PHOTO GALLERY: Housing industry in Columbia trending upward

Construction crews continue to build new houses throughout Columbia. Key housing industry indicators are trending up from the past year, according to the Columbia Board of Realtors' annual home sales statistics for 2013.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball clubhouse set to open soon

The new Missouri baseball clubhouse at Taylor Stadium will be equipped with arcade games and a movie theater-style media room. "This will become a home away from home (for) our players," coach Tim Jamieson said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Aiden Taylor battles brain cancer

Aiden Taylor, 8, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that has spread to his spine. He has had two surgeries and will undergo chemotherapy and radiation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman, Rock Bridge girls basketball teams faceoff

The Hickman Kewpies girls faced off against the Rock Bridge Bruins girls on Wednesday at Rock Bridge High School. The Bruins won 66-51.

PHOTO GALLERY: UM System President Tim Wolfe on Menu Courey Case

UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke to reporters about the Sasha Menu Courey case at Wednesday's press conference at the Reynold's Alumni Center. “What I feel as a parent, is one of our students is dead. And I don’t want to feel that anymore," Wolfe said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Obama delivers State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber.

PHOTO GALLERY: Over the years, presidents have used different words to describe the union

President Barack Obama has frequently used the word "stronger" to describe the union in his State of the Union addresses. But past presidents have used different terms in their summations. Here is a collection of photos from past State of the Union addresses.

PHOTO GALLERY: No injuries in apartment fire on Claudell Lane

Firefighters were dispatched at 2:40 p.m. to the fire at 1006 Claudell Lane. Two people, one adult and one child, were in the apartment, and both escaped safely. The cause of the fire is not yet released.

PHOTO GALLERY: Yard waste at Capen Park is processed into mulch

Yard waste at the Capen Park mulch site is processed, and the mulch is available to the public from dawn till dusk.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman basketball defeats Hazelwood Central 71-48

The Hickman basketball team defeated Hazelwood Central 71-48 at the MFA Oil Break Time Shootout on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton boys basketball loses to Iberia

Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School ultimately lost to Iberia during Sunday's high school shootout despite many team members putting up good numbers. A slow first quarter is to blame for Tolton's 77-74 loss.

PHOTO GALLERY: Disc golfers enjoy warm weather at Ice Bowl Charity Tournament

The Columbia Disc Golf Club held its 28th Annual Ice Bowl Charity Tournament at 10 a.m. Sunday on the Albert-Oakland Park disc golf course. The first Ice Bowl disc golf event was organized in Columbia in 1987. Ice Bowls are held across the United States and a few European countries where they are typically played in snow, ice and frigid weather. They are also held in warm weather climates for irony's sake, according to the organizer's website.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fundraiser for injured former MU student

An injury during a CrossFit routine left former MU student Kevin Ogar unable to move his legs. Friends, family and supporters packed CrossFit Fringe to raise money for his medical bills Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball defeats South Carolina

The Missouri Tigers defeated South Carolina 82-74 on Saturday in front of a season-high attendance of 12,033 at Mizzou Arena. The team also recorded a season-high 18 assists.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rallies in Cairo called for police intervention

Large state-backed rallies took place Saturday in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Military supporters celebrated the third anniversary of the uprising, calling for the army chief to run for president. Police used tear gas to disperse supporters of ousted Islamist President.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kids competed in the the Bring Your Own Big Wheel event Saturday at the ARC

The ARC hosted its Bring Your Own Big Wheel event on Saturday. Kids raced on the track and received a certificate with the number of laps completed and candy as a prize for participating.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wade School Road fire

A fire broke in a duplex in north Columbia on Saturday morning, leaving one of the units destroyed. Paul Trevino, 13, was sleeping on a couch a few feet from the fire. He awoke and alerted the occupants. It took firefighters about half an hour to extinguish the blaze.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wildcats beat Tigers

The Kentucky Wildcats beat Missouri Tigers 195.150 - 193.775 at Hearnes Center on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball loses 62-57 to Texas A&M

The Missouri women's basketball team lost 62-57 to the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Small plane makes emergency landing near Ashland

Kirk Powell was forced to make an emergency landing in his small plane Thursday in a field near the intersection of routes M and DD near Ashland. "We found a nice bean field and decided to call it home," Powell said.