Nathan Lawrence

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Nathan Lawrence is an editor, documentary filmmaker and data journalist currently serving as digital content director for KBIA and Classical 90.5 in Columbia, Missouri. 

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In a release posted today, Boone Hospital in Columbia announced it’s one step closer to a possible alignment with University of Missouri Health Care after a unanimous agreement of Boone Hospital’s board of trustees to explore the details of an arrangement.

As part of this process, the hospital says it’s putting conversations with other potential partners, including BJC HealthCare, Duke/LifePoint Health Care and Saint Luke’s Health System, on hold.

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In 2004, Ryan Ferguson was arrested for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heigthold. He spent the better part of the next ten years in prison after being convicted of the crime, but in November 2013, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District overturned these convictions after it emerged evidence had been withheld from his defense.

On Monday, Judge Nanette Laughrey awarded Ferguson 11 million dollars, 1 million for each year he was imprisoned, plus an additional million for legal expenses, in his case against police and city officials.

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Representatives from MU Health Care and the University of Missouri School of Medicine gathered Tuesday to celebrate the start of emergency room expansion at the university hospital with a ground breaking ceremony, turning dirt over in a small trough near the hospital’s entrance.


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University of Missouri System faculty, staff and community members gathered in Columbia Friday to hear system president Mun Choi outline the University of Missouri System’s budget for fiscal year 2018.

Current decreases in state funding, uncertainty about future state funding and enrollment declines at the system’s flagship campus in Columbia have forced officials to look for both short- and long-term solutions to significant budget shortfalls.


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As the University of Missouri’s new chancellor steps into office later this year, he will do so with a larger base salary than his predecessor.

When former chancellor R. Bowen Loftin took office in 2013, he was offered a base salary of $450,000 a year before bonuses. Alexander Cartwright, who will be taking over the same position, signed a contract Wednesday to make about 8 percent more, $485,000 a year. In the same time period, the consumer price index, which measures cost of living, has only gone up about 3 percent.

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Alexander Cartwright, provost and executive vice chancellor at the State University of New York, was announced Wednesday as the University of Missouri's new chancellor. 

Cartwright, who holds Bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering, says he's excited to begin.

"The opportunity to become chancellor of one of the nation's top public state universities is the chance of a lifetime," he said in a statement. "I am honored and humbled by the faith in me exhibited by the search committee."

Cartwright will officially start work Aug. 1. 

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Tuition at the University of Missouri is going up this fall.

In its monthly meeting today, the UM System Board of Curators voted to raise tuition and fees on all four system campuses. These changes will take effect at the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Undergraduate tuition on all four campuses will be going up by about 2 percent. Nonresident graduate students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will feel the greatest increase. Their tuition will go up 6 percent.

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University of Missouri officials reported today that they expect to see another small freshman class this fall.

Based on initial enrollment deposits, which were due Monday, university officials are estimating an incoming freshman class of about 4,000 students this coming school year, down from 4,780 students in 2016 and just over 6,000 in 2015. Freshman enrollment hasn’t been as low as 4,000 students since 2001.

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Missouri politicians gathered Thursday to greet EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on his “back to basics” tour.

US Senator Roy Blunt, Representative Vicki Hartzler and state attorney general Josh Hawley were among those who visited the Thomas Hill Energy Center in northern Missouri to see Scott Pruitt, who was appointed to his place at the head of the Environmental Protection Agency by President Donald Trump in February. 

Blunt introduced Pruitt by reflecting on last November’s presidential election. 

The University of Missouri's interim chancellor says he'll be leaving for new work as president at the New York Institute of Technology after May 3.  

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Some small regional airports in Missouri may be facing budget cuts at the federal level.

The Trump administration’s proposed budget suggests eliminating the Essential Air Service program, which provides support to small regional airports, including the Kirksville Regional Airport, Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and Joplin Regional Airport.

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UPDATE 8:11 p.m.:

University of Missouri Athletics has announced Cuonzo Martin will be the new head coach for the Missouri men's basketball team. There will be a public "celebration" at Mizzou Arena at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

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According to several news outlets, UC Berkeley Head Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin has resigned from his current position to take up a role as head coach at the University of Missouri.

Continuing budget difficulties at the University of Missouri may mean cuts to programs and positions in Columbia.

Interim Chancellor of the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus Hank Foley sent an all-campus email Wednesday afternoon saying that though the university is working toward plans for future financial security, it’s still facing a 20-million-dollar budget shortfall in Fiscal Year 2017.

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The new interim CEO of MU Health Care is Jonathan Curtright, its current Chief Operating Officer. Curtright, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri, previously served as COO at Indiana University Health and University of Kentucky Healthcare.

Though the University of Missouri System has been the center of recent budget cuts and withholding, Curtright says he’s optimistic about the program’s fiscal outlook.

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In a unanimous vote late Monday night, Columbia’s city council voted to continue a moratorium on fresh downtown apartment development. The moratorium was scheduled to end December 1.

This extension – which predominantly affects developers of so-called luxury student housing in downtown Columbia – will continue the pause in new construction approvals until March 31, providing time for work on the city’s new zoning code. 

A report on the University of Connecticut’s 2014 and 2015 fiscal years from the Connecticut state auditor’s office suggests that an employment agreement signed by the newly announced University of Missouri System President Mun Choi may have led to “excessive compensation” for at least one employee.

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The University of Missouri System announced Wednesday its next president will be Mun Y. Choi, current provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Connecticut. The announcement was made at an event in Jefferson City. According to a release from the University of Missouri System, Choi will begin work on March 1, 2017.

Pamela Henrickson, the chair of the Board of Curators, introduced Choi. She called him a “superb leader,” and praised his commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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In a release sent to news agencies across the state, the University of Missouri System's Board of Curators announced Monday that it plans to announce a new president Wednesday morning. The announcement event, which is slated to take place at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The closer we get to Election Day, the hotter the rhetoric gets. We rely on our news media to cut through the clutter and put it all into context. But, where do the opinions end and the true reporting begin?

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews photojournalist Rich Clarkson.

Documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune and published late Thursday evening show a number of complaints against the University of Missouri's Delta Upsilon fraternity, including one that suggests recent pledges may have been given drugs with the express intent of sexual assault. 

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews Hollywood Reporter Co-President and Chief Creative Officer Janice Min.

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews American Advertising Federation Chief Operating Officer Connie Frazier. As COO, Frazier leads the AAF's day-to-day operations and works to create a more inclusive advertising industry.

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews Politico Founder John Harris.

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger, a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in editorials for his work on protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Jim Flink interviews Executive Director of American Documentary Inc. Justine Nagan. Nagan is the executive producer of two signature series, POV (the longest running independent documentary series on television) on PBS and American Reframed on The World Channel in partnership with WGBH.

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Two black women at the University of Missouri say they were called a racial slur during a confrontation with white students outside the Delta Upsilon fraternity house Tuesday night. 

 

According to a statement from the university's Legion of Black Collegians, a group of white students passed the two women and a member of the group called the women a racial slur. Members of the legion and university police were arriving to assess the situation when the statement says members of the Delta Upsilon fraternity began recording interactions between the police and black students while shouting slurs and obscenities.

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Fans of the old Shakespeare's Pizza in downtown Columbia may experience a slight feeling of deja vu as they enter its new home on the original site—that's because nearly all aspects of the space have been recreated.

"The original dining room is the same. A lot of the wood panels on the walls are the same boards—we numbered those and put them back in the same order to keep the pattern of wear the same,"  Shakespeare's manager Kurt Mirtsching explained. "We had detailed photographs of the entire restaurant, so we tried to put things back as much as we could in the same fashion."

President Obama told mourners at the memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers that “we are not as divided as we seem,” following a week of police-involved shootings. How did the presence of video from two police-involved shootings move the dialogue forward? What caused conservative media to take notice of incidents of police brutality against people of color? And, did the media help the situation or hurt it? 

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