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Several University of Missouri students are pressing the system's governing board for faster reforms in diversity as the Columbia campus continues grappling with racial unrest punctuated by racial protests there last November.

Black graduate student Timothy Love was among four students at the Columbia school who addressed the university's curators during their meeting Friday. He pressed for a requirement that undergraduate students have at least one comprehensive class about race and gender, and that it deals with "the science of prejudice."

You may not recognize his name, but you probably would recognize his face. Larry Miller has made hundreds of appearances in television and film. KBIA’s Steve Dawson talked to Miller about his beginnings as a comic in New York City, and how he met on of his closest friends, Jerry Seinfeld.

Miller said he saw Seinfeld perform for the first time at a New York City club, but didn’t have a chance to introduce himself that night.

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Thomas Hart Benton’s art came alive on Thursday night through the music of Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band.

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State Auditor Nicole Galloway is launching an audit of the administration of the University of Missouri system.

 

Galloway said Thursday that the audit will review the administrative spending and policies of the Board of Curators and the president of the four-campus system.

Missouri's Democratic governor is pledging to circumvent the Republican-led Legislature if needed to fill vacancies on the board overseeing the state's flagship university.

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Missouri and Peru have agreed to trade $300 million worth of products over the next four years.

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The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would ask voters whether to add two members to the Department of Conservation's governing board.

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back JOAN STACK, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri; as well as GRACE ATKINS from MU Libraries, who share with us local events celebrating Black History Month and it's theme of 'Hallowed Grounds.' Films, tours and art - don't miss it! February 5, 2016

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For more than two decades, China has moved from strength to strength. Its economic miracle has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and dramatically increased the nation's global influence.

But recently China's growth has hit a major speed bump, weakening the Communist Party's major rationale for one-party rule . Meanwhile China faces new challenges in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea. 

On this week's Global Journalist, a look at the leadership of President Xi Jinping and how China's greater place in the world has led to greater domestic and international challenges.


Two dozen black protesters twice interrupted a meeting of the University of Missouri system's governing board to read a list of demands for improvements in diversity.

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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.

Restoring prairie on the Great Plains

Feb 4, 2016

  From the air, the Midwest looks like a patchwork of cropland and pastures. But before the land was turned over to plows and center pivots, most of it was a sea of grass. 

Native grasslands were first plowed by pioneers homesteading on the plains. More land was converted to crops as tractors and machinery arrived on the farm and conversion of land intensified. 

On Wednesday night, MU hosted the first of a series of lectures, that aim to educate individuals on the ins and outs of race relations.

 


University of Missouri System Interim President Mike Middleton says work is being done to address lawmakers' concerns over the four-campus system.

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A bill to promote awareness and research on mental illness among medical students is moving forward in the Missouri House.

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Missouri lawmakers are debating whether to regulate fantasy sports like gambling.

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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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In January, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the state would expand dental benefits to an estimated 282,000 Medicaid recipients for the Fiscal Year 2016. The expansion is being funded with money collected from a one-time tax amnesty for delinquent taxpayers.

This marks the first time dental benefits have been included in Medicaid coverage in Missouri since 2005.


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