Sen. Lisa Murkowski talks about Keystone bill [Photo]

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, smiles Thursday as she speaks about Keystone XL on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski is accompanied by Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, left, sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

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FROM READERS: MU freshman Riley de Leon self-published his first book [Photo]

MU freshman Riley de Leon's book is a compilation of stories written by young adults describing their experiences.

FROM READERS: MU freshman Riley de Leon self-published first book [Photo]

MU freshman Riley de Leon self-published his first book, "Life’s not always written in Times New Roman: The untold stories of people like you."

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman women's basketball upsets Rock Bridge [Gallery]

The Hickman Kewpies snapped a six-year losing streak to cross-town rival Rock Bridge High School on Wednesday as the state’s No. 4 team toppled No. 1.

Emily Miller blocks a two-point shot [Photo]

Hickman player Emily Miller blocks a two-point shot by Rock Bridge's Madison Treece during Wednesday's game.

Nyjah White shoots ball during game [Photo]

Hickman sophomore Nyjah White throws the ball up to the basket during a game against the Rock Bridge Bruins at Hickman High School Wednesday.

Hickman students and players celebrate upset [Photo]

Hickman High students and players celebrate the women's basketball team's victory over the Rock Bridge Bruins, 45-35, on Wednesday.

Sophie Cunningham shoots free throw [Photo]

Sophie Cunningham, a captain for Rock Bridge's girls basketball team, looks toward the basket before shooting a free throw on Wednesday during a game against Hickman. Cunningham was named a McDonald's All-American the same day.

PHOTO GALLERY: Myrlie Evers-Williams comes to Columbia [Gallery]

Myrlie Evers-Williams, longtime civil rights leader and activist, speaks at the Missouri Theatre on Wednesday evening as part of Columbia's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks emphatically to her audience [Photo]

Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks emphatically to her audience at the Missouri Theatre on Wednesday. Evers-Williams expressed her pleasure that in two months, she will be "82 years young."

Hine sets the pace for Missouri tennis [Photo]

Missouri junior Kelli Hine lobs the ball to the opposing SIUE player during a match on Wednesday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks to the news media before lecture [Photo]

"It's almost like we're coming back to the violent part of the struggle," says Myrlie Evers-Williams to representatives of local media before her lecture at the Missouri Theatre on Wednesday. When she was married to Medgar Evers in 1962, their home in Jackson, Mississippi, was firebombed in reaction to a boycott of white merchants that the Everses helped organize.

Alex Clark returns ball against SIUE [Photo]

Missouri women's tennis player Alex Clark attempts to return a ball on Wednesday after it was hit by an SIUE opponent.

Myrlie Evers-Williams talks about her experiences [Photo]

Myrlie Evers-Williams talks about her experiences during the Civil Rights Movement during her lecture Wednesday evening in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Missouri Theatre. At the beginning, she requested that the lights over the audience be brought up so she could see everyone.

Motorcycle club member dries his bike [Photo]

Sam Buckins washes his 1999 Harley-Davidson 1450cc Road King Classic on Wednesday at Colonial Car Wash on Forum Boulevard. Columbia had a high of 60 degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Buckins is an active member of the Steel Dragons Motorcycle Club. Buckins said the club often participates in community outreach, including taking local kids out for motorcycle rides. The unusually warm weather has allowed him to ride his bike more this month.

Cut copper wire hangs bent on a utility pole [Photo]

Cut copper wire hangs bent on a utility pole on North Fifth Street on Wednesday. The copper grounding wires on more than 200 utility poles around central and northern Columbia have been cut.

Sunlight hits utility poles [Photo]

Sunlight hits utility poles at the intersection of North Fifth Street and Hickman Avenue on Wednesday. The pattern of missing copper grounding wire was noticed over the past few weeks, according to Columbia Water and Light spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz.

Michael Bradley splits defenders [Photo]

U.S. player Michael Bradley, center, controls the ball under pressure from Chile's Marco Medel, left, and Diego Valdes during a soccer match on Wednesday in Rancagua, Chile. The Americans lost 3-2.

Kentucky player blocks shot [Photo]

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell, center, has his shot blocked by Kentucky's Trey Lyles, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 27, in Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky won 58-50. Kentucky's Marcus Lee helps defend on the play.