Water balloon handoff at Mill Creek block party [Photo]

From left, Emma Ayers, 11, hands off a water balloon to Laurel Ayers, 8, during a block party at Mill Creek Manor in Columbia on Tuesday. Members of neighborhood families organized the party to celebrate the last day of school.

Preparing for siblings near bus on last day of school [Photo]

From left, Haley Evers, 13, and Ashley Reichert, 12, prepare to greet their younger siblings as they step off the bus Tuesday, the last day of school for many young students in Columbia.

New development approved on Route Z [Graphic]

The classification of the approximately 210 acres was changed from agricultural to light industrial in the hopes of attracting businesses to the region. While local business leaders, such as the Columbia Area Jobs Foundation, supported the measure, area residents expressed concern over the change for a variety of reasons.

Columbia bus riderships rises [Graphic]

Standing up for George Tiller [Photo]

From left, across the front row, Vicky Wilson, State Rep. Mary Still, Sean Spence and Bonnie Trickey are among those at the vigil Tuesday night to remember George Tiller, the abortion doctor who was killed Sunday in his church. Heavy rain caused the gathering to move from Peace Park to MU's McAlester Hall.

A light to remember [Photo]

“During this time of tragedy, it’s important to grieve, but it’s also important to stand up for what we believe in,” said Michelle Turpino, lobbyist and mid-Missouri spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood.

Helen Noonan discusses Centralia Anchor Festival [Slideshow]

Helen Noonan, a cosmetologist and esthetician for Brown Chiropractic Wellness Center and Spa in Centralia, discusses the importance of the Centralia Anchor Festival to her family and the city.

Students at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School discuss changing grade levels [Audio]

Students at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School in Columbia discuss why they are excited about changing grade levels and schools.

A horse fan [Photo]

Dianne Lynch likes horses and is attracted to the Stephens equestrian program. "It is one of the truly unique parts of the school," she said. Her 11-year-old daughter, Annie, will learn to ride on a horse named Chopper when she arrives in Columbia.

Learning combat moves for the stage [Photo]

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch stops to watch professor Erik Gratton's Stage Combat class on Tuesday. The students, who will perform a full fight scene toward the end of their summer class, showed off a few moves to Lynch.

That fear might be gone [Photo]

Karren Prasifka and Stephens College President Dianne Lynch share a laugh. Prasifka said she decided to join the college's equestrian program to "get over my fear of riding a horse."

Meeting colleagues [Photo]

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch introduces herself to employee Jim Klick, who has worked as the supervisor of the college's Mechanic Shop for more than two years. Lynch met a number of faculty, students and staff on Tuesday.

Cleaning desks [Photo]

11-year-old Lucy Kingsley, left, looks on as fellow fifth-grade classmates clean out their desks on the last day of school at Fairview Elementary in Columbia on Tuesday.

Taking a picture on the last day of school [Photo]

11-year-olds Da'Jon Gully, left, and Lucas Wadley pose for a photo on their last day of fifth grade at Fairview Elementary in Columbia.

Comden and Day [Photo]

Barry Comden and singer-actress Doris Day are shown in this 1976 photo. Comden died of heart failure on May 25 in Los Angeles, according to his son.

Barry Comden with Doris Day [Photo]

Barry Comden, a maitre d' at a Beverly Hills restaurant, became the fourth husband of singer-actress Doris Day. Comden died of heart failure on May 25 in Los Angeles, according to his son.

Hindman talks status of crime in Columbia [Photo]

Mayor Darwin Hindman stands with Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser and addresses the press about crime in Columbia. The mayor introduced an Internet-based program that residents can use to review crimes committed in their neighborhoods.

Truck crashes into electric pole [Photo]

A PAR Electrical Contractors Inc. truck hoists three linemen above a totaled black Chevy S-10. The Chevy's driver was reported to have been driving eastbound on Business Loop 70 when he veered right and crashed into an electric transmission pole, splintering it in two.

Saturn of Columbia [Photo]

Saturn of Columbia, part of Lou Fusz Auto Group, was open for business as usual on Monday. Saturn, which is owned by General Motors, filed for bankruptcy Monday.

GM files for bankruptcy [Photo]

The sign for Sullivan Buick Pontiac and GMC is reflected in a car on the lot on Monday in Arlington Heights, Ill. General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday as part of the Obama administration's plan to restructure the company and give majority ownership to the federal government.