Stewart beats Edwards at Homestead to win NASCAR championship

Tony Stewart, left, leads Carl Edwards, right, at Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Stewart won the race and the season title.

Stewart, who went into Sunday's race trailing Edwards by three points, won Sunday's final Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Edwards finished second to give Stewart his third NASCAR championship.

PHOTO GALLERY: Carl Edwards places second in final NASCAR Sprint Cup

Columbia native Carl Edwards finished in second place behind Tony Stewart in the season's final NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Miami-Homestead, giving Stewart the series championship. The two drivers actually finished tied in the final standings, but Stewart won the title on tie-breaker.

Missouri women's basketball team wins despite early struggles

The Missouri women's basketball team beat North Florida 67-46 in the home opener of the Tigers' regular season.

Columbia Holiday Parade turns downtown into a winter wonderland

Spectators battled the cold temperatures to enjoy the annual parade, which featured floats with holiday settings. The parade began at 3 p.m. with Columbia Police Department officers mounted on motorcycles, lights flashing.

PHOTO GALLERY: 32nd annual Columbia Holiday Parade spreads cheer downtown

The 32nd annual Columbia Holiday Parade took place Sunday afternoon downtown.

Food Bank to hold holiday drive at four Columbia locations

The Food Bank and radio personalities will hold the "Partnership Against Hunger" Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fraternity holds 16th annual Thanksgiving food drive

The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has hosted a food drive every year since 1995. The group's members prepared food packages for 50 mid-Missouri families.

Ugandan gay rights activist to preach at Unitarian Universalist Church

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba, an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights in Uganda, will speak in Columbia about his work and injustices being committed against the LGBT community abroad.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Improving I-70 is popular; tolls, not so much

Converting Interstate 70 into a toll road would create funds to rebuild the road but at what cost to the taxpayer?

ANALYSIS: St. Louis businessmen on Missouri ballot

Dave Spence and John Brunner hope to use their successful business backgrounds to garner support in next year's elections. Spence will run for governor and Brunner will run for U.S. Senate.

UPDATE: Greyhound driver strands passengers in Missouri

A Greyhound bus taking 45 passengers from Memphis, Tenn., to St. Louis was stranded in Charleston after the driver left about midnight Saturday. A replacement driver did not arrive until 8 a.m.

Police investigate break-in after Occupy St. Louis rally

A chain was cut from a court building's door after an Occupy St. Louis protest, and officials think protesters might be responsible.

Missouri mulls stadium expansion as SEC awaits

More seating could be added to Memorial Stadium, but plans are still in the works.

Aging at home: A little help can go a long way

Across the country communities are taking action and making it easier and safer for older people to live at home rather than moving to assisted living or alternative housing facilities.

More police departments look to tune public out

Cheap, user-friendly technology has made it easy for anyone to listen in on police communications, and fierce debate continues about the benefits of transparency versus confidentiality.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Fall football, fall foliage and fall festivities

Columbia residents enjoyed outdoor activities as they prepared for the coming winter season.

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Pinkel arrest overshadows Missouri's win over Texas Tech

Missouri's Senior Day victory against Texas Tech (5-6) ends a difficult week for the program, as Gary Pinkel's arrest drew attention away from the game.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Pinkel's arrest and Missouri football's future

A closer look at the most-read stories of last week, starting with the high-profile arrest of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel.

Greyhound driver strands passengers in Missouri

Police ordered the driver to get back on the bus, which the driver did. But later she left the bus again, stranding the passengers until another driver arrived.