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Missouri communities prepare for river flooding

William Kimpton, left, and Ben Walker wade through floodwaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday afternoon. Three-thousand-nine-hundred homes were evacuated from Cedar Rapids, where rescuers removed people with boats. Officials estimated 100 blocks were underwater, and a railroad bridge over the flooded Cedar River collapsed.

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A view of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, shows widespread flooding from the raging Cedar River on Thursday. Heavy rains continue to pound large portions of Iowa and as flooding continues. Officials are scrambling as rivers are expected to crest at record levels in many portions of the state.

MU welcomes new freshmen

Summer Welcome leaders teach the MU fight song to a group of incoming freshmen at the Summer Welcome Spirit Rally on Tuesday.

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Nina Moini, 19, greets incoming freshmen at the MU Summer Welcome on Tuesday. Freshmen were divided into smaller groups, and Moini's group was called "Nina Nina's Ballerinas."

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Ellie Schamel, left, and her mom Gail Schamel enjoy ice cream at the ice cream social held Tuesday. The social was part of summer welcome at MU.

Spring rains washing out softball season

Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The idea is to turn up the topsoil and expose the layers of dirt below which allow the field to dry faster.

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Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The idea is to turn up the topsoil and expose the layers of dirt below which allowsthe field to dry faster. Drennan had previously attempted to plow another field until he got stuck and couldn't get towed out. “If the four wheelers are getting stuck like this, it’s too wet to let anyone play on the field,” he said.

Victory Circle helps ex-offenders transition back into society

Allen McCarter pins up papers with participants' reflections during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships ex-offender face in their communities.

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During a simulation exercise at Smithton Middle School on Friday, Mia Ferrell discusses her lack of options as an ex-offender with Danny O'Farrell, who is acting as a prison worker. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships that ex-offenders face when they return to their communities after prison.

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Scott Searles examines his resource cards during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday. Participants traded the cards for simulated services. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships ex-offender face in their communities.

Three suspects sought in fatal shooting

Police say three people entered this duplex on Pimlico Drive early Tuesday and robbed and killed Nathaniel Bentley.

CARE program comes together at new Orr Street location

From left, members of CARE Gallery Kiana Nason, Stellan Harris and Lauren Sapp plan activities for Lunch in the Park, where they will be painting faces, assembling pinwheels, and making buttons with younger kids. CARE employs people ages 14 to 18 for the summer. "I like it," Oz Terrell said. "I'm only 15, so it's hard to get a job anywhere else."

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Members of CARE Gallery Kathleen "Kitty" Wininger and Stellan Harris practice face painting for their upcoming participation with Lunch in the Park, where they will be painting faces, assembling pinwheels and making buttons with younger kids

First da Vinci surgical robot in mid-Missouri arrives at Columbia Regional Hospital

Scott Troxel, urologist, left, and Jonathan Thomas, obstetrics and gynecology surgeon, with the da Vinci surgical robot. The robot lessens recovery time for minimally invasive surgery patients.

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Phil Groeschel, right, from the MU theatre department, works with Imuetiyan Eke, center, and Brandon Lor from the Kauffman Scholars Program in leadership building activities at Eckles Hall on Monday. The Kauffman Scholars Program is an after-school program preparing low-income students for college.

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Phil Groeschel, from the MU theatre department, leads a group of students from the Kauffman Scholars Program in leadership building activities at Eckles Hall on Monday. One aspect of the program requires students to visit colleges during the summer so that they can see what options are available to them.
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