Soybean cyst spreads [Graphic]

This map depicts the U.S. counties where the soybean cyst nematode is present.

The Whitt family [Photo]

On Nov. 5 at the Midwest Sports Academy, Annelle Whitt, second from left, instructed her sons, 11-year old Jimmy, in yellow, and 15-year-old Marcus, right, to see how many basketballs they could place in the arms of their father, James Whitt.

Annelle Whitt [Photo]

Annelle Whitt spends time with her family Nov. 5 at basketball practice at the Midwest Sports Academy. Annelle works for an insurance company while her husband, James Whitt, retired to stay at home with their two sons.

Sharing fair trade [Photo]

Volunteer Tammy Backman, left, and Treasurer Christina Weaver joke with each other behind the counter of their nonprofit organization's new downtown Columbia shop. Mustard Seed Fair Trade, located at 25 S. Ninth St., opened in October but hosted a grand opening celebration Nov. 8.

Reaching out to fair trade [Photo]

Executive director Jessica Linneman, left, points out a popular cookbook to Natalie Wells, a new volunteer staff member at Mustard Seed Fair Trade.

'The Big Neal' returns to his alma mater, MU, a star [Photo]

Dr. Donald Harvey Kausler [Photo]

Psychologist Donald Kausler, author of "Graying of America," dies. Dr. Kausler was considered a leading researcher in the field of aging and was a professor emeritus at MU.

MU football team celebrates with Big 12 North trophy [Photo]

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel hoists the Big 12 Conference North Division Trophy during a surprise presentation Nov. 20 at Dan Devine Pavilion.

Campus ministry runs clothing distribution [Slideshow]

Veritas, a campus ministry of The Crossing Church, distributed winter clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, blankets, bags, books and hygiene products to people in need on Thursday. The group set up tables with the goods they had previously collected, helped those shopping find the items they needed and served hot beverages.

Schools use biodegradable trays [Photo]

From right, Mateesa Crowley, 7, Madison Simpson-Baroli, 6, and Peyton Sheeley, 6, eat lunch from biodegradable trays at Blue Ridge Elementary. Blue Ridge Elementary was one of three Columbia schools to switch from Styrofoam to biodegradable lunch trays at the beginning of the school year.

The big snip [Photo]

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman and Thomas Payne, vice chancellor of MU and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, cut a ribbon signifying the completion of the Gans Road Interchange.

Speaking before the ribbon's cut [Photo]

Roger Schwartze, district engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, speaks at the Gans Road Interchange's ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new interchange opened to traffic on Thursday.

New interchange proposed [Photo]

The city of Columbia is preparing a proposal to create a new interchange on Interstate 70 to relieve the congestion at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70.

MU men's basketball player J.T. Tiller vs. Xavier [Photo]

Missouri guard J.T. Tiller defends against Xavier's Dante Jackson in Thursday's game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Tiller grabbed six steals for Missouri, but the Tigers struggled at the free-throw line and lost.

Costs up — barely — for Thanksgiving food [Graphic]

Brain exercise 2 [Photo]

James Miller, MU professor of theater, discusses costume designs from different musicals during a session of “A Potpourri of the Arts” class at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Brain Exercise [Photo]

Students over 50 listen to watercolorist Paul Jackson lecture about his recent trip to China at the class “A Potpourri of the Arts” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

'The Big Neal' returns to his alma mater, MU, a star [Photo]

Neal Boyd's moment of glory immediately catapulted him from "hometown boy" status to overnight celebrity, or, as he said "Talent" host Jerry Springer dubbed him, "The Big Neal."
Photo courtesy of Catherine Lillie Presson

'The Big Neal' returns to his alma mater, MU, a star [Graphic]

MU volleyball player [Photo]

Missouri freshman Allison Johnson watches from the bench during the Tigers' game against Kansas State on Wednesday at Hearnes Center. Johnson is likely to claim a redshirt this season.