PHOTO GALLERY: The eight days of Hanukkah

The first of eight candles was lit Wednesday to celebrate Hanukkah.

Missouri pastor charged with murder to be in court

David Love, former pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Independence, will be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of a church member.

Rock Bridge girls basketball team rolls to 3-0 record

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team beat Rolla 63-43 on Thursday night at Rock Bridge.

Hickman girls basketball team comes back to beat Helias

Aqua Corpening's game-high 26 points led the Hickman girls basketball team to a come-from-behind 47-34 victory over Helias on Thursday at Hickman.

Iowa inmates might make toilet paper to save money

There have been no complaints about the single-ply tissue processed at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, Mo., Iowa inmates may produce the same product to save money.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Save for your children's future with a MOST 529

Toys and games may be on the Christmas list, but a MOST 529 college savings plan helps parents save for their children's college education

Cherry Hill Holiday Festival scheduled for Thursday night

The festival will include the lighting of the Magic Tree, which moved to Cherry Hill this year.

Missouri senator proposes repealing dog-breeding law

The senator said voters were misled about the state's dog breeding rules and that Proposition B does not solve the problem of dog abuse.

Police chief disagrees with review board in Billups case

In a memo to the chairwoman of the Citizens Police Review Board, Police Chief Ken Burton re-affirmed his decision that Officer Nathan Turner did not use excessive force when he threw a man to the ground while responding to a reported disturbance at a nightclub last year.

Missouri men's basketball team heads to hostile territory

After a tough overtime loss to Georgetown on a friendly court, the Tigers will play in a truly hostile environment for the first time this season when they meet Oregon on Thursday at McArthur Court.

J. KARL MILLER: Stan 'The Man' Musial is one-of-a-kind

Stan Musial will be one of 15 recipients this year of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think about the DREAM Act?

Congress might debate the act this week. The act would provide a new citizenship path for some undocumented individuals who graduate from U.S. high schools.

UPDATE: Audit attacks Missouri Technology Corp. for conflicts of interest

Missouri Auditor Susan Montee is unhappy with the actions taken by the Missouri Technology Corp. She released an audit Wednesday that accuses the firm of numerous transgressions. Montee is butting heads with Jason Hall, the corporation's director.

IBM opens Columbia center's doors, expects 800 employees by 2012

IBM opened its new Columbia building on Nov. 1. The town got its first look when IBM gave a tour to the media Wednesday.

UPDATE: 13 is Cape Girardeau's lucky number as city wins casino

The Missouri Gaming Commission chose Cape Girardeau as the home for the state's final casino license. Isle of Capri plans to open a $125 million facility there by summer 2013.

Columbia College volleyball defeats Rocky Mountain College

Vesna Trivunovic led the way for the Cougars with 19 kills on 37 attempts. Setter Paula Ferreira had 42 assists to go along with her seven kills.

Hobbled Flores leads MU women's basketball team to win

A first half ankle injury didn't stop junior forward Christine Flores from scoring 13 points in a 56-45 win over host Ball State.

Federal workers in Columbia may experience pay freeze

If the pay freeze for federal workers is passed by Congress, some Columbia workers won't see any raises in the next two years. So far, the reaction from government employees is minimal.

Mountain lion sighting confirmed in northwest Missouri

Of more than 1,500 reports of sightings received since 1994, just 11 have come with enough evidence to confirm the presence of a mountain lion.

Missouri governor to detail plan for creating jobs

Gov. Jay Nixon is stopping Wednesday in Kansas City and Kirksville with David Kerr, director of the state's economic development department, to present a plan for economic growth.