Mourning a loss [Photo]

Veronica Washington cries after she learns her sister's fiance, a 29-year-old man, died after being shot in the chest at Douglass Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Columbia voters discuss issues [Audio]

Voters discuss what the most important issues on the ballot are to them. Between 7 and 9 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, most citizens said the presidential election was most important, but others were concerned with the propositions.

Students vote at Memorial Union [Photo]

MU students grab free pizza in front of Memorial Union. The Arts & Sciences Student Council and Alumni offered the pizza to those who had voted.

Election monitors travel from overseas [Audio]

This is the first year David Heath has traveled to the U.S. to participate in election monitoring. Heath, a member of the Parliament from Great Britain, is leading a team of international experts to check that people get a free and fair chance to vote without any irregularities. The process of election monitoring has occurred since 1990 and it recently began in the U.S., Heath said. Heath also discusses what issues in the U.S. presidential election interest the people of Great Britain.

Reporter Regan McTarsney contributed to this report.

West Columbia Voters [Slideshow]

At 1 p.m. on Election Day, voters at the Activity and Recreation Center talk about what brings them to vote.

Students turn out to vote [Photo]

Students wait in line at Memorial Union to cast their votes on Election Day. Record numbers of students are expected to vote in response to heavy campaigning targeted at students.

Issues at the polls [Audio]

Citizens discuss what issues brought them to the polls early on Election Day. At 6 a.m., when the polls opened, voters were able to quickly get through the line at Ashland American Legion #152 in Ashland. At 7:30 a.m. voters at Rock Bridge High School were concerned about the governor’s election and presidential election.

Reporter Regan McTarsney contributed to this report.

Time to vote [Photo]

In front of the Life Sciences building on campus, chalk points voters in the right direction.

What brings people in the east side of town out to vote [Slideshow]

Residents turned out early to cast their ballots at Campus Lutheran Church located at 304 S. College Ave. Voters’ concerns included health care reform, the character of candidates and negative campaigning.

Why people vote [Slideshow]

Voters at the Hearnes Center talk about what brings them to vote at 8 a.m. on Election Day.

Explaining the process [Photo]

Bill Boston, left, explains the electronic voting machine to Laurie Shurleff at Columbia Public Library on Tuesday.

Early morning voters [Video]

Voters talk about getting up early to cast their ballots around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Alicia Schamburg mug [Photo]

Alicia Schamburg

MU freshman men's basketball player Laurence Bowers [Photo]

Tigers freshman Laurence Bowers is following in his uncle’s footsteps as a Division I basketball player.

Election 2008 scorecard [Graphic]

This Election 2008 Scorecard will help you keep tally as each state's results rolls in. Click the image to download a printable scorecard.

Families for candidates [Audio]

This presidential election has brought families together in support of a candidate. The Hardin family attended Sen. Barack Obama’s rally on the MU campus in hopes of setting an example on Thursday. The Ellis family attended Gov. Sarah Palin’s rally in Jefferson City as an educational experience for their home-schooled children on Monday.

First Baptist celebrates 185th anniversary [Slideshow]

First Baptist Church members gathered Saturday at J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center with members from sister congregations Memorial Baptist and Second Missionary Baptist as part of First Baptist’s 185th anniversary celebrations. The event included planting daffodils, games, arts and crafts, lunch, blood pressure screenings and the dedication of the Annie Fisher Food Pantry. Nancy Campbell, First Baptist's youth ministry coordinator, and Veronica Jenkins, president of the downtown public housing tenant association, share their thoughts on the event.

Churches offer trick-or-treating alternatives [Slideshow]

Families gathered at Faith Baptist and Community United Methodist Church the week of Halloween to put a new spin on trick or treating. Instead of walking through neighborhoods, children visited trunk stations. Church members parked their cars and opened their decorated trunks as costumed kids walked through the parking lot. The churches were two of several area churches that hosted festivities in lieu of Halloween. Both churches served chili, and Community United Methodist created a craft corner while Faith Baptist had inflatables and a puppet show.

Palin speaks in Jefferson City [Video]

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke to nearly 20,000 people in front of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City on Monday. Running neck and neck in recent state polls, Palin’s visit was intended to encourage voter participation in Missouri, a swing state.

Farnen's button collection [Photo]

Mark Farnen received his first pin, one featuring John F. Kennedy, from his father after a parade. Since then, Farnen has been collecting campaign pins with candidates such as Nixon, Reagan, Roosevelt and Obama.