A Syrian rebel fighter takes aim at government forces from an apartment in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday. While the fighting rages, the Syrian opposition is holding talks in Qatar in an attempt to create a new, more unified front. The U.S. announced last week that it favors an overhaul of the opposition leadership.
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Syrian rebel fighters prepare to launch a rocket in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday. The rebels say they have launched a major assault on a government air base in northern Syria.
Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:13 pm
NPR librarians continue to help us keep track of the recovery from Superstorm Sandy and the deadly toll from the storm that blasted New Jersey, New York City and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England one week ago.
-- Number of deaths: At least 115 in the U.S., by NPR's count. The Associated Press reports there were at least 106 fatalities. There were 69 Sandy-related deaths in the Caribbean and two in Canada.
Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:29 pm
This morning a shadowy Arizona group decided to disclose where $11 million in political contributions came from. The money was used to fight for an anti-union ballot measure and against a proposition from Gov. Jerry Brown to raise sales and income taxes.
MU is welcoming a fresh but familiar face to the role of Chief Diversity Officer.
Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton appointed Noor Azizan-Gardner to coordinate the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative (CDI) as Chief Diversity Officer. Duties of this position include efforts in increasing diversity of students, staff and faculty, as well as maintaining a convivial campus community.
Chief Diversity Officer Noor Azizan-Gardner said she is excited to get everyone working together so the board can begin making dramatic but positive changes.
The Columbia Housing Authority’s policy will be updated to better comply with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of family. The CHA will define family as any individual or group living together.
This definition aims to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority, said the CHA has already based it’s program on the inclusive definition and the text change is just a formality.
The Callaway County collector’s office will not be mailing resident’s tax bills on time.
Computer glitches in the new taxpayer software that the collector’s office is using will delay the mailing of Callaway County’s real estate and property tax bills this year. The new PC based software was implemented in February.
Governor Jay Nixon today signed an executive order to close state offices on Black Friday, Nov. 23, in part because state revenues have increased. State Budget Director Linda Luebbering said the state’s revenue collections are up by 7.5 percent compared with last year.
“We’re beginning to see the improving economy’s impact on our revenue collections," Luebbering said. "It’s always a lag as the economy improves – takes a little while for that to start showing up in our revenue collections."