Bruins' Amaya Williams [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Amaya Williams drives toward the basket against Hickman sophomore Arianna Prince during Wednesday's game. Williams scored 13 points in the Bruins' 52-43 win over the Kewpies.

iPad offers more storage, color screen [Graphic]

Apple CEO Steve Jobs publicly announced the company’s new tablet computing device, the iPad, on Wednesday in San Francisco. The device, which will be available in late March, will be able to run applications written for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple will release another model in April with 3G wireless Internet access through AT&T.

Word choices in the State of the Union [Graphic]

GRAPHIC | Policy-related keywords in Wednesday's State of the Union address.

Speaker addresses minorities, academic achievement gap [Photo]

Patricia Williams speaks on Wednesday in Stotler Lounge in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an MU event sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, Missouri School of Law and the Peace Studies Program. Williams not only addressed the academic achievement gap in the U.S. but also focused on how the media's portrayal of minorities can have a lasting and destructive influence on its viewers.

States that have called for a constitutional convention [Graphic]

In 1983, the General Assembly passed a resolution calling for both a balanced federal budget and a constitutional convention. The resolution the General Assembly approved Wednesday does not rescind Missouri’s previous resolution, but it calls for a balanced federal budget without calling for a convention.

Hickman's three-guard attack [Photo]

Hickman sophomore Jordan Stevens, left, and junior Marcus Whitt share a laugh after practice Wednesday. Stevens and Whitt are part of Hickman's new three-guard lineup that coach John Burns refers to as "the three-headed monster."

Residents want jobs, health care addressed in State of the Union [Video]

Columbia residents have variety of expectations for State of the Union [Photo]

Clockwise from top left: Lee Sensintaffar, Karen Atkinson, Jeneca Luckey, Don Strada and Bill Hastings

Lawsuit against H&R Block [Document]

Click here to download a copy of the complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

More than 100 sign up to help Homes for Troops [Audio]

Doreen Lewis, a project facilitator for Homes for Our Troops, gives a presentation at a registration event at Lowe’s Home Improvement on Tuesday. The nonprofit organization, which builds specially adapted homes for disabled veterans, had more than 100 applications from volunteers who wanted to help build a new home in Columbia for Sgt. Robert Canine, who had both legs amputated after being injured in Baghdad.

More people, less recycling [Graphic]

Although the number of households in Columbia is growing, the amount of waste recycled, in total and per person, is decreasing.

Shoveling recyclables [Photo]

Brandon Hergins and Rob Hulett shovel recyclables onto a conveyor belt on Tuesday at the Material Recovery Center located at the Columbia Sanitary Landfill. The Material Recovery Center receives an average of five to six truckloads of recycled goods that are collected curbside in Columbia every day.

Sorting plastics [Photo]

Denise Tucker and Teresa Craig sort through plastic bottles and other recyclables that travel up a conveyor belt onto the container sort line on Tuesday at the Material Recovery Facility at the Columbia Sanitary Landfill. Plastics that are not graded No. 1 or No. 2 must be removed along with any trash prior to final sorting.

Bales of paper [Photo]

Bales of recyclable paper sit at the Material Recovery Facility at the Columbia Sanitary landfill on Tuesday. The bales will be sold and remanufactured into new products.

No. 1 plastics [Photo]

No. 1 plastics can be found in soft drink and water bottles, food trays and disposable cups.

No. 2 plastics [Photo]

No. 2 plastics are typically found in household cleaner bottles, milk jugs, juice bottles and some disposable cups.

Kid-unfriendly recession [Graphic]

Although Boone County has risen in the overall rankings of kid-friendly Missouri counties, it hasn’t escaped the impact of the economic recession. Boone County poverty rates, unemployment rates and number of children enrolled in free or reduced-price lunches have risen in the past year. Fortunately, Boone County is still faring better than Missouri as a whole.

Forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni [Photo]

Nalini Nadkarni, a forest ecologist, studies a rainforest tree canopy. Nadkarni works on epiphtyes, tree-borne plants that survive on nutrients they get from the rain.

Kids Count ranking [Graphic]

KIDS COUNT gives each county in Missouri an overall ranking for child-friendliness based on how its statistics compare to other counties. These are the top 10 counties for 2009, along with their rankings in 2008 and five of the outcome measures used to calculate the ranking.
CORRECTION: The infant mortality numbers and births to teens ages 15 to 19 are the total numbers for each county. An earlier version of this graphic incorrectly identified this information as a rate per 1,000.

Students sequence white grub DNA [Photo]

MU sophomore Josh Hendren cuts up a white grub specimen in the MU entomology department in the Agricultural Building on Tuesday. Hendren will then put the specimen through a series of tests in order to sequence the white grub's DNA to add to the database. "Farmers in the field can't identify what beetle may be affecting their crop so they send them to use to identify," Hendren said.