Forget the turtledoves and French hens, Missourian reporters set out to find more practical holiday events and gift possibilities for the days leading up to Christmas.
The originator of the Creating Original Music Project, a composition competition for MU and K-12 students, is working with the MU School of Music and others to make Columbia a center for composing and performing new music.
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.
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.
After a year and a half in the U.S., a missionary and his wife return to his native country of Brazil.
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.
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.
Chris Willow-Schomaker is the creator of mamaroots, a local business selling toys made from all-natural materials.
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.
An MU professor was selected to build a 7-foot bronze recreation of former president Gerald R. Ford.
The Chordbusters will perform holiday favorites such as "Jingle Bells" and White Christmas" this weekend at the Missouri Theatre.
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.
Stephens students involved in the production said hearing Robbins's stories and learning from her has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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.
Elise Wilson, a mother of five in Rocheport, home schools her four oldest children year-round.
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.
Religious tattoo sites pepper the Internet, and Christian tattoo shops are opening across the country.
"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.
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.
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.