Loading trucks for with salt

Robert Hostetter, operator for Boone County Public Works, readies to load a truck with salt at the Boone County Public Works salt facility off U.S. 63 on Wednesday. Hostetter and the rest of the crew are preparing for 4 to 6 inches of snow for Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Upgrading equipment

John Purves considers a variety of snow shovels at Westlake Ace Hardware on Business Loop I-70 in preparation for the impending snow. He previously had been using a garden shovel for clearing snow, but said, "It's less work when you have a proper shovel."

Kansas State men's basketball coach Frank Martin

Kansas State men's basketball coach Frank Martin yells to his players during Monday's loss to Missouri at Mizzou Arena.

City Council recites required Pledge of Allegiance for first time

Members of the Columbia City Council recite the Pledge of Allegiance at its meeting on Tuesday. This was the first time the pledge was recited after council members voted Jan. 3 to require it.

Columbia College women's basketball player Kirsti Wilkerson vs. Hannibal-LaGrange

Columbia College's forward Kirsti Wilkerson, junior, dribbles past Hannibal-LaGrange University's guard on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 at Southwell Complex. Columbia College won with a score of 97 to 71.

Red Mango offers variety of toppings

The new Red Mango topping bar in Columbia has dozens of selections for customers to toss on their many choices of frozen yogurt.

Mother, daughter try Red Mango

Carly Meyer, 3, shows off clean hands while enjoying some frozen yogurt with her mother, Chrissy, on Tuesday afternoon at Red Mango. “I’m so glad they have one here now," Chrissy Meyer said.

A wrecked Ford Mustang on Route WW

A black Ford Mustang rests in a ditch that also contains pieces of a red Dodge Caravan following a three-vehicle collision on Route WW. Driver Donald J. Cook, 21, was taken away from the scene by ambulance to University Hospital.

Investigators examine possible stabbing site at mobile home park

Columbia Police crime scene investigators carefully walk around the site of a reported stabbing Tuesday afternoon at Sunset Mobile Home Park.

Forensic investigators examine reported stabbing site

Columbia Police forensic investigators examine the site of a homicide Tuesday afternoon at Sunset Mobile Home Park. Police spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said police, fire and rescue crews were called in after a 911 call was made at 2:13 p.m.

Loveall RVs fire

Damage resulted from a sudden fire at Loveall RVs at approximately 1:40 a.m. today. According to Boone County Fire Protection Public Information Officer Gale Blomenkamp, no one was injured in the fire.

Gazing into candle during MLK Jr. candle walk

A man gazes into his candle during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. candle walk outside of St. Luke United Methodist Church on Monday night. Participants walked with candles from Douglass High School to St. Luke United Methodist Church to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

Holding candle for MLK Jr. candle walk

A man holds his candle for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. candle walk in the gym of Douglass High School on Monday night. Participants walked with candles from Douglass High School to St. Luke United Methodist Church.

MU men's basketball player Phil Pressey vs. Kansas State

Missouri freshman guard Phil Pressey, left, guards Kansas State's Jacob Pullen. Pressey harassed the Wildcats on offense and defense Monday, finishing the game with 13 points and a team-leading four steals.

MU men's basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. Kansas State

Missouri's Marcus Denmon attempts, but misses a dunk against Kansas State defender Jordan Henriquez-Roberts in Monday's Tigers victory. Denmon led Missouri with 14 points.

'We shall overcome'

A stone column states "I still believe that we shall overcome" at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden on Monday. Members of the Columbia NAACP held their annual ceremony at the memorial to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Shalia Ford, state youth director for the Missouri NAACP branch, speaks Monday during a ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden. Ford said children today should not only recognize the dream of King, but also honor their own dreams as well.

High tunnels

In this Jan. 13 photo, farmer Earl Snell stands next to greenhouse-like structures called high tunnels on his rural farm in Skippersville, Ala. Snell said he now can grow the tomatoes year-round and compete with southern Florida growers, who have been dealing with a severe freeze that caused prices to rise.

Ehud Barak leaves Labor Party

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is seen through a viewfinder of a TV camera as he gives a press conference in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem Monday. The defense minister abruptly announced Monday that he was leaving his Labor Party and forming a new parliamentary faction inside the governing coalition, completing a split in the iconic party over the handling of peace talks with the Palestinians. The dramatic and unexpected move did not immediately threaten the stability of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's parliamentary majority. Instead, it appeared to strengthen Netanyahu's hardline coalition by leaving it with a smaller, yet largely like-minded majority.

Police use tear gas in Tunis

A man tries to breath through a cloth as tear gas fills the street behind on Monday, while police clashed with protesters during a demonstration against former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the center of Tunis. Police used tear gas to break up the demonstration on the main avenue in central Tunis, and helicopters were seen circling overhead.