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Dan Knight sworn in [Photo]

County Clerk Wendy Noren swears in Dan Knight as county prosecuting attorney Saturday morning at the Boone Government Center.

CHART: Missouri foster care payments fall short of MARC [Graphic]

In 2007, Children's Rights, University of Maryland School of Social Work and the National Foster Parent Association released a report detailing how much payment foster parents in each state should be receiving. In 2008, Missouri raised the amount paid to foster parents based on lobbying done by groups using the report. However, the amount still falls short of the suggested rates.

A foster mom at home [Photo]

Karen Anderson loads the dishwasher in her home in Hartsburg in late December. Anderson has been a foster parent for 31 years. She says she hasn’t even kept track of how many children she’s taken in over the years, she estimates that the number is about 180.

It's time to hula hoop [Photo]

Surka Noeooe from the St. Louis Hoop Club welcomes the audience with an LED hula hoop on the balcony of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for First Night.

Connecting the rings [Photo]

Jade Tjin from California performs Chinese magic rings as part of her First Night performance.

Making it snow [Photo]

Magician Jade Tjin from California amazed the audience with “snowflakes” at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts during First Night activities.

Ta-da, a new outfit for the new year [Photo]

Alexis Doebelin, 4, gets festive with accessories from Maude Vintage on Friday at Missouri United Methodist Church. Adrienne Doebelin, mother of Alexis, watched her daughters play dress up in the church’s lobby. “I enjoy all of the shows and the fun,” Doebelin said. “I also like the children’s fireworks.”

Dancing out the old year [Photo]

Isabella McGarity, 6, breaks it down at the Videology dance party at City Hall during the First Night festivities on Friday. "She's serious when she's dancing," Tim McGarity, Isabella's father, said. Videology was started by Daryle Bascom of Columbia several years ago and is typically reserved for night clubs around town, but Bascom made a "kid-friendly" dance mix for First Night.

Entertaining children at First Night [Photo]

Spike Bones performs at City Hall for First Night's "Alternative Fitness Fun" event for families on Friday. Bones has been performing and playing the 19th-century-instrument "bones" for more than 30 years. "First, I looked for an art skill ,and then I saw an old man playing the bones," Bones said. "And I said, 'That's for me.'" Bones has been participating in Columbia's First Night festivities for about 10 years.

Exiting City Hall as alarm goes off [Photo]

First Night patrons exit City Hall as the fire alarms go off inside because of fog from the Videology dance room on Friday. Events being held inside were put on hold until the fire alarm could be turned off.

Preserving the image of damages [Photo]

A soldier takes a picture of a home and car destroyed by a tornado that touched down at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base in southern Missouri Friday morning.

Tornado strikes Fort Leonard Wood [Photo]

Shown are the homes and cars destroyed by a tornado that touched down at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base in southern Missouri on Friday morning. In the neighborhood of about 75 homes, an estimated 75 percent were destroyed.

Watching Terry Jones [Photo]

In this Sept. 8, 2010, file photo, Pastor Terry Jones, center, of the Dove World Outreach Center speaks at a news conference in Gainesville, Fla., about burning copies of the Quran at his church on Sept. 11. His threats stirred a worldwide response.

Watching rescue from Chilean miners [Photo]

In this Aug. 26, 2010, file picture, an image of Florencio Avalos, one of the 33 miners trapped in the San Jose collapsed mine, is seen on a television set near the mine in Copiapo, Chile. If you needed any evidence that the U.S. has become a nation of watchers, look no further than 2010. The spectacle that was the past year made certain that the image — the weird, wonderful, horrifying, mesmerizing image — reigned supreme.

At the finish line [Photo]

Time chips are removed from the runners' shoes after they finished the 5K on Friday.

Winner crosses the finish line [Photo]

Magnus Holmstrom of Jefferson City placed first in the First Night 5K with a time of 15:44.8 on Friday afternoon.

And, they're off [Photo]

First Night 5K runners make their way down Sixth Street at the beginning of the race on Friday. Runners were surprised by the nice weather during the race.

On the lookout for mom [Photo]

Archer Fried-Socarides waits for his mother, Alex Socarides, to cross the finish line during the First Night 5K on Friday.

John Wooden dies at age 99 [Photo]

This March 31, 1975, file photo shows UCLA basketball coach John Wooden wearing a basketball net around his neck after his team won the NCAA basketball championship over Kentucky, 92-85, in San Diego, Calif. Wooden and George Steinbrenner, two towering figures in sports, died in 2010, each having transformed his game in a distinct but enduring way.

George Steinbrenner dies at age 80 [Photo]

This Feb. 17, 2004, file photo shows New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner waving to fans in Tampa, Fla. Steinbrenner and John Wooden, two towering figures in sports, died in 2010, each having transformed his game in a distinct but enduring way.
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