MU professor writes guide to help autistic adults

Scott Standifer, an MU clinical associate professor in the School of Health Professions, is writing a guide on how to help adults with autism find and keep employment.

Hickman wrestler J’Den Cox

Hickman wrestler J’Den Cox, right, keeps control of Helias' Clayton Roark in their 171-pound match Tuesday at Hickman. Cox's win was one of only two Kewpies victories in a 65-13 dual meet loss.

Missouri wrestler Mark Ellis

Missouri senior Mark Ellis, top, who won a NCAA national championship last wrestling season in the heavyweight division, practices moves with Tigers freshman heavyweight Glen Allen on Tuesday in the Tigers' wrestling room.

Rod Jetton

Rod Jetton turned himself into authorities at 11:52 p.m. Monday after an arrest warrant was filed for a charge of second-degree felony assault. He posted a $250 bond, which is 10 percent of bail.

Hard drives back up data from task force investigations

Hard drives of different capacities stand on a shelf at the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force. The hard drives are used to copy and back up data in the investigations of the task force.

Task force investigates child pornography possession

Detective Mark Sullivan (left), Detective Tracy Perkins and Detective Andy Anderson are investigators for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force. The task force investigates child pornography possession and enticement cases. The three detectives pose for a portrait at the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force office in Columbia.

Detectives try to keep work, home separate

Detective Mark Sullivan takes notes while working on a case for for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia. "You think you've seen just about everything, then you see something new and you wonder, how can someone do that to a child?" Sullivan said.

Task force veteran uses many computers for work

Detective Andy Anderson explains how each monitor on his desk is tied to a different computer and how he uses each computer for a different task such as chatting with someone or for forensic examination. Detective Anderson is the coordinator for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force and a 23-year veteran of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Winter storm takes aim at Midwest

A pedestrian jumps over a mound of snow while crossing a street in downtown Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday. A winter storm is traveling through the region.

Nebraska hit by blizzard

Students braved the snow on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, as a winter storm traveled through the region.

Beanie babies

Kindergarten teacher Tracie Downs leads her class in counting the beanie babies they have collected thus far for Operation Beanie Baby Rescue on Friday at Shepard Boulevard Elementary. Students from left, Seojin Kwon, Reagan Brooks, Olivia Walsh, Damaia Tapp and Benton Smith, are positioned with bags in hand, ready to begin counting five to a bag. The total count was 563, and all the beanie babies will be sent to either Iraq or Afganistan.

Health care worries

Michele Spry, owner of Midway Electric in Columbia, answers a phone call Thursday at her office. As a small-business owner, Spry worries that health care prices for her company will rise if the U.S. Congress reforms health care.

Keeping eye on health care reform

Don Laird, Columbia Chamber of Commerce president, poses for a portrait in his office on Friday. Laird sees the health care reform issue as an economic one and worries about how it will affect small businesses financially.

Missouri gymnast Allie Heizelman

Missouri gymnast Allie Heizelman said she became much more involved with community service once she came to college. She now serves as a vice president of community service for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council at MU.

Wynonna Judd at Christmas

Wynonna Judd will be performing Wednesday at Jesse Auditorium.

Climate conference opens

Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing gestures during the opening of the U.S. center at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday.

Global warning

A globe is projected as people are seen in Town Hall Square on the opening day of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday. What is being called the largest and most important U.N. climate change conference in history opened Monday, with organizers warning diplomats from 192 nations that this could be the best, last chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming.

Alpacas & Artisans

Diane Peckham, right, helps John Engleking choose a toy bear on Wednesday at Alpacas & Artisans. Engleking reserved a hat made of alpaca fibers and wants to return to the store with his family. Engleking said he plans to have his own alpacas one day if he "can ever afford the land."

Alpaca products

Gloves, hats and a toy bear made out of alpaca fibers are displayed on Wednesday at the Alpacas & Artisans holiday store. Alpacas are easy to care for and they don't need nearly as much as a horse, said alpaca breeder Diane Peckham.

Cape Girardeau adopts twin boys from Ethopia

Jamie and Michelle Outman of Cape Girardeau, relax in their home with their family on Nov. 21, from clockwise left: Jamie, Paeton, Michelle, Phelix, Parker, and Phisher.