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Huffstutter Orchards offers fall volunteer opportunity

For eight years, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri has partnered with Huffstutter Orchards, about 25 miles west of Columbia, to send apples to impoverished families in 32 counties. The next opportunity to help with their efforts will be Sunday, Sept. 14.

FROM READERS: Church program gives second chances

Programs such as Turning Point and Into Action give second chances to the homeless and released prisoners, offering support and a fresh start.

 

EV-D68: What you need to know about respiratory virus

EV-D68, the virus that has sickened children in Kansas City and St. Louis and resulted in some hospitalizations, hasn't caused any confirmed cases yet in Columbia, health officials said.

Green Dot and Title IX education new to Safe Mizzou week

This year, Green Dot and Title IX educational sessions have been added to MU's Safe Mizzou 2014 agenda. The week's events begin on Monday.

True/False adds three MU sites, one downtown as venues

Bush and Keller Auditoriums, Rhynsburger Theatre and the Odd Fellows Lodge were added to the list of 2015 True/False Film Fest venues.

FROM READERS: Playing trumpet is way of life

Jason Mathews has been playing trumpet for 16 years. He says it has taught him lessons about being timely, respectable and hardworking. It also cured his stage fright.

Multiple sclerosis bike fundraiser moving to St. Louis from Columbia

Nearly 3,000 participants rode in Bike MS during the weekend. Columbia has hosted the fundraiser since 2004.

UPDATE: Serious respiratory illness hits hundreds of kids

Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone — Children's Mercy in Kansas City — and some required intensive care, according to authorities.

Congregation volunteers at food bank for nationwide event

Around 100 church members from Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church in Columbia helped pack 2,760 boxes at Sunday's event.

Hospitals restrict visitors because of outbreak

A hospital epidemiologist says it could be the same enterovirus infection that has hit St. Louis and Kansas City.

'Cooper's Landing' piece selected as city's annual commemorative poster

The poster depicts local musicians, wooden soldiers and cyclists along the river port. It was chosen from a pool of 87 entries by a jury of five people from Columbia's culture and arts community.

FROM READERS: EcoArtFest helps showcase, preserve local arts

Vanessa Leitza, the Missouri River Cultural Conservancy's event planner and coordinator, answers questions about the free event. It's one of two major fundraisers the conservancy holds annually to fund its recording and archiving projects.

Gov. Nixon defends veto of e-cigarette bill

Wednesday's roundtable discussion with Gov. Jay Nixon highlighted the potential health effects of e-cigarettes.

Respiratory illness strikes hundreds of KC-area kids

U.S. eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Researcher says the widening diet gap reflects an income gap that deepened during the recent financial crisis, which likely made healthy food less affordable for many people.

ArtTalk: Growing spiritually free through art

Artist learned to be keenly aware of the critics in her head

 

Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs

The Home Microbiome Project seeks to understand how the trillions of mostly beneficial bacteria that live in and on our bodies interact with bugs in the environment to affect our health.

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said.

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago developed a treadmill that intentionally trips seniors to teach them to not fall in the future. Seniors tripping and falling costs $30 billion yearly.

 

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

The American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society express great concern about these popular nicotine-vapor products and urge more regulation, especially to keep them away from youth. They also stress that proven smoking cessation methods should always be tried first.

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