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PHOTO GALLERY: 90-degree temperatures expected in Columbia all week

Brian O'Connor leans forward to look at his 18 month-old son, Liam, in Devil's Icebox on Monday. The cave formation, which stays a cool 56 degrees in the summer, is a local favorite for those seeking momentary refuge from the heat.

A heat index between 105 and 110 degrees is expected on Tuesday.

Celebrities laud ESPN's John Anderson for charity golf tournament

The ESPN anchor hosted the second John Anderson Celebrity Golf Invitational on Monday, which raised more than $60,000 for Missouri school children.

Cole County judge could grant new hearing for Ryan Ferguson

Two key witnesses who testified against Ferguson in 2005 are now saying they lied.

GUEST COMMENTARY: What oil companies aren't saying about fracking

Concerns exist that the chemicals used in the oil extraction method known as fracking are making water unsafe.

BRAD CLEMONS: Life help that really works, this time

There are things you just can't fix about yourself. But, you should try really hard to fix the things you can.

MU's Virginia Peterson retires after a student-dedicated career

As a teacher and adviser in MU's Biochemistry Department, Virginia Peterson has had thousands of conversations with students about their lives and careers. She's also been known to demonstrate molecular relationships using pom-poms.

Gay marriage law prompts preparation for adoption boom

The legal benefits of marriage are facilitating the adoption process for gay and lesbian couples in those states where gay marriage has been legalized.

Columbia Handbell Ensemble selected to play at national seminar

The group will perform a free concert Tuesday evening at First Baptist Church.

UM Presidential Search Committee begins informal talks with candidates

The search committee discussed roughly 25 names as potential successors to Gary Forsee on Monday. Formal interviews with the candidates could take place in August.

Fire at Range Line Street residence destroys shed

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a shed fire at 3:04 p.m., Monday at 2904 Range Line St. There were no injuries.

Stevens granted jury trial continuance in school handgun case

Alonzo Terell Stevens, who was charged with possessing a loaded handgun at Douglass High School, was granted a continuance for a jury trial until July 28.

Columbia Police seeking suspects in bank robbery

Three people were identified by police Monday in connection with a robbery Friday at the Merchants and Farmers Bank in Columbia.

Columbia's feral cat ordinance is headed in wrong direction

Trap-Neuter-Return is the only effective course of action for feral cats.

Donations to mid-Missouri charities above national average in 2010

Nationally, charitable donations declined in 2008 and 2009, then rose an estimated 3.8 percent across the board in 2010, according to the recently released Giving USA report. Locally, however, many nonprofits brought in percentage increases higher than the national average.

MU cheerleaders raise money at John Anderson Celebrity Golf Invitational

While most of the money went to help charity, a small portion will go to the cheerleaders to help offset the costs of going to nationals.

Gov. Nixon approves more rigorous grain dealer requirements

The new law will require grain dealers to set aside more money as a safeguard against insolvency.

Columbia athletes compete for Missouri Diving Club

The Missouri Diving Club hosted the 2011 USA Diving Summer Junior Zone C Championships over the weekend at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

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