Heading out of town for Thanksgiving? Hosting a full house of guests? Organizing a "friendsgiving"? Either way, we have a full plate of local news to get you caught up on the week — and give you plenty to talk about around the dinner table.
From all of us at the Missourian, we're truly thankful for our readers! Let us know how we're doing.
After a rough start to the season, MU football head coach Barry Odom's optimism has been redeemed. A decisive 45-17 win against Vanderbilt made the Tigers the 14th team in NCAA history go to from a 1-5 start to become bowl-eligible. Read this story to find out why the win was especially meaningful for Drew Lock's family.
On July 1, Missouri implemented cuts to in-home care for more than 8,800 people (the elderly and disabled). Here's the thing: The impact seems limited, so the actual savings could be very little. Some recipients have indeed lost some services, and more could later on when their cases are assessed under the new rules, but early indications suggest the savings will be much smaller than anticipated. The bad news? More budget cuts could be expected.
An apparent attempt to oust the state commissioner of education has come to a head. Gov. Eric Greitens has stacked the board with his own appointees and a meeting set for Tuesday is expected to call for commissioner Margie Vandeven to step aside. Education leaders around the state are speaking out.
Look out for more coverage: On Monday, the Columbia City Council is expected to get a full report on the progress of its strategic plan, now in its second year. The report includes findings from door-to-door assessments in the targeted neighborhoods.
THE GREITENS GAUGE
In Wisconsin, there’s a Walk-O-Meter watching Gov. Scott Walker. In Florida, the Scott-O-Meter is tracking Gov. Rick Scott.
We didn’t want Gov. Eric Greitens to feel left out.
Introducing the Greitens Gauge. While Greitens is in office, we’ll be checking on 12 of his most important promises.
— Read the rest of Tom Warhover's introduction and dive into our Greitens Gauge ratings
Around CoMo this week
7 p.m. Monday: Missouri men’s basketball vs. Emporia State University
8:30 a.m. Thursday: Boone Hospital Turkey Trax Run
11 a.m. Thursday: Thanksgiving Buffet at Holiday Inn Executive Center- Columbia Mall
8:30 p.m. Friday: The Last Waltz Live: 40th Anniversary Celebration
All day Friday and Saturday: MSHSAA Football Championships at Faurot Field
10 a.m. Saturday: Shop Small Business Saturday at The District
8:30 p.m. Saturday: Christmas Brew ‘n View: Christmas Vacation at The Blue Note
We've had a ton of great reads lately. We compiled seven recent stories you may have missed. This week is the perfect time to get caught up.