PHOTO GALLERY: Congress becomes more diverse, less moderate

When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer of the tea party-backed 2010 House GOP freshmen who sought re-election. Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties.

PHOTO GALLERY: Caleb McMurry prepares for 2,180-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail

Caleb McMurry is preparing for a 5-month, 2,180-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hartsburg post office reduces hours

The U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce daily post office hours at Hartsburg to four hours daily, plus the regular window hours on Saturdays.

PHOTO GALLERY: Many parents with disabilities fight to prove parental competency

Parents with disabilities often have to fight to keep their own children.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stanton brothers turn six chickens into a successful business

Sixteen- and 20-year-old Dustin and Austin Stanton, respectively, started with six baby chicks and were able to start a successful egg supply business.

PHOTO GALLERY: Black Friday shoppers line up in Columbia

Shoppers lined up Thursday night at stores in Columbia for Black Friday deals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Marching Mizzou drum major overcomes vision disability

Paul Heddings, who is legally blind, has been a drum major for Marching Mizzou for two football seasons.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Everyone Eats

More than 400 guests enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Everyone Eats in Stamper Commons at Stephens College.

PHOTO GALLERY: Local stores prepare for Black Friday

Local stores prepare for Black Friday shoppers with special sales and promotions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers help prepare for Everyone Eats Thanksgiving meal

Volunteers gathered at Stephens College's Stamper Commons on Wednesday to help prepare dishes for the annual Everyone Eats Thanksgiving meal.

New Salvation Army regional coordinators gear up for holiday season

Richard and Beth Trimmell, the new regional coordinators for the Salvation Army in the Columbia/Jefferson City area, are preparing for the holiday season with Thanksgiving baskets and bell-ringers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Group gathers outside the courthouse to protest bombing along Gaza strip

A group of protesters gathered outside the Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday to call for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

PHOTO GALLERY: Frontier Airlines inaugural flight takes off Tuesday

Only two seats were unfilled on Frontier Airlines' inaugural flight to Orlando Tuesday at Columbia Regional Airport.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Chess Club president is king

Columbia Chess Club president Justin Hull takes on fellow club members at Kaldi's Cafe. Hull has learned how to play chess blindfolded.

PHOTO GALLERY: Veterans, dogs help each other in training program

The Veterans and Shelter Dogs program, run through the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at MU, is meant to provide veterans with a stress-reducing experience while helping shelter dogs learn the skills they need to be adopted.

PHOTO GALLERY: U.S. Army Golden Knights land parachutes during halftime

The U.S. Army Golden Knights landed parachutes during halftime of the Missouri versus Syracuse game Saturday to thank Chris Nelson, the trauma surgeon who treated a member of their team, and the physicians and staff of University Hospital's Frank L. Mitchell Jr., M.D., Trauma Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College men's soccer defeats Cardinal Stritch

The Columbia College men's soccer team defeated Cardinal Stritch on Saturday at R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ashland residents celebrate opening of new library

On Saturday morning, Ashland residents passed books hand-to-hand to fill the Southern Boone County Public Library's new building. A white-dove release and a ribbon-cutting ceremony were also part of the festivities.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dorial Green-Beckham has quiet first season

The top recruit last year on is a sturdy 6-foot-6-inch, 220 pounds, runs a 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds and is only 19 years old. Dorial Green-Beckham destroyed national records in his four years at Hillcrest High School, amassing more than 6,000 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns. However, he's had a relatively quiet season as a freshman on Missouri's football team.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball wins against Western Illinois

The Missouri women's basketball team earned a 70-61 victory over the Western Illinois Leathernecks. The Tigers' record is now 3-0.