Judge Gene Hamilton announces retirement [Photo]

Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton swears in a witness during the trial of Damon Williams in November 2009 at the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia. Hamilton announced his resignation Thursday, which will be effective March 26.

Nixon gives State of the State speech [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State address Wednesday in the Capitol building in Jefferson City.

Tai Chi class [Photo]

Tai Chi instructor Ken Greene teaches a free class in the Columbia Armory Sports Center on Wednesday.

Missouri women's basketball loses against Oklahoma [Photo]

Missouri's guard RaeShara Brown cuts through Oklahoma's defense Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers lost to the Sooners 62-61.

Brown [Photo]

Missouri's RaeShara Brown tries to go through Oklahoma's defense Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena in the Tigers fifth straight lost. Brown had 12 points in 31 minutes. The Sooners won 62-61.

Olajuwon makes impact [Photo]

Oklahoma forward Carlee Roethlisberger, center, reacts as she helps up teammate center Abi Olajuwon, bottom, after Olajuwon was fouled by a Texas A&M player Sunday. Against Missouri on Wednesday, Olajuwon had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Nixon delivers State of the State address [Slideshow]

Gov. Jay Nixon delivered the State of the State address on Wednesday night.

Word cloud: Wednesday's State of the State address [Graphic]

Gov. Jay Nixon gave the most recent State of the State address Wednesday evening. The most common words in it were "Missouri," "year" and "state."

Word cloud: Gov. Nixon's first State of the State address [Graphic]

Gov. Jay Nixon gave his first State of the State address in 2009. The most common words in it were "Missouri" and "must."

Proposed 2011 budget comparison [Graphic]

Adjusted for inflation, the governor's recommended budget for fiscal year 2011 is significantly lower than it was a decade ago but well within the range of budgets in the last few years.

Word cloud: Gov. Blunt's last State of the State address [Graphic]

Former Gov. Matt Blunt's 2008 State of the State address was the last one he gave while in office. The most common words in it were "Missouri," "Missourians," "state" and "budget."

Rock Bridge wrestles Warrenton [Photo]

Rock Bridge Bruins' Josh Litofsky, bottom, is wrestled to the mat by the Warrenton Warriors' Jake DeClue at a dual meet Wednesday at Rock Bridge High School.

Governor's budget proposal [Graphic]

Gov. Jay Nixon released his budget recommendations Wednesday evening for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The recommendations, which Nixon released before his State of the State address, are not final and must be approved by the General Assembly.

Bowers defended in paint [Photo]

Missouri's Laurence Bowers has had to deal with more than just harassing defenders, he also deals with keeping his shirt tucked away.

Spain's highest peak [Photo]

MU professor Sean Ireton broke his leg while climbing El Mulhacén, a mountain in Spain, and spent two nights on it in treacherous conditions. The mountain is 11,423 feet tall, making it peninsular Spain's highest peak.

Released from hospital [Photo]

Sean Ireton, an MU associate professor of German, is shown on the day he was released from the hospital in Granada, Spain. He was injured while mountain climbing.

Pretrial motions heard [Photo]

In a pretrial motion hearing Wednesday morning, Daniel Sanders's attorney, Christopher Slusher, filed more than a dozen motions. Sanders is accused of second-degree murder in the death of his mother, Helen Sanders, who was found dead in the trunk of a car he was driving.


Sean Ireton, an associate professor of German at MU, survived two days alone after an accident in the Sierra Nevada of Spain.

Helping Haiti by buying hot dogs [Photo]

Andrew Mitchell, a junior in photojournalism at MU, talks about how he has helped with Haiti relief efforts. While in St. Louis, he visited a hot dog stand where the vendor was donating half their tips.

Student says helping requires more than donations [Photo]

Columbia College junior T.C. Ivory talks about the importance of helping people in Haiti. He donated money with a friend but thinks that helping is "more than just throwing money at a problem."