Crossing the street

The photos above show the difference between two Columbia overpasses. The College Avenue overpass, right, will serve as an example for the Providence Road overpass replacement in 2010.
Douglas McBride, left, crosses Providence Road between Park Avenue and East Worley Street on Friday. He said he doesn't use the pedestrian overpass, which does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. "I'm lazy," he says. "I didn't want to climb up steps." On the right, pedestrians cross the College Avenue overpass on Friday. The overpass is easily visible from the road below, a fact that contributes to its overall safety.

Overpass comparison

The photos above show the difference between two Columbia overpasses. The College Avenue overpass, left, will serve as an example for the Providence Road overpass replacement in 2010. The College Avenue overpass is more open and accessible to walkers than the Providence Road overpass. The stairs on the west side of the overpass on Providence Road, right, between Park Avenue and East Worley and Rogers streets are hidden between trees and concrete pillars and are poorly lit at night.

Winter storm leaves damage in southeast Missouri

Building owner John Jones, left, and Penn-Tech Electronics owner Steve Penny assess damage to store fronts on Jan. 27 in Cape Girardeau. Heavy ice brought down an awning, ripping off the top section of brick and smashing windows.

Winter storm creates hazards in southeast Missouri

Wintry conditions caused problems for communities in southeast Missouri. In Cape Girardeau, cars became stuck in plowed embankments, such as these two cars on William Street on Jan. 27. The plowed snow from main roads, like William Street, make it difficult to get onto smaller side streets.

Missouri River levels sinking

Mike Klender, the Kansas City water supply division assistant manager for operations, stands by one of the city's auxiliary water intakes. The intakes are designed to suck water from lower river levels at a pumping station along the Missouri River in Kansas City. The gradual lowering of the river bed could eventually threaten billions of dollars in property development, the stability of levees and bridges and make boat travel more difficult by exposing navigation hazards.

Collecting in the cold

From left, Joe Johnson, Phillip Paylor and Michael Pipes pick up trash in the frigid morning weather Jan. 28 on University Avenue. The men alternate driving and collecting every hour. Pipes is from Columbia and said he doesn’t mind working outside in the winter weather. “I was born and raised in the cold,” he said.

Tigers leap for joy

Missouri's Jarrett Sutton and Leo Lyons celebrate after the end of the Tigers' 95-41 victory against Arkansas Pine-Bluff earlier this season. The Tigers have won four-straight games and are 17-3 for the first time since the 1994-95 season. The team's average margin of victory has been more than 22 points.

Shoveling the walk at India's House

Sonny Singh clears a path for walkers outside of India's House restaurant on Wednesday morning.

Missouri General Assembly members at Nixon's speech

Members of the Missouri General Assembly listen to the beginning of Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State speech in Jefferson City on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.

Nixon during his 2009 State of the State address

Gov. Jay Nixon delivers his speech in the House of Representative in Jefferson City on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009. Nixon announced his budget proposals for the 2010 fiscal year, including his plans for creating new jobs and a low-interest loan program for small businesses.

Rehearsing for 'Picnic'

Melanie Schneider, far right, playing Rosemary, yells at Steven Buehler, playing Hal, in a fit of jealousy as Emily Rollie (as Flo Owens), left, and Alejandro Soto (as Howard Bevans) look on. The group was rehearsing a scene from "Picnic" at MU's Corner Playhouse on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Olympic gold medalist Nikki Stone

Olympic gold medalist Nikki Stone says her biggest role model while growing up was Olympian Nadia Comaneci.

Fifth Street after snowfall

A car on Fifth Street crosses by the Conley Avenue garage at MU on Monday after a light evening snowfall.

Janet Saidi

Janet Saidi is the news director for KBIA Radio. She can be reached at 882-3431 or via e-mail at

Towing companies worked to remove wrecked cars from roads

Will Tomlin from Economy Towing tries to haul a wrecked Mitsubishi on his tow truck on West Broadway and Parkway Drive on Tuesday. According to Columbia police, the driver of the Mitsubishi was heading westbound on Broadway at 11:47 a.m. when she lost control of her car and fishtailed into an oncoming Columbia Transit bus. According to the police report, the driver of the Mitsubishi, Evgenia Andreeva, 18, was injured in the accident and was transported to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No bus passengers were injured, according to the report.

Talking taxes

Barber Brad Holt gives Eric Evans a trim Jan. 21 at Tiger Barbershop on Ninth Street. When asked what fears he had regarding Barack Obama's presidency, Holt said, "I'm fearful he will tax our guns. We need them for hunting."

"We have to help ourselves"

Artist Grant Blackwell smokes a cigarette in between Lakota Coffee and 9th Street Tattoo on Jan. 21. "He's like a lead singer without his band - he's nothing," Blackwell said of Barack Obama's presidency. "Obama is not going to help us. We have to help ourselves."

Clearing the snow at West Junior High

John Johnson, West Junior High School custodian, works to clear snow from the sidewalks surrounding the school on Tuesday. “I’m not a winter person,” he said.

Clearing the snow

Dennis Young tosses ice melt to Andrew Marcy in the Steak and Shake parking lot on Worley Street on Tuesday. Although there was enough snowfall for the pair to stay busy, they said they were expecting the conditions to be worse.

Douglass point guard Brandon Gleason

Brandon Gleason is scoring 19.3 points per game, is a straight-A student and also maintains a job at Truman Veterans Hospital during the season.