PHOTO GALLERY: George Hodgman returns to Missouri to care for his mother

George Hodgman, an editor and author, moved from New York City to Paris, Missouri, to care for his elderly mother. He wrote a memoir, "Bettyville," about his experiences.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jake Loft hopes for career in politics

Jake Loft, a senior at MU, campaigns along West Ash Street on Sunday. Loft is one of nine candidates running for a First Ward city council seat that was vacated when former Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick resigned from her position in January. Loft said he wants to build trust with the residents of the First Ward and be a voice for people who have felt under-represented or misrepresented by previous councils.

PHOTO GALLERY: Parents work to find treatment for daughter's rare disease

Glenn and Cara O'Neill, started the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation in hopes of saving their daughter Eliza, 5, who has a rare disease that kills brain cells, causing hyperactivity and autistic-like behavior, then seizures, loss of ability to walk and usually death by the mid-teens.

PHOTO GALLERY: Brian Wendling juggles, jokes for local crowds

Brian Wendling, a performer from Kansas City, told stories and showed off tricks to an audience of about 40 during a 45-minute performance Tuesday evening at the Columbia Public Library.

PHOTO GALLERY: A look at residential colleges

The complex of Moore College and Warren College at Vanderbilt University is part of the "residential college" model where students become part of a diverse community. Student and resident adviser Vivek Shah said he particularly has enjoyed getting to know students and faculty members whose interests sharply differ from his own.

PHOTO GALLERY: Show in New York addresses social and criminal justice issues

A show called FLEXN, co-directed by Peter Sellars, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York explores social and criminal justice issues through dance, photography and public dialogue.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU lab testing for bird flu

The MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory is one of two state laboratories monitoring quarantined birds from two sites in Missouri, after an outbreak of bird flu.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children learn art skills at TRYPS spring break camp

About 30 students in kindergarten through seventh grades worked on art, theater and music skills Monday during Stephens College's TRYPS spring break program.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia still figuring out public transit needs

Columbia is still trying to determine how to best serve the transit needs of its citizens after rolling out the latest citywide bus system during the summer.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball team takes on South Carolina Gamecocks

The Missouri Tigers lost 5-7 to the South Carolina Gamecocks during a baseball game Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

PHOTO GALLERY: World at War — Women at Work

In an exhibition that is a step back in time to the closets of yesteryear, the State Historical Society of Missouri is sponsoring an extensive look at how fashions of American women changed as the world around them changed. The exhibition, World at War - Women at Work, continues until June 6.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge Girls claims fourth consecutive state title

The Rock Bridge Bruins beat the Liberty Blue Jays 49-35 to pick up their fourth consecutive state title on Saturday at the Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball wins over South Carolina Gamecocks in tenth inning

The Missouri Tigers beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 4-3 in the 10th inning Saturday at Taylor Stadium in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Veterans join for 70th anniversary of Iwo Jima battle

More than 30 U.S. veterans visited Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the most iconic battles of World War II.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia police hold pre-shift meeting

Columbia Police Department officers discussed staffing levels Thursday during a pre-shift meeting at the Columbia Police Station.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri competes in NCAA Wrestling Championships

Missouri sent seven of its wrestlers to matches Friday the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The three-day event will conclude Saturday.

GALLERY: Bruins advance over Charges

The Rock Bridge Bruins girls basketball team advanced Friday with a win over Cor Jesu Academy Chargers, a St. Louis area school, in the Class 5 state tournament semifinal game at Mizzou Arena. The Bruins won 52-41 to advance to the state final game against the Liberty Blue Jays.

PHOTO GALLERY: Beyond Meat ready to build on success

Beyond Meat, a company that produces plant-based foods that replicate meat, opened its first factory in Columbia in 2012. After finding success with its first product, chicken-free strips, it is now beginning production on imitation beef products.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shane Ray draws a crowd at MU's pro day

Shane Ray is expected to go in the first 10 picks of the 2015 NFL Draft. Teammates Markus Golden and Mitch Morse are among the Missouri contingent looking to play professionally.

PHOTO GALLERY: City considers roll-cart system

The city of Columbia is considering changing its trash collection service to a roll-cart system. The city says a roll-cart system would reduce injuries to employees and make pickup more efficient. Opponents of the system express concerns about older people managing the roll carts and theft of the roll carts.