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.

Composed practice [Photo]

Anthony Hernandez is an undergraduate composer who will have his most recent composition played by the Columbia Civic Orchestra at the Missouri Theatre for the Arts on Sunday. Composing music can be a long process that can sometimes take anywhere from six to seven months, he said.

Copper bullets [Photo]

From left, a bullet made of homogeneous copper and a bullet with a lead core and copper jacket next to each other on the counter at Powder Horn Guns and Sporting Goods in Columbia on Tuesday Both weigh the same, but lead bullets are denser and therefore smaller. The homogeneous copper bullets hold together better but are more expensive than the lead-core bullets.

Hunters take aim at deer season [Photo]

K.J. Houser takes a look at a double-barreled shotgun at Powder Horn Guns and Sporting Goods in Columbia on Tuesday. Houser and his friends have prepared months in advance for the opening of rifle season this Saturday by setting out salt and mineral blocks to attract the deer. This will be Houser's first deer season, and he hopes to get his first kill.

Missouri volleyball team celebrates win [Photo]

Missouri assistant volleyball coach Deng Yang, right, offers Tigers player Brittney Brimmage a word of congratulations after Missouri's victory Wednesday over Oklahoma.