PHOTO GALLERY: More states holding back students

Kansas is one of an increasing number of states that are not promoting students who are struggling to read at the end of third grade.

PHOTO GALLERY: Voters go to polls for Fifth Ward special election

Poll workers assist voters during the Fifth Ward special election.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia names 2013's Most Notable Properties

Six historic sites across Columbia made the Historic Preservation Commission's 2013 list of Most Notable Places including Booche's and the Niedermeyer building.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lee Elementary's playground one of three to be upgraded

Elementary school playgrounds at Lee, New Haven and Shepard Boulevard are going to be improved through funds from the Parks and Recreation Department.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gotcha Costumes sells variety of costumes for all occasions

Gotcha Costumes in downtown Columbia sells and rents costumes year-round for all occasions. Many customers are now shopping for Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras costumes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women beat Tennessee in basketball

The Missouri women's basketball team beat out No. 9 Tennessee 80-63 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. It was the Tigers' first win against a Top 10 team in more than three years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri wrestlers defeat Oklahoma

The Missouri wrestling team defeated Oklahoma 26-8 on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia prepares for Super Bowl XLVII with food samples

Supermarkets offered customers samples of Super Bowl game day foods in an effort to cater to weekend celebrations. The Super Bowl will feature the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tigers win 91-77 over Auburn Saturday

The Missouri Tigers defeated Auburn 91-77 Saturday at Mizzou Arena. The win elevates No. 17 Missouri to a 16-5, 5-3 record.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri holds Beauty and the Beast meet

The Missouri gymnastics team and the Missouri wrestling team held the Beauty and the Beast meet together Friday at Hearnes Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri adds class to Hall of Fame

Five former Missouri athletes were inducted to the university's Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia residents protest Larry James' candidacy for MU job

About 40 members of the Columbia community protested Larry James' candidacy for an MU College of Education job. James, a retired Army colonel and the current dean of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University, was in charge of behavioral science consultation teams at Guantánamo Bay and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball defeats Florida

The Missouri women's basketball team defeated Florida 69-64 on Thursday evening at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri wrestler Todd Porter prepares for match

Missouri wrestler Todd Porter practices with teammate Zach Toal in preparation for his match Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Guitar Street exhibit to open Friday

Guitar Street is named after a businessman, John Guitar, who used to own a store that was previously located where the present-day city hall is located.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball fall to LSU in Baton Rouge

Missouri rallied back from a 13-point halftime deficit but fell short in a 73-70 loss Wednesday at LSU.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge boys basketball team beats Jefferson City

The Rock Bridge High School boys basketball team beat Jefferson City 70-47.

PHOTO GALLERY: Online tool helps young farmers

An online tool developed at MU and a class at the university are helping students return to their family farms.

PHOTO GALLERY: Walsworth family makes $8.3 million donation to MU intercollegiate athletics

The Walsworth family is donating $8.3 million to Missouri athletics. The money will be used for a new clubhouse for the Missouri men's and women's golf teams and other athletics facilities improvement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Program prepares children for kindergarten

Head Start and the Columbia Public School District work together to provide preschool education for students from low-income families in Columbia.