith Ramsey, right, to help it maintain its poise in its upcoming Big 12 road games. “Just knowing the environment playing on the road in the Big 12, and you just have to have a strong mental game to play in these types of atmospheres,” Tiller said.

Road projects offer little relief for contractors

Isaac Zimmerle stands leans on his work truck Saturday in front of a home on which he was forced to halt construction in Chapel Hill, Tenn., after unsuccessful attempts to find a buyer. Construction contractors such as Zimmerle would seem to be in line to benefit from the stimulus spending. But money for road construction offers little relief to most contractors who don't work on transportation projects, a niche that requires expensive, heavy equipment that most residential and commercial builders don't own. Residential and commercial building make up the bulk of the nation's construction industry.

Road projects have no effect on unemployment

A $19.2 million widening project along SR-373 in Lewisburg, Tenn., is seen on Sunday. Ten months into President Barack Obama's first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, an Associated Press analysis has found.

Molly Bowden five-year memorial

Police officers and state troopers coordinate the last details for the memorial honoring Columbia police officer Molly Bowden. The fifth anniversary of her death was commemorated Sunday evening. Bowden was shot during a traffic stop near the intersection of Nifong and Forum boulevards on Jan. 10, 2005.

K-State coach Frank Martin

Kansas State's Frank Martin, center, talks with players during a timeout late in the second half of Saturday's game against Missouri.

MU men's basketball player Laurence Bowers vs. Kansas State

Missouri's Laurence Bowers tries to protect the ball from three Kansas State players in Saturday's 74-68 Tigers victory at Mizzou Arena.

MU women's basketball player Christine Flores at Colorado

Missouri's Christine Flores tries to pass around Colorado defender Alyssa Freesle on Saturday in the Tigers' loss in Boulder, Colo.

MU men's basketball player Zaire Taylor vs. Kansas State

Missouri's Zaire Taylor celebrates after a successful Missouri free throw late in the second half Saturday against Kansas State.

MU men's basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Kansas State

Missouri's Marcus Denmon goes up for a shot against Kansas State's Jamar Samuels in Saturday's Big 12 Conference opener for both teams. The Tigers beat the Wildcats 74-68.

Winter proves deadly elsewhere in Midwest

Firefighters and their engine are covered with ice as they battle a fire at a bowling alley in the Omaha, Neb., suburb of Elkhorn on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Kansas State men's basketball player Denis Clemente

Kansas State senior guard Denis Clemente, right, scored 33 points against Missouri last season at Mizzou Arena.

Kansas State men's basketball player Jacob Pullen

Kansas State junior guard Jacob Pullen is shooting 45 percent from the 3-point line this season and has consistently scored in double figures.

Was this piano Blind Boone's?

The old Weaver upright, manufactured in Ottawa, Ill., could cost as much as $10,000 to restore, an expense that might not be justified if its link to Blind Boone can't be confirmed.

Mysterious piano may have been Blind Boone's

The old piano waits at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home on Fourth Street for its connection to Boone to be verified. John William Boone lost his sight as an infant when his eyes were removed to reduce brain swelling. His parents worked hard to encourage his gift for music, which surfaced as early as age 3. It paid off, and Boone became one the most popular ragtime pianists in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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