Smoked turkey an educational delicacy at Mizzou Meat Market

Candace Galen, right, a professor of biological sciences at MU, pays Samantha Coulson, a freshman agriculture education major, for a smoked turkey at the Mizzou Meat Market on Friday. Galen said she's been a customer of the meat market for the past 23 years and has even purchased smoked turkeys to take to family dinners in Utah in years past.

During the holiday season, the Mizzou Meat Market at MU sells a ton of smoked turkey — literally. It's been a tradition for roughly three decades.

Missionaries minister to international students at Christian Campus House

Retired missionaries Linda and Dennis Messimer minister to international students at the Christian Campus House. They spent 38 years abroad.

Missouri point guard Lianna Doty scores career highs in win against UMKC

Sophomore point guard Lianna Doty scored a career-high 21 points and added a career-high 10 assists to lead Missouri to a 78-69 win against UMKC.

Missouri helps with Columbia biotech expansion

Nanova Biomaterials will launch a biotech operation in Columbia with the help of more than $1 million of tax credits. The company will use nano materials to produce dental fillers and bone screws.

More children vaccinated this year in Boone County schools

The number of children who received free seasonal flu vaccines from school-based flu clinics in Boone County and Columbia has increased steadily since 2011.

Missouri prioritizes pre-K funding, but programs are 'patchwork'

Gov. Jay Nixon is announcing $10 million in Start Smart funding for pre-K programs. The governor has said he wants to focus on improving preschools to benefit the state's economy in the long-term.

MU's emergency medicine residency aims to alleviate physician shortage

The emergency room physician shortage in Missouri is particularly acute in rural areas. A new residency program at MU's School of Medicine hopes to prepare six to eight physicians a year for emergency medicine. And still, one emergency room doctor says, it's not nearly enough.

Seniors have led Missouri volleyball to new heights

Seniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning prepare to leave Missouri after leading the team to its best season in program history.

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas on Hall of Fame ballot

There are 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

Missouri football to simulate Johnny Football to prepare for Texas A&M

Every week, reserve players form a scout team offense to help the Tigers defense learn opponents' tendencies. But how are they preparing for Johnny Manziel?

No set date for decision on Johnny Manziel's future

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says he doesn't know when Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will decide whether to enter the 2014 NFL draft.

Missouri swimming, diving teams add 15

The Missouri swimming and diving teams announced the addition of 15 athletes Tuesday. There are 14 incoming freshmen that signed National Letters of Intent and one athlete transferring from LSU.

Rock Bridge boys win again at Hannibal tournament

Ryan Kreklow led Rock Bridge with 21 points as the team improved to 2-0.

Two score 20 in Stephens basketball loss

The Stephens College basketball team lost 86-52 against Missouri Valley at Silverthorne Arena on Tuesday night.

Columbia College men's basketball now 4-0

The No. 4-ranked Columbia College men's basketball team stayed perfect with an 84-70 win over Missouri Valley on Tuesday.

Chiefs to put wounded defense against Denver

Chiefs safety Eric Berry said the team feels a sense of urgency this week to correct the errors it made in the past two games.

Defense may hold key to season for Kansas men's basketball

There are few things that Kansas coach Bill Self loves more than playing defense. But he also loves a roster full of NBA-caliber talent on his team, and sometimes it's hard for those two loves to coexist.

Rain and snow snarl holiday travel on East Coast

The heavy winds might be enough to ground Snoopy and SpongeBob balloons at the Macy's parade.

UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute

The justices said they will take up an issue that has divided the lower courts in the face of roughly 40 lawsuits from for-profit companies asking to be spared from having to cover some or all forms of contraception.

FROM READERS: Take time this Thanksgiving to remember the real meaning of the holiday

Memories of Thanksgiving and family togetherness run strong as holiday nears. And creates a yearning for a return to the importance of the day.