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Albino deer makes an appearance in Columbia backyard

With an approximately 6 in 1 million chance, Sharon Kinden spotted an albino deer in her backyard.

Harry Potter fans flock to Columbia for midnight movie release

Forum 8 and Hollywood 14 sold out nine screens by Tuesday afternoon, and eager fans lined up in costume for the midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Missouri works to preserve giant salamander population

The amphibians, hellbenders, are native to the Missouri River Valley and a variety of factors are contributing to the species dissappearing. But an effort to protect and bolster the population is taking place at the St. Louis Zoo.

Mushroom farmers work to expand in Missouri

Many Missourians have opted to grow their own mushrooms, but the task is not easy.  Mushroom farmers must exercise a great amount of patience and care to yield the final product, which often doesn't bring in enough profit to make a living.

Arborists work to preserve McBaine bur oak tree

Arborists have been taking wood samples from the popular McBaine oak tree, using them to create little clone trees called grafts in order to preserve the 350-year-old tree's DNA. 

Columbia developer to move forward on cottages project

Amir Ziv hopes to break ground on the cottages, but must follow several city requirements.

Sculpture garden opens in downtown St. Louis

The three-acre Citygarden, which was funded with $30 million from the nonprofit Gateway Foundation, is free to the public and offers an audio tour including the voices of St. Louis leaders such as Hall of Fame Cardinal Ozzie Smith.

Timeline of Michael Jackson's life and career

Take a look at the many successes and controversies of the King of Pop, from his days in the Jackson 5 to his death on Thursday.

Police tow car, seek clues in Jackson death

Brian Oxman, a former Jackson attorney and a family friend, said Friday he had been concerned about Jackson's use of painkillers and had warned the singer's family about possible abuse.

Jackson broke barriers long before 'Thriller'

When Michael Jackson premiered in the 1972 movie "Ben," his voice and charm gave black America an idol to cheer for.

Autopsy planned after Jackson's sudden death

Authorities are hoping to find out whether prescription drugs were involved in Michael Jackson's death. An autopsy was scheduled to begin today, though results likely won't be final until toxicology tests can be completed.

World leaders, musicians mourn King of Pop

Nelson Mandela, Paul McCartney and many more friends and fans around the world mourned Michael Jackson's death and recalled the person he was.

TV helped shape Jackson's image

For better or worse, Michael Jackson was always something to see. His career was shaped and showcased by television, and he was inseparable from the medium.

PHOTO GALLERY: World mourns 'king of pop'

Fans the world over mourned the loss of Michael Jackson after the pop icon died Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Remembering Michael Jackson

The "king of pop" rose to stardom at an early age and quickly captured the hearts of millions. He died Thursday at age 50.

Lost icons: For Generation X, a really bad day

In the 1990s, members of Generation X would sit in bars and laugh about the naivete of the 1960s. Today, they sit around and tell stories about the death of the kings of pop.

'Bruno' premiere blocks Jackson's Walk of Fame star

The Sacha Baron Cohen film was screening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, right next to Jackson's star. Fans trying to get a glimpse Thursday were turned back.

MU Tour Team helps visitors stay cool

The MU Tour Team is doing its best to help visitors and prospective students touring campus by providing water, staying inside as much as possible and taking it slow.

Film crew wraps up Shakespeare's scenes as movie production continues

The fictional movie, "10 Hours a Week," is based on the experiences of a former Shakespeare's Pizza employee and features mostly local actors.

FRANK looks to foster art appreciation among young adults

The group, sponsored by the Missouri Theatre, attempts to cater to the 20- 30-something age range and is “trying to bridge the gap between stuffy classical music and the contemporary." Its monthly meetings bring together a diverse group of young professionals to discuss the arts in an informal atmosphere.

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