Bald eagle release fulfills Macon hospice patient's wish

Tamera Ellis, left, Sierra Sevits, Lisa Payton, back, Ruth Payton and Amber Edwards watch Watson, a bald eagle, fly away after her release from the cage Sunday afternoon at Long Branch State Park by the marina in Macon. Seeing a bald eagle in real life was Ruth Taylor's long-held dream. "It is a miracle," Ruth Payton said. "I didn't know my idea would turn into something real."

Ruth Payton, an 82-year-old Macon resident diagnosed with terminal hemolytic anemia, was granted a wish by Hospice Compassus and the MU Veterinary Teaching Hospital on Sunday at Long Branch Lake. Payton released Watson, a mature female bald eagle, back into the wild.

Newcomers help Missouri gymnastics win opener

The Missouri gymnastics team beat Iowa State 192.675 to 192.600 on Sunday at Hearnes Center in its first meet of the season.


Councilwoman Helen Anthony will hold community discussion about Forum Boulevard

Helen Anthony will hold a community discussion Jan. 24 to talk about traffic issues along Forum Boulevard and possible solutions. Anthony presented plans in July to alter the intersections along Forum Boulevard.

PHOTO GALLERY: 82-year-old's dream of seeing bald eagle fulfilled

Ruth Payton, an 82-year-old hospice patient was able to experience watching a bald eagle be released into the wild, something she had always dreamed of.

Donations to local charity organizations increased in 2011

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri distributed 28 million pounds of food in 2011, while the Salvation Army reached its goal of raising $340,000 through the Red Kettle donation collection.

Columbia man returns rare Native American artifact to Washington state museum

Paul Cary returned a rare Wasco root basket to the Yakama Nation Museum in Toppenish, Wash., after he discovered the basket had been stolen.

Patient work: a day in the life of a hospice nurse

Dorothy Rainwater knows her patients will die, even if she doesn't know when. As a hospice nurse, she helps them control their pain. Sometimes it's with medicines. Sometimes it's just a touch of her hand to let them know they aren't alone. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri gymnasts win season opener

The Missouri gymnastics team beat Iowa State 192.675 to 192.600 on Sunday at Hearnes Center in its first meet of the season.


Missouri Supreme Court to mull redistricting challenges

The court is to hear arguments Thursday over two lawsuits contending the new congressional districts are not compact and serve partisan ends. The seven-member high court will also hear arguments Thursday on a separate lawsuit challenging the new boundaries drawn for the state Senate.