Cigarette tax increases by 62 cents

Marlboro Milds, priced at $4.55 per pack with the new federal tax and $4.89 total, wait behind the counter to be purchased by smokers at Hitt Mini Mart on Wednesday. The price of cigarettes increased recently as the federal tax on them was raised from .39 cents to $1.01, the highest increase in tobacco taxes thus far.

Cigarette sales slow for Hitt Mini Mart

Tom Newell buys a pack of cigarettes at Hitt Mini Mart on Wednesday. "Cigarette purchases are slowing down," said owner Sunny Patel. "But we're doing all right."

Coleman throws the runner out at first

Catcher Trevor Coleman throws out a player at first.

Looking out at Busch Stadium

Austin Holt, Andrew Thigpen and Rex Meyr look out onto Busch Stadium on April 1, 2009.

High five from the team

MU baseball player Ryan Lollis, center, gets congratulated by teammates.

Tobacco tax might cause cigarette cutback

Rachel Puidk counts cash to pay Hitt Mini Mart owner Sunny Patel for her pack of Camel No. 9s on Wednesday April 1. As a result of the tax hike on cigarettes, "Some people have cut down — they used to buy two packs a day, and now only buy one," said Patel.

Cluttering up the Cardinals dugout

MU baseball players' hats, gloves and bags litter the St. Louis Cardinals dugout.

Hustling to home plate

Michael Liberto hustles home to score a run for the Tigers.

National anthem at Busch Stadium

Phil McCormick holds his hat over his heart during the national anthem.

Trying for the double play

Shortstop Michael Liberto throws the ball to first after making a tag at second.

Stretching before the game

Tigers outfielder Ryan Lollis stretches before the game against SLU at Busch Stadium on April 1, 2009.

Tigers play at Busch Stadium

From left to right, Austin Holt, Andrew Thigpen and Rex Meyr watch from behind the batting cage, as the Arch and Busch Stadium loom in the background during the Tigers' batting practice session before Wednesday's game against Saint Louis University.

USDA Prospective Crop Plantings

John Coffman

John Coffman is general counsel of the Consumers Council of Missouri. This piece was submitted as a guest column to the Missourian.

K. Kendall Mathews

Major K. Kendall Mathews is the regional coordinator for The Salvation Army.

Area near Clark Lane where Jeremy Setzer was hit

The area around the intersection of Clark Lane and Lambeth Drive where Columbia Police say Officer Alan Mitchell hit Columbia resident Jeremy Setzer on Saturday. Setzer, who was lying on the road at the time of the accident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Standing in the dugout

Greg Folgia stands in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout during MU's game against SLU on April 1, 2009.

Rock Bridge student Democrats listen to discussion

From left in front, Ana Boettcher, Cyrille Goldstein and Brenna Blazis of the Rock Bridge High School Democrats listen while school board candidate Dan Holt answers questions on Tuesday's forum.

Rock Bridge students host candidate forum

CORRECTED CAPTION: School board candidate Michelle Pruitt, center, listens to Jeannine H. Craig, left, answer a question proposed by an audience member. Rock Bridge High School students hosted the forum for the candidates in the upcoming election on April 7. An earlier version of this caption misspelled one of the candidates' names.

Medical students speak with patient

From left, medical students Molly Keegan and Lincoln Sheets talk with patient Darryl Lumley about his symptoms at the MedZou clinic on March 19. The student-run clinic was the brainchild of David Atashroo, who noticed that other medical schools had similar clinics. "This is a national trend but it's not widespread yet. We're kind of the pioneers," Sheets said.