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.

White grub DNA gets sequenced [Photo]

MU sophomore Josh Hendren goes through the process of sequencing the DNA of white grub specimens in the MU Agricultural Building Tuesday. By sequencing the white grub's DNA Hendren will be able to identify the specimen which could help farmers with pesky beetle problems. "By sequencing the DNA you can say this is the type of beetle you have which would give farmers a better advantage in taking care of it," Hendren said.

Apple's iPad gets compared to Amazon's Kindle [Photo]

Roger Fiddler compares Amazon's Kindle to Apple's iPad, which was launched Wednesday as Sean Reily looks on. Both Fiddler and Reily said they agree that the iPad will send current manufacturers of e-readers back to the drawing board.

MU wrestlers in Philadelphia [Photo]

The Missouri wrestling team poses in front of the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

KU's Cole Aldrich slows doen MU men's basketball team [Photo]

Kansas' Cole Aldrich, right, blocks a shot by Missouri's Keith Ramsey in Monday's Tigers loss in Lawrence, Kan.

Against the yoga tax [Photo]

Sarah Nutt signs a petition against the yoga tax on Monday at alleyCat Yoga. The state tax applies to sports and exercise activities, but did not include yoga until November 2009. Nutt, who has practiced yoga for about a year, said the tax does not make sense because people can do yoga in their own homes.

State tax raises prices on yoga [Photo]

Pam Spencer begins her yoga routine on Monday at Elm Street Yoga. A state tax on sports teams and clubs' fees was extended to yoga and Pilates classes last November; a petition against this extension has since been circulated. Elm Street Yoga instructor Linda Lutz said she received a copy of the petition in the mail but has not yet brought it into her shop. Lutz said she has noticed that some of her sessions now cost about $5 more with the new tax.