Freezing temperatures create artful ice

Ice gathers on the nozzles of an automated car wash Wednesday at Colonial Car Wash on Forum Boulevard.  Overnight temperatures in Columbia are expected to drop into the teens.

Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated more accidents this holiday season

During the holidays, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 239 traffic crashes and reported 91 injuries. Troopers arrested 130 people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. 

J. KARL MILLER: Proposed legislation unlikely to address the problem of gun violence

It is a given that all wish to find a way to end senseless killing, however, the primary target should be the active participant (the individual) rather than the inanimate object (the gun).

For MU budget director, retirement means even longer lists

Tim Rooney, who has served as MU's budget director since 2002, will retire from the position Dec. 31.

FROM READERS: Reflections on becoming a teacher

Dan Weil likes to teach with life lessons — those that come from outside of school. Students need to know and understand how they will use their learning in their world outside of school, he says.

Special Olympics Missouri inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Special Olympics Missouri, after holding 41 years of programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January.

Mary Jane Grundler, Oct. 26, 1919 — Dec. 25, 2012, of Columbia

Mary Jane Grundler worked at MU for 38 years. When she retired in 1985, she was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Education.

LETTER: Gun control won't work, could lead to other problems

Gun control regulations will only affect the law-abiding, and those who are murderous and crazy will continue to hide their stash for later use.

Claude D. Barton, Aug. 12, 1916 — Dec. 24, 2012, of Columbia

Claude D. Barton, 96, served in the Army during World War II and continued his military career until 1970. He also was the CIA's first chief of its Security Division.

City offers options for disposing of Christmas trees

Columbia residents have several options to dispose of and recycle Christmas trees this holiday, or they can simply set the tree curbside on normally scheduled trash pickup days until Jan. 31.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's past time to get serious about gun laws and taxes

Legislation, whether it be to end mass murders or to save the U.S. budget, needs to be created in a clear-headed and rational manner and not with political gains in mind.

Traffic changes scheduled for Bourn Avenue and Broadway

The Missouri Department of Transportation will block difficult left turns to and from Broadway and Bourn Avenue at the request of the city.

Centralia man dies in accident Tuesday night

Duane A. Lyons, 33, was traveling eastbound on Maupin Lane and ran off the left side of the road. Lyons overcorrected, running off the road again, and the truck struck several trees and flipped, according to sheriff's reports.

After weak holiday season, stores look to after-Christmas sales

Despite the huge discounts and other incentives that stores offered leading up to Christmas, U.S. holiday sales so far this year have been the weakest since 2008.

Airline fees undermine fliers' ability to compare fares

Critics complain that airlines won't provide fee information in a way that makes it handy for consumers trying to find the best deal.

Gov. Jay Nixon taps health executive for Cabinet

Alan Freeman, a veteran executive of health care systems, has been selected as the director of the Department of Social Services for the governor's second term.

Missouri man officially cleared in 1982 slaying

George Allen, 56, was convicted in 1983 of raping and killing 31-year-old Mary Bell in her St. Louis apartment has officially been cleared of the crime in a state appeals court ruling.

More meth labs showing up in cities, suburbs

Authorities are seeing more meth labs in cities and also finding evidence that inner-city gangs are becoming involved in meth production and distribution.

ANALYSIS: GOP shows signs of bending after election defeat

Raising taxes, changing immigration rules and looking at gun rights are all being taken into consideration as recent events have stirred more discussion and dissent with the GOP stances.

UPDATE: Large, powerful storm heads east; at least 6 dead

Forecasts called for 12 to 18 inches of snow inland from western New York to Maine starting late Wednesday and into Thursday and tapering off into a mix of rain and snow closer to the coast.