PHOTO GALLERY: ALS ice bucket challenge has charities rethinking approaches to fundraising

The phenomenal success of the ALS ice bucket challenge fundraising craze is making charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors, specifically through social media.

PHOTO GALLERY: Humane Society of Missouri rescues dogs

The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force saved dogs from poor living conditions during a rescue operation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman Kewpies prepare for football game against Christian Brothers College

The Hickman Kewpies practiced Monday at Alumni Stadium for their game against Christian Brothers College at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Louis. The Kewpies have only 14 returning seniors, a new starting quarterback and only one running back who saw playing time last season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia community members support Michael Brown at rally

Members of the Columbia community gathered Thursday to show support for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed Aug. 9 in St. Louis. The rally took place outside the Boone County Courthouse.

PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from MU's annual Midnight BBQ

Thousands of students danced, chatted and enjoyed treats Wednesday night at MU's annual Midnight BBQ.

PHOTO GALLERY: Affordable housing program

The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of three vacant houses early Tuesday morning. All three have been deemed unlivable and will be rebuilt under the city's affordable housing program. Vacant houses are bought and rebuilt under the program.

PHOTO GALLERY: International theme abounds at Family Fun Fest

The theme "Around the World" set the stage for an international focus at Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU Tigers Black & Gold volleyball scrimmage

Wednesday night’s annual Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage provided MU fans a glimpse of the Tiger volleyball team.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chancellor takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS and had a bucket dumped on him at the MU practice fields on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Looking back on Cotton Bowl win

Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 41-31 to win the 2014 Cotton Bowl.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football players attend fall camp

Missouri's football team ran drills Tuesday at its fall camp at Faurot Field.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jimmy Whitt commits to Arkansas

Hickman basketball player Jimmy Whitt announced that he will play for Arkansas during a news conference Tuesday at Hickman High School. He said his final decision came down to Missouri and Arkansas, but conversations with now-Arkansas coach Mike Anderson helped sway him toward Arkansas.

PHOTO GALLERY: Elementary school students attend open house to prep for school

Students at Derby Ridge Elementary in northeast Columbia prepared for the first day of school at "Meet the Teacher Night" on Monday. Students toured the school with their parents, met their teachers and made sure everything was in order for their first day of school.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students get a jump start on high school

Students at Battle High School arrive Monday to take advantage of Columbia Public Schools' Jump Start Day. Hickman, Rock Bridge and Battle high schools provide new students the opportunity to learn the ropes, visiting classrooms and meeting teachers before the first day of classes on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Marit Vogelsong keeps Kappa Delta house running during summer

Marit Vogelsong, or "Mom Marit", the house mother for the Kappa Delta sorority makes sure that the house is maintained over the summer and ready for the sisters' return come fall. Vogelsong has been with the house for a year, while some employees have been working at KD for as long as three decades.

PHOTO GALLERY: Activists gather at MU for 'Don't Shoot' photos

MU students, activists and community members gathered at Francis Quadrangle on Sunday to pose for photographs as an act of protest against the killing of unarmed teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson. The "Don't Shoot" photo has become a viral form of protest, with people all over the world sharing their disapproval through the Internet. The hands-in-the-air pose mimicked Brown's last action and the photo's title, his words.

PHOTO GALLERY: Karis Church expands to new location

Karis Church received a permanent home at 1703 Worley St. as a gift from another church that disbanded. Karis' congregants say they want to help their community for the long haul.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ameren still interested in nuclear

As Ameren looks beyond the life of the coal-burning power plants that supply most of the region's electricity, the utility still holds out the hope that a second nuclear plant could be built in Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Congregation, African community celebrate ordination for Nene Rwenyaguza

Nene Rwenyaguza, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been ministering with the African worship service at First Baptist Church of Columbia for several years. On Saturday night, he was ordained as a minister at the church.

PHOTO GALLERY: Participants and volunteers prepare for Boone Dawdle

Volunteers and participants in the fifth annual Boone Dawdle made their way to Flat Branch Park Saturday afternoon.