PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou women fall to Missouri State

The Missouri women's basketball team won't make excuses, but an injury-ridden roster contributed to the Tigers' loss Tuesday to Missouri State at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

PHOTO GALLERY: MIssouri men's basketball loses to Oklahoma State

The Tigers suffered a 74-72 loss in overtime play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Amateur comedians find a place to fit in

Eastside Tavern holds open-mic comedy nights on Tuesdays at the club on East Broadway. As many as 100 amateur performers take the stage during a single year, many finding it a place to fit in and deal with personal issues through laughter.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stanton Brothers Eggs near Centralia wins national award

Dustin Stanton has won the National FFA Organization 2014 American Star in Agribusiness Award for his work as co-owner with his brother, Austin, of Stanton Brothers Eggs near Centralia. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it is the largest free-range egg farm in the United States, producing more than 2.5 million eggs a year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eastside Tavern comedy nights draw new and loyal customers

Bar owner Sal Nuccio says the Eastside Tavern has been hosting weekly stand-up comedy nights since November 2008. It gives aspiring comedians a chance to try stand-up in front of an audience, some regulars and some seeing a comedy show for the first time.

PHOTO GALLERY: The art of the laugh at Eastside Tavern

What lies behind the smiles? The Missourian has a series of stories coming about the relationship between comedy and mental health.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mother believes music has positive influence on her three sons

The Taylor brothers — Dawan, 12, Tariq, 11, and Jamari, 10 — moved to Columbia after their father died. Their mother, Atiya, believes music has been a positive influence on her sons, who street-busk on nice days in downtown Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia artist paints the music she hears

Kerry Hirth paints music in blocks of colors, reading left to right, just as a piece of music unfolds on paper. The artist is said to have synesthesia, a neurological condition in which one sensory experience will stimulate another sense.

PHOTO GALLERY: Marks family puts together bluegrass, gospel band

The Marks family — Randy and Angel and their five children: Luke, 17; Ryan, 13; Amber, 12; Cole, 9; and Tara, 7 — travels across the Midwest to perform bluegrass, gospel and other kinds of music.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spanish teacher's award revives memories of trips abroad

Jo Cunningham, who taught Spanish for 31 years at Jefferson Junior High School, won the Foreign Language Association of Missouri Lifetime Achievement Award.

PHOTO GALLERY: Smithton Middle School students learn to program a robot

Smithton Middle School students used a robot named GlaDos to learn coding and to work with partners. They "taught" GlaDos to sing a song.

PHOTO GALLERY: Schools say 'no' to sugary snacks

New policies and guidelines addressing healthy eating in schools limit the availability and sales of sugary snacks in Columbia schools. Troy Hogg, principal of Benton Elementary School, embraces the changes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers give rides to veterans

Gary Powell is one of several volunteers in Columbia who makes sure military veterans can get to their VA appointments. He offers rides to veterans through the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephanie Hunt makes jewelry

Stephanie Hunt is a consignment artist who makes jewelry with beads at her home studio in Moberly, Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women beat UT

The Missouri Tigers beat the UT Martin Skyhawks 74-65 at Mizzou Arena on Monday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Concussion sidelines Jacob Biddle from Battle football

Jacob Biddle suffered six concussions and gave up his aspirations of playing football for Battle High. Now he's dealing with the everyday effects of his injuries.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle boys basketball team still looking for leaders

In its second season, the Battle boys basketball is trying to bond and find its team leaders.

PHOTO GALLERY: Light, yard displays bolsters holiday spirit

Columbia residents spread holiday cheer with light and yard displays. Photographers Timothy Tai and Tiffany Melecio captured some of the city's best displays the Friday before Christmas.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri loses Braggin' Rights game

The Missouri Tigers lost the 34th Braggin' Rights game against Illinois at the buzzer on Saturday, 62-59.

PHOTO GALLERY: Illinois defeats Missouri in Braggin' Rights game

Illinois defeated Missouri 62-59 on Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis during the 34th Braggin' Rights game between the Tigers and Fighting Illini.