THE BEAT: Douglass High designated Title 1 school [Audio]

Kevin Kelly [Photo]

Kevin Kelly runs a small business from home just outside of Columbia. He develops software for chemistry applications. Kelly has a strong background in chemistry and this is why he says that "people that worked in the laboratory understand better what users want."

Wrapping with care [Photo]

Pregame playmakers: Sports medicine department dedicated to athletes [Video]

MU junior Keith Sparks didn’t know anybody when his internship began.  But it wasn’t long before his fellow interns in the sports medicine department dubbed him, “Sparky.” Sparks puts in between 30 to 60 hours of unpaid time as an intern, working with the defensive line, setting up the training room and preparing the sideline for game days.
Although he joined the staff to gain hands-on experience to help with his physical therapy major, he said he has enjoyed the internship enough to consider a career in sports medicine. He has attended each game this season and will head to the Texas Bowl with the team in December.

Populations of students with dependents [Graphic]

The populations of students with dependents for public four-year undergraduate and public graduate institutions are shown to be declining based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Effect of pain pills on vaccines [Graphic]

MU researchers have found evidence that some common medicines such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen inhibit enzymes that could affect a vaccine’s effectiveness.

Ensley at day care [Photo]

Kristy Ensley chases her son, Jayden Wilkes, 2, around the playground so they can go home from the Student Parent Center in University Village on Thursday, Nov. 19. Ensley, a biology student, said the day care is a blessing because of its affordability and close proximity to campus.

Smile for the camera [Photo]

Naomi Clark and her 7-month-old daughter, Liberty, at the Student Parent Center in University Village on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Clark is a member of MIZFIT, an organization that helps MU student-parents network and support one another.

Runners-up celebrating [Photo]

Stormwater Logo Contest runners-up Allie Smith, left, and Megan Pearson pose for a picture taken by Smith's mother, Valerie Brightwell, at the Boone County Commission Chambers on Wednesday. Both girls are sophomores at Centralia High School.

Stormwater Logo Contest winners [Photo]

From left, Megan Pearson, Hunter Allen and Allie Smith pose on Wednesday with the their designs for the Stormwater Logo Contest. Allen won $100 for first place and Pearson and Smith were given $50 as runners-up. "I'm going to buy a Christmas gift for the girlfriend, to be honest," Allen said about how he would spend the reward money.

Bruins' Travis Jorgenson [Photo]

Rock Bridge freshman guard Travis Jorgenson dribbles the ball down the court during the Bruins' game against Moberly on Saturday.

Lights for 'Silent Night' [Photo]

Wynonna Judd sang "Silent Night" as her opening song Wednesday in Jesse Auditorium. Judd performed as part of the University Concert series.

Wynonna sings at Jesse [Photo]

MU freshman designs his room to counter seasonal affective disorder [Photo]

Freshman Andrew Dolgin relaxes in his room at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house Monday underneath a lamp specifically set up to mimic sunlight. The lights help prevent the onset of seasonal affective disorder, a variation of depression that is aggravated in the winter months.

Stephens students perform 'A Victorian Christmas' [Slideshow]

Fine Arts students at Stephens College performed “A Victorian Christmas” on Sunday through Tuesday in the historic Senior Hall. Guests were entertained with songs and dances from Charles Dickens’ time.

MU professor writes guide to help autistic adults [Photo]

Scott Standifer, an MU clinical associate professor in the School of Health Professions, is writing a guide on how to help adults with autism find and keep employment.

Internet crime [Graphic]

From 2007 to 2008, Internet crime investigations increased 11 percent. With more than 1,200 hours of training from 2007 to 2009, Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force members are working to keep up with the rise in Internet crime.

Hickman wrestler J’Den Cox [Photo]

Hickman wrestler J’Den Cox, right, keeps control of Helias' Clayton Roark in their 171-pound match Tuesday at Hickman. Cox's win was one of only two Kewpies victories in a 65-13 dual meet loss.

Missouri wrestler Mark Ellis [Photo]

Missouri senior Mark Ellis, top, who won a NCAA national championship last wrestling season in the heavyweight division, practices moves with Tigers freshman heavyweight Glen Allen on Tuesday in the Tigers' wrestling room.

Rod Jetton [Photo]

Rod Jetton turned himself into authorities at 11:52 p.m. Monday after an arrest warrant was filed for a charge of second-degree felony assault. He posted a $250 bond, which is 10 percent of bail.