Mary Still explains payday laons

State Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, points out that the average loan amount for Missouri payday lenders has increased 30.6 percent from January 2003 to January 2009. Still and state Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, hosted a hearing to review testimony regarding payday loan reform on Monday at the Columbia Public Library.

Advance America payday loans

The most recent report from the Missouri Division of Finance indicates that payday lenders in Missouri, such as Advance America in Columbia, charge an average interest rate of 430.68 percent.

Payday loans debated

State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, left, listens to fellow State Rep. Mary Still D-Columbia, as she questions United Payday Lenders of Missouri lobbyist Randy Scherr during his testimony at Monday night's hearing at Columbia Public Library. Scherr said a significant proportion of customers of the payday lending industry are "financially savvy" individuals who are frustrated with traditional banking systems.

Crowd attends payday loan discussion

Latecomers fill standing room during the crowded legislative district hearing on payday loan reform held by state Reps. Mary Still D-Columbia, and John Burnett, D-Kansas City, at Columbia Public Library on Monday.

Missouri basketball player Keith Ramsey lifts weights

Strength and conditioning coach David Deets keeps watch while senior Keith Ramsey lifts weights during a training session.

Miguel Paul lifts weights

Missouri sophomore guard Miguel Paul lifts weights during conditioning at Mizzou Arena. The team holds conditioning sessions three times a week.

MU men's basketball team train with hurdles

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor moves over hurdles during a conditioning drill. The team focuses on speed when it trains in an effort to reach the level of fitness it will need to play “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” that has become a trademark for coach Mike Anderson.

A father remembered

Corey Brown is shown with his older son, Jailen, on the day he was born, Aug. 4, 2007. Brown was fatally shot Feb. 16, 2009, at the age of 18 behind Ballenger Liquor and C store.

Bendoff's floor routine

Missouri's Brittany Bendoff practices her routine for the floor exercise.

Gymnasts get ready

Missouri freshmen gymnasts Brittany Bendoff, left, Lauren Swankoski, center, and Tori Howard chalk up their hands before working on their routines on the uneven bars during practice.

Sutu Forté instructs performers

Sutu Forté, center, instructs her performers on what to do in the beginning of their show during a rehearsal on Nov. 11, at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre. From left, Irene Haskins and Hazel Kinder hug while Candace Martin smiles. Forte will perform a benefit concert Monday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Sutu Forté rehearses before "Sutu Forte's Vaude Squad"

Sutu Forté rehearses for "Sutu Forté's Vaude Squad" on Nov. 11 at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre. The show, which will be performed on Monday, is part of a benefit concert.

Brain images

A T1-weighted Structural Image. The photo shows a comparison between data from new BIC 3T Siemens Trio system, left, and MU Hospital 1.5T Siemens Symphony system, right. Photo courtesy of

MU Brain Imaging Center opens

Brain Imaging Center director Nelson Cowan stands by the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment, which is worth approximately $1.9 million. The MRI scanner generates 3 Tesla of magnetic field. Within that powerful field, a monkey wrench can be lifted six feet up in the air.

MU Brain Imaging Center doctors already at work

Nelson Cowan demonstrates how to analyze a test result in Room 122 at the MU's Brain Imaging Center on October 30, 2009. The Brain Imaging Center at MU recently opened, which provides all of the resources needed for magnetic resonance brain imaging.

MU senior guard Toy Richbow takes the ball

Missoui senior guard Toy Richbow takes the ball around Northern Iowa's K.K. Armstrong during the Tigers' regular season opener.

Halftime games net prize for child

Charlee Schultz, 9, tries to shoot a basket while dressed in an MU jersey to win a prize during halftime of the Missouri women's basketball season opener. Schultz had to put on an MU jersey and shorts, run down the court and make a basket before anyone else in order to win. After a few attempts, she won.

MU women's basketball opener

Missouri senior forward Amanda Hanneman tries to go around Northern Iowa's Kim Wypiszynski on Sunday during the Tigers' regular season opener at Mizzou Arena.

Johnson wins in Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrates after winning the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.

Ensemble Galilei plays music to images from Hubble

Ensemble Galilei plays classical music to complement images from the Hubble space telescope during the Universe of Dreams multimedia concert Saturday evening at Jesse Auditorium at MU.