Capitol health care rally [Video]

VIDEO: Hundreds of people from every district around Missouri gathered at the steps of the Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday. Numerous speakers talked to the crowd such as State Rep. Rebecca McClanahan from Kirksville, and Melanie Edwards, who had a personal experience with illness and the health care system. The rally began with singing and ended with prayer before everybody boarded buses to go back to homes around the state.

Average Weather Temps [Graphic]

Lower temperatures in July and August cause Columbia to experience below average temperatures.

Gettis gets loud [Photo]

Missouri's Carl Gettis is one of two projected starters at cornerback. He said the secondary has improved communication to avoid little mistakes.

Lumpkins trial testimony continues [Photo]

Keyonda Lumpkins testifies during her trial Wednesday afternoon at the Boone County Courthouse. The state rested its case Wednesday afternoon regarding the June 2008 death of her 2-year-old son.

Voluntary Action Center gives prescription help [Photo]

Edward Willis, left, 57, looks over information on obtaining diabetic testing strips while Christina Montgomery of the Voluntary Action Center contacts Kilgore's Medical Pharmacy regarding his prescriptions. Willis was referred to the VAC by his doctor. "It's a good place to come to," he said, "People who need help need a place to come to."

Columbia Public Library offers class for parents and babies [Photo]

Two-year-old Kevin Han claps along with his mother Jing Han and other participants at Rhymes and Rhythms for Pre-Walkers on Tuesday at Columbia Public Library. Part of the library's extensive children's program, Rhymes and Rhythms is a 30-minute offering that features songs and games and is designed for parents and their babies.

Rhymes and Rhythms offers games, stories for toddlers [Photo]

Two-year-old Kevin Han chooses stickers for his book near the end of the Rhymes and Rhythms for Pre-Walkers program on Tuesday at the Columbia Public Library. The program attracted about a dozen babies and their parents, all of whom came to enjoy music, dancing and stories at the library.

Missouri Contemporary Ballet dancers practice after summer hiatus [Photo]

Missouri Contemporary Ballet dancers Claire Magee, Melanie Auinbauh and Noelle Lelakus practice at the Dance Studio of Columbia on Tuesday. The Columbia-based dance company returns for the fall season after a three-month hiatus and will be performing "Falling ... Apart" at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on November 13 and 14.

Islamic students observe Ramadan [Photo]

Phil Klopfenstein, an MU student currently observing the Islamic holiday Ramadan, picks up a few breakfast items at the Emporium at MU on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. In accordance with Ramadan tradition, Muslims are only allowed to eat before sunrise and after sunset.

City social service funding [Graphic]

The funding by the city of Columbia for social services has remained steady over the past nine years.

Field feud [Graphic]

Rick Rose made his case Tuesday night to the Boone County Commission for a conditional use permit for a baseball field on his property. The Kinseys, who own neighboring land, have complained about the field.

Fasting practices among religions [Graphic]

Fasting practices among common religions.

Champion rider Melissa Hood [Photo]

Melissa Hood and her horse Watch This Way finish their go at the 2009 Bayer Select World Championship Show reining competition.

Motorcycle collision injures one [Photo]

A Carl's Towing & Transport worker helps clear a motorcycle from Business Loop 70 between South Providence Road and Seventh Street. The motorcyclist crashed into a red Ford Focus, shown, on Tuesday. According to eyewitnesses, Columbia resident Daniel Morris was traveling westbound on Business Loop 70 on his motorcycle when he quickly passed a truck driver and broadsided Columbia resident H.R. Ricketts. Ricketts was turning left onto a driveway.

Farmers worry about effects of climate change bill [Photo]

Corn detasslers work a field by an irrigation pivot, in Goehner, Neb., Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Fears over proposed measures to address global warming are leaving some farmers, ranchers and others tied to agriculture hot under the collar. While those who back the Obama administration's climate change legislation say its opportunities for agriculture will outweigh the costs, former Agriculture Secretary and now U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska fears the legislation's "cap and trade" measure could cripple America's agriculture industry.

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams [Photo]

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams (No.7) hasn't been able to beat the Tigers yet, but he still says he likes the Arch Rivalry game and is disappointed to see it end of the 2011 season.

Rock Bridge golfer Meghan Mueller [Photo]

Rock Bridge golfer Meghan Mueller shot a 43 over nine holes Tuesday at L.A. Nickel Golf Course.

Lumpkins trial begins with photographs [Photo]

Keyonda Lumpkins, left, pauses during her second-degree murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday. Lumpkins is on trial for the June 2008 death of her 2-year-old son, Cortez Johnson.

Mike Sewall [Photo]

Mike Sewall is an assistant city editor for the Missourian.

County commission to decide fate of games [Video]

Rick Rose built a baseball field on his Bonne Femme Estates property in 2003. Now, after a neighbor complained about the field, The Boone County Commission is scheduled to vote tonight on a zoning issue about the baseball field, which is used for pick-up games and by several organized teams.