Week in Pictures: July 3 to 9

The week in pictures: July 3 to 9.

The week in pictures: featuring images from the Fourth of July, the heat in the Northeast and the oldest woman on the planet.

Sweetener production plant to bring jobs to Moberly

Mamtek International's plant should be ready this fall, according to Moberly City Manager Andrew Morris.

MU, Columbia Fire Department release findings on June lab explosion

The MU lab where an explosion injured four people last month didn't follow procedures recommended by the manufacturer of the equipment that exploded. The lab changed its practices after an investigation into the incident.

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Columbia apartment fire leaves no injuries

An unoccupied bedroom fire on 300 Allen Walkway in Columbia leaves none injured.

St. Louis County Police officer recalls finding missing Missouri girl

Officer Sean Becker responded at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday to the report of a small child, thought to be a 6- to 8-year-old boy, wandering alone at a car wash in Fenton.

Molly Kreklow leads USA Junior National volleyball team

Missouri freshman setter Molly Kreklow helped the USA Volleyball Junior National Team place first in pool play in the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) Women’s Junior Continental Championship in Mexico.

E. coli levels and high water close Missouri beaches

Beaches closed this weekend due to E. coli levels are at Lake of the Ozarks, Pomme de Terre and Wakonda state parks. The beach at Finger Lakes will be open.

NAACP to hold convention in Kansas City starting Saturday

The convention's headliners will include First Lady Michelle Obama and the Revs. Jesse L. Jackson and Al Sharpton.

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Nairobi fellow Washington Gikunju's quiet manner isn't a hindrance in the blunt world of American journalism. It's an asset.

Christie's to offer Trigger's remains in Roy Rogers museum auction

Other items for sale in next week's auction include the Rogers family dining table and some of Rogers' guitars.

Stimulus funds used for St. Louis County's anti-smoking effort

St. Louis County is starting an anti-smoking drive targeting schools, colleges and universities using federal stimulus money. Officials said they hope to make all of them smoke-free by February 2012.

Ride with Carl for Sam event celebrates a first

A mountain bike accident three years ago left Sam Russell paralyzed. His friend, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, helped organize an annual bike ride to benefit Russell's recovery. This year, a unique hand-cycle bike will allow the Columbia natives to ride in the event together for the first time.

Sweetener maker to open facility in Moberly

Mamtek International, which is based in Hong Kong and makes artificial sweetener, plans to open a production facility in Moberly with the help of about $54 million of state and local incentives. The company plans to hire 312 workers during the next 18 months.

MU boasts record figures of grant money for 2009

Vice Chancellor for Research Robert Duncan cited the level of work from the university's faculty as being critical to the high amount of funding.

Self-defense shooter pleads guilty in mid-Missouri

Jose Arnulfo Salgado-Guitierrez pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a shooting, a misdemeanor, and he was sentenced to 30 days in jail.  Police said they thought he acted in self-defense when he shot an intruder during a home robbery.