YEARS OF PROGRESS: Columbia works to balance population, infrastructure

The Missourian profiled how Columbia has developed in recent years, what issues the city has faced and how growth has affected members of the community.

Earth Day festival greeted by warm weather, eager Columbia residents

Columbia residents and vendors gather on a partly sunny, warm Sunday afternoon to celebrate Earth Day.

ANALYSIS: Missouri Medicaid expansion unlikely in 2013

Republican lawmakers had repeatedly defeated Democratic efforts to expand Medicaid in the weeks before Nixon's rally. Several other developments this past week may have sealed its fate.

Moving past recession, developer Fred Overton puts subdivisions on the map

In the past 10 years, land developer Fred Overton has watched housing sales boom and bust. As the market recovers from the recent recession, he's regaining ground while clawing his way through the obstacles to a full recovery.

Jim Shaw fights to keep rural lifestyle as city growth surrounds his farm

Late last year, the Boone County Regional Sewer District used eminent domain to acquire just under 20 acres of land from cattle farmer Jim Shaw. It will be used for a water treatment plant.

Teacher Beth Newton takes classroom technology to a new level

Beth Newton incorporates iPads, laptops, a SMART Board, electronic probes and cameras into classroom to help transform the way her students learn.

For more than 75 years, Ernie's Cafe has built success on consistency

Ernie's Cafe & Steak House has kept its same, consistent diner theme since it opened in 1934 and is still enjoyed by regulars, generations of downtown customers and newcomers alike.

Downtown Columbia is canvas for third-generation builder

Tony Grove's appreciation for downtown Columbia inspires him to work toward diversifying apartments to attract folks of different ages and backgrounds.

Psychology professor Kenneth Wang has spent a lifetime adjusting to change

An assistant professor in the MU Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, Kenneth Wang cultivates a global perspective in his classes, introducing Americans to cultural experiences or easing the transition for international students.

Cardiologist brings latest heart-mapping system to Boone Hospital

Jason Rytlewski is an electrophysiologist and cardiologist at Missouri Heart Center who performs procedures at Boone Hospital Center. He brought advanced heart mapping technology and specialized training to treat heart conditions the hospital could not handle before his arrival.

'Iron Man' Jake Walsh propels Missouri baseball to Sunday victory

In addition to getting freshman pitcher Alec Rash out of a jam, Jake Walsh pitched his longest outing of the season Sunday. 

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Black and Gold game, Battle High tour

This week, Missourian photographers captured fundraisers, sports and the first tour of Muriel Williams Battle High School.

THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Football holds annual Black and Gold scrimmage

The three quarterbacks vying for the starting spot on the Missouri football team struggled during the Black and Gold scrimmage game with both Corbin Berkstresser and Maty Mauk throwing two interceptions.

City, PedNet team up for Douglass High School landscaping project

The project will result in reconstruction of the sidewalk along Providence Road and installation of wrought iron fencing, landscaping and turf improvements in front of the school.

Missouri men's golf rallies during the final round of the SEC Championships

The Tigers finished in a tie for seventh with Vanderbilt in their first trip to the SEC conference tournament.

Sophomore track and field athlete hoping to represent Norway in 2016 Olympics

Katrine Haarklau will choose between the heptathlon and the pole vault at season's end.

Missouri women's golf struggles on the final day of the SEC Championship

The Tigers finished their first conference tournament in the conference in last, finishing in 14th place after a tough Sunday for the team.

Nicole Hudson's two home runs propel Missouri softball past LSU

Missouri beats LSU 3-2 to win the game and the series in Baton Rouge.

Mississippi River's crests approaching in several towns in Midwest

In some areas from the Quad Cities south to near St. Louis, water reached 10 to 12 feet above flood stage.

Missouri S&T chancellor crusades for more women in science

Cheryl Schrader, 50, took the top job at Missouri S&T in April 2012, the 21st leader at a 143-year-old school that began as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy and from 1963 through 2007 was known as the University of Missouri-Rolla.