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The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding several meetings to discuss regulations for blue catfish.

Anglers and conservation officials have been concerned about declining blue catfish catches from Truman Reservoir for two decades and more recently from the Lake of the Ozarks. Both lakes have at least adequate numbers of smaller blue catfish but heavy fishing for those 24 inches and larger is keeping sizes smaller. The two lakes are formed by separate dams on the Osage River.

Columbia deemed "city to watch" by nonprofit group

Jul 23, 2012
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The City of Columbia has been highlighted as a “city to watch” by a nonprofit group based in several northwestern states.

Science camp teaches middle school students biophysics

Jul 23, 2012

The University of Missouri hosted a week-long science summer camp for central Missouri middle schoolers last week.  The camp, called “Biophysics and Your Body,” aimed to teach students how the study of physics relates to the biological functioning of the body.  Assistant professor of Physics Gavin King collaborated with faculty from the physics, education, and biochemistry departments to create a curriculum for the camp. King says the goal was to create a curriculum that teachers across the state can use.

The backlash continues over the so-called “new model” for the University of Missouri Press. one of the Press’ authors wrote a letter to UM System President Tim Wolfe, who closed the old press as a cost-cutting measure.

Author Don Spivey notified Wolfe of his desire to remove his biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige from the University of Missouri Press. It was published in May, and Spivey’s worried about the future of his book.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City has received an $8.3 million, five-year federal grant to study certain aspects of aging.

The grant from the National Institute on Aging will go toward building on new evidence about how bones and muscles communicate and could lead to new ways to treat aging bones and muscles.

The Kansas City Star reports that the research team will be led by Lynda Bonewald, director of the bone biology research program at the UMKC School of Dentistry.

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Teachers visit New Madrid to learn about famous quakes

Jul 16, 2012
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Twenty science teachers from six different states visited New Madrid, Missouri today to learn more about that town's claim to fame: earthquakes.

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Updated 1:45pm with comments from Provost Brian Foster and new Press Director Speer Morgan

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would be eliminating the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Today, the University of Missouri-Columbia campus issued the press release below, announcing a new model to serve similar goals of the ill-fated Press.

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A former USA Today editor and a Pakistani reporter who risked his life to cover the news are among this year's winners of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

The winners include former USA Today editor Ken Paulson, current president of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Umar Cheema, an investigative reporter for the Pakistani newspaper The News, who also worked for The New York Times, also was honored.

Is school too easy or too boring?

Jul 10, 2012

NPR reports that a survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that many students are simply "not being challenged in school." Parents, what's your take?

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Kirksville R-3 approves budget

Jul 4, 2012
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The Kirksville R-3 School board has approved its budget for the next school year. The district expects to see a reduction in state and federal funding by almost $800,000.

Despite the cut in federal funding, the district doesn’t expected to make any drastic cuts. Superintendent Pat Williams says the district had actually expected the subsidy reduction and had already started taking steps to provide cushion for the next school year.

MU Medical School focuses on LGBT health

Jul 2, 2012

Health for the LGBT, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender population is expected to become a focus of the MU Medical School.

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UM Board of Curators Chair David Bradley says he is open to public input about the University of Missouri Press.

Dozens of supporters of the UM Press showed up during a Board of Curator’s public meeting on Tuesday. Some stayed until the end, but never got a chance to make their comments. Bradley says although he wasn’t aware of the gathering until just before the meeting, he is open to public input in the future.

Missouri receives No Child Left Behind waiver

Jun 29, 2012
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Missouri elementary and secondary schools will now have more flexibility from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. More control is back in the hands of the state after the US Department of Education announced Missouri as one of five states granted a waiver Friday.

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Missouri is among five additional states being granted waivers from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. A total of twenty-four states now have been approved for waivers, allowing flexibility in implementing the controversial law.

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The University of Missouri is standing behind its cost-cutting decision to shutter the school's academic press.

Professors, graduate students and other supporters of the soon-to-be-closed University of Missouri Press attended Tuesday’s UM Board of Curators meeting.

David Luther is the assistant superintendent with the district. He says the school will offer seven different academies – something he refers to as “seven schools within a school.” These will align with a student’s possible career path, but are also fairly broad in nature.

Leaders in the Jefferson City Public School District have drawn up a statement of seven beliefs that they think will better define Jefferson City Public Schools and drive student success. David Luther is the Assistant Superintendent with the school district. He was also at the retreat last week where leaders worked on the list.

“The discussion was very good – it was pretty intense," Luther said.

Leaders began with about 20 statements. Luther says their goal was to boil down the ideas to eliminate redundancy.

Governor Jay Nixon’s withholdings announced Friday are expected to be felt by Missouri’s higher-education institutions. Nixon announced the removal of $9 million from the budgets of Missouri’s public colleges and universities, effective July 1st. It’s part of $15 million withheld from a budget Nixon says is $50 million out of balance. 

New state projections show more Missouri school districts would have their accreditation come under extra scrutiny under a new evaluation system.

A school district official says Southern Boone Middle School Principal Bob Simpson released a letter of immediate resignation this morning. The move comes after Simpson was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday morning.

Southern Boone County School District is preparing to investigate a long list of accusations of administrative deficiencies.

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Truman State University’s non-discrimination policy might be changed to include sexual orientation.

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A Sedalia-based community college will begin offering classes in Boonville in August.

MU Health System gets $13.3M in federal money

Jun 18, 2012
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The University of Missouri Health System will receive $13.3 million from the federal government to enhance primary care for elderly patients.

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Westminster College has announced that classics professor Bob Seelinger will serve as dean for the college's second campus in Mesa, Arizona.

Seelinger says he has been involved with the new-campus project since it began a little over a year ago: “I find it very attractive from the beginning, and indicated from the very start that I’d love to be involved in whatever capacity.”

Seelinger began teaching at Westminster in 1979. He’s also been the Chief Academic Officer, and served as the dean of the faculty for seven years.

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The Jefferson City Board of Education is reporting a $500,000 increase in state appropriations for the upcoming year’s budget.

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