There is nothing unusual about political fights over public school curricula and the content of textbooks. The textbooks can influence how people think about history and social issues, sometimes for decades or more. So, the battles take place around the United States, and they take place around the world.
MU announced Thursday that George and Melna Bolm of Warren County left $1.3 million to the University of Missouri School of Medicine. The Bolms weren’t alumni of the University and were never treated at the University Hospitals or Clinics. They decided to donate the money because MU was close to their home and served the people in their area.
University Hospital is mid-Missouri’s first hospital to have functional MRI technology. The fMRI will allow doctors to be more precise when treating brain tumors.
The new software was added to an MRI machine the hospital bought earlier this year. A spokesperson said the set-up costs $1.7 million. The School of Medicine’s Chief of Neurosurgery Scott Litofsky said fMRIs have been around for a couple of decades in scientific research, but the focus on patient care is relatively new.
The Missouri State Auditor released a detailed audit Wednesday on public defender offices and their ability to handle new clients.
Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich says the way in which the public defender system keep track of its caseloads is outdated. In the audit, Schweich raised concerns regarding the system’s reliance on national caseload standards dating back to 1973. He is deeming the so called “caseload crisis” to be based on “unsupported assumptions.”
Republican challenger Todd Akin wants Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill to release her husband's income tax returns, even though Akin hasn't released his own.
Akin said Wednesday that the Democratic incumbent should release the tax returns of her husband, Joseph Shepard, to prove the family didn't personally profit from nearly $40 million of federal housing subsidies paid to businesses affiliated with Shepard. Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Akin won't release his own tax documents unless Shepard does first.
In the parched, rolling hills of western Missouri, you might expect to see a desolate scene after this summer’s drought. But in this field, hip-high native grass sways across the landscape like seaweed in the ocean.
Wayne Vassar is growing these native plants for biofuel.
“They’ve had corn or soy on (this land) in the past,” he said, “and what’s happened was when you have these kinds of slope it erodes pretty rapidly and you lose a lot of your fertility as the top soil goes down the hill.”
Farmland experts call this kind of land “marginal land.” The hills make it difficult for the soil to hold onto the topsoil nutrients. And along the rivers and other flood plains, frequent flooding can deprive plants the oxygen they need to survive. It all adds up to an estimated 116 million acres in the central U.S.
Land like this might only produce a profitable harvest with traditional crops, like corn or soybeans, once or twice every five years. That’s quite a financial risk for farmers. So how can farmers avoid that risk factor and make sure such soils provide a consistent economic return?
Some families who lost their homes in the Joplin tornado have been given a seven-month extension to stay in government housing, but it will no longer be free.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a request to keep its temporary housing units in Joplin until June 9, 2013. The trailers had been scheduled to be removed on Nov. 9, when the eligibility for free housing expires.
Four candidates are contending this month for the open position in the Columbia Board of Education. The position was formerly occupied by Paul Cushing who resigned to take an out of state job.
The four applicants are freelance media producer Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, the assistant director of the Assessment Resource Center at MU, Bill Kinney, an ear, nose and throat physician, and Executive Director of Central Missouri Community Action, Darin Preis.
Current board members will select the replacement.
Two restaurants in the Columbia Mall food court are closed following numerous health code violations. The health department found the violations after responding to a report from a customer who found cockroaches in her food.
In addition to the presence of cockroaches, violations at Famous Cajun Grill and Stir Fry 88 included open containers of food, improperly stored raw food and temperature violations of cold holding units.
The farm bill expired at the end of September and lawmakers didn’t pass a new one, thanks largely to election-year politics. Despite the partisan bickering in Washington, though, many in farm country are working together to keep their concerns on the front burner.
The vice presidential nominees will take the stage for the first and only Vice Presidential debate this election year on Thursday.
Mitchell McKinney, an MU Communication professor who has been internationally recognized as a scholar of presidential debates, says this week's debate will serve as a test to Paul Ryan's ability to keep the momentum started by Romney last week.
McKinney says the debate will be the largest audience that Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has faced in his political career, and the debate will be a test for Ryan on the national stage.
Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.
But McCaskill's campaign said Tuesday that none of that money made it to the family's bank accounts. McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the federal payments represent a "conflict of interest" — an assertion McCaskill calls "unfair and distorted."
Nearly 500 universities across the country, including MU, have signed on to an initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the United States by 2025.
Peter McPherson is the CEO of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, one of the organizations involved with an initiative to ensure that 60 percent of adults have a college degree by 2025. He says schools, including MU, were involved in determining the goals of the initiative.
The Columbia Board of Education will appoint a new member this month after Paul Cushing’s resignation.
Board President Tom Rose says it will not hold an election for the position – it’ll accept applicants instead.
"We'll interview the candidates on October 30 at an evening meeting that is open for anyone to attend. We essentially develop a list of questions that we have that they are able to prepare and we'll have each of them answer," says Rose.
The four current applicants are Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, Bill Kinney, and former board member Darin Preis.
Democrat Susan Montee is starting her first TV ad in the Missouri lieutenant governor campaign.
The ad focuses on advocating for military veterans and their families. Montee says veterans should be confident they will have a home, quality health care and a job. The ad also references Montee's father who is missing in action after his refueling jet disappeared near Vietnam in 1966.
A group of MU researchers hope to have a complete demonstration model of the “One Love App” by next spring. The new app is being designed to combat partner abuse, and researchers have already developed a Danger Assessment quiz.
MU Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing Tina Bloom is working on the “One Love App” with other researchers at MU. She says they are trying to save the lives of women in abusive relationships. She says the impartiality of the app is important. That’s something women sometimes can’t find in their families and friends.
Paganism is an umbrella term for different faith paths that are non Judeo-Christian. Pagans in Mid-Missouri are working hard to educate people about their faith.
Music was heard throughout Rock Bridge State Park as dozens of people came out to celebrate Pagan Pride. The festival held each year is an opportunity for Pagans in Mid-Missouri to fellowship, network, educate the public about what the religion is and to address misconceptions that the public might have.
Aerica Angell says the main goal for Pagan Pride is education.