Columbia's kids and those making a difference in their lives

This spring, Missourian reporters took an in-depth look at kids and the people in the community who are making a difference in their lives.

Challenges remain part of everyday life for young Columbia residents

Despite being named one of the best communities for young people in the U.S., stress, access to activities, relationships with responsible adults and transportation are among the daily obstacles that stand in the way of young Columbia residents.

Blues beat Sharks to win first-round playoff series

St. Louis, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, won a playoff series for the first time in a decade against a franchise that reached the conference finals the previous two years.

Walk pushes Missouri baseball past Kansas State

Missouri scored two in the ninth inning and Brannon Champagne drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Tigers their second straight win over Kansas State.

EPA battled pollution in 1972, but it's politics today

The Environmental Protection Agency that worked hard to document and react to pollution in the 1970s faces a much different audience today, who is critical of some regulations that are economically unpopular.


Missouri softball evens series at Oklahoma after extra-inning victory

Missouri put runners on base in the first five innings but couldn’t score any runs until Ashley Fleming hit a two-run home run in the sixth to tie the game. The Tigers beat the Sooners 4-2 with a pair of runs in the eighth.

Opening of new Sol House shelter delayed

New units for a Rainbow House and Central Missouri Community Action transitional living center have been postponed because of high construction bids. The plans are being revised, and construction is expected to begin within the next few months.


Missouri bill would limit whistleblower protections

The GOP is putting forward two bills that narrow who is eligible for whistleblower protection, when whistleblowers could win a lawsuit against their employer and how much money they could recover.

Missouri judge orders SNAP to turn over plaintiff records to church

The records will help determine if plaintiffs suppressed memories of sexual abuse by priests, which will determine if the lawsuit falls under the Missouri Supreme Court statute of limitations.


Granny's House inspires entrepreneur, philanthropist

After making and selling Wacky Bandz bracelets to raise money for a mission trip, Kiona Hughes kept up her work. With the help of Granny's House, she pitched the idea to sell the bracelets to MU sororities with part of the proceeds going to their philanthropies like True North.

Mentoring: An individual focus; a better community

Through mentorship, local organizations look to make the community a better place by giving children positive role models and relationships.

Biffle or Edwards: Who is the top Roush driver?

Greg Biffle says Carl Edwards is still the top driver at Roush-Fenway. But it's Biffle who has dominated this year with top-3 finishes in the first three races and a sixth-place run at California a few weeks ago.

Romney carries half of Missouri delegates at stake

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney prevailed Saturday in Missouri's regional GOP conventions, as some former supporters of Rick Santorum switched allegiances in what they characterized as a show of party unity.


Obama hopes to woo young voters with student loan focus

The president is scheduled to visit large universities in states that will be key determinants in the outcome of the November election.


St. Louis woman honored for success of outreach program, College Bound

College Bound, a nonprofit program that helps high school student get the resources needed to attend and succeed in college, was selected by a Washington think tank as a model for pre-college outreach program across the nation. Founder Lisa Zarin will be honored in May for her work on College Bound as well as other programs.


Women in '50 Plus Program' bond over love of painting

The women in the 50 Plus Program share a love of art as well as strong friendships developed over time.

Douglass High School students learn safety, confidence on bikes

John Reid and Gina Overshiner teach Douglass High School students how to ride and repair bikes, and they help them build responsibility by participating in service projects throughout the community.

St. Louis can't solve Burnett in 2-0 loss

The Cardinals mustered three hits in seven innings against the Pirates' A. J. Burnett then couldn't capitalize on a couple of late chances in a 2-0 loss.

FROM READERS: Celebration of life for Tracy Dexter

He was killed in a car accident in December, a time of year the river isn't so welcoming, so family and friends decided to hold a celebration of life and memorial service in the spring, when Tracy would have typically been getting the boat out of storage for another year of fun.

Stephens College fashion show brings back memories for alumnae

The fashion show that attracts many celebrities in the industry is the main event at Stephens Alumnae Weekend.