Winter storm takes aim at Midwest [Photo]

A pedestrian jumps over a mound of snow while crossing a street in downtown Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday. A winter storm is traveling through the region.

Nebraska hit by blizzard [Photo]

Students braved the snow on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, as a winter storm traveled through the region.

Beanie babies [Photo]

Kindergarten teacher Tracie Downs leads her class in counting the beanie babies they have collected thus far for Operation Beanie Baby Rescue on Friday at Shepard Boulevard Elementary. Students from left, Seojin Kwon, Reagan Brooks, Olivia Walsh, Damaia Tapp and Benton Smith, are positioned with bags in hand, ready to begin counting five to a bag. The total count was 563, and all the beanie babies will be sent to either Iraq or Afganistan.

Health care worries [Photo]

Michele Spry, owner of Midway Electric in Columbia, answers a phone call Thursday at her office. As a small-business owner, Spry worries that health care prices for her company will rise if the U.S. Congress reforms health care.

Keeping eye on health care reform [Photo]

Don Laird, Columbia Chamber of Commerce president, poses for a portrait in his office on Friday. Laird sees the health care reform issue as an economic one and worries about how it will affect small businesses financially.

Missouri gymnast Allie Heizelman [Photo]

Missouri gymnast Allie Heizelman said she became much more involved with community service once she came to college. She now serves as a vice president of community service for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council at MU.

Jetton probable cause [Document]

This probable cause statement for the arrest of Rod Jetton, former Missouri House Speaker, was released by the Scott County Circuit Court. The arrest warrant was issued Monday.

Wynonna Judd at Christmas [Photo]

Wynonna Judd will be performing Wednesday at Jesse Auditorium.

Climate conference opens [Photo]

Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing gestures during the opening of the U.S. center at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday.

Global warning [Photo]

A globe is projected as people are seen in Town Hall Square on the opening day of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday. What is being called the largest and most important U.N. climate change conference in history opened Monday, with organizers warning diplomats from 192 nations that this could be the best, last chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming.

Timber View Tree Farm attracts families [Slideshow]

Timber View Tree Farm provides customers with family memories and traditions as well as Christmas trees.

Alpacas & Artisans location [Graphic]

The Alpacas and Artisans store is located on Alley A, between Ninth St. and Tenth St.

Alpacas & Artisans [Photo]

Diane Peckham, right, helps John Engleking choose a toy bear on Wednesday at Alpacas & Artisans. Engleking reserved a hat made of alpaca fibers and wants to return to the store with his family. Engleking said he plans to have his own alpacas one day if he "can ever afford the land."

Alpaca products [Photo]

Gloves, hats and a toy bear made out of alpaca fibers are displayed on Wednesday at the Alpacas & Artisans holiday store. Alpacas are easy to care for and they don't need nearly as much as a horse, said alpaca breeder Diane Peckham.

Cape Girardeau adopts twin boys from Ethopia [Photo]

Jamie and Michelle Outman of Cape Girardeau, relax in their home with their family on Nov. 21, from clockwise left: Jamie, Paeton, Michelle, Phelix, Parker, and Phisher.

Inmates create Braille books [Photo]

Offenders in the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City translate numerous books and papers into Braille for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. They all work in the Center for Braille and Narration Production at the correctional facility.

Austin Nelson, kidney donor [Photo]

At age 15 Austin Nelson began telling his mother that if anything happened to him he wanted to be an organ donor. When Nelson died in a car accident five of his organs were transplanted, including his kidney.

Kidney Transplants [Graphic]

If kidneys are unhealthy or failing, they must be replaced. Located in the lower back behind the abdominal cavity, kidneys are the key components of the urinary sytem. Almost 280,000 kidney transplants have been performed in the U.S. since 1988. It is a simple procedure that takes about three hours.

Kidney Transplants Charts [Graphic]

Of the 113,609 people in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant, 79.6 percent are waiting for kidneys. Since 1988, kidneys have been the most transplanted organ, both nationally and in the state of Missouri, and have a typical waiting time of one to two years. The following numbers are as of Dec. 1.

Hickman boys basketball player Marcus Whitt vs. Popular Bluff [Photo]

Hickman guard Marcus Whitt drives past Popular Bluff's Jordan Marler on Sunday in the Kewpies' loss.