Iris scanners to compliment fingerprinting

Steve Ruch, a representative of SureScan Technology, demonstrates how to use an iris scanner. Iris scanners will be used by the Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Department for identification purposes. Each eye has 240 points used for identification. The scanners will be used as a complement to fingerprinting.

State senate holds autism bill hearing

Erica Alvarez of Wentzville fills out her witness form on the back of her eight-year-old daughter Yzabel on, after speaking in support for the state Senate bill. Alvarez said she has a son with autism.

Bleu holds Haiti-relief charity event

A donation container for Haiti-relief charity fills up during the lunch hours at Bleu Resturaunt and Wine Bar, during the restaurant's Tuesday charity event. The event included a menu featuring an all-Haitian selection, and the wait-staff and hourly workers donated their wages and tips. "I hope this will inspire other members of the community to see what they can do to make a contribution," house manager Desmond Peters (right) said.

Kansas State basketball player Jamar Samuels

Kansas State's Jamar Samuels celebrates moments after the Wildcats beat top-ranked Texas

Kansas State men's basketball coach Frank Martin celebrates win over Texas

Kansas State coach Frank Martin wears a fake beard during a postgame interview after beating Texas Monday night in Manhattan, Kan. The beards were given to the first 1,000 fans at the game to support Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen, who has grown a similar beard.

MLK Day: Drinks

Left to right: Rama Secka and Khadija Tejan pass out drinks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday. Both are Mizzou students and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Their organization is very involved in public service, Secka said. The woman on the right declined to give her name and said, "I'm not doing anything significant. I'm just a community helper."

MLK Day: Serving food

Keon Jordan waits for his plate of food during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Jordan attended the breakfast with his cousins Deautrey Jordan and Eric Cravens.

MLK Day: Breakfast

Wanda Cason enjoys visiting with members of the community during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast held at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Monday. Cason says she has attended the breakfast every year since she moved to Columbia about 17 years ago. She says her reason for attending the breakfast has remained the same. "When you grow up with Dr. King as one of your idols, the chance to memorialize him keeps the dream alive," Cason said.

MLK Day: Serving line

Gary Craig, Kedar Boyce and Phillip Simpkins serve an attendee of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday. The men are members of the Mizzou Black Men's Initiative, an organization that "helps us academically and socially," Craig said.

MLK Day: Stephens talks to guests

Nathan Stephens stops to talk with Keon Jordan, Eric Cravens, and Deautrey Jordan as they enjoy their breakfast. The food and fellowship was provided by St. Luke United Methodist Church at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast held Monday.

Forest Service wants to spruce up historical properties

The Fuchs Home in Markham Springs, built in 1940, was sold to the U.S. Forest Service in the mid-'60s and became something of an eyesore. Forest Service officials now are on the verge of addressing the Fuchs House and four other historical properties in Mark Twain National Forest that have fallen into disrepair, seeking proposals from private individuals to potentially renovate the structures.

MU professor in Haiti

Valerie Kaussen, center, poses in a photo taken in 2008 with members of the Solino Neighborhood Association, a group that provided training for teachers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Kaussen, a French professor at MU, was in Haiti when the Jan. 12 earthquake struck.

Apartment fire in north Columbia

Firefighters from the Boone County Fire Protection District tear away a section of roofing at an apartment building at the 1100 block of N Kathryn* early Sunday afternoon. Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp said the apartment the fire originated in, apartment eight, sustained heavy fire damage. The fire spread laterally, also causing damage in an adjoining apartment, but was under control within 10 minutes of fire crews arriving on scene.

McGwire works with outfielder

St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire, right, works with Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus in a batting cage on Sunday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

McGwire addresses fans

St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire speaks on Sunday to fans at the team's annual Winter Warm-Up during his first public appearance in St. Louis since admitting to using steroids in St. Louis. McGwire admitted that he used steroids for a decade, including when he hit 70 homers in 1998.

Veterinarian Jim Joyce

Veterinarian Jim Joyce of Springfield says a lack of facilities to take horses to slaughter is bad for horses and the horse industry. "The situation that is set up right now was not thought through, and the people who designed this don't know what they're talking about," Joyce said.

Cotton harvest near New Madrid

Johnny Langley dumps freshly picked cotton into a cotton module maker on Rick and Cindy Faulkner's cotton farm near New Madrid in November. The farm is in one of the country's top 50 cotton-growing counties. They're all poor, with a per capita income that's at least 30 percent lower than the U.S. average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

A cotton field near New Madrid

A cotton picker maneuvers through a field as the sun sets near New Madrid, Mo. An AP analysis found that government cotton subsidies have helped prop up the economy in cotton farming areas during the recession.

Harvesting cotton near New Madrid

Cindy Faulkner drives a cotton picker through a field during November harvest on the family's farm near New Madrid. The farm is in Missouri's Bootheel which includes four of the country's top 50 cotton-growing counties.

New chambers: Public view

In this panoramic photo illustration, the view of the new City Council chamber from the public seating area.