Asst. basketball coach Ernie Nestor resigns

Jun 7, 2012

After only one season, coach Ernie Nestor is resigning as assistant coach of the MU men's basketball team. Sources told the Columbia Daily Tribune that head coach Frank Haith wanted Nestor to move into a more administrative position, but that he preferred to stay on court. He's expected to take a position at the Naval Acadamy where he'll be allowed to do just that.

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Blink while driving on Highway 34 east of Greeley, Colorado, and you might miss the former Great Plains town of Dearfield.

Abandoned towns from the early 20th century are far from unique on this stretch of plains. Withered storefronts and collapsed false-front homes are common. Boom and bust economics and harsh weather made it tough for turn of the century settlers to succeed long-term.

Missouri Department of Conservation

This week, on Discover Nature, take a walk outside, and you may hear one of the first serenades signifying spring on the horizon.


Today Paul Pepper and JACK SCHULTZ, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, talk about the weather. We can all pretty much agree that it was a fairly mild winter, but why? Basically, a weakened jet stream - thanks to warming temperatures at the North Pole - has changed the dynamics between the top of the globe and everything around it. Jack says that farmers agree, adding, "they don't care about the politics, but they do care about when they plant and when they don't." March 22, 2017

St. Louis Arch
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Private attorneys in the St. Louis area have committed to take over some cases from the state's overburdened public defender system on a volunteer basis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a new nonprofit group, called the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel, is behind the plan. It calls for younger private sector attorneys to handle certain jury cases for indigent defendants in the circuit courts of St. Louis and St. Louis County. Besides reducing public defender caseloads, the young attorneys can gain trial experience.

The Columbia Board of Education and Columbia Public School administrators are looking to close the achievement gap.

A 2016 performance report identifies a seven percent decrease in performance from 2015 for subgroups such as CPS students of color, low income students and special education students who have a significantly lower performance than their white counterparts.

Closing the achievement gap has been on the agenda for CPS for several years, but they have been struggling with how to effectively handle the situation and are now planning to take action.

City Council Approves United Airlines Deal

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Columbia City Council voted Monday to approve a one-year incentive package with United Airlines. The deal includes a $600,000 revenue guarantee for the airline’s first year in Columbia and confirms round-trip Denver flights beginning in August.

“Denver is one of the top five mega-hubs in the United States, that provides some of the best connectivity for international and domestic destinations,” said Columbia Community Relations Director Steven Sapp. “We know that Denver has been one of the most sought-after destinations from Columbia and Boone County [residents].”

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Unemployment in Missouri has dropped again.

Data released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down to 4.1 percent in February compared to 4.2 percent in January.

The unemployment rate has fallen slightly in Missouri each of the past six months.

The state also gained more than 6,700 jobs from January to February. Some of the largest gains were in the leisure and hospitality field and the accommodation and food services industry.

Mizzou Says Goodbye to Another Residential Hall

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The University of Missouri is demolishing one of its longest standing residence halls.  The demolition of Laws Hall began on Monday and is anticipated to take five weeks to complete.

The demolition is a part of the final phase of the Residential Life Master Plan.  RLMP began in 2001 when the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved a four-phase plan after a projection of increased enrollment.  After phase IV began, Residential Life added an additional phase.

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