New surface coming for Stankowski

Renovation work has begun on Stankowski Field at the University of Missouri and contractors left the heavy lifting of the turf sections to their machines on Wed., May 20, 2009. The $1.5 million project includes removing the old surface, which was reaching the end of its useful life. The new surface will be artificial turf similar to what is used on Faurot Field and is expected to last 10 years.

Missouri coach preps team

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earlywine said his biggest concern is Missouri’s batting. He said he has been studying UCLA’s junior pitcher Megan Langenfeld who has a 0.99 ERA and a 16-1 record.

Missouri softball's biggest fans

Steven and Charlotte Meiners go to all the Missouri softball games and are also avid fans of the Missouri women's basketball and volleyball teams. The couple is preparing to leave for Los Angeles to see the softball team play in the NCAA Super Regionals. "We make a vacation out of it. We go where the team goes," Charlotte Meiners said. "We've seen lots of places we never would have on our own."

Andee Allen swings

Missouri's Andee Allen developed her swing playing Wiffle Ball with her dad.

Missouri's Andee Allen

Andee Allen, who has been an important player the past four years on the Missouri softball team, is looking forward to what could be her final week as a Tiger.

Car crash injures two on I-70 Drive Southwest

An accident on westbound I-70 Drive Southwest at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday trapped two people in their vehicle, taking rescue crews about 18 minutes to extract them. The vehicle's occupants were sent to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. As of 6:30 p.m. Thursday, one was in surgery and one was being transferred to the ICU.

Tery Donelson speaks; two cadets prepare

From left, Navy ROTC Midshipman Kevin Mills and Army ROTC Cadet Jonathan Dudley prepare to raise the flags while Tery Donelson, assistant vice president for Columbia College's Enrollment Management, speaks at the college's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

22-year former Marine

Ferrill Purdy attended the flag-raising ceremony on Thursday. Purdy served in the Marines for 22 years.

Patriotic refreshments served

Patriotic refreshments were served in the Veterans Service Center following the flag-raising and ribbon-cutting at Columbia College's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

Crowd listens to college president

The crowd listens to remarks by Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, at the college's Military Recognition Day on Thursday.

Ribbon-cutting at Veterans Service Center

From left, Dan Scotten, Bill Markgraf, Rollie Hausman, Mark Schlemper and Jolene Schulz participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Veterans Service Center at Columbia College on Thursday. Schlemper, a Navy veteran and senior at the college majoring in computer science, said he chose to attend Columbia College over MU because of its military and veteran-friendly policies.

Raising the flag

From left, Air Force ROTC Cadet D. Neal Ethington, Army ROTC Cadet Jonathan Dudley and Naval ROTC Midshipman Kevin Mills raise the flags at Columbia College's Military Recognition Day on Thursday. Columbia College has campuses on 18 military bases.

Gas line ruptures in Howard County

Several families near the explosion site were evacuated, but nobody was injured in the blast.

Explosion in Howard County

The Howard County pipeline that exploded around 9 p.m. Wednesday night shot fire more than 100 feet into the air.

Meeting of the minds

Paul Wilson, right, reviews information for a news release with Budget Director Linda Luebbering and Jack Cardetti, Gov. Jay Nixon's communications director, in Luebbering's office on April 27.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson, who is Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s chief financial adviser, has worked with Nixon
leading lawyer in many high-profile cases during that time. He is responsible for oversight
stimulus money appropriated to Missouri. He received his law degree at MU in 1992.

Just there to listen

Many people who listened from outside the concert area said the lack of seating was a big reason they didn't buy a ticket. "There's no point in buying a ticket when you can't sit," Julie Kujath said.

Waiting to see Willie

About 15 minutes before the gates opened, the line to see Willie Nelson stretched from Ninth Street to Tenth Street.

Willie Nelson on stage

Willie Nelson performs at Ninth Street and Broadway as part of the Blue Note's Summerfest Series. Nelson opened with "Whiskey River."

Nelson fans listen outside the gate

Lots of people opted to listen to the concert from right outside the gate. "You can't stop the sound," said Bob Woolf.