James Whitt talks to students [Photo]

James Whitt, one of the candidates for the upcoming school board election, talks with a group of MU students at an open forum hosted by the College of Education on Tuesday. More than 70 students attended the event to share their concerns about both local and national education-related issues with all five candidates.

Columbia School Board forum [Audio]

Linda Bennett, the associate dean of educator preparation, and Eryca Neville, the assistant director of the teacher development program, both at the MU College of Education, talk about the Columbia School Board election forum held Tuesday. Both agree that the forum allowed MU students to interact with school board candidates and learn more about the public education system in Columbia.

Rosa Hoyle recites 'Sonnet 116' [Audio]

Rosa Hoyle, 15, recites “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare at her house in Jefferson City. She recited these poems at the local and state Poetry Out Loud competition.

Rosa Hoyle recites 'Jabberwocky' [Audio]

Rosa Hoyle, 15, recites “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll at her house in Jefferson City. She recited these poems at the local and state Poetry Out Loud competition.

Practice makes perfect poetry [Photo]

Home-schooler Rosa Hoyle, 15, practices reciting poetry with her mother, Heather Hoyle, at their home in Jefferson City on Feb. 23. A few of the things she practices are the sound and pace of the poem, hand movements, pronunciation and expression, which are all taken into account in the Poetry Out Loud contest that she competed in.

MU baseball player Michael Liberto [Photo]

Through the Tigers' first nine games, Missouri shortstop Michael Liberto is hitting .471. Last season, Liberto hit .243.

MU baseball team set for home opener [Photo]

Missouri baseball players roll back the tarp at Taylor Stadium before their practice Tuesday afternoon.

Ramsey putting in extra minutes [Photo]

With Justin Safford out with an injury, Missouri's Keith Ramsey has played an average of 38 minutes in the past three games. He says the morning after those games has been a painful experience.

Gary Kespohl answers 11 questions [Video]

In this video, Gary Kespohl discusses the issue of crime in Columbia. Watch Kespohl answer 11 different questions about important issues the city is facing.

College Avenue collision [Photo]

After a collision at the intersection of College Avenue and Paquin Street, the driver of the first vehicle was transported to University Hospital. He was driving south on College Ave when he was struck by the second vehicle when it turned across College Avenue to turn on to Paquin Street.

Karl Skala answers 11 questions [Video]

Karl Skala talks about the city's new sustainability officer in this video. Watch Skala answer 11 questions about issues facing Columbia.

College Avenue crash [Photo]

Officials begin to clear the scene after two cars collide at the corner of College Avenue and Paquin Street. The driver of the first vehicle was transported to the hospital. The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries. The first vehicle, pictured above, was heading south on College Ave and was struck by the second vehicle, which was crossing College turning on to Paquin Street.

Hinkson Creek Plan [Document]

Boone Life bilingual family [Slideshow]

Elizabeth Mendez and her husband, Heriberto Uribe, are members of Boone County's Spanish-speaking population. Both originally from Mexico, Heriberto and Elizabeth hope to improve their own English and are teaching their children, Anthony and Erik, both languages. Elizabeth hopes people understand that a language barrier doesn't imply incompetence on behalf of Spanish-speakers. All quotes have been translated into English from Spanish.

Playing the bass [Photo]

Rufus Reid plays his upright bass for students after teaching them some of the finer points of Jazz theory.

Boone Life: A loving embrace [Photo]

Elizabeth Mendez holds her 2-year-old son, Erik Uribe-Mendez, in the living room of their home Saturday. Elizabeth, who is originally from Toluca, Mexico, has lived in Columbia for almost eight years, and is unable to speak English.

Sid Sullivan answers questions from mid-Missouri Labor Club members [Photo]

Local union members listen to mayor candidate Sid Sullivan answer questions at the mid-Missouri Labor Club's forum held at their monthly meeting on Monday.

Using a clicker in a classroom [Photo]

A student uses a clicker to answer a question in the physics class of Professor Michael Dubson at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Feb. 26.

Speaking with the candidates [Photo]

Mayor candidate Jerry Wade answers questions from members of the mid-Missouri Labor Club at their monthly meeting on Monday evening. The forum provided a chance for the local labor union members to speak with the candidates about campaign concerns and issues one at a time.

Columbia's Third Ward [Graphic]