Lisa Higgins, director of the Missouri Folk Arts Program, poses in her office on April 22, 2013. Tiny cowboy boots decorate Higgins' workplace. The folk arts program helps fund the annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival.
Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update to preview the upcoming Missouri Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival in Mountain View, Mo. The event kicks off Friday, April 26.
If you think all cowboys are of the rugged, silent and stoic Marlboro Man type – think again. Some cowboys write poetry.
Every year since 1998, for a weekend in April, a group of cowboy poets Missouri and its surrounding states gather in Mountain View, Mo., near West Plains. They spend three days in town, usually from Friday to Wednesday, giving poetry performances, playing folk songs, telling classic cowboy stories. The gathering, also known as the Missouri Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, is one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest.
Last month, University of Missouri faculty voted to give Non-Tenure Track faculty members the right to vote at Faculty Council meetings and in campus-wide elections. At MU over the past few years, there has been an increase of Non Tenure Track faculty, or NTTs, while the percentage of tenure track members has slowly declined.
But that’s not unique, the New York Times reports in the last few decades colleges across the country have been hiring more NTTs.
To students, concerns about faculty basically have to do with teachers giving them the information they need each day in class to be successful and get a good grade.
To teachers, it is not that simple. They have to figure out the curriculum to teach, what to teach from a class to class basis, as well as taking care of other things the school requires.
Public health authorities in Taiwan have identified the first human case of a new type of bird flu seen outside China.
The development, while not unexpected, points to the potential spread of a new type of bird flu that has, according to the World Health Organization, sickened at least 108 people and been implicated in 22 deaths.
State employees could keep firearms in their vehicles on state property under a bill heard by a Missouri Senate committee.
The measure considered Tuesday by the Senate General Laws Committee would allow those employees to have a firearm in their car if it is locked and the gun is not visible.
The legislation would also increase penalties for convicted felons who use an illegal firearm while committing another crime. But the committee's chairman, Republican Sen. Brian Nieves, said he wants to take that provision out of the bill.
The Missouri House has sent back to a committee a proposal to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to fund construction projects at college campuses, parks and other state facilities.
House member Chris Kelly, a Democrat from Columbia, says the proposal needs adjustment and that working it out at the committee level would save time.
The bonding package would need voter approval if it clears the Legislature, which adjourns May 17. The House Budget Committee will re-examine the bonding measure, and Kelly says the full chamber could vote on it next week.
Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 10:11 am
Update at 10:50 a.m. ET: Boeing to resume deliveries of 787s
Boeing, which had delivered about 50 of its new passenger aircraft before battery failures in January grounded the plane, says it will resume deliveries to airline customers in early May, The Associated Press reports.
Annually, 18.7 million Americans are affected by crime according to the federal Office for Victims of Crime. The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s office held a ceremony for local victims of crime, Tuesday to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which runs April 21 - April 27.