Word cloud: Wednesday's State of the State address [Graphic]

Gov. Jay Nixon gave the most recent State of the State address Wednesday evening. The most common words in it were "Missouri," "year" and "state."

Word cloud: Gov. Nixon's first State of the State address [Graphic]

Gov. Jay Nixon gave his first State of the State address in 2009. The most common words in it were "Missouri" and "must."

Proposed 2011 budget comparison [Graphic]

Adjusted for inflation, the governor's recommended budget for fiscal year 2011 is significantly lower than it was a decade ago but well within the range of budgets in the last few years.

Word cloud: Gov. Blunt's last State of the State address [Graphic]

Former Gov. Matt Blunt's 2008 State of the State address was the last one he gave while in office. The most common words in it were "Missouri," "Missourians," "state" and "budget."

Rock Bridge wrestles Warrenton [Photo]

Rock Bridge Bruins' Josh Litofsky, bottom, is wrestled to the mat by the Warrenton Warriors' Jake DeClue at a dual meet Wednesday at Rock Bridge High School.

Governor's budget proposal [Graphic]

Gov. Jay Nixon released his budget recommendations Wednesday evening for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The recommendations, which Nixon released before his State of the State address, are not final and must be approved by the General Assembly.

Bowers defended in paint [Photo]

Missouri's Laurence Bowers has had to deal with more than just harassing defenders, he also deals with keeping his shirt tucked away.

Spain's highest peak [Photo]

MU professor Sean Ireton broke his leg while climbing El Mulhacén, a mountain in Spain, and spent two nights on it in treacherous conditions. The mountain is 11,423 feet tall, making it peninsular Spain's highest peak.

Released from hospital [Photo]

Sean Ireton, an MU associate professor of German, is shown on the day he was released from the hospital in Granada, Spain. He was injured while mountain climbing.

Pretrial motions heard [Photo]

In a pretrial motion hearing Wednesday morning, Daniel Sanders's attorney, Christopher Slusher, filed more than a dozen motions. Sanders is accused of second-degree murder in the death of his mother, Helen Sanders, who was found dead in the trunk of a car he was driving.


Sean Ireton, an associate professor of German at MU, survived two days alone after an accident in the Sierra Nevada of Spain.

Helping Haiti by buying hot dogs [Photo]

Andrew Mitchell, a junior in photojournalism at MU, talks about how he has helped with Haiti relief efforts. While in St. Louis, he visited a hot dog stand where the vendor was donating half their tips.

Student says helping requires more than donations [Photo]

Columbia College junior T.C. Ivory talks about the importance of helping people in Haiti. He donated money with a friend but thinks that helping is "more than just throwing money at a problem."

Collecting donations in the cold [Photo]

MU freshman Stephanie Proffer stands in the cold at speaker's circle collecting donations for Haiti as part of a week-long fundraiser through her church group at The Rock. Funds up to $10,000 will be matched by a charitable foundation that donates to The Rock. That money will then be donated to Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization.

Witnesses testify in favor of autism bill [Photo]

State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, (presiding and seated center) listens to witnesses testifying in favor of a state Senate bill on Tuesday in the statehouse. The bill would require health carriers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders under certain conditions. Missouri state Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, is sponsoring the bill.

Opponents speak against the autism bill [Photo]

William Shoehigh, lobbyist for UnitedHealthcare Inc., speaks against the state Senate bill about health insurance for autism spectrum disorders at the Missouri statehouse. Shoehigh said that UnitedHealthcare Inc. was in opposition to the legislation.

MU's J.T. Tiller hits rough spot [Photo]

Missouri senior guard J. T. Tiller, center, scrambles for a loose ball. TIller, the Tigers' only four-year player this season, has 11 turnovers and five assists in his first three Big 12 Conference games this year.

Lobbyist speaks against health bill [Photo]

UnitedHealthcare lobbyist William Shoehigh speaks against the state Senate bill about health insurance for autism spectrum disorders on Tuesday at the Missouri statehouse. Shoehigh said that UnitedhHealthcare was in opposition to the legislation.

Daryl Dudley [Photo]

Fourth Ward councilman candidate Daryl Dudley.

Sewer extension near new high school site [Graphic]

A sewer line that would serve the new high school site and the surrounding area was up for public hearing and a vote by City Council on Tuesday. If approved, the Boone County Regional Sewer District would cover up to $600,000 of the estimated $1.37-million sewer.