'Fiscal cliff' tax increases, spending cuts would hurt economy gradually

Even if Congress and the White House can't reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff," the higher taxes and lower government spending that would follow would kick in only gradually. A recession is not guaranteed.

Doctor talks about rescuing man caught in auger

Track Santa Claus with NORAD's Santa Tracker

Get the latest on Santa's whereabouts with NORAD's Santa Tracker.

HOLIDAY GUIDE: Many Columbia businesses hold holiday hours

Many local businesses will close early or won't open at all over the Christmas holidays on Monday and Tuesday. To keep the changes straight, check out this guide to holiday hours for city offices, grocery stores and more.

Columbia man killed in car crash Sunday morning

Benjamin S. Lieteau, 27, of Columbia was traveling west on St. Charles Road when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a creek embankment. Police believe excessive speed and alcohol intoxication contributed to the crash.

Mid-Missouri moped club jump-starts electric bike business

John Robert Holmes and Ryan Kanavich recently opened Volt Riders at 716 W. Sexton Road, combining Holmes' passions for bicycles and electronics and Kanavich's keen interest in mopeds.

Missouri bill would require owners to lock up firearms

A bill prefiled by a St. Louis Democrat in the Missouri House could punish improper storage of firearms by up to a year in prison if it passes during the next legislative session.

Spruce trees await next year's holiday season

Rows of spruce saplings grow at the Timberview Tree Farm in Hartsburg on Sunday. These trees will be harvested next year during the holiday season.

Sprucing up the bank windows

Jeffery Schuyler uses a brush that can extend to 60 feet to wash the windows of the Landmark Bank building on Broadway on Sunday.

The Candy Cane Crib boasts more than 30,000 Christmas lights

Ryan Schultz has decorated his home on Glencairn Drive with more than 30,000 Christmas lights, calling it the Candy Cane Crib. Schultz hopes his display becomes one of Columbia's most popular lighting attractions.

Nixon administration: Missouri could gain from Medicaid

The governor plans to use the figures to bolster his argument to skeptical Republican legislators that the state should embrace a key part of President Barack Obama's health care law and expand Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of lower-income adults.

Bradford has two touchdowns to lead Rams over Bucs

Sunday's 28-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept the Rams' hopes for finishing above .500 alive heading in next week's finale at Seattle.

Charles' big game not enough to push Chiefs past Colts

Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles had 226 yards and a touchdown Sunday, but the Chiefs still lost 20-13 to Indianapolis.

More people are giving Christmas gifts to pets

A survey done by the American Pet Products Association found 53 percent of dogs and 38 percent of cats will receive holiday gifts.

Low water in rivers offering up glimpse of history

A World War II minesweeper, once moored along the Mississippi River as a museum at St. Louis before it was torn away by floodwaters two decades ago, has become visible — rusted but intact.

With 108 wineries, is Missouri tapped out?

Over the past 10 years, the number of wineries in Missouri and the country has shot up as more Americans decide to embrace a life in wine. An MU researcher is looking into what they need to do to succeed.

Missouri men's basketball team gets tough down the stretch

The Missouri men's basketball team outlasted Illinois 82-73 on Saturday in the Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis.

Salvation Army needs $94,000 more to meet goal

The Salvation Army still needs about $94,000 to meet its campaign goal of more than $350,000. The organization has already raised about $260,000 this year to continue its services.

DEAR READER: Acts of kindness amid an act of evil

The most important thing I can do is continue to ask good questions of my reporters and editors to help cover the search for solutions.

Missouri basketball's Phil Pressey still shines despite poor shooting

Missouri's Pressey had a bad night shooting, but still had a positive effect on the offense in Saturday's 82-73 Braggin' Rights victory against Illinois.