Hickman student Diamond Thrower [Photo]

Diamond Thrower was thrown to the ground by Columbia Police Officer Mark Brotemarkle during a fight at Hickman High School. Thrower was not involved in the fight but was trying to break it up.

Willie Smith of Magic Services Inc. [Photo]

Willie Smith filed a complaint after he said police used excessive force in his arrest earlier this year. After an internal review, the Columbia Police Department said its actions were appropriate.

Columbia resident Carl Alan Giles [Photo]

Carl Alan Giles was arrested on suspicion of public urination and resisting arrest in an alley. Giles said he was not urinating. Police sprayed him with pepper spray and fired a Taser at him.

Mark Brotemarkle, student resource officer [Photo]

Mark Brotemarkle, a student resource officer with the Columbia Police Department, was involved in an incident at Hickman High School in 2008. He was accused of throwing a student, Diamond Thrower, to the ground.

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton [Photo]

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has made better communication between the police and the community a priority, according to officers.

Race and police illustration [Photo]

Jarvis Tyner of the Communist Party USA [Photo]

Jarvis Tyner, executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA, discusses politics, workers rights and economic policies during his speech in MU's Ellis Auditorium on Thursday.

Mock gulag protests communism [Photo]

MU students protest the speech of Jarvis Tyner, executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA, with a mock gulag labor camp set up in Speaker's Circle at MU on Thursday.

Jerrell Jackson's catch [Photo]

Missouri sophomore Jerrell Jackson pulls in a one-handed catch against Colorado linebacker Jeff Smart.

Hickman soccer's George Plakorus [Photo]

Kewpies senior midfielder George Plakorus is on a hot streak heading into the Class 3 state tournament quarterfinals game Saturday against Kickapoo.

Peace Corps volunteer helps in Afghanistan [Photo]

Jill Vickers vaccinates a man against smallpox in Afghanistan in 1969.

Peace Corps volunteer returns to Mali [Photo]

Tappan Heher, who made the film "Gone to Mali" that will be showing at this Saturday's Third Goal International Film Festival, returned to Mali in 2002 to visit his Malian mom.

Spc. Logan Burnett [Photo]

CORRECTED CAPTION: Spc. Logan Burnett, 1908th Medical Company, is wheeled into Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas, by his brother, Sgt. Joshua Burnett, and his wife, Torey, following a news conference Wednesday. Burnett was shot during the Fort Hood mass shooting. An earlier version of this caption misspelled the last name of Logan and Joshua Burnett.

The Beat: Tweeting breaking news [Audio]

Frozen venison [Photo]

About 1,000 pounds of processed deer meat is stored Wednesday in the freezer at Bill Crane's meat processing plant on. The meat is donated by hunters, and is then processed and donated to the Central Missouri Food Bank through the Share the Harvest program.

Processing venison [Photo]

Bill Crane shows an example Wednesday of what processed deer meat looks like in the end after running through the wrapper machine at his meat processing plant. Crane processes meat that hunters donate before he gives it to the Central Missouri Food Bank through the Share the Harvest program as well as processing for customers.

The Beat: Looking at Missouri grade school standards [Audio]

Math scores increase in Missouri [Graphic]

The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress study shows Missouri is one of 10 states with a significant increase in mathematics proficiency scores at both the fourth- and eighth-grade levels from 2005-2009.

State poverty level standards [Graphic]

Gov. Jay Nixon announced $32 million in cuts to Medicaid. The proposed health care reform bills will increase the percentage of the federal poverty level required for eligibility to receive Medicaid. Missouri has one of the lowest Medicaid eligibility rates in the nation.

Hoping for good health [Photo]

Lindsey Cathey, 25, who works as a bartender at D. Rowes Restaurant and Bar, doesn't have health insurance and has been without it since the age of 18. She has the option of getting insurance through D. Rowes, but because it has private ownership, half of the $500 a month coverage would be out-of-pocket from the owners. "I want there to be a way that there could be a universal health care system that wouldn't destroy small businesses," she said.