PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens Lake fit for ice skaters

The ice was thick enough at Stephens Lake Park for ice skating, according to the Columbia Parks and Recreation website Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Animals at Brazil zoo get frozen treats

Animals at the Rio de Janiero were treated to frozen fruits and popsicles after temperatures soared above 90. Temperatures have been above the mid-90s for about 10 days in the country.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bonnie Riley runs Riley Equine Center

Following her son Bart's critical injuries in an airplane accident, Bonnie Riley developed the Riley Equine Center in Boonville.

PHOTO GALLERY: Laser projector demonstrated at Rock Bridge High

The Radiant Pro 60, a laser light show projection machine, is demonstrated Tuesday at Rock Bridge High School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter weather delays travel

Across the country, the winter weather delayed travelers or left them stranded in airports or on trains. Airlines again canceled several thousand flights Tuesday, as the extreme cold slowed everything from baggage-handling to refueling. On the roads, powerful winds pushing snow into desert-like dunes forced authorities to shut major highways

PHOTO GALLERY: Tracy Edwards adjusts to life after a double leg amputation

Tracy Edwards didn't give his diet much thought until he was diagnosed with diabetes eight or 10 years ago. He made changes to his diet, but he had both of his legs amputated below the knee in October. He remains involved in the community and will be fitted for prosthetic limbs in the next two months.

PHOTO GALLERY: Zaxby's opens in Columbia

Zaxby's opened two restaurants in Columbia on Monday at 1411 Cinnamon Hill Lane and 3922 South Providence Road. The restaurants are the first for the chain in Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Walmart Express set to open Wednesday

Walmart Express, located on Ninth Street, will open Wednesday. The store will cater to students and offer food items, school supplies and a pharmacy.

PHOTO GALLERY: Norm Stewart coached 32 years at Missouri

Boone Hospital Center's new cancer center opening Monday is the latest testament to Norm Stewart’s legacy at MU. Twenty years ago he founded Coaches vs. Cancer.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women play Arkansas

The Missouri women's basketball team played the University of Arkansas Sunday at Mizzou Arena. The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 69-66.

PHOTO GALLERY: Water main break closes intersection

A water main break at the intersection of Stadium and Ash streets has closed the road to traffic.

PHOTO GALLERY: Molly, Danny Myers have twin daughters

Molly and Danny Myers have a son, Will, and 1-year-old fraternal twin daughters, Layla and Suzi. The Myerses used a video conferencing program to see their daughters when they were in the NICU.

PHOTO GALLERY: Campus movers take furniture to Mizzou North

Campus movers took furniture and office supplies from Pickard Hall on MU's main campus up to Mizzou North in December.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri basketball defeats Long Beach

The Missouri Tigers defeated Long Beach State 69-59 on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Missouri guard Jabari Brown lead all scorers with 22 points in 39 minutes.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 Cotton Bowl, Missouri vs. Oklahoma State

The No. 8 Missouri Tigers beat the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys on Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

PHOTO GALLERY: Oklahoma beats Alabama in Sugar Bowl

In the Sugar Bowl on Thursday, Oklahoma vanquished an Alabama squad that had been ranked No. 1 much of the past three seasons.

PHOTO GALLERY: New year brings snow to Columbia

Two to three inches of snow fell across Boone County Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. City crews worked quickly to clear first and second priority roads and moved on to treating residential streets.

PHOTO GALLERY: ELL students work with teacher Becca Stock

Becca Stock’s classroom is in a trailer at Smithton Middle School. The room is covered with posters, some of which tell about the students and where they come from: Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Iraq, Kazakhstan, China, Thailand, Rwanda and more.

PHOTO GALLERY: Babies join community on New Year's Day

Columbia's first 2014 baby, Emma Grace, was born at Women's and Children's Hospital. Noah Martin Reveley was the first New Year's baby at Boone Hospital Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: New Year's Day hikers explore Grasslands Trail

About 80 people decided to bundle up Wednesday and explore the trails at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park as part of the nationwide First Day Hikes program.