Guys go old school to get the perfect shave

Men of all ages are taking part in the growing trend of using vintage double-edged safety razors and badger hair brushes to get a closer and more cost-effective shave.

School of rock prepares young Missouri musicians

Justin Lawson thinks that age is no barrier to being a rock star. Lawson, a music teacher in Sedalia, arranges and coaches rock bands for children of all ages.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for Nixon to follow through on his campaign finance pledge

One very wealthy man is trying to buy himself a legislature. Your elected officials are willing to do his bidding.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't kill food stamps, but restrict access to sugary drinks

Soda purchases now account for 58 percent of beverages purchased with food assistance program, according to doctors.

Advocates for tax cuts, pot use public hearings in Missouri

People wanting lawmakers to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of an income tax cut also have turned out at multiple hearings.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Empty promises give us empty plates

If setting up a nutrition bill separate from the farm bill really was important to legislators, they would have had it in hand already.

UPDATE: African refugee reunites with family after 11 years

Nene Rwenyaguza reunited with his wife and four children Thursday night at the Columbia Regional Airport. The family was welcomed at the airport by nearly 50 of Rwenyaguza's friends.

After 11 years apart, African refugee's family will join him in Columbia

Nene Rwenyaguza hasn't seen his family since 2002, when his small Congo village was raided by rebel forces. His wife and children were presumed dead for nearly seven years, but he never gave up hope. The family will finally be reunited.

PHOTO GALLERY: Compass Music Camp offers lessons in practice, theory

According to the camp's website, the "program is designed for campers to experience the joy of writing and playing music" and learn from community musicians.

After final public meeting, Grindstone Trail up for approval by City Council

The Parks and Recreation Department held its last public meeting on the Grindstone Trail before the matter goes to the Columbia City Council next month.

'Chloe's Law' to require heart screenings for Missouri babies

As of Jan. 1, it will be mandated for hospitals to use the screening for critical congenital heart disease on every baby born in Missouri. Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill no. 230, also known as "Chloe's law" last week.

Time machine theme planned for Cosmo Park playground

Public meetings on playground plans are scheduled for Thursday evening and Saturday morning. The goal is to have the project complete in summer 2014.

A little library in Columbia, just around the corner from another

Two book exchanges opened this week, one on Crestland Avenue and the other nearby on West Rollins Road. Run on the "trust system," the little libraries allow anyone to walk up and borrow a book.

Break in the heat expected by weekend

Cooler temperatures are likely to sweep through the Midwest and into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions by Saturday. They might be accompanied by severe thunderstorms.

Senators ready to restore lower college loan rates

Decision could be a good deal for students through the 2015 academic year, but then interest rates are expected to climb above where they were when students left campus in the spring.

Alabama media's overwhelming favorite to win 2013 SEC football season

In the preseason poll released Thursday, the Crimson Tide received 182 first-place votes out of a possible 243. Missouri was picked to finish sixth in the Eastern division.

Route Z overpass to reopen Friday

The bridge is part of a larger project to improve roads around Battle High School. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Inequality is behind dismal life expectancy in U.S.

A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that America's continuing health woes may be more tied up with social inequality than health care.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gas taxes, tolls are better way to fund Missouri roads

A general sales tax is an ineffective and unethical way to fund transportation improvement because not everyone uses the roads equally.

Boone County Fair to start next week with new additions

Fair events are scheduled to begin Saturday afternoon.