Public defenders taking fewer cases per employee than past [Graphic]

Public defenders have the smallest number of cases per employee since 2002. The total number of public defender cases has dropped annually since 2006. On Oct. 1, three more districts will be able to deny new cases.

Hickman volleyball player Morgan Popejoy vs. Helias [Photo]

Hickman senior Morgan Popejoy tries to swat a spike past Helias Catholic defender Anna Murphy. Popejoy switched from outside hitter to middle hitter for Tuesday's match.

International Flag Day speech [Photo]

David Currey, director of International Student and Scholar Services, makes a speech during the MU International Day Flag Ceremony on Tuesday. "I think it's beautiful," he said about the display of the flags. He also said the day was a great way to help others learn how to get involved with international programs and students on campus.

Hickman volleyball players Kimberly Lake and Emily Peel vs. Helias [Photo]

Hickman's Kimberly Lake, left, and Emily Peel, right, jump for a block against Helias Catholic's Lisa Bruns. Lake moved to right-side hitter for Tuesday's match.

International Flag Day ceremony [Photo]

International students and volunteers carry more than 60 international flags from the Francis Quadrangle to Lowry Mall on Tuesday. The MU International Day Flag Ceremony was started three years ago in an attempt to create more awareness of the International students that attend MU. An international bazaar on Lowry Mall featuring international cuisine and cultural presentations followed the ceremony.

Columbia Independent School field trip [Photo]

From left to right, Yana Lubahn, parent volunteer for Columbia Independent School, holds out the Turkish flag to show her daughter, Victoria Lubahn, 7, and her classmates, Dina Grafakos, 7, and Matte Lopez, 7, on their field trip to Lowry Mall for MU International Day on Tuesday. "The setup is just beautiful," she said. "Because our school has so much diversity, it is great to come see this."

Hickman volleyball player Emily Peel vs. Helias Catholic [Photo]

Hickman senior Emily Peel reaches to make a hit in the Kewpies' match Tuesday against Helias Catholic. A lineup change at Monday's practice couldn't prevent the Kewpies from losing the match 25-11, 27-25.

Sarah Davis holds Micah [Photo]

Sarah Davis has been a member of La Leche League, an international organization that encourages mothers to breast-feed their childen, for seven years.

Sarah Davis breast-feeds son Micah [Photo]

Sarah Davis breast-feeds her 9-month son, Micah, on Friday at her home in Columbia. Davis has been a member of the La Leche League since the birth of her first child 7 years ago. Her three sons have never had a bottle, Davis said.

Rock Bridge golfer Morgan Reimler [Photo]

A summer of practice with her father and uncle have helped Morgan Reimler become the No. 2 golfer for the Rock Bridge girls golf team this season.

MAP: Katy Trail bridge to be rehabbed [Graphic]

Rehabilitation on a Katy Trail bridge that crosses Moniteau Creek in Rocheport will take place as soon as river waters recede. Funds for the project, totaling $487,340, were awarded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

MU defensive end Michael Sam vs. Miami (Ohio) University [Photo]

Michael Sam, a freshman defensive end for Missouri, has blocked a punt, forced a safety, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble in his first four games for the Tigers.

SLIDESHOW: Boonville Fire Department's new facility [Slideshow]

The Boonville Fire Department tore down its outdated facility and is constructing a new fire station. Listen as Fire Chief Tim Carmichael explains their need for expansion.

Working on an atlatl [Photo]

Justin Garnett holds an atlatl, a wooden weapon that he made in about 30 minutes out of natural resources on Hinkson Field. The atlatl is a primitive weapon that can hurl darts, which range in length from 4 to 13 feet, to hit a target.

DIAGRAM: Anatomy of an atlatl [Graphic]

Missouri is now one of only two states in the U.S. to legalize the use of the atlatl, a prehistoric weapon, for deer hunting. An atlatl can be used by inserting a dart into the spur, gripping the handle and flinging the atlatl forward, releasing the dart. Below is a description of the parts of an atlatl and dart, which, when assembled, are about the weight and length of a broom.

VIDEO: Crafting an atlatl and darts [Video]

Justin Garnett makes atlatls and darts to use with the weapon. Garnett says he does survival and primitive crafts because it shows him he would be able to make anything that is necessary for primitive survival.

Rock Bridge softball player Kali Hall vs. Helias Catholic [Photo]

Rock Bridge infielder Kali Hall tags out Helias Catholic's Paige Bange in a play at second base Monday during the Bruins' extra-inning victory.

Rock Bridge volleyball player Ali Krelow vs. East St. Louis [Photo]

Rock Bridge volleyball player Ali Kreklow sets the ball Monday against visiting East St. Louis.

Helias misses a catch [Photo]

Helias' Carleigh Cavender misses a catch during the extra inning of a softball game against Rock Bridge. The drop allowed the Bruins' Kelsey Harrington to score the game-winning run.

Rock Bridge volleyball's Ali Kreklow and Elise Meyer vs. East St. Louis [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Ali Kreklow, left, and Elise Meyer leap to block East St. Louis' Kyesha Lee in the Bruins' victory Monday at Rock Bridge.