UPDATE: State adviser projects budget shortfall of $342 million

Missouri now has a projected $342 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, a number that could curb the spending initiatives proposed by Missouri's governor-elect, Jay Nixon.

Local arts feel economic pinch

The recent downturn in the economy has affected more institutions than just financial ones.

Olsen chosen as fire district interim chief

In a closed meeting Tuesday morning, the Boone County Fire Protection District's board of directors decided to promote Olsen to deputy chief and name him to the position vacated by Steve Paulsell, who retired last week under pressure.

Stoops says Sooners deserve their spot

Oklahoma's head coach understands the frustration of the team's rivals, but that won't stop him from preparing the Sooners for the Big 12 championship.

Columbia's middle school curriculum to be restructured

When Columbia Public Schools transitions from middle and junior high schools to intermediate shools, the district will rework the curriculum, too.

Humane Society makes financial inroads but remains short on funds

Central Missouri Humane Society board members and staff met Monday to discuss updates to the organization's current financial situation and the need for continued community support.

Missouri revenues dropping

General revenues are down 3.9 percent compared to the previous year through the fiscal year's first five months.

Columbia schools encourage students to stay healthy

Elementary schools expect to benefit from a new grant-funded program headed by PedNet, the city and MU.

UPDATE: PedNet receives grant to curb childhood obesity

A $400,000 grant will finance efforts to keep Columbia children active and make healthful food accessible to them.

Big Three survival money requests rise as high as $34B

The nation's three largest automakers, Chrysler, GM and Ford, are requesting up to $34 billion from Congress to financially stabilize the industry. They have each drawn up specific recovery plans detailing what they will do with the money, and what concessions and sacrifices they will make to cut costs.

November auto sales sink to worst level since 1982

Every major automaker reported a year-over-year sales decline of more than 30 percent on Tuesday. The Detroit carmakers were among the worst hit, with GM's U.S. sales falling 41 percent and Chrysler LLC's dropping 47 percent.

Broadway's Jana Robbins to direct 'Little Women' at Stephens

Stephens students involved in the production said hearing Robbins's stories and learning from her has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Rock Bridge High School receives safe driving grant

The $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance will go toward the SMART Driver program, which will teach teens about the risks of distracted driving.

Columbia College volleyball wins opener in national tournament

The Cougars play again at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Radio Adelante archives will be featured online

Radio Adelante, the Spanish-language weekly news radio program broadcasted on KOPN/89.5 FM on Saturday mornings, will be archived on the Missourian's Web site every week.

Christensen announced as Wyoming's next coach

On Tuesday night, Missouri’s offensive coordinator was announced as Wyoming’s next coach. Christensen becomes the first assistant under coach Gary Pinkel to earn a head-coaching position since the staff arrived in Columbia before the 2001 season. Christensen said he plans to retain his duties at Missouri through the Tigers’ bowl game.

Missouri officially loses its bellwether status

Election returns certified Tuesday by the secretary of state's office show that Republican John McCain won Missouri by 3,903 votes — or 0.13 percentage point. This marks the first presidential election since 1956 in which Missouri's winner did not win the presidency.

Missouri farmers struggle to buy insurance

Despite having insurance offered to them by the Missouri Farm Bureau, the price may be as costly as other private insurance, leaving self-employed farmers and their families fighting for health care.

UPDATE: Southern Missouri man dies of rabies

A Missouri man died from rabies after being bitten by a bat. This is the state's first human death from rabies since 1959.

Former Stephens basketball player still with team after concussion

Crystal Dominguez found a new place on the Stephens College girls' basketball team after her fourth concussion.