PHOTO GALLERY: Candidates speak at NAACP forum

Questions at the Columbia NAACP candidates forum Tuesday evening focused on Medicaid expansion, "Ban the Box," equal representation for minority voters, and voter identification laws.

PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters battle blaze on Park Avenue

Firefighters battled a residential fire on Park Avenue Tuesday afternoon. One woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation injuries.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hopefuls try out for Missouri Stealth softball program

Young women turned out Sunday to try out for the Missouri Stealth fast-pitch softball program's nine teams at the Daniel Boone Little League fields in Columbia. The program gives high school players the opportunity to play in front of college recruiters from across the country.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jerry Ward known for service to Columbia

Jerry Wade, who died Saturday at 73, served on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission for 15 years and as Fourth Ward City Councilman for one term. He also ran for mayor in 2010.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dedication ceremony memorializes lost soldiers at Civil War mass grave

A Civil War group believes to have found a mass grave containing eight or nine Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the bloodiest battle in Callaway County. The site was dedicated with a memorial service including cannon fire and reenactors who traveled from several states.

PHOTO GALLERY: New pastor at Newman Center celebrates Mass

The new pastor at St. Thomas More Newman Center brings his life experience to his new posting. The Rev. Richard Litzau, O.P., is a father of two and worked in the criminal justice system.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mules take over arena at fair

Competitors brought out their best animals for the mule show at the horse arena during the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Martial arts part of Show-Me State Games

Competitors demonstrated their martial arts skills during the Show-Me State Games' competition on Saturday at the Armory Sports and Recreation Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lone female competes in fencing games

Corey Kilgallon, 17, from Millstadt, Illinois, fenced in the Sabre Division at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday. She says she isn't afraid to go up against the big guys. She was the only female to compete in the event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia church gives Myanmar family home makeover

The Fairview Road Church of Christ gave a refugee family from Myanmar a home makeover.

PHOTO GALLERY: Riders participate at the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out

More than 50 horses and riders participated in the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out for the Boone County Fair on Friday at the Central Missouri Events Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Michael Sam, Sam Bradford work out at Rams football camp

Sam Bradford and Michael Sam prepare for the upcoming NFL season at the St. Louis Rams' practice facility in St. Louis.

PHOTO GALLERY: Participants get dirty at Figure Eight Racing Event at 2014 Boone Couty Fair

Thursday at the Boone County Fair, racers started their engines and sped through the mud during the Figure Eight Racing Event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Fair features variety of events involving goats

On Thursday, the Boone County Fair hosted the Dairy Goat Fun Show and an event participants call "musical chairs with goats."

PHOTO GALLERY: Morgan Naeger shows first bottle calf at fair

The 4-H Bucket Calf Project teaches young people how to be responsible for livestock from birth. They must feed their calf with a bottle or out of a bucket and learn how to handle them. Participants showed their calves Monday night at the Boone County Fair. The was Morgan Naeger's first year showing livestock.

PHOTO GALLERY: Teams compete in Boone County Fair demolition derby

Father and son team "Solo Boyz" competed in Wednesday's demolition derby at the Boone County Fair.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Fair highlights

Dog jumping events, the demolition derby and cooling off the livestock were among the activities Wednesday at the Boone County Fair.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dark Knight visits Columbia

Barnes & Noble at the Columbia Mall, and other businesses, held a special daylong event in honor of Batman Day. DC Comics declared Wednesday "Batman Day" in honor of the caped crusader's 75th anniversary.

PHOTO GALLERY: Musicians, composers prepare for the Mizzou International Composers Festival

The Mizzou International Composers Festival is starting in Columbia this week. The festival brings in eight resident composers who write music the ensemble Alarm Will Sound performs. The musicians and composers spent last week rehearsing and preparing at the country home of Jeanne Sinquefield, patron of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

PHOTO GALLERY: Youths show off canines in Boone County 4-H/FFA Dog Show

Eleven area youths and their dogs competed Tuesday in the Boone County 4-H/FFA Dog Show. The competition featured events in showmanship, an obstacle course, costumes and tricks. There were also demonstrations of jumpers, tunnels and nose work.