Fish biologist Jeff Finley conserves endangered pallid sturgeon

There is no typical day for a fish biologist. One day, Finley might be in the field collecting fish samples for surveys. Another day, he is helping crews on the Missouri River with pallid sturgeon recovery. Sometimes he is in his office, completing paperwork.

MU working on medical school expansion

While planning continues for the expansion, there's no consensus on how the $40 million price tag for the overall project would be funded beyond what's already been provided.

Tongue piercings let paralyzed patients drive wheelchairs

Users get their tongues pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick, letting them control their wheelchairs. The experiment is attracting attention from specialists.

Missionaries minister to international students at Christian Campus House

Retired missionaries Linda and Dennis Messimer minister to international students at the Christian Campus House. They spent 38 years abroad.

More children vaccinated this year in Boone County schools

The number of children who received free seasonal flu vaccines from school-based flu clinics in Boone County and Columbia has increased steadily since 2011.

Pope Francis urges more missionary and merciful church

The pope pulled together the priorities he has laid out in eight months of homilies, speeches and interviews and put them in the broader context of how to reinvigorate the church's evangelical zeal in a world marked by indifference, secularization and vast income inequalities.

Airport chaplains let fliers connect with heavens

Airports are mini-cities with their own movie theaters, fire departments and shopping malls. Many also have chapels, typically tiny non-denominational spaces, in out-of-the-way locations. They offer an escape from constant gate change and security announcements and are staffed by 350 part- and full-time chaplains worldwide — Roman Catholic, Protestant and, to a lesser extent, Jewish, Muslim or Sikh.

Thanksgiving service celebrates variety of faiths, welcomes all

The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday evening welcomed people of all ages and faith backgrounds to share a service and a meal.

Humanist group files lawsuit over prayer at Fayette High School

The American Humanist Association filed a federal lawsuit against Missouri’s Fayette School District on Wednesday, saying Fayette High School is unconstitutionally promoting Christianity through teacher-led prayer.


Some in Columbia's Jewish community plan to celebrate 'Thanksgivukkah' next week

Next week marks a rare occurrence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving landing on the same date. People throughout the U.S. are inventing creative culinary and entrepreneurial concepts to mark the occasion.

Harvard researchers find nut consumption may lower risk of cancer, heart disease

A 30-year Harvard study found that daily nut eaters were 20 percent less likely to get cancer or heart disease than those who never ate nuts.

Gauntlet Initiative creates functioning prosthetic hands through 3-D printing

Alex Madinger and Derek Provance are building a business with plans to create plastic prosthetics created by 3-D printers as a cheaper alternative to more technologically advanced devices.

Study shows kids are less fit than their parents were

Today's kids are about 15 percent less fit than their parents were, according to health experts. Research suggests that 80 percent of young people globally may not be getting enough exercise.

Artist teaches Lee Elementary students yarn art

While in town to plan for his installation at the True/False Film Festival, artist Eric Rieger stopped by Lee Elementary School to teach students to create designs by weaving yarn through a chain link fence.


FROM READERS: How Bonnie Chasteen finds artistic inspiration in rural landscape

Columbia resident Bonnie Chasteen is an artist and editor for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Her exhibit, "Faces, Places, Figures, and Food," will be at Orr Street Studios from Nov. 19 to Dec. 1.

Medical organizations weigh in on obesity epidemic

A group that includes the American Heart Association has issued new guidelines for fighting obesity, a development that comes not long after the AMA labeled obesity a disease. By next year, most insurance companies are expected to cover counseling and other obesity treatments.


Columbia elementary school teacher takes a risk to start a family

Even as a little girl, Anna Kleinsorge knew she wanted her own children. When she hit 29, she decided she was done waiting. So she posted an ad on Craigslist and waited for her pay-as-you-go phone to ring. The response hasn't been quite what she had hoped for.

U.S. doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs

Guidelines issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology use a new formula for estimating someone's risk that includes many factors other than cholesterol, which is currently the main focus.

FROM READERS: My confession: I'm a 'trichster'

Melissa Gephardt, an MU student, recounts her struggle with trichotillomania — a disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one’s hair in response to stress, anxiety or depression — and how she eventually learned to accept herself.

Local artist Jean Griffith turns junk into decorative art

Local Columbia artist Jean Griffith takes discarded trash and turns it into art. Her site on has had 1,200 views since her shop opened in February.