• Jim and Judy Barnes sit at their kitchen table on pose for a portrait on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 in their Columbia, Missouri home and discuss how long it took them to have their previous marriages annulled by the Catholic Church. They spent two years going through the process to validate their 22-year marriage in the eyes of the Catholic Churchcchurch, but it will no longer take that long with the changes Pope Francis has made to the annulment process.

    Changes in Catholic annulment process affect central Missouri

    Posted on January 4, 2016 by in Student Work

    By Hailey Godburn and Fan Feng The divorce rate among American Catholics is lower than the national average at only 28 percent. But Catholics have something they do differently when they want to remarry: they get an annulment. Pope Francis made changes earlier this month to the annulment process, making it easier and cheaper for […]

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  • Shalynn Thomas, Right, heads the ball with Bailey Godat as they run drills before their game on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Both women are members of the University of Missouri Women’s Club Soccer team who was playing against Washington University in St. Louis.

    Concussion affects life off the field

    Posted on January 4, 2016 by in Student Work

    By Mitchel Summers, Kaveh Kardan & Dorothy Sedovic Columbia, Mo – Alex Schmitz noticed something was off with her studies after her first concussion. Her symptoms included more than just headaches and dizziness. “I remember I couldn’t concentrate like I usually would in class. I’m usually fairly into my work and I’m fine. I can […]

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  • Migrant farmworkers find healthcare in western Missouri

    Posted on January 4, 2016 by in Student Work

    By Daniela Vidal Many Mexican migrant farmworkers are heading home at the end of apple picking season this October. Sixty-one year-old Maria Zavala is one of them. For the past 18 years she’s made the 20-hour drive from her home in Waco, Texas to western Missouri to work in the apple orchards.  She’s struggled with […]

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  • With enrollment deadline approaching, an uptick in marketplace clients

    Posted on January 4, 2016 by in Student Work

    By Daniela Vidal Jeremy Milarksy sits behind his office computer and opens up the calendar of appointments for the week. There’s hardly any white space. Appointments are scheduled back-to-back. Milarsky expected that this week. “We’ve been very, very busy around here because it’s close to a deadline day,” he says. Next Tuesday, December 15, is […]

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  • For some nurse practitioners, state laws pose a challenge

    Posted on January 4, 2016 by in Student Work

    By Daniela Vidal Nurse practitioners have been a part of Missouri’s health care scene for the past fifty years. The state has a shortage of primary care doctors, but state laws restrict nurse practitioners from filling that void. Few nurse practitioners find a way to open their own practice with these restrictions in place, but […]

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  • Sheltered workshops provide employment, raise questions

    Posted on December 26, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Megan Sheets, Brendan McDermott and Yinzi Zeng FULTON — Sitting in the back of the Kingdom Projects workshop in Fulton, Tom Faucett connects metal rings and chains over and over, working toward his daily goal of 10,000. Faucett has worked for 31 years at the Callaway County sheltered workshop, a supervised workplace for people […]

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  • The late Thomas Merton's t-shirt and work shirt are just a few of the items that author John Smelcer uncovered this summer. All of Merton's clothing bears the number "127." (Rebecca Smith/KBIA)

    Thomas Merton’s personal belongings resurface in Missouri, nearly 50 years after his death

    Posted on October 5, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Emerald O’Brien During Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. last month, he praised the late Thomas Merton as one of four great Americans. Merton was one of the most influential Catholic writers of the 20th century. He spent the last twenty years of his life as a Trappist Monk in a Monastery called the […]

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  • Exploring Washington D.C.’s changing Chinatown

    Posted on September 26, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Erjun Peng, Tony Peng & Siqi Lin for CCTV America The stores in Washington D.C.’s Chinatown may bear Chinese names — along with their more-popularly known English names — but the downtown neighborhood is actually becoming far less Chinese due to increased development and high rents. Over the last few decades, national and global […]

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  • The fact and fiction of Martian dust storms

    Posted on September 18, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Kathryn Mersmann for NASA For years, science fiction writers from Edgar Rice Burroughs to C. S. Lewis have imagined what it would be like for humans to walk on Mars. As mankind comes closer to taking its first steps on the Red Planet, authors’ depictions of the experience have become more realistic. Andy Weir’s […]

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  • Astronomy association hosts public viewings

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Jonathan Doty The Central Missouri Astronomical Association hosts public viewings of Saturn on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. group saw 4,000-5,000 members of the public around Columbia, Missouri attend in an average year, member Valentine Germann explained. It belongs to the larger organization, the Astronomical League, which contains hundreds of clubs and societies across the […]

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