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Louisiana prisoner built Ruth's and Billy Graham's coffins shortly before he died

Shortly before he died, convicted murderer Richard Liggett was asked to make two of the simple plywood coffins he meticulously crafted for fellow prisoners. Except the caskets would be for Billy and Ruth Graham.

The insurance maze

Pharmacist Bill Morrissey is spending more time these days giving customers unwelcome news: Their health insurance provider refuses to cover the cost of their prescription.

Controversial Steadfast

In his three years as St. Louis archbishop, Rev. Raymond Burke has taken on a presidential contender, a pop star, Missouri politicians and even parishioners.

Vaccine-autism debate hits court

Nearly 5,000 families will seek to convince a special “vaccine court” in Washington that the vaccines can cause healthy children to become autistic — even though a large body of evidence and expert opinion has found no link.

BOONE LIFE: Preaching on the prairie

Known as Cowboy Church, a small group of congregants and two church leaders convene each Tuesday evening in front of a small log cabin at the Lambert residence.

Crossing the life line

After nearly six months of waiting, Dave Chrystal received notice that he would be getting a heart from a 24-year-old Kansas suicide victim in what Chrystal called “the most emotional moment anyone could ever experience.”

New machines help find children’s veins

When Children’s Hospital at MU Health Care asked Pascale’s Pals for a VeinViewer machine, Sylvie Carpentier, founder of the organization, did not hesitate to write the $25,000 check.

A religious path back home

Anantha Gopalaratnam starts Saturday mornings with a prayer to the Hindu deity Vishnu. The prayer is a religious tradition she learned from her parents while growing up in Maharashtra, a state located in the west central part of India.

Gardeners rightly in a tizzy over season’s irregular weather patterns

The old saying “nipped in the bud” has rarely seemed more real than what we experienced this spring when two weeks of unusual heat for the season were followed by two weeks of intense cold. The four week period marked the greatest short-term weather variance in our area over the past 118 years — as I have been repeatedly told by gardener upon gardener. Their tone is always one of resignation rather than defeat as they speak their litany of losses.

Gardeners in a tizzy over season’s irregular weather patterns

The old saying “nipped in the bud” has rarely seemed more real than what we experienced this spring when two weeks of unusual heat for the season were followed by two weeks of intense cold. The four week period marked the greatest short-term weather variance in our area over the past 118 years — as I have been repeatedly told by gardener upon gardener. Their tone is always one of resignation rather than defeat as they speak their litany of losses.

Young artist explores new avenue — Shoes

One young artist’s paintings appear on a different type of canvas — slip-on shoes. Anna Fleischer painted on her first two pairs of canvas shoes two years ago during her senior year of high school. After realizing that she and her best friend had purchased an identical pair of shoes, the then 16-year-old from Valencia, Calif., decided she needed to make the shoes appear different.

Physicist argues vs. existence of God

A retired professor of physics from the University of Hawaii came to Columbia at the invitation of the Show-me Skeptics and the MU Brights to discuss his new book, “God: The Failed Hypothesis.” The thrust of his argument is that the question whether God exists is one that can be answered by applying the scientific method.

BOONE LIFE: Feudal Fun

As Killian Winterwolf puts on his gray helmet, Orion Harman and Rob Howell are already hacking each other with their duct tape-covered swords. Underneath a maroon canopy, one of the modern conveniences that continuously stands unnoticed, Chris Harman weaves wool while Mark Abbott unveils the group’s flag. The fighters’ chain and plate armor jingles and clangs to the pace of their movements.

How much is this vaccine worth to you?

Pincered by rising costs and eroding reimbursements, and resentful of what they regard as a long-standing and unfair financial burden, some doctors are refusing to buy it or restricting who receives the shots.

Activists cite Quran to end ritual

NAIROBI, Kenya — Trying to stop a bloody ritual undergone by millions of Muslim women in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world, health activists are trying a new appeal: They’re citing the Quran.

Bishop Jakes emphasizes self-satisfaction

WASHINGTON — He’s about to turn 50 and to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary. It’s time to take stock.

Notes from the heart

The Heart of Missouri Chorus is more like a sisterhood than an ensemble. The group's devotion to each other and to the music has been rewarded with strong bonds and top regional honors.

WWII archives released

BAD AROLSEN, Germany — Looking back at the first weeks after World War II, a French lieutenant named Henri Francois-Poncet despaired at ever fulfilling his mission of establishing the fate of French inmates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Three little questions can help address health care literacy

Ever leave your doctor’s office more confused about your health issues than when you walked in?

Between tradition and location

When a business starts to lose money and most of its customers, two solutions arise: close or move. Catholic schools, though not often thought of as businesses, are facing these same options.

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