Gov. Nixon signs parental-consent bill for teen tanning

Restrictions on tanning by minors have been enacted in more than 30 states. Under this law, businesses in Missouri could be fined $100 the first time an underage person tans without parental consent, $250 for a second violation and $500 for each one after that.

Summerfest to kick off with Edward Sharpe

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is the first show for this summer's Ninth Street Summerfest. At least 2,000 people were expected at Wednesday night's concert. Country artist Randy Houser will perform later in June.

New allergy tablets offer alternative to shots

The new tablets, which could be popular for people who dislike pills that make them drowsy or don't provide enough relief, are not right for everyone, particularly patients with allergies to multiple substances.

New cancer drugs give hope, but at a cost

Studies presented at a cancer conference in Chicago revealed promising new treatments for lung cancer, leukemia and ovarian cancer. For lung cancer, though, the new drug has a high price tag.

Tick-bourne virus kills Oklahoma man

The state of Oklahoma says a man has died after acquiring the Heartland virus, which was first identified in Missouri in 2009. He is the second person in the U.S. to die after coming down with the illness.

As millions enroll in Medicaid, cost falls to states

Thanks to a law expanding Medicaid eligibility, millions more are now getting insured. However, states have to use their own money to cover this particular group.

Truman Hospital ranked best among Missouri's veterans

Sen. Claire McCaskill praised the Truman Veterans Hospital for its high marks on a Veterans Customer Satisfaction Program, which allowed veterans to rate the care they received at VA hospitals and clinics.

How to: Smoke meats

Philip Peters Jr., owner of Shotgun Pete’s BBQ Shack, considers barbecue to be a staple of summertime cuisine. But barbecuing is more involved than just throwing meat on the grill.


FROM READERS: A letter to young thieves, from the owner of ARTlandish Gallery

Many people wanted Lisa Bartlett, the owner of ARTlandish Gallery, to prosecute after art and charity money were stolen from her store. Instead, she wrote this compassionate letter in response to the theft.

Pizza dancer gives credit to higher power

Little Caesars employee Denzel Weaver dances in front of his pizza joint and aspires to make it in the music industry with the help of his faith.


Young people lag in health insurance enrollment

Only 28 percent of people ages 18 to 34 signed up for health insurance through the online marketplace. Some analysts blame the lag in enrollment on a lack of understanding about health insurance and that youthful sense of immortality.

In the era of Affordable Care, some still uninsured — by choice

The Missourian talked to Columbia residents about their trials, worries and successes in navigating the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Some said they had trouble enrolling because of glitches on the website. Others were thankful they finally could afford health insurance.

Missouri woman spreads her wings, taking family feather business to new levels

Abby Arauz has fielded requests for Mardi Gras masks, feathers for the costumes in "The Hunger Games," wings for Victoria's Secret holiday displays, and more. She owns The Feather Place, a far-flung operation with an office in Columbia, showrooms in New York City and Los Angeles, and a wholesale business in California, Mo.

Missourian Minute: Ninth Street Garden

Ninth Street Garden is aplot maintained by nearby residents and fellow Columbians.

How to: Plant flowers in your garden

In order to plant successfully at home, some research is required. According to Michelle Brooks, MU greenhouse coordinator, people should ask questions about the plants they are interested in purchasing while shopping at garden centers.

Vapor cigarettes touted as way to kick tobacco, but regulation looms

While anti-tobacco campaigns and no-smoking ordinances are becoming widespread, the electronic-cigarette industry is flourishing. But regulations of the sale and manufacturing of the nicotine vapor products may soon increase, as well.

Forum participants: Use mental-health funds to shorten wait times

At a public forum Tuesday, community mental health experts discussed the current state of mental health services for children in Boone County and how the county can best use $6.5 million in funding to address these concerns.

USDA delays whole-grains rule for school pastas

The delay comes hours after a Republican-led House spending panel criticized the Obama administration's healthier school-lunch standards and proposed letting some schools opt out of them entirely.

MU researcher gets $1.5 million grant to study Alzheimer's

The National Institutes of Health is supporting associate professor James Lee's research, which MU said could lead to treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Specialty in Asian carp brings scientist unexpected fame

Research fish biologist and Asian carp expert Duane Chapman has been featured on the Discovery Channel and in National Geographic and the Wall Street Journal.