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.

Pinkel talks about Texas Bowl [Photo]

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, left, and Mark Alnutt, an MU associate athletics director, speak to media Sunday after the Tigers accepted a bid to play in the Texas Bowl.

Missouri men's basketball beats Oregon [Slideshow]

While not seen by many as a perimeter threat, the Missouri men's basketball team drained 14 three pointers against Oregon, including 9 in the first half, on their way to defeating the Ducks 106-69.

Going with a raw vegan diet [Photo]

Dave Williams and Glenda Nickell choose to eat a diet of vegan, raw food. Besides the groceries they buy at least once a week, the couple also grows their own vegetables. The ones in the outdoor hoop house get a "haircut every other day" says Williams, which means that they pick their own spinach, leeks, radishes or beet greens.

Columbia 2009 unemployment rates by month [Graphic]

The unemployment rate has fluctuated throughout this year, with the lowest occurring in April at 4.8 percent. From August to October, Columbia has experienced a steady decline in the rate.

Waiting at the market [Photo]

Not even the cold can keep people away from waiting in line at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Despite near-freezing temperatures, the market has extended its season into the December month.

Selling, despite the cold [Photo]

Tammy and Greg Sellmeyer of Sellmeyer Farm showcase their dried fruit, jams and produce all while fighting near-freezing temperatures at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Even with the cold, the market saw it's fair share of shoppers and everybody seemed to be in high spirits.

Browsing the wares [Photo]

Judy Thimesch examines one of the church mice for sale at the St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday. Shoppers could also enter a raffle, eat a "country-style" breakfast in the parish hall, and browse books, crafts and decorative trinkets.

Popular mice [Photo]

Shirley Farrah, left, views decorative church mice displayed by Kathy Digges at the St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday morning. The church mice's popularity had shoppers waiting in line to enter the foyer where the mice were sold. "Limit two until everyone gets through the line," Digges told customers as they browsed.

Jewelry for sale [Photo]

Holiday ornaments decorate a tree while Nancy Davenport presides over her jewelry for sale at the United Methodist Church's holiday Bazaar on Saturday. Davenport has been involved with the jewelry trade for 10 years, and hasn't missed the church's holiday bazaar since.

Sophomore Marcus Denmon goes for a rebound [Photo]

Missouri sophomore guard Marcus Denmon grabs the ball for a rebound against Oregon's Jeremy Jacob on Dec. 5 at Mizzou Arena. Denmon tied his career-high game total with 17 points toward Missouri's 106-69 victory.

Rock Bridge boys basketball player Dave Duffleck vs. Moberly [Photo]

Rock Bridge forward Dave Duffleck avoids a block by Moberly's Brennan Hughes 44, during the Bruins' victory Saturday.

MU junior plays defense [Photo]

MU junior guard Jarrett Sutton plays defense against Oregon guard Malcolm Armstead on Saturday night. The Tigers had a blowout game beating the Ducks 106-69.