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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ: Concussions, Arvarh Strickland, Douglass' prom

The most read stories from the past week include a story about the controversy surrounding concussions in youth football, the death of Arvarh Strickland, the first black professor at MU and Douglass High School's first prom in seven years.

ANALYSIS: Concerns remain about Missouri vehicle sales tax

At issue is whether local governments can charge a tax on vehicle purchases. They have for years. But the Supreme Court ruled last year that some of those taxes were being collected illegally.

Columbia students fundraise for national culinary competition

High school seniors Heather Pitt and Hailey King are students at the Columbia Area Career Center in the culinary arts program. Both have been preparing for the national competition since October, including after-school and eight-hour Saturday practices.

Columbia College softball ends season with close calls in game against Park

With controversial calls and just-missed runs, the Cougars fell to Park 4-2 and ended their season.

Missouri swept by Texas A&M in College Station

The Tigers were swept by a conference opponent for the third time this season.

QUIZ: How well do you know prom movies?

As high school students in the mid-Missouri area celebrate high school's final dance, you can test your skills on matching these prom scenes to their respective movie.

Police arrest six drivers, recover stolen vehicle at sobriety checkpoint

With the help of the Columbia Police Department, officers from the Boone County Sheriff's Department checked approximately 200 vehicles at the checkpoint in the 4300 block of Mexico Gravel Road in northeast Columbia.

Rock Bridge second baseman Mike Nemec chooses studies over sport

Senior Mike Nemec has decided to forgo playing baseball in college to focus on another passion: medicine.

ENGAGEMENT: Elizabeth Conner to wed Jesse Stephens

The future bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kennedy Conner of Signal Mountain, Tenn. The future bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stephens of Columbia.

Gordon's single in 10th lifts Royals over White Sox

The Kansas City Royals, saved when Billy Butler sent the game into extra innings, rallied past the Chicago White Sox 6-5.

Valley Fever hits thousands and physicians are vaguely aware of it

The disease can be contracted by simply breathing in fungus-laced spores from dust disturbed by wind as well as human or animal activity.

Kings goalie Quick blanks Blues in Game 3

 Jonathan Quick made 30 saves in his fifth career playoff shutout, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 victory over St. Louis on Saturday night and trimming the Blues' series lead to 2-1.

Cape Girardeau Police use camera to scan cars, license plates

Cape Girardeau police have used a patrol car with high-speed cameras attached to its roof to capture photos of nearly every passing vehicle and its license plate. Some think it's a good tool, but other see it as an invasion of privacy.

Missouri soldier sentenced to 50 years for murder

Army Spec. Justin Cannon was sentenced to 50 years in prison with eligibility for parole for killing 24-year-old Michael Griggs of Raymore during a weekend camping trip.

Garcia pitches Cardinals past Brewers 10-1

It was the first time the Cardinals have four in a row from the Brewers, who moved to the NL and have been in the Cardinals' division since the 1998 season.

Missouri lawmakers consider changes to commercial driver's licenses

Legislation advancing at the Missouri Capitol seeks to comply with federal regulations dealing with learning permits for commercial driver's licenses and with restrictions on texting and the use of hand-held cellphones by people who are driving commercial vehicles.

Arvarh Strickland, MU professor, remembered at funeral for leadership, compassion

About 200 people gathered Saturday morning at Missouri United Methodist Church to remember the life and legacy of Arvarh Strickland, MU's first African-American professor.

Missouri softball's Chelsea Thomas pitches no-hitter against Tennessee

Tigers' senior ace Chelsea Thomas allowed three base runners on walks, but no Tennessee batter reached base on a hit. Thomas now has 14 no-hitters, including four perfect games, in her five years at Missouri.

Stephens College commencement ceremony recognizes students, teachers

At Stephens College's commencement Saturday, 148 students received bachelor's degrees. Earlier, 59 students received master's degrees and four received post-graduate degrees.

DEAR READER: Recording the memories of MU's Arvarh Strickland

Journalism will help preserve the memory of Arvarh Strickland, a man who is known for being the first African-American professor at MU but who was also much more.

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