PHOTO GALLERY: Supporters gather for Rally for Change

Improving Birth, a California-based organization, held a rally on Monday to advocate a preference for natural labor methods over cesarean sections or induced labor. The rally was held at Stephens Lake Park near the intersection of Broadway and Old 63.

PHOTO GALLERY: Heart of America Marathon runners sweat on Labor Day

COLUMBIA — The footsteps of hundreds of marathon runners pattered on the streets of south Columbia on a steamy Labor Day morning. Since 1960, the Columbia Track Club has hosted the Heart of America Marathon, which draws hundreds of people from all over the U.S. and Canada.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fun in the mud

Thousands of people ran 3 miles through a mud course Sunday as part of the Epic Mud Run at Midway Travel Plaza. The runners braved 18 obstacles on the course, including one where they had to use rope to climb mud towers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's soccer beats Arizona State 4-1

The Missouri women's soccer team, ranked No. 10, cruised to a 4-1 victory against Arizona State on Friday at Walton Field.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bricks replaced after water line leak

New bricks were laid at the intersection of Seventh and Locust streets Thursday after a water line leak caused the bricks to be displaced. Cook Concrete Construction of Fayette was hired to repair the bricks and lay new asphalt.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge football prepares for Friday game

The Rock Bridge football team was working to improve its ground game for its next game. Rock Bridge faces Fort Zumwalt West at 7 p.m. Friday in O'Fallon.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri soccer player Abi Raymer

Missouri soccer player Abi Raymer, a British Columbia native, is playing more than 2,000 miles from home.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou Botanic Garden feels effects of drought

The Mizzou Botanic Garden, which is home to 11 thematic and seven special collection gardens around MU, has felt stress from the drought.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stores prepare for SEC crowds

Businesses around Columbia are preparing for the influx of visitors that the Missouri football games will draw in. Some businesses in downtown Columbia are extending business hours or changing menus to attract more people.

PHOTO GALLERY: New Missouri logo sign installed on College Avenue bridge

The two center lanes of College Avenue were closed for part of Wednesday to accommodate the instillation of a new Missouri logo sign on the College Avenue pedestrian bridge. The new sign is part of a campuswide face-lift to usher in Missouri's switch to the SEC.

PHOTO GALLERY: Large swamp white oak cut down

A 50-foot swamp white oak tree in Lions-Stephens Park was cut down Wednesday. A large branch from the tree recently broke off and fell to the ground, prompting Columbia Parks and Recreation to order its removal.

PHOTO GALLERY: Paralympic athlete Sarah Castle at MU Wheelchair Basketball practice

Sarah Castle, who is headed to the 2012 London Paralympic games, recently practiced with the MU Wheelchair Basketball team.

PHOTO GALLERY: People enjoy the outdoors despite the heat

Temperatures reached into the upper 90s Tuesday, but the heat didn't keep some Columbia residents from heading outdoors.

PHOTO GALLERY: After the rain

Brief rain showers on Sunday didn't help to alleviate the drought much, but it did provide interesting lighting for scenic views in Harrisburg.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College soccer team has high hopes

Matt McKenna, goalkeeper for the Columbia College men's soccer team, gives plenty of credit to his teammates for the winning season in 2011. With three of the four starting defensemen from last year’s record-setting team, the team has hopes for another successful season this year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou Bike Share opens at MU

The Mizzou Bike Share program was launched Monday. Students can borrow one of 20 bikes for 24-hours. They do have to provide their own helmets.

PHOTO GALLERY: Saturday at the Cattlemen Days Rodeo

Riders compete in the Cattlemen Days Rodeo on Saturday in Ashland.

STAFF PHOTO GALLERY: Soldiers return to Columbia

Hundreds of friends and family members welcomed member of the 175th Military Police Battalion home after a year of deployment in Qatar on Saturday at Columbia College.

PHOTO GALLERY: Annual Mizzou H2O event draws students, families

MU students and members of the community gathered on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle on Saturday to enjoy Mizzou H2O, an annual event that involves water balloon tosses, dodgeball using wet sponges, tug-of-war using fire hoses, an obstacle course and a water slide.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dredges clear way for barges

Dredges in the Mississippi River are busy moving silt, debris and mud out of the way to allow barges to carry goods along the river.