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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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.

Today, Mike Middleton was named University of Missouri System Interim President. Early last year,  Middleton, then MU deputy chancellor, sat down with KBIA's Intersection for a discussion of civil rights history at the university. 

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators has announced that Mike Middleton, an MU deputy chancellor emeritus, will be the interim president for the UM System. 

Middleton replaces Tim Wolfe as UM System President, after Wolfe resigned his position on Monday following calls from students for his resignation and a football team strike. 

Middleton says he hopes he can help the system move forward.

  A water service area located within Consolidated Public Water Supply District Number One of Boone County is under a precautionary boil water advisory due to a leak in the water main.

According to the press release, the problem was identified at 5 p.m. on November 10. Customers in the district have reported experiencing no or low water pressure.

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  On the same day the University of Missouri System president resigned, the chancellor of the Columbia campus has also announced he will be stepping down at the end of the year.

Just hours after UM System President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said he will also be stepping down. 

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In response to recent protests and controversies, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned from office in a public statement made at the University of Missouri Board of Curators' special meeting Monday morning. 

Prior to the resignation, on Sunday afternoon, a statement from President Wolfe was released by his office, but he did not make an in-person appearance.

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There was a rush of local and national media attention Sunday after the students of color on the Mizzou Tigers Football team’s Saturday announcement that they would not take part in any “football related activities” until University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe either resigned or was removed from office due to his “negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences.”

On Sunday afternoon, a statement from President Wolfe was released by his office, but he did not make an in-person appearance.

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Athletes of color on the University of Missouri's football team will no longer be participating in any “football related activities” until the President of the University of Missouri system, Tim Wolfe, either resigns or is removed from office “due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences.”

 

University of Missouri Delays Tuition Waiver Changes

Nov 5, 2015
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In an email sent to graduate school staff, University of Missouri officials announced early Thursday afternoon that changes to the way the school handles graduate tuition waivers will be delayed.

 

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