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UPDATE: Majority leader sets markers for Senate health care debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has drafted an $849 billion measure to reform the nation's health care system, similar to the bill passed in the House in certain respects but different in others.

Boone County Health Department offers third round of H1N1 vaccines

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department offered the third H1N1 flu vaccine clinic for expanded priority groups Wednesday. Employee Genalee Alexander says there are roughly 22,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine available in Boone County.

MoDOT spent over $100 million in rural highway repairs

The Missouri Transportation Department says it has improved almost 4,000 miles of pavement on smaller, rural highways in 2009.

Columbia man charged with statutory rape

A man was arrested Thursday and charged with statutory rape. Police said they found him with a 15-year-old girl in the backseat of a parked car with steamed up windows.

House explosion rocks west Springfield

A house in west Springfield was destroyed by an explosion on Thursday. Eight other houses were damaged. The cause of the explosion is unknown but is under investigation.

UPDATE: Eleven more charges filed in Lafayette County sex-crime case

The new charges filed against three of the six accused men include allegations of rape and bestiality.

MU leaders' spouses read, play with preschoolers

The First Ladies Reading Program is bringing MU spouses into the the Robert G. Combs Language Preschool to read to 3- to 5-year-olds, most of whom have challenges with language.

AED helps save life of school district employee

An automated external defibrillator kept at Hickman High School appears to have been a lifesaver for a carpenter in Columbia Public Schools who went into cardiac arrest Tuesday.

7 emergency responders given Missouri Medal of Valor

The recipients were recognized for their efforts in rescuing people from burning vehicles and fires, as well as ending a gun fight.

Three Missouri areas violate air quality standards for ozone

Ozone levels in St. Louis, Kansas City and Ste. Genevieve County were above Environmental Protection Agency standards at certain times between April 1 and Oct. 31, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Four-car collision involving concrete truck causes traffic backup

A four-car collision involving a cement truck happened Thursday afternoon on the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and College Avenue. Sgt. Alan Fish of the MU Police Department said the driver of a beige Honda, Adam Craig, was issued citations for running a red light and colliding with another vehicle. Craig received bruises from his seat belt, but no one was taken to the hospital.

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