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Orrin Evans on Creating Music Based on Thomas Hart Benton Mural

There was a party on Wednesday night at The Roof in downtown Columbia and at the center of it was jazz musician Orrin Evans. Evans is the leader of the New York-based Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a piece based on the mural America Today by Neosho, Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton.
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A Republican lawmaker wants to make it easier for Missouri women to get birth control.

Today Paul Pepper visits with retired money expert MEL ZELENAK about why you should use a fee-only financial planner (there are two in Columbia) and the best days to travel. Domestic and international flights are cheaper on certain days of the week - we tell you when and how to find the best deal! February 4, 2016

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The U.S. is formally part of the biggest global trade partnership in history after the countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership symbolically signed the deal in New Zealand. For President Obama, now comes the hard work.  

Twelve countries bordering the Pacific Ocean negotiated for years to hammer out the TPP. Though the deal is expected to open up new markets for American agricultural exports, especially soybeans and beef, it remains controversial.

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A 34-year-old eastern Missouri man is jailed for allegedly attacking three deputies.

Shaun White of Lincoln County is charged with three counts of assault on law enforcement, along with a drug count and other charges. He is jailed on $25,000 cash-only bond.

Authorities were called to a home at 1 a.m. Wednesday. The resident said White tried to kick in his door and attack him with a knife.

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A national association is calling for the reinstatement of suspended University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click, who was involved in a run-in with a student journalist during campus protests in November.

MU to Spend Nearly $1 Million on Diversity Efforts

Feb 3, 2016
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The University of Missouri system has announced more than $920,000 in spending on diversity efforts as it seeks to recover from racial unrest on its Columbia campus.

Two top administrators resigned amid that unrest.

The four-campus system also announced Wednesday that it is planning forums with finalists for the role of the first-ever system-level chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. The forums start next week.

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An advocacy group is pushing the Missouri Legislature to reconsider how it awards scholarships for a 30-year-old program designed to keep the brightest college students in the state.

The Iowa caucuses are over, and the nation’s attention turns to New Hampshire. What does Monday’s win mean for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio? And, how might a tight race on the Democratic side change the narrative? Also, a look at the coverage of the Flint, Michigan water contamination crisis, an Ohio judge sanctions an attorney for talking to the press, and a Connecticut newspaper shuts down its newsroom – but is still in daily production. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Tim Vos: Views of the News.

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The MU School of Music got a big boost Monday.  Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield donated $2 million to support the Mizzou New Music Initiative.  The donation will support the program through 2019. 

The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Michael O’Brien, said the latest donation will help position the School of Music as a national leader in music composition.  He says since the program was created in 2009, it has already produced award winning musicians.  

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