Missouri River 340 Race [Graphic]

The sixth annual Missouri River Race, the world’s longest non-stop canoe river race, will run from July 19 to
July 22. Participants will travel the Missouri River from Kansas City to St. Charles while stopping
along checkpoints at cities marked below.

Training for the race [Photo]

Sarah Pennington paddles through an icy river while training for the sixth annual Missouri River 340 scheduled for July. Pennington and her husband, Josh Pennington, weren't able to participate in the event last year.

Josh and Sarah Pennington [Photo]

Josh and Sarah Pennington will compete in the Missouri River 340 in July. The couple is working to raise money for the Missouri River Relief.

Musician plays on Ninth Street [Photo]

Lamar Roberts plays his electric flute downtown on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway on Sunday afternoon. "A lot of people misunderstand what I do. Street musicians are not people who live on the street," he said.

A sweet treat at start of spring [Photo]

Brooke Bliven, 4, and her brother Jacob Bliven, 2, ate frozen yogurt downtown on Sunday afternoon. After playing outside all day with their mother, Nicole, frozen yogurt was their treat for being "good kids." The temperature reached 79 degrees on Sunday.

Ampleman leads Missouri [Photo]

Missouri's Ryan Ampleman bats during Friday's baseball game against Central Michigan University at Taylor Stadium. Ampleman was the team's leadoff hitter for the series, and he finished the series with six hits and five runs scored.

Out at third base [Photo]

Missouri third baseman Conner Mach tags out Tyler Hall of Central Michigan as he slides into third base on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Snap shot of spring [Photo]

Museum visitors marvel at a floral interpretation of an African nkisi, or power figure, on Sunday. Connie Blackmore, Karen Blackmore and Chris Egbert of the Columbia Garden Club designed the flower arrangement for the "Art in Bloom" exhibit at the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Flower show at MU [Photo]

The seventh annual "Art in Bloom" exhibit showed at the Museum of Art and Archaeology from Friday through Sunday. Erin Grace and Rita Dudley incorporated nine different types of flowers into this floral arrangement. Their arrangement was inspired by "The Quarry" by Barnard E. Peters, which hangs on the wall behind the flowers.

Lee Elementary holds fifth annual Not So Silent/Silent Art Auction [Video]

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary school auctioned off pieces of original artwork to raise funds for the school's artist-in-residence program that enriches the art-driven curriculum at the school on March 19, 2011. Organizers hoped to raise more than $6,000 on the art made by Lee Elementary students working with Columbia artists, paintings and sculptures donated to the fundraiser, and gift baskets donated by local businesses."

Shelter Insurance kicks off spring with fountain lighting festival [Video]

The annual fountain lighting ceremony at Shelter Insurance celebrates the beginning of spring. The festivities include bluegrass music, face painting, and balloon animals. Carol Mallory, Ann McCauley, and Ethan McCauley share their experiences at the festival and what they are looking forward to doing this spring on Friday, Mar. 18, 2011.

Recycling job for students [Photo]

Blue Ridge Elementary fourth grade student Sincere Hall-Osborne empties the recycling bins on Friday. Hall-Osborne is a member of the schools Emerging Leaders Program which teaches students responsibility and he performs his job of collecting the recycling every Friday.

Throwing to first [Photo]

Missouri third baseman Maddison Ruggeberg throws to first base during Sunday's game against Minnesota at University Field.

Thomas keeps winning [Photo]

Missouri's Chelsea Thomas pitches to Minnesota on Sunday at University Field. Thomas allowed no runs, striking out 12 and giving up two hits.

Fleming, Tigers celebrate [Photo]

Missouri junior Ashley Fleming is congratulated after her two-run home run in the sixth inning March 20 in a 2-0 victory over Minnesota at University Field.

Edwards finishes in second [Photo]

Kyle Busch (18) drives next to Carl Edwards (99) in the closing laps of the Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Busch won the race and Edwards finished in second.

Young and old faces at the 34th annual train show [Video]

The 34th annual train show took place Saturday. The show, featuring model trains and miniature towns, filled the Paquin Tower lobby with some of Columbia's oldest and youngest train enthusiasts.

Shaving heads to fight cancer [Slideshow]

Columbia residents came out Saturday to have their heads shaved to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a group the raises funds to fight childhood cancer.

Planned Parenthood: Polarizing perspectives [Slideshow]

As Planned Parenthood fights for funding at the federal level, protesters on both sides of the debate gathered outside the organization’s Columbia clinic. About 150 demonstrators came out in support of Planned Parenthood, outnumbering roughly 40 opponents standing vigil as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This video has been edited to remove a reference that suggested abortions render women sterile, which is not true.)

Filling the gap [Graphic]

Despite $29.8 million in revenue increases projected for next year, MU is still expected to have a $21.7 million funding gap in its general operating budget.