COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The yearlong search for a new president of the University of Missouri appears to be winding down. A 20-member advisory panel will meet today. They’re expected to offer university curators advice on the choices for presidential finalists.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to get public input on its plan to try to get a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. States are allowed to request a waiver through the U.S. Department of Education. The standard requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri expects to save about $3.6 million by refinancing some of its debt. The refinancing affects about $20 million in bonds.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Florida telemarketing company is temporarily barred from making solicitation calls to Missourians on the state’s no-call list. Christian Serna and his company, All in One Service, are accused of making thousands of solicitation calls to consumers claiming the company could reduce credit card interest rates.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A funeral and memorial service will be held next week for a State Highway Patrol trooper who disappeared while patrolling flooded areas in northwest Missouri. Trooper Fred Guthrie Jr. went missing in August. The patrol says he and his patrol dog were apparently swept away by floodwaters while working near Big Lake.