PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri wrestlers focus on health dieting and training for success

Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith spends eight weeks of the summer training with new team members, where they learn their target weight, body fat index measurement, and their ability in the weight room. Smith also teaches his wrestlers about healthy living and dietary practices.

PHOTO GALLERY: Park Service to release management plan

The National Park Service is releasing proposed new rules for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to deal with the increase in visitors and use of the many recreational activities on its land and rivers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman boys soccer takes on Blue Springs South in district matchup

The Hickman soccer team took on Blue Springs South in a district matchup Tuesday. Hickman won the game 1-0.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge soccer advances to district finals

The Rock Bridge boys soccer team beat Smith Cotton 4-2 on Tuesday. Rock Bridge advanced to the district finals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ryan Ferguson's conviction vacated

Ryan Ferguson's family and lawyer Kathleen Zellner talked with the media Tuesday afternoon after Ferguson's conviction in the murder of Kent Heitholt was vacated by the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District.

PHOTO GALLERY: Key images in the Ryan Ferguson case

Here are some of the key images from the trial and coverage of the Ryan Ferguson case. On Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District vacated Ferguson's conviction. He has been serving a 40-year sentence for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in the Columbia Daily Tribune parking lot in 2001.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sign painter continues craft

John Crockett is one of the few remaining hand lettering artists. He started painting in Columbia 20 years ago after learning the craft under Texas sign painter Tom Larkin.

PHOTO GALLERY: Retirement ceremony honors Chancellor Brady Deaton

MU held a retirement ceremony to honor Chancellor Brady Deaton on Monday at the Reynolds Alumni Center. He will be stepping down from his position Nov. 15 and will lead the new Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jean Griffith uses junk to create art

Local Columbia artist Jean Griffith takes discarded trash and turns it into art. Her site on has had 1,200 views since her shop opened in February.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball defeats Kentucky

The Missouri volleyball team put its perfect record on the line against Kentucky on Sunday and emerged victorious. The Tigers swept Kentucky in three sets, moving their record to 27-0 overall and 10-0 in Southeastern Conference play.

PHOTO GALLERY: Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl meets with children at Columbia Mall

Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl met with children from TRYPS Children's Theater at the Columbia Mall on Sunday. Ringdahl signed autograph, had a tea party with the children and paraded around the mall. The money from the tickets to the tea party will go to fund future scholarships at TRYPS.

PHOTO GALLERY: White oak trees dying in Missouri

White oak trees are dying at higher than expected rates in parts of Missouri, and MU, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the USDA Forest Service will be conducting research to further investigate the causes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri defeats Tennessee 31-3

The Missouri Tigers beat the Tennessee Volunteers 31-3 Saturday to improve to 8-1 on the season. The Tigers control their destiny in the SEC East division, and need to win their three remaining games for a chance at the SEC championship in Atlanta.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri vs. Tennessee

Tennessee and Missouri fans prepare for the game between the Tigers and the Volunteers. This is the first time the Volunteers have played a game in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: A pledge to duty, honor and country honored by MU ROTC

Five MU graduates were inducted into the MU Army ROTC Hall of Fame Saturday in an outdoor ceremony in front of MU's ROTC building. The inductees included included retired Col. Larry Matthews, Brig. Gen. Randy Alewel, retired Col. Russell Shelden, Capt. Roy Gray and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin.

They were selected based on their service to MU Army ROTC; the contributions they made to their communities; their national or state prominence; and sacrificing their life or being cited for bravery posthumously.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball beats Mississippi

Missouri volleyball defeated Mississippi 3-0 to reach 26-0 on the season in a game that saw senior Lisa Henning break the record for career kills with 1,661.

PHOTO GALLERY: Centro Latino celebrates Day of the Dead

Centro Latino hosted a Dia de los Muertos celebration Friday evening. The altar and celebration were for remembering family and friends who had died.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community remembers Almeta Crayton

Friends, family and community leaders gathered for the memorial of Almeta Crayton, Columbia's first black city councilwoman, who died Oct. 21.

PHOTO GALLERY: Grant Elementary students celebrate Halloween with parade

Grant Elementary School students dress up for Halloween during a parade where students walk around the perimeter of the black top in their Halloween costumes on Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: L'Damian Washington leads Missouri receivers in touchdown receptions

L'Damian Washington leads Missouri with 9 touchdown receptions. He said his 96-yard touchdown in Saturday's loss against South Carolina was a "message to his mother."