Pete Rahn mug [Photo]

Pete Rahn is the director of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Fisks on a canoe trip at Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area [Photo]

From left, Jeanette, Mary and Jeremy Fisk of Clark prepare to go on a canoe trip on Bennitt Lake at Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area on May 8. "It's peaceful out here," Jeremy Fisk said. "It ain't noisy. And it's close to home."

Devil's Backbone [Slideshow]

The Devil's Backbone trail, home to wildflowers and wildlife, is considered more intense that most walking trails, but is not as strenuous as those found in the Ozarks. It has rolling terraces and bluffs.

Finger Lake [Slideshow]

A day out at Finger Lakes could include swimming, fishing and biking.

Gans Creek [Slideshow]

Gans Creek provides hikers with scenic woods and challenging cliffs.

Rudolph Bennitt Conservation Area [Slideshow]

The conservation area north of Columbia offers visitors a chance to go fishing and enjoy a hike.

New surface coming for Stankowski [Photo]

Renovation work has begun on Stankowski Field at the University of Missouri and contractors left the heavy lifting of the turf sections to their machines on Wed., May 20, 2009. The $1.5 million project includes removing the old surface, which was reaching the end of its useful life. The new surface will be artificial turf similar to what is used on Faurot Field and is expected to last 10 years.

Missouri coach preps team [Photo]

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earlywine said his biggest concern is Missouri’s batting. He said he has been studying UCLA’s junior pitcher Megan Langenfeld who has a 0.99 ERA and a 16-1 record.

Missouri softball's biggest fans [Photo]

Steven and Charlotte Meiners go to all the Missouri softball games and are also avid fans of the Missouri women's basketball and volleyball teams. The couple is preparing to leave for Los Angeles to see the softball team play in the NCAA Super Regionals. "We make a vacation out of it. We go where the team goes," Charlotte Meiners said. "We've seen lots of places we never would have on our own."

Andee Allen swings [Photo]

Missouri's Andee Allen developed her swing playing Wiffle Ball with her dad.

Missouri's Andee Allen [Photo]

Andee Allen, who has been an important player the past four years on the Missouri softball team, is looking forward to what could be her final week as a Tiger.

Car crash injures two on I-70 Drive Southwest [Photo]

An accident on westbound I-70 Drive Southwest at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday trapped two people in their vehicle, taking rescue crews about 18 minutes to extract them. The vehicle's occupants were sent to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. As of 6:30 p.m. Thursday, one was in surgery and one was being transferred to the ICU.

Tery Donelson speaks; two cadets prepare [Photo]

From left, Navy ROTC Midshipman Kevin Mills and Army ROTC Cadet Jonathan Dudley prepare to raise the flags while Tery Donelson, assistant vice president for Columbia College's Enrollment Management, speaks at the college's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

22-year former Marine [Photo]

Ferrill Purdy attended the flag-raising ceremony on Thursday. Purdy served in the Marines for 22 years.

Patriotic refreshments served [Photo]

Patriotic refreshments were served in the Veterans Service Center following the flag-raising and ribbon-cutting at Columbia College's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

Crowd listens to college president [Photo]

The crowd listens to remarks by Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, at the college's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

Ribbon-cutting at Veterans Service Center [Photo]

From left, Dan Scotten, Bill Markgraf, Rollie Hausman, Mark Schlemper and Jolene Schulz participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Veterans Service Center at Columbia College on Thursday. Schlemper, a Navy veteran and senior at the college majoring in computer science, said he chose to attend Columbia College over MU because of its military and veteran-friendly policies.

Raising the flag [Photo]

From left, Air Force ROTC Cadet D. Neal Ethington, Army ROTC Cadet Jonathan Dudley and Naval ROTC Midshipman Kevin Mills raise the flags at Columbia College's Military Recognition Day on Thursday. Columbia College has campuses on 18 military bases.

Gas line ruptures in Howard County [Photo]

Several families near the explosion site were evacuated, but nobody was injured in the blast.

Explosion in Howard County [Photo]

The Howard County pipeline that exploded around 9 p.m. Wednesday night shot fire more than 100 feet into the air.