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BOONE LIFE: 1353 mailboxes postal worker experiences Hallsville's growth firsthand

Alan Austene, a 32-year veteran postal worker in Hallsville, makes more stops on his route than he used to. Over the years, new subdivisions have grown where development was once sparser, punctuating his route with more and more mailboxes.

Healthy people should have right to brain pills, some scientists say

A commentary published online by the journal Nature stated that brain pills provide new methods of improving brain functions. However, it stated more research and a variety of steps are needed to manage the risks.

Faith takes Franklin County couple back to Brazil

After a year and a half in the U.S., a missionary and his wife return to his native country of Brazil.

Palestinian author shares story of struggles and inspiration

Ibtisam Barakat has written a book about her struggles as a child growing up in Palestine. She now lives in Columbia, and she shared her thoughts on Columbia, writing and telling the Palestinian story.

Center hopes to breed endangered salamanders

The hellbender, considered by some to be the most grotesque-looking salamander in North America, has been on the state's endangered species list. A program is being developed to breed hellbenders in captivity and release them into the wild.

Columbia woman mixes love of children, nature to make toys

Chris Willow-Schomaker is the creator of mamaroots, a local business selling toys made from all-natural materials.

Txt ur pastor: Church embraces text-message conversations during sermons

At one Missouri church, the pastors enjoy taking text-message questions from the congregation during sermons and weaving the answers into the message as they talk.

MU professor chosen to create presidential sculpture

An MU professor was selected to build a 7-foot bronze recreation of former president Gerald R. Ford.

Chordbusters to perform Christmas concert this weekend

The Chordbusters will perform holiday favorites such as "Jingle Bells" and White Christmas" this weekend at the Missouri Theatre.

Study: Dental care in ICU reduces pneumonia risk

A study at Barnes-Jewish Hospital led by two nurses found a lower rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in ICU patients who were given mouthwash and their teeth were brushed twice daily.

Broadway's Jana Robbins to direct 'Little Women' at Stephens

Stephens students involved in the production said hearing Robbins's stories and learning from her has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Modern-day breadwinners left to ask: 'Who's the Boss?'

Turning on the TV provides hours of family stereotypes, often with the woman of the house portrayed as the ruler of the roost. But research from the Pew Center and stories from mid-Missouri homes suggest it's a bit more complicated.

BOONE LIFE: Rocheport family home schools year-round

Elise Wilson, a mother of five in Rocheport, home schools her four oldest children year-round.

Exhibit celebrates Memorial Union's history

 The Transcendent Tower exhibit in the lobby of Memorial Union North aims to celebrate the history as well as the architectural significance of the Union through pictures and text.

Christian tattoos: Wearing faith on your half-sleeve

Religious tattoo sites pepper the Internet, and Christian tattoo shops are opening across the country.

Lesson from The Biggest Loser: Don't try this at home

"The Biggest Loser‚" has made über-boot-camp-style training sessions seem a sure-fire ticket to weight loss for sedentary, morbidly obese people. And the success of its contestants suggests there's little risk — contrary to common advice that such programs should be undertaken only with a physician's seal of approval.

Columbia jazz duo finds inspiration in challenge, history of jazz

The Tempus Fugitives, a two-man jazz band, are inspired by John Coltrane and Miles Davis and are constantly working to improve their sound.

They find inspiration in the challenges, history and camaraderie of their music.

"We know each other well enough now that it becomes intuitive when the other one wants to stop, or where the other is heading (in his music)," Alan Arnold says.

Former Habitat for Humanity supervisor continues to help novice volunteers

Bob Shannon was in charge of Habitat for Humanity’s construction projects for six years full time. In total, he worked on about 40 to 50 houses at various locations around town. After retiring two and a half years ago, Shannon has been supervising less experienced volunteers two days a week. 

When Thanksgiving dinner takes a wrong turn

If ever an ill-timed kitchen disaster is going to strike, it's around Thanksgiving. But while cooking mishaps can be horrifying when they happen, they can turn into great memories. Here are some Thanksgiving cooking disaster tales, edited from first-person accounts.

Musicians check out of Holy Road House

Holy Road House, as it’s been called the last two years, is for sale, and Holy Road Tours Union, a nonprofit touring and lifestyle co-op.

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