Michael Corey-Yares campaigns at Hickman [Photo]

Michael Corey-Yares, right, gives Hickman High School kitchen cook Stephanie Turner a cookie as he campaigns for student government president during lunch at Hickman High School. Although teachers and staff didn't have a vote in the elections, Corey-Yares still gave handouts them.

Sen. Kit Bond speaks at Early Childhood Summit [Photo]

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., speaks at the Early Childhood Summit, held Tuesday in Memorial Union on the MU campus. In addressing early education issues, Bond drew on his support and development of the Parents as Teachers program, which he considers to be his "greatest accomplishment in ... eight years as governor."

Parents, children attend summit [Photo]

Diane Cowart, director of the preschool staff at Christian Chapel Academy, and daughter Abi Cowart, 13, wait for the start of the Early Childhood Education Summit.

Summit addresses needs for focus on preschool [Photo]

Jim Caccamo, director of the Department of Early Learning at the Mid-America Regional Council, participates in a question-and-answer session during the Early Childhood Summit, held Tuesday in Memorial Union on the MU campus. Caccamo addressed the need for preschool and early learning issues to become a greater part of the public agenda.

High school campaign [Photo]

Sophomore Wilson Pfeiffer casts his vote for Rock Bridge High School Student Council officers on April 30. At Rock Bridge, the process for a position on the Student Council began at the Spring Assembly on April 24, while Hickman High School's campaign lasted a week.

Burn building exercise [Photo]

A Columbia firefighter* pulls a dummy out of the burn building at the Boone Country Fire Protection District Training Center. The training exercise on Wednesday combined firefighters from the Fire District and the Columbia Fire Department.

County division fire chief instructs trainees [Photo]

Eric Hartman*, a captain with the Columbia Fire Department, instructs members of the Columbia Fire Department at a training exercise on Wednesday. Firefighters from both organizations participated in a mock incident where they worked together to extinguish a fire.

Learning to coordinate efforts [Photo]

Chuck Leake, training director for the Boone County Fire Protection District, talks about the merger between the Fire District and the Columbia Fire Department. The two organizations are learning to coordinate efforts when called to a scene. This was the fourth joint training session between the two organizations.

Prime seats at Ben Folds concert [Photo]

Ben Folds and his band perform for the 9th Street Summerfest in Columbia on Wednesday. Fans gathered early to grab prime spots near the front of the stage.

Ben Folds performs 'Annie Waits' [Photo]

Singer and songwriter Ben Folds performs his song "Annie Waits" for the 9th Street Summerfest on Wednesday.

Campaigning at Hickman [Video]

VIDEO: Michael Corey-Yares, president-elect of Hickman High School Student Council, reflects on the campaign process and what he did to win over his fellow students.

Arizona State looks to repeat [Photo]

The Arizona State Sun Devils are hoping to celebrate another NCAA softball championship.

Arizona State celebrates [Photo]

Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran, center left, and Kaylyn Castillo, center right, congratulate teammate Taylor Haro (22) after she scored a run in a NCAA Super Regional softball game. Cochran, the Sun Devils' hitting star said: "UCLA and Arizona, they've established that legacy and we want to be a part of that as well. We want to be able to have teams look at us the way that other people look at their teams because they're great programs. We really want to establish that tradition. That's our goal every year."

63 Diner back in business [Video]

VIDEO: The 63 Diner in Columbia officially reopened on Tuesday after being closed for more than a year. The owner and customers discuss the reopening of the diner on its first day back.

Rock Bridge tennis player Ford Zitsch [Photo]

Rock Bridge No. 1 singles player Ford Zitsch and the Bruins play in the state boys tennis semifinals Thursday in Springfield, Mo. The team is trying to repeat as state champions and maintain a 50-game winning streak.

Father and son enjoy 63 Diner [Photo]

Matt Shaw and his son Andrew wait for their food at the counter of the 63 Diner. The Shaws ate at the diner often before it closed.

Car shows will be held at 63 Diner [Photo]

Don McBride, left, stands in front of his 1956 Studebaker outside the 63 Diner. Owner Jay Montgomery plans to hold car shows at the diner.

63 Diner open for business [Photo]

Server Jennifer Baier chats with a customer at the 63 Diner.

How MU salaries rank [Graphic]

Compared with the other AAU institutions, that puts MU at No. 26 out of 34 schools when ranking salary increases during that 10-year period.

Browns vs. Gates property map [Graphic]

A map of the property around the home of Daniel and Donna Brown illustrates the connections between Ralph Gates, his mortgage company and some of the property owners who testified in a trial of the Browns' suit against the gun club.