3 die in Arkansas tornado

The foundation of a home is shown after a tornado tore through the small town of Cincinnati, Ark., in western Washington County early in the morning on Friday.

Clean up from tornado begins

Margie Sizemore cleans up in the after a tornado destroyed several homes in the small town of Cincinnati, Ark., in western Washington County early in the morning on Friday. A tornado fueled by an unusually warm winter air sliced through parts of northwestern Arkansas early on New Year's Eve, killing three people, injuring several others and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

Tommy Ney works with a tech

Tommy Ney works with tech Annalise Evans at The Center for Head Injury Services. Ney is participating in a work program that pays him to fill boxes with nuts and bolts.

Tommy Ney hangs ornaments

Tommy Ney, 22, of Overland decorates the Christmas tree with his mother Christy Ney. Tommy Ney is a low-functioning autistic who does not fit into other day programs because of extreme behavioral issues. He is participating in a brand new program for autistic adults whose only other option might be institutionalization.

Workers prepare for First Night

Gary Laforce, left, and Don Moore, right, begin sound checks at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street in preparation for the First Night events on Friday. Laforce and Moore work for Nelson Audio, which is managing all of the lights and sound for the New Years Eve celebration.

Rock Bridge swimmer Kortney Betz

Rock Bridge's Kortney Betz, left, and Blue Springs' Alyssa Aubuchon, right, launch off their platform at the start of a race Thursday during the COMO High School Invitational.

Rock Bridge swimmer Annie Murphey

Rock Bridge swimmer Annie Murphey competes in the 500-yard freestyle event Thursday at the COMO High School Invitational.

MU men's basketball player Matt Pressey vs. Old Dominion

Missouri junior guard Matt Pressey drives against Old Dominion guard Darius James in the Tigers' victory on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri men's basketball player Ricardo Ratliffe vs. Old Dominion

Missouri junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe shoots over Old Dominion forward Keyon Carter in Thursday night's Tigers victory.

Sparkling wines and Champagnes

Sparkling wines and Champagnes line the shelves of Top Ten Wines at 111 S. 9th St. Champagnes and other bubbly beverages often are associated with celebrations such as New Year's Eve.

MU Alumni Band plays

Director Gary Taylor leads the MU Alumni Band during its performance on Wednesday at the Missouri women's basketball game against Alabama-Birmingham at Mizzou Arena.

Roger Smith attends class

Roger Smith listens during his Student Success Center learning strategies class in Middlebush Hall on Nov. 16. Smith attended community college for four years without obtaining a degree and is now enrolled in Mizzou pursuing a degree in Health Sciences.

Roger Smith spends time with his children

Roger Smith talks with his son Roman, 8, about his day at school, while Smith's daughter Quenecia, 10, works on her homework at the dining room table as well. As soon as the kids got home from school, they sat down at the dining room table to start working on their homework. Smith has returned to school at Mizzou to study Health Sciences.

State parks director examines homestead

Missouri State Parks director Bill Bryan looks at an old homestead that has fallen into disrepair at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Kaiser on Nov. 22. Officials would like to fix it but have to weigh the costs.

Parks district supervisor explains budget woes

Parks district supervisor Denny Bopp, right, explains on Nov. 22 to Missouri State Parks director Bill Bryan, left, that because an original support beam on a circa-1940 shelter house, which has begun to deteriorate near its base is still sound, the cosmetic damage probably will not be repaired soon at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Kaiser. The structure has been in continual use since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Moss covers Lake of the Ozarks roof

Moss grows on the wood shake shingle roof of a restroom built seven decades ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Kaiser on Nov. 22. A park supervisor said the roof would probably not be scheduled to be replaced unless it was leaking enough to damage the underlying structure.

MU women's basketball player Sydney Crafton vs. UAB

Missouri sophomore guard Sydney Crafton scores against Alabama-Birmingham guard LaShaunda Pratt in Wednesday night's Tigers victory.

MU women's basketball player Christine Flores vs. UAB

Missouri junior forward Christine Flores drives against Alabama-Birmingham defenders during Wednesday night's game at Mizzou Arena. Flores led the Tigers in scoring with 28 points.

Alexander reaches for football

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander catches a 46-yard pass during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Plant list tops 300,000

In this Oct. 8 file photo, people walk among trees shedding their leaves and changing to seasonal autumnal colors at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London. U.S. and British scientists have drawn up a list of all the world's known land plants — a 300,000-species strong compendium which they say will boost conservation and help regulate trade and medicine.