Steve Tilley gives inaugural speech

Missouri's new speaker of the House, Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, gives his inaugural speech on Wednesday in Jefferson City.

Rob Mayer addresses legislature

The state Senate's new President Pro Tem, Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, speaks during the first day of the legislature's new session on Wednesday in Jefferson City.

MU women's basketball player RaeShara Brown vs. Xavier

Missouri guard RaeShara Brown has Xavier center Ta'Shia Phillips looking the wrong way in Wednesday's game in Cincinnati. Brown led the Tigers with 15 points and seven assists.

Joel Sager

Artist Joel Sager, shown here in his studio on Dec. 16 at Orr Street Studios. Sager's typical method is to begin with a color and a collage, go over those with a wash of roofing tar, then use a palette knife to scrape on and off oil paint. He currently has work on display at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery.

Dale Tolentino and Kit Kat feed the tigers

Kit Kat the great Dane follows Dale Tolentino to the tiger enclosure at D&D Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, sniffing hopefully at the big cats' afternoon snack. A brief tug-of-war through the enclosure fence ended in a resounding win for the tigers.

Dale Tolentino retrieves food for the animals

Dale Tolentino retrieves a bucket of meat from one of D&D Animal Sanctuary and Rescue's walk-in coolers, closely followed by Kit Kat the great Dane. The Tolentinos plan to build a commissary structure so that all of the animals' food can be stored and prepared in one facility.

Tony the Tiger enjoys a snack

Tony the Siberian tiger enjoys an afternoon snack at D&D Animal Sanctuary and Rescue on Sunday. He is one of four tigers that call the sanctuary home. "Dale's responsible for his name," Deb Tolentino said of her husband. "He's Tony because tigers are grrreat," she said with a laugh.

Tornado at Fort Leonard Wood

The tornado struck in various places around Missouri on Dec. 31. This photograph was taken from the U.S. Air Force building at Fort Leonard Wood.

La Petite Teacher

Teacher Joelle Quoirin teaches children on Jan. 3 at La Petite Ecole.

La Petite Ecole

Teacher Lucille Delvallee watches over Josie Lambiotte, 3, as she completes her worksheet on Jan. 3 at La Petite Ecole, a french immersion school at 1111 S. Fairview Rd.

Dieter Kurtenbach

2-year-old teeth

Rex Martensen, field program supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, displays the teeth of a 115-pound mountain lion on Monday. Martensen believes the cat, which was shot Sunday in Ray County, is around two years old based on the clean, white teeth common of younger cats.

Ray County mountain lion

A young male mountain lion lies on a table Monday at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Research Center in Columbia. The mountain lion was transferred to the center for inspection after it was shot in Ray County on Sunday evening.

Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack is the secretary of the Agriculture Department.

iPhone alarms fail

Photo Illustation. iPhones around the world suffered from a software glitch, which prevented non-reoccuring alarms from going off at their scheduled times.

Sally Angell feeds cattle

Sally Angell feeds her cattle Nov. 16 in Centralia. Angell's four daughters, who range in age from 7 to 19, sometimes help her with farm chores.

Getting advice for farmers

Participants listen to a guest speaker during an Annie’s Project class in mid-November at the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico, Mo. Each Annie’s Project class consists of a series of six three-hour sessions that are usually spread over a period of six weeks. From left are Delana Becker, Robin Bullard and Alice Willott.

Charolais cattle fill farm

Sally Angell walks through the gate of her cattle farm in Centralia. Angell has been raising cattle for 20 years and has been the sole operator of Angell Charolais for two years.

Edwards with an Edhead

Jen Burns, right, laughs after a surprise phone call she had Carl Edwards make to her mom. Jen Burns said she became a Edwards fan after her first hug with him. She is a member of Edwards' unofficial fan group the Edheads. Edwards is a reserve officer for the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Edwards supports friend

Carl Edwards, right, rides with his friend Sam Russell, far left, for the third annual Ride with Carl for Sam, on July 14, 2010. The ride, which began at Walt's Bicycle Fitness and Wilderness Co., followed the 8.9 mile MTK Nature and Fitness Trail, which runs from near downtown Columbia to McBaine. Approximately 60 bicycle enthusiasts participated in the event, which Edwards started to help raise money for his friend Russell, who was paralyzed from the waist down after he was involved in a mountain biking accident.