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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has hired an engineering company to inspect all of its buildings after a walkway collapsed at a university-run apartment complex last week, killing a firefighter.
 
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university hired the firm, Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw Inc., to inspect 1,300 campus buildings, including storage facilities. University spokesman Christian Basi says the university isn't giving the company a deadline for completing the inspections.
 
John Smith, a structural engineer with the firm, says the buildings on the list are all across the state, including farms and university extension offices.
 
Lt. Bruce Britt was on the second-floor walkway of University Village Apartments when the walkway collapsed Saturday morning. Britt, a 23-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at a hospital. No residents were injured.
 
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Legislation passed by the Missouri House would give social workers more time to complete investigations into child abuse and neglect.
 
Current law stipulates that those investigations must be completed within 30 days. But the measure passed Thursday would allow the Department of Social Services to take up to 30 business days before submitting a report.
 
Sponsoring Rep. Bill Lant, a Pineville Republican, says these serious investigations shouldn't be rushed. He added that the current timetable puts a strain on department staff.
 
The House voted 151-1 to send the measure to the Senate.
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