Woman dies of heroin overdose [Photo]

Nikki Tayon died last April of an overdose on heroin that was 90 percent pure. A decade ago, she helped lead the high school softball team from Winfield to second place in the state. But it wasn't long after high school that she began using drugs such as marijuana and meth. A couple of years ago, she turned to heroin. She was 28 when she died.

Father dies of heroin overdose [Photo]

William Henderson, a 29-year-old welder from rural Missouri, left his wife Amanda and three small boys destitute in 2009 when he died in his sleep hours after snorting heroin.

Missouri softball players leave field after defeating Illinois [Photo]

MU junior Rhea Taylor, left, and freshman Ashlie Ortega celebrate with teammates while walking off the field after playing against Illinois on Sunday. Missouri beat Illinois 4-2.

Taylor slips past Illinois player [Photo]

MU junior Rhea Taylor slips by Illinois sophomore Kelley Wedel in the first of three runs in the third inning of Sunday's softball game. Missouri beat Illinois 4-2.

Missouri softball beats Illinois 4-2 [Photo]

MU softball sophomore Kristin Nottelmann pitches another full game against Illinois on Sunday. Nottelmann has pitched 13 games this season and in all three games of this weekend's NCAA Regional event. Missouri beat Illinois 4-2.

Ground broken for new regional Catholic high school [Photo]

The new regional Catholic high school broke ground Sunday at the new site off Gans Road. Students are scheduled to start at the new school in the fall of 2011.

Site blessed for new regional Catholic high school [Photo]

Members of the Executive Committee of Father Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School and prominent members of Columbia listen as the Rev. Thomas Saucier blesses the site where ground was broken Sunday for the new school.

Cable TV providers try to improve customer service [Photo]

In this Feb. 2, 2009 file photo, a Time Warner Cable truck is parked in New York. Facing increased competition from other subscription TV services and online video, some cable companies are trying to improve customer service to retain subscribers.

Five-year study to cover management of Missouri River system [Photo]

This Sept. 18, 1946 aerial view taken from a U.S. Army airplane flying over Fort Peck Lake, near Glasgow, Mont. shows operational tests of the mile-long concrete lined spillway of the Fort Peck Dam, the first of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dams to be completed in the Missouri River basin. Congress authorized a $25 million, five-year study to determine whether changes need to be made in the 1944 law that sets eight purposes for the dams, reservoirs and lower free-flowing river.

Summer school endangered by state budget woes [Photo]

A student waits at the front doors of Raymore-Peculiar High School in Peculiar. About 2,500 of the Raymore-Peculiar district's 6,000 students enrolled in a free summer school program last year that combined traditional subjects with enrichment classes such as music. Now, with state funding uncertain, the district will focus on about 800 students who need to make up credits to graduate or are struggling to keep up with classmates.

Congress authorizes five-year study of Missouri River system [Photo]

In this March 29, 2005 file photo, Joe Gill throws out a line on the Missouri River below Hauser Dam near Helena, Mont. Congress authorized a $25 million, five-year study to determine whether changes need to be made in the 1944 law that sets eight purposes for the dams, reservoirs and lower free-flowing river: flood control, navigation, hydropower, irrigation, water supply, recreation, water quality, and fish and wildlife.

Misses the tag [Photo]

MU sophomore Conner Mach misses the tag at second on Texas junior Tant Shepherd while MU freshman Eric Garcia watches on May 22. Mizzou lost to Texas 4-6.

Caught in the middle [Photo]

MU freshman Eric Garcia (center) and junior Kelly Fick catch Texas junior Tant Sheperd in a pickle on May 22. Mizzou lost to Texas 4-6.

Hudson's home run celebration [Photo]

Freshman Nicole Hudson runs to home plate after hitting a home run for the Mizzou softball team on May 22. Mizzou beat Illinois 3-1.

North terrace [Photo]

Artist renderings of the new Ellis Fischel building's North Terrace courtesy of MU Health Care.

Force out at first [Photo]

MU junior Shana White runs to first base where Illinois sophomore Meredith Hackett makes the catch to force the out on May 22. Missouri beat Illinois 3-1.

Stopping at second [Photo]

East drop-off area [Photo]

Artist renderings of the new Ellis Fischel building's East drop-off area courtesy of MU Health Care.

Nottelmann pitches complete game [Photo]

MU sophomore Kristin Nottelmann pitched the entire game against Illinois on May 22. Nottelmann allowed only seven hits out of 120 pitches and she struck out eight batters to help Mizzou beat Illinois 3-1.

Ball bounce [Photo]