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Floss for Fido and Fluffy

Does your kitty have a cavity? Does your dog need braces? The folks at MU’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital can answer those questions and others about your pets’ dental health.

Broken Promises, Part 2: Why are they still behind bars?

In 1997, as Lynda Branch was serving her 11th year in prison, Joe Church, a vice president of Merrill Lynch in St. Louis, was attending his 20th high school reunion at St. Thomas Aquinas Mercy High School in St. Louis. When he couldn’t find Michelle Hendrickson, an acquaintance from high school, in the crowd, he asked her cousin where she was. He was shocked to find out that Hendrickson had shot her husband after years of abuse and was now in prison.

Questions arise on Chapel Hill pedway plans

Although many west Columbia residents favor a recently approved plan to extend Chapel Hill Road, some worry that proposed features designed to keep pedestrians safe won’t be used.

Drugs, other toxins found in creek water

As Columbia grows, the health of one long-term resident, Hinkson Creek, is providing a rich reflection on the impacts of urban living. Early findings of a water quality study raise questions like: Why do we have pharmaceutical drugs in our town’s surface water?

Disruption on the Quad

They contribute to one of the most photographed landmarks in Missouri. Six limestone columns stand majestically over MU’s 3-acre Francis Quadrangle, framed by large oaks with historic Jesse Hall in the background. On clear days, students play kickball or Frisbee on the lawn as visitors stroll by or read books at the foot of their chosen pillar.

Teacher raise would add $2 million to deficit

Laurie Spate-Smith says a proposed salary increase for Columbia teachers gives veteran teachers like her a clear message ­— they should retire to help pay the salaries of teachers who are just starting out.

Teacher's base salaries would rise $700

A proposed salary increase for new and current Columbia teachers would increase next year’s school district deficit by $2 million, a figure nearly equal to this year’s existing budget shortfall.

Oklahoma State proves too much for Missouri

When a team draws a record crowd to watch it compete, it should want to do its best.

Big 12 results still defy expectations

KANSAS CITY — Texas won and Baylor lost, no surprises here.

Steelers’ run to the Super Bowl continues

DENVER — The wildest road trip since “Animal House” rocks on.

Alexander returns to MVP form in victory

SEATTLE — Fans chanted “Super Bowl, Super Bowl” as Shaun Alexander carried the NFC championship trophy down the field at Qwest Stadium, a joyous trip that was 30 years in the making.

Poll: Blunt behind Nixon

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A new poll shows Gov. Matt Blunt trailing potential Democratic challenger Attorney General Jay Nixon in the race for governor, based partly on overwhelming opposition to Medicaid cuts that Blunt's administration has championed.

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