• Reina Hernandez stands behind the counter at Diva 27 on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Mexico, Missouri. Hernandez owns the store, which sells Mexican groceries and clothes; the sign in front of the cash register reads,“In this business, the client is number one.”

    Growing Latino population bring changes in small town mid-Missouri

    Posted on April 11, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Jacqueline LeBlanc & Daniela Vidal You might not expect to find too much of Mexico in Missouri. But small towns across the state, like Mexico, Missouri are adapting to a growing Latino population. The last census reported the state of Missouri saw a nearly 80 percent increase in the Latino population from 2000 to […]

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  • A student uses a communication device at the H. Kenneth Kirchner School in Jefferson City, one of Missouri’s 34 schools for the severely disabled.

    Missouri struggles to integrate Special Education students

    Posted on April 7, 2015 by in Student Work

    Experts and parents alike have been confused on whether Missouri is really the last state to have separate, state funded schools for the severely disabled. When Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, passed in 2006, the U.S. witnessed a rapid change in special education, including a push for more inclusive […]

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  • Locks are among the many items the Hawley family discovered in a buried ship near Kansas City, Mo. called the Arabia. The family opened a museum to display the ship's contents rather than sell the centuries-old material. (Tony Peng/KBIA)

    Hunting for the long-lost steamboat Malta

    Posted on April 5, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Ailin Li and Tony Peng It all started for David Hawley when he was at a customer’s house working on an air conditioner. He spotted some unusual things hanging in the back wall of one room: old river maps and photographs of steamboats. He just couldn’t look away, he said. When he told his […]

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  • Deteriorating Columbia bridges to be reconstructed

    Posted on April 5, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Hannah Lazo One of the ten worst bridges in the state is in Boone County, according to a Washington, D.C., based organization that crunches data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Its report says the I-70 bridge that goes over Business Loop 70 in Columbia was built in 1957 and has structural deficiencies. Read […]

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  • A former CNN reporter’s company succeeds despite press restrictions

    Posted on April 2, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Deme Walls The Internet has disrupted the news business all over the world, allowing news organizations like Huffington Post that didn’t exist a decade ago to draw more eyeballs than the sites of the New York Times or CNN. But to look at the future of online news, it’s worth examining Rappler.com, a social […]

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  • Tim Reinbott, superintendent of the Bradford Research Center, uses a torch to ignite a 250-pound bale of switchgrass on March 17, 2015 in Boone County, Mo. Switchgrass bales produce less ash than wood when burned.

    MU researcher experiments with switchgrass for biofuel

    Posted on April 2, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Micheala Sosby and Briana Schroer Veterinarian Lynn Steele grows switchgrass on his farm to feed his hundred head of cattle.  He favors the wild-growing grass over other commercial feeds because it’s cheap. “Even when the price is high [for switchgrass], it’s 4, 5, 6 dollars a pound for seed,” Steele said. “Indian grass and […]

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  • Mentor program gets kids thinking about college

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Site Ma COLUMBIA — Catherine Cox, a third-grade student from Benton Elementary School, has a lot of ideas about what she wants to do when she grows up. College Mentors for Kids helped her decide to be a mentor in the future. “I want to find teenagers and adults who would come and do […]

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  • Brian Gardner (right) wheels a corpse into the Columbia Cremation Care Center. He handles standard burial preparations and cremations as well as unidentified, impoverished or unclaimed bodies. Photo by Loren Elliott/Missourian.

    Into the ashes: what remains of the remains

    Posted on March 19, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Taylor Kasper About a year ago, a professor turned me onto the search for potter’s fields. I had no clue what they were, until Google told me they were burial grounds for unidentifiable, impoverished or unclaimed bodies. Hart Island, a small island off of New York near the Bronx, is the burial ground to […]

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  • Kyle Kenison and his dog, Luke, walk through rows of cornstalks searching for deer antlers Friday, March 6, 2015 in Monroe City, Missouri. Kenison and many other mid-Missourians devote hours to searching for sheds.

    Shedding light on antler hunting with dogs

    Posted on March 19, 2015 by in Student Work

    By Jason Boatright & Elizabeth Eisterhold MONROE CITY, Missouri– If you’re a deer, the shed season is like an annual loose tooth. You have antlers. They need to grow. They hurt. You will do just about anything to lose them. You’ll rub up against fences. You’ll jump into stuff to knock them loose. You’ll rub […]

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  • Hinkson Creek

    Local nonprofits clash over proposed trail plans

    Posted on March 16, 2015 by in Student Work

      By Berkeley Lovelace Jr. and Hannah Lazo Local organizations have been clashing with the city and with each other, when it comes to deciding the fate of the Hinkson Creek Valley. PedNet Coalition and It’s Our Wild Nature would like to see the GetAbout Columbia funds for the Shepard to Rollins Trail Connection used […]

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