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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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? 

After just over 14 months as University of Missouri Athletic Director, Mack Rhoades will leave to serve as vice president and director of athletics for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 

"While my family is excited to start this new chapter in our lives, we do so with great appreciation for our time at Mizzou," Rhoades wrote in a release Wednesday afternoon. "We've met many wonderful people and made lasting friendships. I believe the athletic department has a very bright future."

Multi-family housing development downtown will be put on hold after the Columbia City Council adopted an ordinance imposing an administrative delay on approvals late in the evening Monday, May 16. The bill, which passed with a vote of 5-2 after just over an hour and a half of tense discussion and public comment, was specifically designed to target the rapidly growing number of luxury student housing complexes.

The Radio and Television Digital News Association has awarded KBIA five prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards for our work as a small-market radio station in region 5. These awards recognize "the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world."

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MU Vice Chancellor for Operations Gary Ward sent an email to MU faculty and staff Friday evening announcing budget cuts for the 2017 fiscal year.

In the email, Ward said the division plans to cut nearly $5.5 million from campus operations departments. He said 50 positions will be cut, and fewer student positions will be offered next fall.  Campus facility operations, landscape services, energy management and printing services will see significant changes beginning July 1, 2016.

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A white Missouri man is no longer a police officer after appearing in a racially charged music video wearing his uniform and carrying a "cops lives matter" sign.

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In a media briefing held over phone early Thursday afternoon, University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley, University of Missouri System Interim President Mike Middleton and University of Missouri Board of Curators Chair Pam Henrickson announced that Assistant Professor of Communication Melissa Click has been terminated after a vote from the University of Missouri system’s board of curators.

For those following the unrest at the University of Missouri last fall, Melissa Click became a household name after she confronted a student trying to record a gathering of students on a campus quadrangle, shoving the student’s camera and calling for muscle to have him removed from the area.

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The suspended University of Missouri professor who was charged with misdemeanor assault related to her clash with journalists during campus protests in November has reached a deal with prosecutors.

Columbia city prosecutor Steve Richey said Friday that assistant communication professor Melissa Click agreed to serve 20 hours of community service and no jail time if she stays out of trouble for a year instead of being prosecuted.

Richey considers "this disposition to be appropriate."

A group of Republican lawmakers submitted letters Monday to the administration of the University of Missouri calling for the “immediate termination” of Assistant Professor Melissa Click, who was filmed calling for “muscle” to block press during demonstrations at the university last November.

 The University of Missouri system's interim president's contract calls for him to be paid nearly $40,000 a month.

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