PHOTO GALLERY: For Obama, changes in strategy for second term

Barack Obama will start his second term as president next week.

PHOTO GALLERY: 20th annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration

Martin Luther King III was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Columbia Values Diversity celebration on Thursday. The event also featured a musical performance and award presentation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri win against Georgia puts Tigers back on track in SEC play

The victory against Georgia pushed the Tigers to 13-3 overall and helped the team get back on track in Southeastern Conference play at 2-1. Missouri is set to play Saturday afternoon at No. 10-ranked Florida.

PHOTO GALLERY: Welcome party draws new international students to night of dancing, food

Square dancing and a pot luck meal were among the activities at the welcome party Tuesday for new international students who arrived at MU for the spring semester.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Public Schools introduces iRead program for young students

Columbia Public Schools announced a new program Wednesday called iRead. Every 4-year-old who lives within district boundaries will have access to MyON Reader, an online database of more than 2,000 books.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU hosts monthly auction

People gathered Wednesday at the MU Surplus Property Warehouse auction to see what treasures they could find during the sale of surplus goods.

PHOTO GALLERY: Proposed school start time changes discussed at Columbia School Board meeting

Proposed changes to school start times were discussed Monday at a Columbia School Board meeting. Under the proposal, the school day would go from 7:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for high school students, 8:10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. for middle school students and 9:10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. for elementary school students.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gov. Jay Nixon celebrates second inauguration

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was sworn in for his second term during inauguration festivities in Jefferson City on Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Inspired by trip to Africa, MU student turns headbands into business

MU student Christen Edmonds started Bandiez Couture headband business as a way to travel back to Swaziland on mission trips.

PHOTO GALLERY: Farmers share new technology at conference

Farmers across Missouri gathered in Osage Beach on Friday and Saturday to learn about new technology that can be used on the farm.

PHOTO GALLERY: Families spend Sunday sledding at Stephens Lake Park

Families made their way to Stephens Lake Park to sled on Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball falls to Kentucky

Missouri lost 69-43 against Kentucky on Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers clean up stream at Grindstone Nature Area

Volunteers gathered at Grindstone Nature Area on Saturday to clean up the stream as part of the Crawdads Missouri Stream Team Cleanup.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers help prepare meals for Fifth Street Christian Church's Feed the Community event

Volunteers at Fifth Street Christian Church cooked and packaged meals to be delivered to the community Saturday for the Feed the Community event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alabama wins gymnastics meet against Missouri

The Missouri gymnastics team hosted Alabama in the Mizzou Pink Out meet on Friday. Alabama won the meet 196.450 to 192.025.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fine arts provide alternative learning methods to children at Lee Elementary

Lee Elementary wants to formalize its schoolwide incorporation of art into all classroom subjects. Lee Elementary has plans to propose a transition to an autonomous school to the Columbia School Board this spring.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Fire Department hosts grand re-opening of Fire Station No. 3

The Columbia Fire Department hosted a grand re-opening of its Fire Station No. 3. The station is owned by MU, which allows the department free use of the station.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College president Gerald Brouder retires

Gerald Brouder, the 16th president of Columbia College, announced his retirement Thursday. His retirement is effective Aug. 1.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is a pocket of change

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture began in 2008 when three MU graduates decided to do something involving urban agriculture. The organization now runs a 1.3-acre farm at Smith and Fay streets, sells produce to several high-end restaurants, provides landscaping services, organizes educational visits for middle school students, builds community gardens for low-income residents and organizations and attracts more and more volunteers and community affection.

PHOTO GALLERY: Thai restaurants opens in downtown Columbia

Kittikoon Chompupong has opened Thip Thai Cuisine restaurant on Broadway. Chompupong is the restaurant's owner and chef.