Columbia Public Schools are having a difficult time finding enough part-time substitute teachers. So the School District is considering hiring full-time substitutes to help solve the problem. Columbia Public Schools’ spokesperson Michelle Baumstark explains full-time substitutes would have to fill in wherever they were assigned. Part-time substitutes don’t have to.
The group “Coal Free Mizzou” is planning to lobby directly to the Board of Curators as it meets Thursday on MU’s campus.
The goal of the group is to promote clean energy and get the university to shut down the coal-fired power plant on campus. But group spokesperson Kelsey Wingo says students are not allowed to put items on the Board of Curators agenda, so they have to get the message out in a different way.
Sergeant Major Mike Lederle surprised his children at their school in Ashland Wednesday afternoon. His 9th and 11th graders, Trinten and Samantha, thought they were just attending a flag presentation assembly at Southern Boone County high School. But during the ceremony, their father – who they thought was still on deployment to Afghanistan – walked out to greet them with a hug.
Growing across the Midwest is a strain of hybrid corn that should perform well under the driest conditions. Harvest Public Media’s Rick Fredericksen says this summer’s parched farmland is providing an ideal test.
The sub-par corn harvest of 2012 is coming in early, after the worst growing conditions in more than 2 decades.
“We’ve been really dry all summer," farmer Bill Simmons says. "I talked to an older gentleman some time ago that said he had taken 47 crops off of his farm and this was about the worst that he’d ever seen it."
Simmons is combining 13-hundred acres of corn on the Clan Farm outside Atlantic, Iowa. Multiple varieties were planted, but one field turned out to be especially interesting: a 300-acre section devoted to AQUAmax, a new drought-resistant product from DuPont Pioneer.
MU leaders are getting close to forming a new advisory committee to lead the University of Missouri Press. Spokesperson Mary Jo Banken says a transition team is currently reviewing nominations and plans to send out invitation letters later this week.
MU Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace says this committee is the first of its kind and has a main goal.
“To offer advice, to help this campus, MU have the very strongest, highest quality academic press that we can,” Wallace says.
Central Missourians gathered outside the Boone County courthouse Tuesday night to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Mid-Missouri Peaceworks and the Islamic Center of Central Missouri collaborated to put on the event that called for peace and unity. Ruth Schaefer, coordinator of the event, says the candlelight vigil drew about 100 participants, many of whom are involved in local peace organizations.
A proposition on the November ballot that aims to increase the tobacco tax is picking up support. Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education is the latest to advocate for higher tax rates on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Proposition B represents the third attempt to increase Missouri’s low tax rate on tobacco products, and while previous proposals were turned down by the state’s residents in 2002 and 2006, this year’s version has steadily gained support.