PHOTO GALLERY: West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion

A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas, on Wednesday evening killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hail damage means steady business for auto body shop

Business owner Marc LaFerriere said his auto body shop stays busy with dent repairs for months after a major hailstorm. On Thursday, he said his business wrote at least 25 estimates for repairs for damage sustained in Wednesday afternoon's hailstorm.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ernie's Cafe & Steak House draws crowd of regulars

Ernie's Cafe & Steak House has been a Columbia fixture since 1934. "Ernie’s is solid and consistent," manager Nathan Fuchs said. "That’s the beauty of us not changing. And people like that."

PHOTO GALLERY: Grove Construction works on downtown projects

Grove Construction is working to develop projects around Columbia. Owner Tony Grove, who comes from a family of construction owners, started the company in 2009.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shaw family works to preserve its farm

Jim Shaw has lived on a farm just north of Columbia since he was born, raising cattle on more than 140 acres. He's working to preserve his land from encroaching development.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hospitals experience growth

MU Health Care, Boone Hospital Center and Truman Veterans Hospital have added patient rooms and improved care with the addition of new technology.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas

At least 15 people were feared dead and 160 injured in a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: CoMo Cares collects necessities for needy children

Sabrina Lambrecht founded the nonprofit CoMo Cares in July to provide children with clothing, diapers and other necessities.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College softball beats Stephens College

The Columbia College softball team won both games of a doubleheader against Stephens College on Wednesday at Legion Park. Columbia College won the first game 8-0 and the second game 9-0.

PHOTO GALLERY: People remember victims of Boston Marathon bombings

The bombs that ripped through the Boston Marathon crowd were fashioned out of ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, packed with nails and other fiendishly lethal shrapnel, and hidden in duffel bags left on the ground, people close to the investigation said Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia residents share experiences from Boston Marathon

Columbia residents share their personal experiences from the Boston Marathon with photos from before and after the tragedy.

PHOTO GALLERY: Frederick Building under consideration for National Register of Historic Places

The building was originally submitted for consideration to be nominated for the National Register of Historic Places in late October. If it makes the register, the building will qualify for historic preservation tax credits.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge girls soccer team beats Quincy

The Rock Bridge girls soccer team defeated Quincy 1-0 on Tuesday at Rock Bridge High School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Future Battle High students tour campus

Rock Bridge and Hickman students tour Battle High School's campus for the first time April 16. The group includes juniors that will become Battle's inaugural graduating class. Summer classes will begin June 3.

PHOTO GALLERY: Utility workers replace transformer on Eighth Street

Columbia Water and Light replaced a transformer on Eighth Street on Tuesday morning.

PHOTO GALLERY: People tie-dye shirts outside of The Textbook Game

People gathered outside of The Textbook Game on Monday to tie-dye T-shirts for Human vs. Zombies, the weeklong game played at college campuses across the country.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fans attend Missouri Men's Basketball banquet

The 2013 Missouri Men's Basketball banquet was held at Mizzou Arena on Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman girls soccer wins over Troy Buchanan

Hickman girls soccer won 2-0 against Troy Buchanan on Monday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Explosions near finish line of Boston Marathon

Spectators and runners fled from what was described as twin explosions that shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts.

PHOTO GALLERY: Director matches interns to job sites

Students from the College of Engineering have been paired with companies statewide to improve environmentally friendly practices. Several interns have found ways to help companies save substantial costs. Others have been offered jobs at their internship sites. Marie Steinwachs, director of the Missouri Environmental Assistance Center, leads the internship program.