PHOTO GALLERY: MU, Duke reinvents toilet to use less water

MU and Duke University have partnered to create a toilet that uses less water as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

PHOTO GALLERY: Blaise Brazos, Susan Kitchen work on daylily garden

Blaise Brazos and Susan Kitchen work on Brazos' garden filled with daylilies Sunday. The duo removed daylilies so they could spray pesticide that will kill trumpet vines and separated some of the clumps of daylilies. Brazos cross-pollinates his flowers to produce blooms that have the physical characteristics he wants. He named one breed "rounded orange."

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter wheat harvest

Ronnie Flatt is harvesting his wheat about a week later than usual because of a wet spring, but he is hopeful his 1,300 acres produced a good crop.

PHOTO GALLERY: Theater workshops involve both children, parents

Children and parents participate in a theater workshop held by the Theater Reaching Young People & Schools Children's Theater at the Columbia Public Library on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children compete in Show Me Conference Championship

More than 300 children swam in the Show Me Swim Conference Championship on Saturday at the Missouri Athletic Center Sports Complex. Swimmers could compete in individual or team races and in between, some danced to music.

PHOTO GALLERY: Vonda and Chester Edwards share 51 years of love

Vonda and Chester Edwards married on June 17, 1962, in Plainville (Ind.) Christian Church following Chester's college graduation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire in the Sky event caps Columbia's 61st Fourth of July celebration

Fireworks entertain residents who came out to enjoy the Fire in the Sky event Thursday at Peace and Flat Branch parks. Beforehand, patrons experienced food and live music.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents, business employees find time to celebrate July Fourth

Residents, students and even business employees find time to celebrate July Fourth.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m.

Fireworks in downtown Columbia will start at about 9:15 p.m. from the top of the Sixth and Cherry streets parking garage.

PHOTO GALLERY: Demonstrators gather at Rally for Freedom

Demonstrators gathered downtown to support whistleblowers, such as Bradley Manning, at the Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition Rally for Freedom.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children learn art skills at camp

The Columbia Art League's "Who Am I" summer day camp for children between the ages of 10 and 13 ran for its second day Wednesday at the Calvary Episcopal Church. The budding artists completed several projects throughout the day that dealt with identity and expression.

PHOTO GALLERY: Morsi ousted in Egypt

Egyptians celebrate moments after Egypt's military chief says the president is replaced by chief justice of constitutional court outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday. Egypt's military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections. The military also announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced.

PHOTO GALLERY: Area residents shop for fireworks

Area residents shop for fireworks on Tuesday at Bob's Fireworks. Bob Gerau, who co-owns the business with his son, is in his 48th year of selling fireworks.

PHOTO GALLERY: NAACP members meet about Brandon Coleman's death

Members of the NAACP met Tuesday at the Second Missionary Baptist Church to discuss the investigation into the fatal shooting of Brandon Coleman. The membership voted to march to draw attention to the situation.

PHOTO GALLERY: More dogs adopted from Humane Society

People look at and adopt dogs at the Central Missouri Humane Society adoption event Sunday in the Forest Rose Park outside Mojo's. The number of euthanized animals is down in part because of more volunteers at the shelter.

PHOTO GALLERY: People enjoy food, company at Wingstock

Thousands gather at Wingstock on Saturday outside of Mid America Harley Davidson. Wingstock included barbecue, live music, carnival rides and motorcycle sales.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia high school graduates win national cooking, baking competition

Heather Pitt and Hailey King won awards in the 49th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference at Bartle Hall in Kansas City. King, a 2013 Rock Bridge graduate won first place in the Culinary Arts category while Pitt, a 2013 Hickman graduate, won first place in the Commercial Baking competition. King and Pitt have been training all year in the Culinary Arts Program at the Columbia Area Career Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Celebration of Life service for Eliot Battle

Family, friends and community members attend the Celebration of Life service for Eliot Battle on Saturday at the Missouri United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia. Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity held an Omega Service, which is a ritual service for deceased fraternity brothers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Big Butt Recycling event helps MU become smoke-free

Big Butt Recycling event prepares MU to be smoke-free by the July 1 deadline. The ban applies to any tobacco products and to e-cigarettes. Advocates say they'll rely on education and peer enforcement to ensure people comply.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rain barrels for sale

Rain barrels were available for purchase Friday.