PHOTO GALLERY: Central Missouri Honor Flight

Seventy-one Vietnam War veterans traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials and reflect on their experiences. The trip, sponsored by the Central Missouri Honor Flight program, was free. The veterans returned Wednesday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge football prepares for Winton Woods

With district playoffs set to start later this month, local teams continue to prepare for the season's final stretch. Rock Bridge High School will leave town this weekend to play Winton Woods High School, a school in Cincinnati, Ohio.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge girls volleyball defeats Battle

Rock Bridge High School beats Battle High School on Wednesday. Rock Bridge won both games, 25-12 and 25-11.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton softball ends season against North Callaway

Tolton softball ends season with a loss against North Callaway at the Centralia softball field.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge girls softball defeats Battle

Rock Bridge High School girls softball team defeated Battle High School in the district semifinals 11-1.

Hinkson Creek bridge undergoes renovations

The Capen Bridge off the Hinkson Creek Trail undergoes renovations Wednesday, causing a detour on Rock Quarry Road.

PHOTO GALLERY: Second-graders study birds on 'Band with Nature' field trip

Second-graders from five Columbia elementary schools explore the woods and study birds during the third annual "Band with Nature" field trip. A group of about 400 students and teachers attended the event.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU for Mike Brown members 'die' for justice

Members of the student group MU for Mike Brown held a demonstration Wednesday in Speakers Circle. The event included crowd interaction, as spectators were invited to outline the demonstrator's bodies with chalk.

PHOTO GALLERY: As fall in Missouri approaches, leaves being to change

Fall activities are accompanied by a backdrop of changing leaves. According to Kyle Monroe, a resource forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation, cloudy days create yellow leaves, while sunny days help leaves produce sugars, turning them red.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton volleyball rallies to defeat Wright City

The Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School volleyball team defeated Wright City High School 16-25, 25-19, 25-17 Tuesday night. The game turned after the Trailblazers volleyed for a point that changed the game's momentum late in the first set.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens students design, display dresses for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Students from the Stephens College School of Fashion & Design "Crafting Sustainable Community" class designed pink dresses made from recycled materials for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dresses from the "Breaking the Pattern of Breast Cancer" project will be displayed in several downtown Columbia businesses this month.

PHOTO GALLERY: Claire McCaskill speaks about sexual assault during campus visit

Sen. Claire McCaskill led a discussion Tuesday at MU about ways to combat sexual violence on college campuses.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle defeats Tolton 6-1 in soccer

Battle High School defeated Tolton High School 6-1 to advance to a record of 7-8.

PHOTO GALLERY: Laverne Cox speaks to sold-out Missouri Theatre audience

Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox addressed a sold-out audience Monday at the Missouri Theatre. Cox discussed the overlapping identities of being a "proud transgender, African-American woman."

PHOTO GALLERY: 'Witches Be Crazy' reimagines Salem Witch Trials

What would happen if Thomas Putnam, the man responsible for four executions during the Salem Witch Trials, was put on trial himself? "Witches Be Crazy," a mock trial event, answered that question at the Missouri Theatre on Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri soccer trumps Vanderbilt

Missouri soccer defeated Vanderbilt at home 2-0, keeping its undefeated home record intact. The Tigers are 4-1 in conference play.

PHOTO GALLERY: Harvest Hootenanny offers local crops, meats

The Center of Urban Agriculture put on the fifth annual Harvest Hootenanny on Saturday. All the food was locally sourced, including hamburger from Missouri Legacy Beef, bratwurst from Patchwork Family Farms and chicken raised and slaughtered at the center in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dog lovers explore Paws in the Park

Thousands of dog lovers attend the 11th annual Paws in the Park in Stephens Lake Park on Saturday. The event, hosted by Second Chance, featured a dog diving competition and a silent auction.

PHOTO GALLERY: Silver carp chili served at Moser's

Some customers at Moser's supermarket had the opportunity to try silver carp chili on Saturday. Fifty pounds of the fish was sold by 3 p.m. Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Doctors diagnose first Ebola case in U.S.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola, is listed in serious but stable condition after being kept in isolation at a hospital since Sunday, Sept. 28. The Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,400 people in four countries, continues to defy international efforts to control it.