The Central Missouri Humane Society announced Kimberly Sherlaw as its new executive director Monday. Since Dr. Alan Allert resigned from the post in October the No Kill Columbia Campaign has pushed CMHS to select a director who supported their No-Kill policy.
The average medical school student graduates with close to $160,000 in debt. That heavy burden is one reason why there is a long-running shortage of primary care doctors in rural America. More and more graduating students choose higher-paying specialties over rural primary care. In this weekly update, a new pilot program helps medical students pay off loans as soon as they start residency, so it's easier to choose a lower-paying, but possibly more fulfilling career path.
Eleven states have been issued waivers from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but Missouri was not one of them. But as Maria Altman reports, the State Board of Education is trying to change that.
Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms.
Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.