CMSE's 40th anniversary quilt [Photo]

The quilt celebrating the Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises' 40 years in business includes drawings and photographs by and of participants over the years.

Working together [Photo]

Ricky Orndorff and Tammy Harvey share a laugh as they assemble small parts to be used in electronic equipment at the Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises workshop on Tuesday. The CMSE, a sheltered workshop that employs people with disabilities, has been suffering from recent state funding and contracting cuts and consequently has had to cut the afternoon shift for employees.

Former MU professor dies [Photo]

Dr. Henry Liu displays a brick he created by compressing fly-ash from coal fired power plants. The bricks earned one of 10 2007 Invention Awards from Popular Science and was named one of the best environmental inventions of 2007 by Time Magazine. Liu died in the one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon off the Lake of the Woods Exit on Interstate 70.

Cleaning up after accident [Photo]

Columbia firefighters work at the scene of a fatal crash Tuesday afternoon off the Lake of the Woods Exit on Interstate 70. Former MU professor Henry Liu died in the one-vehicle accident.

D.O.G.S. volunteer helps at Parkade [Photo]

Karley Blakemore, 6, and her father, Greg, encourage their lunch table to keep quiet on Nov. 12 at Parkade Elementary School. Parkade students were participating in a lunchtime contest to see which class could remain the quietest, keep their tables the cleanest and have the best behavior. Blakemore was helping Parkade students as part of the Watch D.O.G.S. program, in which dads volunteer to help in classrooms, during lunch and at recess.

President Obama addresses cadets [Photo]

President Barack Obama addresses cadets as he speaks about the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on Tuesday. President Obama ordered 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Kurt Schaefer [Photo]

Kurt Schaefer

Burlingame home was the scene of triple homicide [Photo]

The home of Dorothy Wight in Burlingame, Kan., was the scene of a triple homicide Saturday evening when Karen Kahler, and her two daughters, Emily Kahler, 18, and Lauren Kahler, 16, were shot to death. Sean Kahler, 10, escaped the house and alerted neighbors. A manhunt ensued and James Kraig Kahler was captured by authorities and indicted on murder charges in Kansas on Monday.

House vacant after man shot children in January 2009 [Photo]

The triple homicide in Burlingame is the second related to domestic violence that has occurred in Osage County in 2009. The house at 212 South Lawrence Road is still vacant after police say a man shot his three children and then set the house on fire, killing himself in January 2009.

Police take a break from search for gun used in triple homicide [Photo]

The FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Osage County Sheriff's Department and Shawnee County Sheriff's Department take a lunch break Tuesday during their search for the gun that they think was used in the shooting deaths of Karen, Emily and Lauren Kahler.

Burlingame abuzz with news of triple homicide [Photo]

At Diane's Beauty Parlor in Burlingame, Kan., from left, Bob Thornburgh, Carol Kurtz and Diane Wilkin talk about the recent triple homicide that took place at the residence of Dorothy Wight. "She was a strong woman. She would have tried to defend them. But who knows how quickly it all happened," Dilkin said about Wight. Wight was injured in the shooting which left her granddaughter, Karen, and great-granddaughters, Emily and Lauren Kahler, dead. James Kraig Kahler is charged in the shootings.

Social Security benefits stay steady [Graphic]

There was no increase in the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI) in the past year, so benefits for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income will not increase.

Candlelight vigil commemorates World AIDS day [Slideshow]

In conjunction with World AIDS Day, a candlelight vigil took place downtown at the intersection of Broadway and Ninth Street on Tuesday afternoon. About 50 Columbia residents participated, and many onlookers were curious about what was happening. An organizer of the event and two supporters explain why they think the event is important.

Cortez King [Photo]

Cortez King, 15, student at Hickman High School: He does not agree with sending more troops. "I don't want more people dying," King said. In his opinion, the United States should not play a role in Afghanistan. "It's their problem, not ours," he said.

Johnny Northcutt [Photo]

Johnny Northcutt, 51, Salvation Army volunteer: "We need to get over there and get it done and some other countries should help with the war. China should help because all their cars are over here."

D'eray Hall [Photo]

D'eray Hall, 20, Stephens College student: Some of her friends are fighting in Afghanistan and she wants the war to end, though she acknowledged it can't be stopped "all at once." "I don't even know what we're fighting for," she said.

Gary Riess [Photo]

Gary Riess, 50, works for the city of Columbia in the Solid Waste Department: "The United States is taking up the role of being the peacekeeper. Since we started that, I guess we have to keep going. It'd be nice if everyone kept the peace."

Mark Haim [Photo]

Mark Haim, 60, director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks: He opposes the war and wants all troops brought home as soon as possible, and he expressed concern over the increased economic and psychological costs of military action in Afghanistan. "We are perpetuating a cycle of violence that really needs to be defused," he said.

Laura McKee [Photo]

Laura McKee, Truman Veterans Hospital employee: She said she can see both sides of the issue. “I don’t know. I think it’s a no-win situation," she said. "I don’t have a strong opinion either way because either way, more people will die.”

Matthew Smith [Photo]

Matthew Smith, 36, student and former Marine: While he supports the president, and wants the troops to have extra support if needed, he said military troops are not adequately trained to police a country. "If this is going to go on and on, bring them home," he said.