The Missouri Department of Higher Education recently received $500,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to increase the number of Associate’s Degree recipients in the state.
Thanks to a new initiative from five foundations and 12 states, more students might be able to receive a degree through the process of “reverse transfer.” This happens when a student has enough credits for an Associate’s Degree from a two-year college, but for some reason didn’t finish.
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican challenger Dave Spence both oppose a ballot measure that would give the governor greater power in picking Missouri's top judges.
A November ballot measure would change the seven-person panel that nominates judicial candidates to the governor. It would increase the number of citizens named to the panel by the governor to four instead of three, with the rest selected by an attorneys' association. It also would increase the number of judicial nominees the panel submits to the governor to four instead of three.
The Columbia Public School district is training students to respond to active shooters on school grounds.
The Lange Middle School Cinema Club created an instructional video that demonstrates the "A.L.i.C.E" active shooter response method. A.L.i.C.E stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Escape. This new procedure teaches students that in certain situations it may be necessary to counter the intruder.
Teachers in the Columbia Public School District have chosen the Columbia Missouri National Education Association to represent them through collective bargaining.
More than 900 teachers went to the polls on Thursday to decide if they wanted to be represented by a union. Winning 55 percent of the votes, teacher’s union Columbia Missouri National Education Association will now be able negotiate legally-binding agreements with the school district about Columbia teacher’s salaries and working conditions. President Susan McClintic says the next step is to survey their teachers.
University of Missouri Health Care is opening a new clinic to treat patients with sickle cell disease. The clinic will be open the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.
Sickle cell is a genetic disease where red blood cells are in short supply. According to Children’s Mercy Hospital, most of the treatment centers are aimed toward children. Elizabeth Gunier, a sickle cell coordinator at Women's and Children's Hospital's blood disorder and cancer unit, says the new clinic is specifically for adults.
A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.
In a report out Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA — holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.
But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.
A couple dozen members of The North Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory took part in an annual reunion in Columbia last weekend.
The tribe has about 10,000 members scattered across the country, but are headquartered in Columbia, Mo. Beverly Baker has served as the chief of the nation for 27 years and has worked to uncover the tribe’s history, which she says dates back to Spanish documents from 1721.
“I was one of the fortunate ones who found my Cherokee ancestry on the first Cherokee roll of 1835. So I am very fortunate in that way,” Baker said.