Collecting signatures in support of chickens [Photo]

With clipboards in hand, Claire Garden stands at the entrance to the Farmer's Market on Saturday in Columbia. Garden is collecting signatures in support of the Urban Hen Petition.

Keeping chickens [Photo]

The Faaborg family of Columbia raises Barred Rock and Araucana chickens in a coop outside their home. Araucana chickens are known as 'Easter Egg' chickens because of the pink and sometimes blue eggs they produce.

Chickens eating [Photo]

The Faaborg family owns 19 Araucana and Barred Rock chickens. Janice Faaborg chooses to own these laying chickens because she likes knowing where her eggs are being produced.

Chicken chores [Photo]

MU Professor John Faaborg and his family perform everyday duties such as feeding and watering their 19 chickens.

Dogs memorialized in College of Veterinary Medicine scholarship [Photo]

David and Gloria Lowell's golden retrievers Honee and Goldi were the reason for the Lowells' donation. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that the Lowells have committed $1 million of their estate to create two scholarships for students in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The scholarships were named in memory of the Lowell’s golden retrievers, who passed away in 2006.

Draft regulations for urban chickens [Graphic]

Using other Missouri cities' recently changed ordinances as a guide, some Columbia residents are pushing for a new ordinance that would allow people to keep chickens in their backyards.

Raising urban chickens in Columbia [Video]

Columbia citizens are looking forward to the urban chicken ordinance passing soon. According to Director of The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Adam Saunders said there has been a trend throughout the country towards urban food production and one of the pieces of the puzzles is raising chickens in an urban setting. Fulton resident Ashley Haubner said if the ordinance passes this would mean more customers for her chicken hatchery business.

Joint motion filed [Document]

Joint motion for dismissal [Document]

Chicken ordinance draft [Document]

This is the June 2009 minutes for the Board of Health meeting, including a proposed revision to the city's ordinance regarding chicken ownership. The Board of Health must still vote on a final draft before it goes to City Council. You can find the section on the chicken ordinance in section D under "Animal Control Ordinance."

Five hospitalized after three-car accident [Photo]

Four children and one adult were in the Dodge Durango that was involved in the three-car accident at Brown Station Road and Route B on Wednesday afternoon. They were all taken to the hospital.

Brown Station Road accident injures five [Photo]

A three-car accident at the corner of Brown Station Road and Route B in Columbia on Wednesday sent five to the hospital.

Handing out samples [Photo]

Jayton Johnson stands ready to hand out samples of his group's taco salad in the cafeteria of Douglass High School on Wednesday. Amy Hoffman, coordinator for the Fun City Youth Academy's Kids in the Kitchen program, says this year's recipes include healthy options.

Learning new recipes [Photo]

Jalyn King and Kiejah Clark add pudding to their fruit cups during Fun City Youth Academy's Kids in the Kitchen program, held every Wednesday during June and July at Douglass High School. The program focuses on promoting physical activity and encouraging healthy eating habits, such as introducing the kids to new foods and giving them recipes to make at home with their families.

Cran-licious creation [Photo]

Bryant Brown Jr., left, gives a final stir to his group's 'Cran-licious Smoothie' as Thomas Johnson waits to pour in the cafeteria of Douglass High School on Wednesday in Columbia. Both are enrolled in the Fun City Youth Academy's Kids in the Kitchen program.

Taking a break for break dancing [Photo]

Nick Rodriguez shows break dancing moves to Jayson Crawley during Fun City Youth Academy's Kids in the Kitchen program on Wednesday. They were preparing for the group's talent show to celebrate the end of the program later this month. Kids in the Kitchen is a summer program held at Douglass High School that encourages physical activity and healthy eating habits.

Students escape violence in Nigeria [Graphic]

Student from UMKC and Lincoln University were performing research in Nigeria when violence erupted in the area. They escaped and are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. on Monday.

Dedication for more than 500 acres of land [Photo]

Hal James takes a picture of Thomas Bell, John Burk and Tom Shryock at a dedication ceremony of more than 500 acres of land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service combined with Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation to purchase the land.

Steve Clayton and his propane-fueled Ford [Photo]

Steve Clayton, general manager of Ferrellgas in Columbia, promoted liquid propane-injection fuel technology in Columbia last week by driving a propane-fueled Ford F-250 to consumers in the area interested in propane fuel for their vehicles.

Grato Ndunguru of Columbia [Photo]

Grato Ndunguru of Columbia has been traveling in Nigeria and is scheduled to return to the U.S. on Monday.