Forest Service wants to spruce up historical properties [Photo]

The Fuchs Home in Markham Springs, built in 1940, was sold to the U.S. Forest Service in the mid-'60s and became something of an eyesore. Forest Service officials now are on the verge of addressing the Fuchs House and four other historical properties in Mark Twain National Forest that have fallen into disrepair, seeking proposals from private individuals to potentially renovate the structures.

MU professor in Haiti [Photo]

Valerie Kaussen, center, poses in a photo taken in 2008 with members of the Solino Neighborhood Association, a group that provided training for teachers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Kaussen, a French professor at MU, was in Haiti when the Jan. 12 earthquake struck.

Apartment fire in north Columbia [Photo]

Firefighters from the Boone County Fire Protection District tear away a section of roofing at an apartment building at the 1100 block of N Kathryn* early Sunday afternoon. Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp said the apartment the fire originated in, apartment eight, sustained heavy fire damage. The fire spread laterally, also causing damage in an adjoining apartment, but was under control within 10 minutes of fire crews arriving on scene.

McGwire works with outfielder [Photo]

St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire, right, works with Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus in a batting cage on Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

McGwire addresses fans [Photo]

St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire speaks on Sunday to fans at the team's annual Winter Warm-Up during his first public appearance in St. Louis since admitting to using steroids in St. Louis. McGwire admitted that he used steroids for a decade, including when he hit 70 homers in 1998.

Veterinarian Jim Joyce [Photo]

Veterinarian Jim Joyce of Springfield says a lack of facilities to take horses to slaughter is bad for horses and the horse industry. "The situation that is set up right now was not thought through, and the people who designed this don't know what they're talking about," Joyce said.

Cotton harvest near New Madrid [Photo]

Johnny Langley dumps freshly picked cotton into a cotton module maker on Rick and Cindy Faulkner's cotton farm near New Madrid in November. The farm is in one of the country's top 50 cotton-growing counties. They're all poor, with a per capita income that's at least 30 percent lower than the U.S. average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

A cotton field near New Madrid [Photo]

A cotton picker maneuvers through a field as the sun sets near New Madrid, Mo. An AP analysis found that government cotton subsidies have helped prop up the economy in cotton farming areas during the recession.

Harvesting cotton near New Madrid [Photo]

Cindy Faulkner drives a cotton picker through a field during November harvest on the family's farm near New Madrid. The farm is in Missouri's Bootheel which includes four of the country's top 50 cotton-growing counties.

New chambers: Public view [Photo]

In this panoramic photo illustration, the view of the new City Council chamber from the public seating area.

New chambers: Council view [Photo]

In this panoramic photo illustration, the view of the new City Council chambers from where the council members will sit.

The impact of red-light cameras [Graphic]

Red-light cameras have been functioning since September. What can the collision records tell us about how they have affected motorist safety?

New Police Beat Map [Graphic]

The Columbia Police Department introduced a new beat map that included north and south sectors as part of a geographic policing tactic. The new strategy aims to better patrol specific types of crimes that occur more frequently in certain parts of the city.

MU women's basketball player Kendra Frazier [Photo]

Missouri sophomore Kendra Frazier is one of four players on this season's Tigers roster who are Kansas natives.

Samantha Kathleen Brown [Photo]

Photo Courtesy Parker Funeral Service & Crematory

MU men's basketball player Justin Safford vs. Oklahoma [Photo]

Missouri forward Justin Safford, left, tries to shoot past the defense of Oklahoma guard Cade Davis on Saturday in the Tiger's 66-61 loss in Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma's Warren drives past Missouri guard [Photo]

Oklahoma guard Willie Warren, center, eyes the basket as he drives between Missouri guard Michael Dixon, right, and forward Laurence Bowers in the second half the game in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Oklahoma won 66-61.

Oklahoma's Davis goes for basket [Photo]

Oklahoma guard Cade Davis, front, goes up for a basket in front of Missouri forward Justin Safford, back, during the second half of game in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Oklahoma defeated Missouri 66-61.

Assessing the crash site [Photo]

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Ballard and members of the Boone County Fire Protection District begin their investigation into the cause of a head-on collision on Highway WW early Saturday afternoon. Both drivers were taken to University Hospital with moderate to severe injuries, Ballard said.

Highway WW head-on collision [Photo]

Missouri State Trooper Scott Ballard, left, takes notes for his accident report at the site of a head-on collision on Highway WW east of Rangeline Road early Saturday afternoon. Both drivers, the only occupants of the vehicles, were taken to University Hospital with moderate to severe injuries.