Mustard Seed director Jessica Penner was influenced by travel, upbringing to support fair trade efforts

Mustard Seed Fair Trade is a Columbia-based nonprofit organization that sells fair trade goods.

Penner is the director of Mustard Seed Fair Trade, a local nonprofit located at 25 S. Ninth St. The store sells home decor items, jewelry and clothing. All of the products are fair trade, meaning artisans and producers are fairly compensated for their work.

Public policy raises its profile in obesity battle

Health professionals are coming to a consensus that education alone isn't enough to curb the obesity epidemic in America, leading some to look at policy-oriented solutions. In one such effort, Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital has stopped selling sugary drinks.

Missouri women's basketball pulls out overtime road win at Ole Miss

At the end of a back-and-forth game, senior guard Sydney Crafton made a last-second free throw to deliver the Tigers a 73-72 victory at Ole Miss. Missouri, which has struggled away from Mizzou Arena, earned its first road win in the Southeastern Conference.

FROM READERS: A ducky Friday

Photographer John Hall shares photos from a cold morning drive with his dogs. 

Columbia man enthusiastic to attend Obama's second inauguration

Arthur Nunn left Columbia on Friday morning to attend President Barack Obama's second inauguration Monday in Washington, D.C.

Swearing age-old oath, Obama steps into 2nd term

President Barack Obama was sworn in for four more years Sunday in a simple ceremony at the White House.

Police investigate armed home invasion on South Phoenix Road

Police were called to the 3900 block of South Phoenix Road on Saturday night after a report of an armed home invasion robbery.

Alice Hinson put her heart and soul into everything she did

Alice Ray Hinson died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. She was 91.

Obama's campaign looks to legislative fights

Campaign officials vowed to use a new nonprofit called Organizing for Action to marshal support behind Obama's legislative agenda. The arrangement is unprecedented for a sitting president.

Missouri House bill aims to curb welfare spending

Missouri's legislation would direct the Department of Social Services to create a mechanism to block the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs.

Obama eyes a legacy: 'You can make it if you try'

Barack Obama's second-term agenda includes immigration, a simpler tax system and a bigger emphasis on education and energy.

Alice R. Hinson, June 6, 1921 — Jan. 18, 2013

Alice R. Hinson (Ray) died Jan. 18, 2013. She was 91.