Lorna Perez loved family, gardening and her Filipino heritage

Lorna Grace Navarrez Perez died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. She dedicated her life to family, children and the Filipino community. 

Cole Patrick, March 16, 1994 — Dec. 28, 2012, of St. Joseph

Cole Patrick was pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia in preparation for Medical School.

Dwayne White, Dec. 19, 2012, of Columbia

Dwayne White described as well-loved, happy-go-lucky person.

Lorna Perez, April 15, 1951 — Dec. 29, 2012, of Columbia

As a foster parent for more than 20 years, Lorna Grace Navarrez Perez dedicated her time to the lost youth in the Boone County area. She was also a founding member of the Filipino-American Cultural Society of Mid-Missouri.

FROM READERS: A snowy end to 2012

Missourian reader John Hall shares these photos of the snowfall and the city as he journeyed around Columbia on New Year's Eve.

New U.S. attorney confirmed for western Missouri

President Barack Obama nominated Angela Tammy Dickinson for the post in July. The nomination was one of dozens confirmed by the Senate on New Year's Day.

'Tennessee Waltz' singer Patti Page dies at 85

Patti Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., ending one of pop music's most diverse careers.

Report: Missouri loses $468M in online sales tax

The state misses the money in part because it hasn't signed onto a 1999 agreement to simplify and encourage voluntary collection of sales taxes by e-commerce retailers.

Economic slump likely to continue in Midwest

The overall economic index for the region improved to 49.5 in December, but despite  improvement from October and November, any score below 50 suggests the economy will contract in the coming months.

State to begin issuing new driver's licenses

The state said the changes are designed to protect the owner's identity and fight fraud.

Education on agenda for Missouri legislative session

Republicans expanded their majority in the state House, and a unified GOP caucus now can override a gubernatorial veto. Republican leaders listed education among their priorities.

Clinton leaves hospital after treatment for clot

Hillary Clinton's medical team advised her Wednesday evening that she was making good progress on all fronts and said they are confident she will fully recover, said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Familiar issues, changing backdrops and new voices

Among priorities identified by both legislative leaders and local lawmakers is economic development, including job creation and tax credit reform.

UPDATE: Missouri prison tours turn profit for first time

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau said more than 19,000 people toured the old prison in 2012.

Missouri newspaper carrier finds 2 wandering toddlers

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported one of its delivery drivers, Todd Barrow, found the 1-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy outside a home in west St. Louis County.

UMKC researchers make insulin-administration find

The researchers with UMKC's School of Pharmacy call the new insulin administration method photoactivated depot.

Kansas City's homicide rate drops in 2012

The city recorded 108 homicides last year, six fewer than 2011 but two more than in 2010.

Janet Thompson sworn in as new Boone County commissioner

Janet Thompson was the only new face in the group in a ceremony at the Boone County Government Center. Seven other county officials were sworn in by County Clerk Wendy Noren.

Columbia residents start 2013 with Happy New U workouts

The fifth annual Happy New U, a free fitness event on New Year's Day, drew more than 150 people to the Activity and Recreation Center.

ROSE NOLEN: Many are already off the fiscal cliff

I think I went off the fiscal cliff shortly after 9/11, and I don’t think I ever got back on. The two big wars were enough to keep me struggling just to keep my feet on the ground.