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Missouri Scholars Academy students Nora Lewis-Borbuly, Malia Hu, Stephanie Fischer and Jamie Smith wait for their next program Wednesday evening in the Mark Twain Residence Hall at MU.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing appoints new dean

Judith Fitzgerald Miller has been named dean of MU's Sinclair School of Nursing.

Columbia artists offer their ideas for a new flag on Flag Day

Bob Hartzell's flag

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Gaige Larson's flag

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Stephanie Foley's flag

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Chris Canipe's flag

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Bob Hartzell

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Chris Canipe

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Gaige Larson

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Stephanie Foley

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.
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