Mentally ill patients changing makeup of nursing homes

Nursing homes have become dumping grounds for young and middle-age people with mental illness, an arrangement that sometimes leads to violence, according to an Associated Press analysis. Missouri was among the states with the steepest increases in housing mentally ill patients.

Missouri housing more mentally ill in nursing homes

Nationally, Missouri has the third most rapidly growing number of mentally ill patients in nursing homes. A 2008 report found Missouri has a "serious" shortage of beds for menal health treatment.

BOONE LIFE: Father, son welcome in spring with game of hoops

For all of Rocheport's charms, the best thing boils down to this simple act of love between a father and his son.

Pirouettes inspire art at downtown cafe

Open ballet rehearsals give local artists a venue for creativity. The public will be able to vote on the artwork, and the winning artist will be asked to design the troupe's fall poster.

Brazilian music students enrich Columbia community

A partnership between MU's School of Music and one in Brazil has resulted in more than two dozen Brazilians coming to Columbia since the program's founding 20 years ago.

Missouri third-grader, age 71, honored with namesake literacy award

The Toys for Tots Literacy Program honored Alferd Williams' dedication to learning to read by creating an award in his honor.

Children's play offers lesson about home and family

Jill Womack, artistic executive director of TRYPS children's theater, directs its 48th production, "Alexander Who's Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move!" TRYPS allows families to share the experience of theater, Womack said.

TV chef Jeff Henderson promotes education to Columbia students

Celebrity chef Jeff Henderson visited Douglass and Hickman high schools to share his life story with the hope of positively influencing the lives of students.

Blue Note Records' anniversary jazz tour coming to Missouri Theatre

The 70th anniversary of the iconic Blue Note Records, a champion of jazz, is being celebrated throughout the country. In Columbia, the anniversary will be marked Thursday with a performance of The Blue Note 7.

Facebook 'friending' links generations

Facebook, formerly for college students only, is now being used by older generations to keep in touch with their families, network with employers and colleagues, and reach out to old friends.

Alpaca farming is a way of life for some in Boone County

Rob Long raises 75 alpacas on a 20-acre ranch in Boone County. He says alpacas are a business and a way of life.

Sycamore head chef encourages friendly atmosphere

Mike Odette is not running your average kitchen. A semifinalist for a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award, the head chef at Sycamore often goes about his duties with his 15-month-old son strapped to his back.

Seminar aims to create more emotionally intelligent managers

Before someone can effectively understand others’ emotions, they must understand their own, says Karen Tate, who will speak this week at a seminar on emotional intelligence in the workplace. 


Illinois church violence prompts conversations in Columbia

After the murder of Pastor Fred Winters in Maryville, Ill., citizens are questioning whether churches need to become more proactive about security if they are still to be considered a safe haven.

Women of Faith tour begins in Kansas City

Kansas City is the first stop of 28 for the Women of Faith tour. Since it began in 1996, 4 million women have attended. Women of Faith is scheduled to be in St. Louis June 26-27.

Twitter Jitters: Catholics asked to give up texting, Facebook for Lent

Living without Facebook, Twitter and texting during Lent is a test of discipline for some Catholics. But, it offers some advantages for the faithful, too.

Students promote fashionable fundraising with clothing lines

Six fashion design students showcase their clothing lines in the third Model Citizen Fashion Show. The show raises money for the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Columbia musicians to embark on three-city Austria tour

The Jane Froman Singers of Columbia College are teaming up with the Columbia Civic Orchestra for a nine-day tour of Austria. The two groups will perform a preview of their tour Sunday evening at Columbia College.

Stephens' 'Fuddy Meers' explores challenges of communication

"Fuddy Meers," a new play at Stephens College, revolves around characters experiencing roadblocks to communicating clearly, including a lisp, a stroke, dyslexia and schizophrenia.

Stem cell debate renewed in Columbia

MU scientists deconstruct the legitimacy of adult stem cell research and embryonic stem cell research.