PHOTO GALLERY: Artist Critique Group offers constructive criticism at monthly meeting

Members of the Artist Critique Group gathered Friday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for the group's monthly meeting.

PHOTO GALLERY: Clay Mering shares history of his great-great grandfather

Clay Mering, the great-great grandson of James Rollins, researched his history of slave ownership. As a way to atone for his ancestor's ownership of slaves, he created an endowment for research at MU's Black Studies Department. Mering said he is still proud of his great-great grandfather, who is known as the "father of the University of Missouri."

PHOTO GALLERY: Carter Arey balances upcoming wedding with wheelchair basketball tryouts

Carter Arey is trying out for the 2014 USA Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball surges pastAlabama

Led by Jabari Brown's 24 points, the Missouri men's basketball team beat Alabama 68-47 Saturday at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers are now 2-2 in Southeastern Conference play.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bur Oak Brewing readies new production facility

Bur Oak Brewing Co. joins two other breweries in Columbia that produce and package beer for sale elsewhere.

PHOTO GALLERY: 50th Anniversary of Surgeon General's anti-smoking report

On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released an emphatic and authoritative report that said smoking causes illness and death — and the government should do something about it. Now a new report from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak says the nation has made great progress against the chief preventable killer but is not yet poised to finish the job.

PHOTO GALLERY: Women's basketball loses to LSU, 87-68

Despite an early lead, the Missouri women's basketball team fell to No. 14 LSU at home Thursday night. Missouri was led by Brianna Kulas with 30 points, while Jordan Frericks and Morgan Stock both scored 11.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri loses to Vanderbilt, 78-75

The Missouri Tigers lost a close game to the Commodores on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. The loss dropped Missouri to 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Values Diversity breakfast

Columbia residents gathered for the 21st annual Columbia Values Diversity breakfast Thursday morning. Grant Elementary School and Julie Middleton were among the diversity award recipients.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU track and field team competes at season opener

At the Missouri Opener on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, the season opener for the Tigers’ indoor track and field team, Freshman Kaitlyn Fischer shared her thoughts on a memorable day last November where she was injured at the NCAA Division I cross country national championship.

PHOTO GALLERY: Moon Landing Night at Rock Bridge Elementary

Students had the opportunity to learn about astronauts and space Tuesday night at Rock Bridge Elementary. The students will have the opportunity to astronauts from NASA in March.

PHOTO GALLERY: Randy Hanna visits Columbia College

Randy Hanna, a candidate for Columbia College president, visited the campus Tuesday and met with students and faculty.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lucky's Market opens one day early

Lucky's Market opened Tuesday, one day ahead of its scheduled Wednesday opening. The 30,000-square foot store features food and health products, along with alcohol. The store, which was started in Boulder, Colo., is the fourth to open in the country.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alicia Harris' Tiny House

Alicia Harris and her father, Paul, built a 180-square-foot home on a flatbed trailer. She shares the tiny house with her 120-pound Great Dane, Roscoe.

PHOTO GALLERY: Presidential candidate meets with students, faculty at Columbia College

Scott Dalrymple answers question at Columbia College during a Monday afternoon forum in which he met with students. He is one of two finalists for the position of president at Columbia College.

PHOTO GALLERY: Belcher talks about experience

Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, says his proudest achievement in his five years as superintendent is the reconnection with the Columbia community. "We reconnected and had an open dialogue with the public. … That's kind of been the hallmark," he said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia has infrastructure projects planned

Columbia's strategic plan for infrastructure improvements divides projects among parks; streets, sidewalks and trails; water and light systems; and sanitation.

PHOTO GALLERY: NeuNews features stories of special-needs students

NeuNews, believed to be the first newspaper of its kind at Neuwoehner High, features stories about students at the school, all of whom have special needs — including the staff writing and putting together the paper.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball bests No. 25 Georgia

Missouri women's basketball defeated No. 25 Georgia on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Accident backs up traffic on I-70

A tractor-trailer overturned Thursday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 at mile marker 131. Traffic was moving slowly.