Nathan Lawrence

Digital Content Director

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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When United Airlines began transporting between the Columbia Regional Airport and Denver last August, the city and a number of community partners backed that service with a revenue guarantee fund -- money the airline could ask for to keep its flights financially viable during their first year. 

Friday, Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said in a statement that United has billed the city for $600,000, the entire fund, just to make up for revenue shortfalls in the first six months of service.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about users’ privacy on the social media platform. At least one senator inquired as to why users don’t seem clear on how their data is collected and used. Could it lead to regulation?

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In a joint statement, the University of Missouri and Farmhouse International Fraternity announced the closure of MU's fraternity chapter after allegations of hazing and other misconduct involving alcohol. 

True/False 2018: The Festival in Pictures

Mar 2, 2018
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Experience the True/False film festival through the eyes of our professional and student reporters all weekend long.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday evening on a charge of felony invasion of privacy. Since then, Missouri legislators have been making moves toward impeachment - but what does that mean, and how does it work in Missouri?

What is impeachment?

Impeachment is a process where government officials can be forced out of office for conduct not in line with what is expected of them.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday evening on a charge of felony invasion of privacy. But what does that mean, and how will it affect Missouri politics?

What is an indictment?

An indictment is a legal process where a grand jury decides that the attorney prosecuting a case has enough evidence to begin basic criminal proceedings.

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Worries of icy conditions tomorrow evening mean students of Columbia Public Schools and their parents are in for a slight change in routine.

Late this afternoon, Columbia Public Schools informed community members over text message and email that all schools in the district will be closing two and a half hours earlier than usual for safety reasons tomorrow .

Forecasts for Thursday call for rain most of the day, then a sudden drop below freezing, leading to concerns about ice buildup on roads and sidewalks.

The St. Louis man who says he used the internet to stalk his ex-girlfriend and send bomb threats to several Jewish community centers and schools across the country has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Juan Thompson was sentenced Wednesday in Judge Peter Kevin Castel’s Manhattan federal court. The Associated Press reports Castel referred to Thompson’s actions as “domestic terrorism.”

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The UM System Board of Curators discussed a third-party review of administrative costs in their meeting this morning.

The UM System Board of Curators will view an initial assessment of administrative departments during its meeting Friday. Among its contents: recommendations for a fresh look at employee benefits and hints at a potential decrease of full-time employees in several key departments.

A new report from third-party consultants says the Greek system at the University of Missouri is falling short in key areas.

Dyad Strategies, a small consulting group that specializes in Greek life, was hired by the university to compile the report as part of an overhaul of campus life administration earlier this year. According to the report, employees from Dyad visited the school in mid-August to conduct in-person meetings that formed the basis of its conclusions.

Ryan Ferguson spent the better part of a decade in prison for the murder of Kent Heigthold, a sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune. In November 2013, that conviction was vacated.

In July, Judge Nanette Laughrey awarded Ferguson $11 million for legal expenses and his suffering in a case against police and city officials. But, since The Travelers Companies, who had insured the city, denied financial responsibility for the case, Ferguson settled for $2.75 million.

Now, Ferguson has served The Travelers Companies with a lawsuit for the remaining $8.25 million.

In a unanimous vote, the UM System Board of Curators approved plans for the Memorial Stadium South Expansion Project, which is expected to be complete in summer 2019 and cost roughly $98 million, at Friday's meeting.

This approval comes amidst belt-tightening across the institution. This summer, all departments were required to cut their annual budgets by up to 12 percent. Then, Thursday, UM System President Mun Choi announced in an email to faculty and staff that the institution would be hiring outside consultants to find further ways to reduce operating costs.

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While you’re reading this, Winston Kliethermes is probably thinking about batteries.

He owns B & W Battery & Auto Repair in Jefferson City, and he says he’s been working with car batteries since 1974.

There are a lot more kinds of car batteries around now, but almost all of them have one element in common: lead. Lead-based batteries have long been the standard for transportation like cars or boats, and companies across the globe also use lead-based batteries to power their servers in case of emergency.

It’s a well proven system.

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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.

Original story:

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. 

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