PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman Varsity Boy's Basketball warms up for season

Hickman's men's basketball players begin their first week of practice before the season. Players on the team are determined to outdo last season's 27-3 record.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge students enjoy school district food truck

Rock Bridge High School students dined on barbecue chicken and pulled pork sandwiches Thursday as part of Columbia Public School's new food trailer program. The trailer, which will visit other high schools in the district, is intended to offer more food options and to reduce crowding in the high schools' cafeterias.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Cyber Crimes Unit battles increasing child porn cases

The Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force is fighting an increasing number of child pornography cases. Detective Andy Anderson coordinates the Cyber Crimes Unit Task Force. Anderson began investigating Internet crimes in 1999 before joining the Cyber Crimes Unit task force started in 2007. The unit serves seven counties in mid-Missouri. Anderson estimates that everyone in the unit has looked at thousands of pictures of abused children as part of their work.

PHOTO GALLERY: Death penalty protesters gather in Columbia in defense of Joseph Paul Franklin

The Columbia chapter of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty organized a protest at Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday. The group protested the execution of serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, who was granted a stay of execution Tuesday night because of a pending lawsuit challenging Missouri's execution law.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire significantly damages home in rural Boone County

The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a fire in rural Boone County on Tuesday. The home was a total loss.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gauntlet Initiative brings together three years of friendship with 3D printing

Derek Provance and Alex Madinger work together at the Gauntlet initiative. Provance attends MU as a computer science engineer, and Madinger graduated as a mechanical engineer. They have known each other for three years and started building their business in August. The business has yet to be launched.

PHOTO GALLERY: Curt Riley's first year coaching Fr. Tolton Catholic High School girl's basketball team

Curt Riley has been enjoying his first year coaching the Fr. Tolton Catholic High School girls basketball team. This season adds to a 30-year coaching legacy inspired by his late father.

PHOTO GALLERY: Norleen Nosri presents her artwork, teacups

Norleen Nosri presented her recent artwork, a set of dozens of ceramic teacups, Monday at city hall. The teacups are meant to represent the members of Columbia's community, she said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Midwest towns struck by tornado, wind damage

Residents across the Midwest are recovering after storms and damaging winds destroyed homes and property on Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Transit serves variety of riders

In order to better accommodate city residents, Columbia Transit has proposed a redesigned bus system called CoMo Connect that would add routes, decrease wait times and eliminate Wabash Station as the system's sole hub.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ethanol not the environmental boon it was predicted to be

Even though ethanol was pitched as an environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline, the opposite has been true: Production of the corn-based fuel has wiped out millions of acres of conservation land and polluted water supplies, The Associated Press found out.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri basketball wins 92-80 against Hawaii

The Missouri Tigers win 92-80 against Hawaii on Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

PHOTO GALLERY: John Warner patrols Battle High

John Warner, Battle High's school resource officer, works at the school to ensure students are in a safe environment.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tigers face off against Evansville

Missouri defeated Evansville 78-43 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College celebrates 2-0 defeat of Park university

The Columbia College Cougars defeated Park University 2-0 on Thursday at Columbia College. Senior midfielder Stephanie Hale scored both of the team's goals.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU composers partner with Stephens composers for Senior Dance Night

Choreographers from the Stephens College dance program partnered with student composers from the Mizzou New Music Initiative to create original performance pieces for the Stephens College Senior Dance Concert. Composers and choreographers worked together to create original music and dance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Looking back Brady Deaton's life ahead of retirement

Friday is Brady Deaton's last day as MU chancellor. Here, photos document his two decades of service at MU.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle hosts Agriculture Science Day

Battle High School's FFA club hosted its first Agriculture Science Day on Wednesday. The event included a petting zoo, farm Olympic games, a hay ride and an ultrasound of sheep.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bailey Lawson excels on the volleyball court and in the kitchen

Bailey Lawson, a junior at Rock Bridge High School, fell in love with volleyball as a fourth-grader and now plays for the Bruins. Off the court, Lawson is an aspiring chef and is part of the culinary program at the Columbia Area Career Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri basketball knocks off Southern Illinois

The Missouri basketball team beat Southern Illinois on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.