GRAPHIC: Special Olympics plans to build Training for Life Center south of Columbia [Graphic]

After borrowing different sites for the past 40 years, Special Olympics of Missouri will now have a permanent location off U.S. 63 near Missouri 163. Because the site is so centrally located, roughly two hours from each corner of the state, all athletes will be able to take advantage of the facilities for both training and competing.

EPA ecologist speaks [Photo]

Students of Becky Elders' fourth grade class listen to EPA ecologist Roberta Vogel-Leutung talk about watershed environments at West Boulevard Elementary. The station was the second of two outdoor activities as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement.

Catching bugs [Photo]

Grace Brinkmann, 9, checks to see if she has netted bugs as AaRaya Scott, 10, waits to hear the results of a bug-catching activity.

Scraping the creek [Photo]

Kristian Weimer asks an instructor to inspect his net after he pulled it out of the stream at West Boulevard Elementary on Thursday. The students learned how scientists scrape the creeks with nets to pick out various organisms.

Insect watershed inhabitants [Photo]

Vials of beetles, leeches and other insects that inhabit watershed environments sit on display outside at West Boulevard Elementary on Thursday. The display was part of a special learning activity after the the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement.

Bug catching at West Boulevard Elementary [Photo]

Meredith Donaldson, an outdoor classroom consultant for West Boulevard Elementary, points out insects that students Grace Brinkmann, 9, Blessing Oliver, 9, and AaRaya Scott, 10, might find while bug catching at the school. The Environmental Protection Agency was at the school on Thursday to announce that Missouri River Communities received grant money for upgrading or building outdoor classrooms at four local schools, including West Boulevard.

GRAPHIC: Getting personal with Tasers [Graphic]

Police aren’t the only ones using Tasers in Columbia. The general public has the opportunity to buy both Tasers and stun guns at several Columbia locations, including Target Masters and Bass Pro. Other devices may be ordered online through Midway USA, headquartered in Columbia. Below are two devices that consumers can purchase at shops in Columbia.

MAP: Trail along Grindstone Creek proposed [Graphic]

If the park sales tax is renewed, some of the money would pay for a new trail along Grindstone Creek that will cross Old 63 and U.S. 63. Voters decide on Nov. 2 whether to continue the tax.

Mourning loss from fire [Photo]

Jennifer Banner, right, holds her daughter Taija Shelton, 11, after their apartment building on Demaret Drive burned on Thursday. In the fire, Banner's mother's flame point Siamese cat was killed. She had adopted the cat after her mom died in March. No one was home at the time of the fire, and fire officials said the apartment and its contents were destroyed.

MU football equipment manager Robert McGugan [Photo]

Robert McGugan runs to pick up a kicking tee during Saturday's game against Colorado.

Temple Grandin speaks at MU [Photo]

Temple Grandin explains the different sensory problems that children and adults with autism struggle with. Grandin is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people this year. While talking about growing up with autism and establishing a career, Grandin said she realized "you have to sell your work, not yourself."

MAP: East Area Plan [Graphic]

The East Area Plan, which was presented to the Columbia City Council on Monday, Oct. 11, must be approved before the Richland Road Project can get the go-ahead. However, the two plans conflict on the topic of commercial development. 90.09 acres of the Richland Road Project is zoned for commercial development, while the East Area Plan aims to have no commercial zoning.

Final Chilean miner rescued [Photo]

Miner Ariel Ticona Yanez, center, emerges from the capsule that lifted him to the surface after being rescued Wednesday from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine where he had been trapped with 32 other miners for over two months near Copiapo, Chile.

City Council to weigh differences of development plans [Photo]

Homes in the Old Hawthorne developments along Highway WW could be affected by the new East Area Plan.

Still answers question at forum [Photo]

Democrat Mary Still, the 25th District candidate, answers a question during the election forum on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at the Daniel Boone Regional Library.

East Area Plan discussed by City Council [Photo]

As seen on Tuesday, a concrete pump sits in the Old Hawthorne developments along Highway WW.

House candidates at Columbia forum [Photo]

Candidates listen to a question during the forum on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at the Daniel Boone Regional Library.

Alexander to make NFL debut [Photo]

Danario Alexander led the nation with 1,781 yards receiving his senior season at Missouri.

Husker fans hunt for shirts for Texas game [Photo]

"Beat Texas" shirts are offered for sale Wednesday at the Husker Hounds store in Omaha, Neb., ahead of the game against Texas. Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne is following coach Bo Pelini's lead and urging fans to treat Texas players, coaches and fans with respect at Saturday's game. The game has been built up as a grudge match because of last year's controversial finish to the Big 12 championship game and Nebraska's looming departure from the Big 12 to join the Big Ten.

MU kicker Trey Barrow runs for first down [Photo]

Missouri kicker Trey Barrow runs past Colorado's Tony Jones on a fake punt. Barrow gained 26 yards and a first down to keep a Tigers touchdown drive alive. “I didn’t know how far I went. I thought that I got the first down because I felt like I was running for a while,” Barrow said.