No Kill Columbia advocates less euthanasia at animal shelter

Kennel supervisor Stephanie Lanham calls for "Tater" during his evaluation on Tuesday at the Central Missouri Humane Society. When the Humane Society takes an animal in, they test them for health and behavioral issues to decide if the animal is eligible for adoption or not. If the animal does not pass the tests they are reevaluated by the manager to determine if they will be adopted, sent to another rescue, placed in foster care, or euthanized.

No Kill Columbia wants the Central Missouri Humane Society to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals when its shelter is at capacity, but shelter representatives say it's a complicated challenge to meet.

Board of Curators hopes to announce new UM System president next week

The UM System Board of Curators has chosen a new president, but employment agreement details must be worked out and ratified before the president can be announced by name. 

DEAR READER: Papa's got a brand new Vox (app)

Vox 5 gives users a sampling of various things going on in Columbia each weekend. The Missourian has also gone mobile, with a new site that makes reading on your smartphone easier.

Cheap Independence Bowl tickets sell out in 45 minutes

MU students — 53 in total — will travel to Shreveport, La., together on the day after Christmas, thanks to a special $9.99 all-inclusive deal.

Alternate funding, tuition dominate December Board of Curators meetings

At its December meeting in St. Louis, the UM System Board of Curators focused on the financial challenges facing the system and discussed a proposal to increase tuition and course fees to help account for declining state support.

Chris Stevens named manager of Office of Cultural Affairs

Chris Stevens will take over for Connie Kacprowicz as manager of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Missouri men's basketball trying not to buy into hype

After convincing wins over California and Villanova, much hype has surrounded the No. 10 Tigers. Missouri is an improved team, but the Tigers are focused on what they haven't accomplished yet in their 8-0 start.

Mary Still to run for District 19 Senate seat

Still, the current Democratic Party representative of the 25th District in the Missouri House of Representatives, will face incumbent Republican Kurt Schaefer in the 2012 election.

Sharpshooting freshman Emily Miller leads Hickman girls basketball in scoring

A 5-foot-9-inch forward on the Hickman girls basketball team, Emily Miller has one role: To shoot. After the Kewpies lost their two leading scorers, Miller, a freshman, is leading the team with 18.8 points per game.

Columbia man arrested on drug-related charges after car crash

DeShannon Turner, 30, was arrested on suspicion of four separate drug-related charges after two searches of his person revealed PCP and cocaine.

Gov. Nixon announces million-dollar grant to help nursing students across Missouri

The grants, which are part of the Caring for Missourians initiative, will be awarded for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 fiscal years. MU will be receiving nearly $150,000 in 2012.

Flute trio to host benefit concert for Voluntary Action Center

Three seniors from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools are hosting a benefit concert to raise money for the VAC's Youth Enrichment Fund Friday night, as well as an all- night Flute-a-Thon. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Adios, Mr. Pujols. Thanks for the memories

Let it be said that Albert Pujols leaves St. Louis owing the fans and the city nothing. The ledger is clean. He never gave less than full effort, never demanded anything from anyone that he did not demand of himself.

ROSE NOLEN: Christmas is time to think about plight of your neighbors

Neighbors should always be ready to help families in need — especially during the holidays.

FAIRVIEW: Fairview United Methodist hosts annual Little Bethlehem

Fairview United Methodist Church will host its Bethlehem re-creation event for the 19th time Friday through Sunday.

Missouri unemployment rate falls, but state loses jobs

Missouri's employment rate dropped three-tenths of a point during November.  Despite the fall in the unemployment rate, the state lost 3,300 jobs during the month.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A gift to the Red Cross goes a long way

People can visit the organization's website and browse through its online holiday giving catalog, selecting from more than 20 symbolic gifts to purchase for, or in honor of, a loved one during the holiday season.

Tomatoes could become trend in holiday decor

The University of New Hampshire has been researching dwarf tomato plants as holiday decorations. Along with being a decorative way for people to grow their own food, the plants blend in with the traditional holiday colors: red and green.

Advanced Animal Nutrition issues dog food recall

A Missouri-based company recalls three dry dog food products because of high levels of aflatoxin.

Missouri utility regulators approve Ameren coal plan

Missouri utility regulators have approved a proposal for partnership that will bring refined coal to an Ameren Missouri power plant.