Use plants to clean your home’s air

Did you know that certain types of houseplants are good for cleaning the air in your home? Living plants add natural beauty to our homes and are also a valuable weapon against indoor air pollution. They absorb harmful chemicals and improve air quality, which makes your home a more pleasant and healthier place to live.

List of Ash Wednesday services

Here’s a list of Ash Wednesday services in Columbia

Pork lovers can sample foods, see exhibits at expo

Missouri pork producers will find a variety of activities, including speakers, a fundraising auction, a trade show and youth events this week at the pork expo.

Johnson diverse in roles off Tigers’ bench

Jessra Johnson isn’t known for her defense. In fact, the freshman forward for the Missouri women’s basketball team is almost known for her lack of it.

Lawrence finishes off OU

Stefhon Hannah stuck his head into the doorway to peek out at the reporters waiting for him after Missouri’s win against Oklahoma. For Hannah, it’s been a custom of his to duck back into the hallway to act as if he’s hiding from the reporters.

Lyons brings extra intensity to Oklahoma game

It’s not one that is consistently dependable. But every Lyons jumper isn’t a waste of a Missouri possession either. When Lyons is making his jump shots, he’s even tougher for opposing big men to guard, players who usually aren’t as quick as he is.

Bruins take new focus into district

When the Rock Bridge girls basketball team takes the court tonight at 7:30, Bruin senior Ashley Dressler will be focused.

Extra points: Hickman dominant in first round

No. 3 seed Hickman won its first round game in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament with a 57-27 rout of Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tuesday night in Jefferson City.

Talk to focus on black educator’s legacy

A hundred years before educators were concerned about minority retention rates and campus diversity, the primary issue of debate was what black students should be taught. The struggle for equality through education was separated by two vastly different philosophies: Booker T. Washington’s idea of material gain through vocational education and W.E.B. DuBois’ demand for scholarship and college education for the black community’s “talented tenth.”

Fair to help hearts

Columbia residents have an opportunity Thursday to learn more about heart health and get tested for possible risk factors.

Bills aim to restrict ownership of exotic animals

JEFFERSON CITY — Boone County resident J.B. Anderson has a thing for cats — but not just any kind of cat. Over the past 30 years, he has not been interested primarily in the kind of felines typically found sleeping on a windowsill. Instead, jaguars and a rare snow leopard are more to Anderson’s liking.

Death on display

If you’re scared of death, the new exhibit at MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology might be too unsettling for you.

MAP test set to be replaced by 2009

The State Board of Education has approved a proposal to introduce end-of-course exams by 2009 to replace Missouri Assessment Program tests for high school students.

Buyers, sellers, agents save time by using Web in buying real estate

A growing number of people are turning to the Internet to find a home instead of using a real estate agent.

Columbia Realtor uses profile to find prospective clientele

When David Ursery began working as a buyer’s agent for Reece and Nichols Realtors eight months ago, he wanted to find a way to meet people and find potential clients. He found that solution through, a social networking Web site.

State ranks No. 9 for heart disease

Missouri claimed the No. 9 spot in a state-by-state ranking of the prevalence of heart disease, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month.