More Missouri pet owners include animals in their wills

In 2004, Missouri made it legal to allow pets to be the beneficiary of a trust.  A pet trust secures care for the pet after the owner's death.

BOONE LIFE: All-female bicycle group makes its own rules

A Columbia-based group of female cyclists enjoys weekly rides around town.

Japanese man runs across US for tsunami relief

Katzhiko Takashige visited Columbia 20 years ago on a cross-country bicycle trip. Now he's back in the area, this time running across the country to raise money for victims of the 2010 Japanese tsunami.

SMITHTON: Church's Festival of Sharing supports national, international ministries

The Community United Methodist Church has supported a number of organizations highlighted in the Festival of Sharing. The statewide Festival of Sharing will take place on Saturday in Sedalia.

Mid-Missouri mushroom-hunting group makes first foray into woods

The mid-Missouri chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society is hosting events related with mycology until the first week of November this year.

Homecoming, religious holiday conflict leaves Jewish teen in tough spot

Hickman High School's Homecoming game is the same night as Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. As a cheerleader and member of the Homecoming court, Laura Davis' decision about whether to go to services or the game has been a matter of faith and family.

Social media, mobile tech on the rise for weddings

Social media and technology are increasingly becoming involved in the planning and experience of weddings.

Worldwide Photo Walk lets residents explore, photograph their community

Saturday's Worldwide Photo Walk encouraged people to snap photos of Columbia on their 2-mile loop through the city.

Study on stray bullets leads to uncomforting statistics

Study finds that stray bullets killed or injured 317 people between 2008 and 2009. Twenty percent of of the accidents resulted in death.

Ex-addict finds road back to success

Declining support for missions and drug rehabilitation programs could limit similar stories of recovery.

Descendants make amends to Chinook for Lewis and Clark canoe theft

When William Clark and Meriwether Lewis needed to return home from their westward journey more than 200 years ago, they were short a canoe, so they stole one from the Chinook Indians. On Saturday, Clark's descendants will present a replica of the canoe to the Chinook Indian Nation.

Humane Society experiencing increase of animals, decrease in donations

Donations are down and the number of animals being brought to the Central Missouri Humane Society are up. The shelter is looking into cost-saving methods and appealing to the public for donations.

SMITHTON: Race for the Cure brings hope for local cancer patients

Colleagues at Paxton Keeley Elementary School will run on behalf of teachers Maria Dent and Carol Stoddart in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Mizzou Sports Park on Sunday.

Annual Heritage Festival to be at Nifong Park this weekend

The 34th Annual Heritage Festival welcomes people to join a tour of Missouri tradition and heritage this weekend.

'Our lives' revisited: How 9/11 perspectives have changed in past five years

In 2006, the Missourian spoke to Columbia residents about their memories of the 9/11 attacks and their observations of the world since. Our staff recently caught up with some of those people to see if and how their perspectives have changed in the past five years.

Commission works to recognize Civil War spot

Cape Girardeau is working to have Fort D, the city's only remaining Civil War fort, added the National Register of Historic Places. But it's not an easy process — there are some challenges to address.

Dove hunters forgo sleep for best spots at Missouri opener

On the first day of dove hunting season, 196 hunters took 619 doves at Pony Express, a conservation area in northwest Missouri.

"Biggest Loser" contestant to run Roots 'N' Blues 10K

Rebecca Meyer, who competed in season eight of the TV show "The Biggest Loser," plans to run the 10K race at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Saturday.

Columbia to honor 9/11 victims with concert, memorial walk

Schools and organizations across the city are putting together events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cattlemen Days Rodeo opens in Ashland

The annual Cattlemen Days Rodeo in Ashland marks its 35th year this weekend. It usually attracts about 5,000 people, organizers said.