Billy goes for a walk [Photo]

Bobette Wilson follows Charles Heller at the Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards as they load up Billy the goat into the trailer that will take him back to Wilson's farm on Thursday. Heller called the "Free Billy" support group to see if they needed any help and ended up bidding during the auction for the group because he had previous experience with bidding on livestock. "I've been coming to this sale barn since I was a kid," he said.

Rare salamander proposed for endangered species list [Photo]

In this 1991 photo, an Ozark hellbender salamander is shown in the Spring River near Mammoth Spring, Ark. The Ozark hellbender salamander has been proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for addition to the nation's endangered species list. The large, rare salamander lives only in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

GRAPHIC: Domestic violence shelter provided in Missouri [Graphic]

Since 2000, the number of nights emergency shelter has been provided to women and children in Missouri has steadily increased. Statistics including men were not provided prior to 2009.*

A neighborhood chat [Photo]

Columbia Police Officer Brandon Crites chats with Melissa Dinwiddie in between calls. Crites patrols Dinwiddie's neighborhood on a regular basis and enjoys visiting with her children and giving them stickers during lulls of activity.

Worried about possible change in police pensions [Photo]

Columbia Police Officers Brandon Crites and Kevin Kasper run at Stephens Lake Park on Tuesday. Crites ended his basketball career early to join the Columbia Police Department in January 2009. "It's always been my goal to become a police officer, but I decided to do this sooner than expected because of the benefits," he said. "If the 20-year retirement plan changes, I will regret this decision."

Expressing concerns about Columbia firefighters' pensions [Photo]

Fire Captain Jan McCrary leans against an engine for a portrait on Aug. 30 at Columbia Fire Station No. 2 on West Worley Street. McCrary is just one of many who will be affected by lower pensions. "It's not just a fire issue; it's a whole city employee issue," he said. McCrary also serves on the board overseeing the firefighters' pension plan.

One injured in rollover accident [Photo]

Columbia Police Officer Anthony Ash talks with a woman involved in a rollover accident at the intersection of East Nifong Boulevard and Hyde Park Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. One person to was taken to University Hospital for treatment, and Nifong remained open to traffic.

Costs of Walnut disease [Document]

Click here to download a 2009 assessment of what Thousand Cankers disease might cost the state of Missouri.

SLIDESHOW: Citizen Jane Film Festival features local artists [Slideshow]

The Citizen Jane Film Festival kick-off began with a screening of Fayth Levine’s documentary “Handmade Nation” at Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday. After the screening there was a question and answer session with the director and some crafting projects on the patio, including sewing and button-making. Columbia artists such as Cory McCarter and volunteers for the Citizen Jane Film Festival also joined in.

Missouri's mighty men at tight end [Photo]

Michael Egnew, left, and Andrew Jones each bring unique qualities to the Missouri tight end position.

Mueller leads Rock Bridge golf team [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Meghan Mueller, right, and Hickman's Patricia De Castro congratulate each other after the final hole of their round Wednesday at Old Hawthorne Golf Course. Mueller fired a 36.

Sausages advertise new football season [Photo]

Lauren Weiker, a Mizzou Meat Market employee, puts the summer sausage footballs back into a refrigerator at Eckles Hall. The footballs are intended to advertise the new season, and the hope is to sell them at home games.

Market sells sausage shaped like football [Photo]

The Mizzou Meat Market is now making a summer sausage in the shape of a football.

Missouri volleyball player Paola Ampudia at practice [Photo]

Missouri senior outside hitter Paola Ampudia is a native of Cali, Colombia. Other than her family, she says she misses the salsa dancing common in her home country.

Big 12 rushing resurgence [Photo]

Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter breaks away for a 66-yard run during the first half Saturday against Washington State.

Agenda report from the Planning and Zoning Commission [Document]

The Planning and Zoning Commission's meeting agenda and maps of the property in question

City to buy land to improve intersection safety [Photo]

Hickman High School students cross the intersection of Providence Road and Business Loop 70 during their lunch break on Wednesday.

MAP: Sidewalk improvements proposed on Providence and Business Loop 70 [Graphic]

The City Council is forced to wait until next month to discuss sidewalk improvements near Hickman High School. The proposed changes would make it safer for people to cross the street and be ADA compliant.

Hickman lunch break [Photo]

Hickman High School students hold up traffic as they cross the intersection of Providence and Business Loop 70 during their lunch break on Wednesday. Because land holders in the area were not properly notified of Tuesday's meeting, the City Council has postponed pedestrian improvements meant to make the intersection safer.

Changing street name from Maryland to Tiger [Photo]

At Tuesday's meeting, the City Council unanimously voted in favor of renaming Maryland Avenue to Tiger Avenue at MU. According to University Affairs director Ana Romero, the change is considered beneficial because now the main thoroughfare on campus will reflect school spirit.