Student caused crash while texting [Photo]

Mallory Benedict, a junior at MU, stands with her new car near the site of her August 2007 car crash on Sept. 22, 2009. Benedict had been driving home from a friend's house on North Ballenger Lane near Mexico Gravel Road at 4 a.m. when she texted the friend for directions. While typing her message, Benedict overcorrected her steering three times, which led to her rolling and totaling her car. Although her airbags did not deploy, Benedict, who had worn her seat belt, was not injured.

Student's car totaled after accident caused by texting [Photo]

Mallory Benedict's car after the accident. While texting, she overcorrected three times, which caused her car to roll, leaving it totaled.

Belcher visits Columbia schools [Slideshow]

Every day, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher visits a different school to have lunch with the students and speak to the faculty and staff.

Co-captains for Columbia College soccer team [Photo]

The Columbia College soccer team co-captains Lloyd Jacobs, left, and Jordan Cox, right, are both seniors playing in their fourth season season for the Cougars. But their coach says they bring different leadership styles to the team.

Gabbert struggles [Photo]

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggled passing the ball against Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Iowa State rising [Photo]

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, foreground, looks on during the second half of Saturday's win against Baylor in Ames, Iowa.

Practicing a serve [Photo]

Kaitlyn Ritchie practices serving Monday at the Epple Tennis and Park Complex.

Returning a serve [Photo]

Kaitlyn Ritchie returns a serve during practice Monday at the Epple Tennis and Park Complex. She is one of the MU women's tennis players that will be traveling to Norman, Okla., to compete in the ITA regionals.

William Clinch on trial [Photo]

From left, Tony Manansala, Paul Hood, William Clinch, and Jennifer Bukowsky confer during the murder trial held at the Boone County Courthouse on Monday. Clinch shot and killed his former brother-in-law in the McDonald's parking lot located on Clark Lane on September 2, 2007.

Travis Smith shoes horses' hoofs [Video]

Travis Smith prepares for shoeing the hoof of a quarter horse named Tex. Smith has worked as a farrier for the last eight years, and for him, the job is a way to tend to the animals and "provide a service that is necessary in the fact that there are hoofs with a lot of work and constant use that need care," Smith said.

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Tow truck removes SUV from Paris Road crash [Photo]

Don Zike prepares to pull a Cadillac Escalade onto the bed of his tow truck after the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Fire Department ordered it cleared from the scene of a crash involving a pickup truck and this SUV on Paris Road by the off-ramp from U.S. 63 on Monday. Five people were injured in the crash. The two in critical condition were sent to University Hospital and the others were sent to Boone Hospital Center.

Foliage turns for winter [Slideshow]

This fall's foliage show is nearing its peak in mid-Missouri. A few weeks ago, experts at the Missouri Department of Conservation predicted that warm sunny days and cool nights would produce a brilliant display. However, recent cold and damp weather suggesting the colors will be more muted.

Bluebird Music and Arts Festival wraps up [Slideshow]

Jam sessions, reuniting bands and unexpected instruments marked the final day of the 2009 Bluebird Music and Arts Festival. The second annual festival celebrated the Midwestern culture.

Meet Denny Donnell [Video]

Denny Donnell is the original founder of Columbia's stamp collecting club, which became an official affiliate of the American Philatelic Society in 1970. Donnell has been collecting stamps since the 1940s and is a member of the stamp club to this day.

The club meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Boone Landing to talk, buy, sell and trade. There are approximately 45 members, ranging in age from 8 to 80.

Organic farm operates year-round thanks to greenhouse [Photo]

In addition to fields of vegetables, the Brabos also have a greenhouse so that crops can be grown year-round.

Vegetables: Brabo organic farm [Photo]

Mike Brabo looks over rows of vegetables.

Purple cauliflowers: Brabo organic farm [Photo]

Mike Brabo looks over purple cauliflower on the rural farm he owns with his wife, Carol, and their two children.

Peppered turkeys: Organic agriculture in mid-Missouri [Photo]

Curious turkeys flock toward a row of Hungarian paprika peppers, Friday in Clarkesville. Mike and Carol Brabo are part of a growing movement that reflects back to a time when food came from over there rather than overseas.

Masters faces Texas A&M in breaststroke [Photo]

Freshman Amanda Masters swims the 100-yard breaststroke against Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in the Mizzou Aquatics Center. Masters placed fourth in that event.