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Tameka Stennis dribbles for Hickman

Tameka Stennis dribbles the ball down the court against the Rock Bridge Bruins on Jan. 29. Hickman High School girls team opens its season on Nov. 25 against Troy.

Jimmy Whitt leads Kewpies

Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt shoots over Hazelwood Central guard Clifton Yancy during the Kewpies' MSHSAA Class 5 state championship tournament semifinal win on March 20 at Mizzou Arena. Whitt, a University of Arkansas commit, will look to lead Hickman to a state championship to wrap up his senior season.

Karen Bataille, Becky Plovanich crossed state lines to marry

Karen Bataille and Becky Plovanich, partners of 13 years, traveled across state lines from Columbia to Carlinville, Illinois, to marry Friday. Plovanich grew up in Carlinville and still has family there.

Karen Bataille, Becky Plovanich load kennel into car

Karen Bataille and Becky Plovanich, partners of 13 years, crossed state lines from Columbia to Carlinville, Illinois, to marry Friday. They traveled about 160 miles with their dogs, Madison and Koda.

Karen Bataille, Becky Plovanich clasp hands as they enter Illinois

Karen Bataille and Becky Plovanich clasp hands upon seeing the Illinois state line sign on Thursday. The couple married in Carlinville, Illinois, the next day.

Karen Bataille, Becky Plovanich stand in front of Macoupin County Courthouse

Karen Bataille and Becky Plovanich stand outside the Macoupin County Courthouse in Carlinville, Illinois, on Thursday before picking up a marriage license from the county clerk. When the courthouse was completed in 1870, it was the largest county courthouse in the U.S. and was larger than the Illinois Statehouse.

Bataille tears out check to pay wedding fees

Beverly Kinser, right, picks lint off her daughter Becky Plovanich's pants Friday while Karen Bataille, left, tears out a check the couple will use to pay their remaining wedding fees. They married at the Macoupin County Courthouse later that day.

Judge Joshua Meyer presents wedding rings

Macoupin County Associate Judge Joshua Meyer speaks about wedding rings and their symbolism during the wedding ceremony of Karen Bataille, left, and Becky Plovanich.

Karen Bataille, Becky Plovanich wear custom-engraved rings

Karen Bataille and Becky Plovanich each wear a 14-karat gold ring that the couple had custom engraved with some of their favorite scenes and activities: mountains, trees, bikes and kayaks. The couple exchanged the rings for the first time in 2001 at Capen Park in Columbia.

Karen Bataille, Becky Plovanich embrace after being married

Karen Bataille, left, and Becky Plovanich embrace after Macoupin County Associate Judge Joshua Meyer pronounces them married during a ceremony in Carlinville, Illinois, on Friday. It was the first same-sex marriage that Meyer had officiated.

Richard Plovanich holds his daughter's hand after her wedding

Richard Plovanich holds his daughter Becky's hand while she talks to her stepsister Robin Schwehr on Friday at the Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, Illinois, after the Plovanich-Bataille wedding.

Karen Bataille updates relationship status on Facebook

Karen Bataille updates her relationship status on Facebook on Friday during the drive home from a post-wedding dinner in Grafton, Illinois.

Photos from the Columbia Housing Authority show a variety of repairs needed

A collection of photos from the Columbia Housing Authority can be seen in this screen from a PowerPoint presentation at the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday night. It shows a variety of repairs needed to be completed at the authority's buildings, including clogged pipes, rotted wood, deteriorated plumbing and termite and water damage.

Missouri basketball players dive to reach for the ball

Missouri forward Bri Porter and senior guard Bree Fowler dive for a loose ball along with Southeast Missouri State guard Olivia Hackmann on Monday. The Tigers went on to win 88-42.

Missouri guard Juanita Robinson reaches for a loose ball

Missouri guard Juanita Robinson reaches for a loose ball during the Tigers' Monday night game against Southeast Missouri State University. The Tigers won 88-42.

Missouri forward Bri Porter lays it up against the Redhawks

Missouri forward Bri Porter lays it up against the Redhawks during Monday's game. The Tigers are now 2-0 and will go on to play the University of Nevada-Las Vegas at the Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Friday.

Protesters march from Second Baptist Church to the courthouse in 1985

About 250 people march to the Boone County Courthouse in protest following the shooting of 19-year-old Kimberly Anne Linzie by Columbia police in 1985. The march was organized at the Second Baptist Church.

Former Missouri player Michael Sam watches pregame festivities

Former Missouri player Michael Sam watches pregame festivities before the start of the South Dakota State-Missouri football game Aug. 30 in Columbia.

A vigil for Michael Brown is held at the Second Baptist Church

Attendees sing a prayer during a vigil for Michael Brown at the Second Baptist Church on Nov. 8. The vigil was held in preparation of the grand jury's upcoming decision about taking the Michael Brown case to trial.

Heyward heads to St. Louis

The Braves have dealt Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer. Also included in the trade was the Braves' reliever Jordan Walden The deal was announced Monday and ends Heyward's tenure with his hometown team.
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