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An honors-caliber college student says he was denied readmission to a Baptist school in Hannibal, Mo., because he's gay.

Twenty-year-old Chase Martinson of suburban St. Louis spent his first two years at Hannibal-LaGrange University. He temporarily withdrew in October due to illness but hoped to return in the fall.

MU to close apartment decks over spring break

Mar 20, 2014
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Editorial note (3/21/14 1 p.m.): A previous version of this story misidentified when the inspection will be completed. That date is unknown at this time. 

The University of Missouri will close off the back decks at Tara Apartments beginning Friday. MU spokesperson Christian Basi said the university wants to do a full inspection of all university buildings on campus after the fatal walkway collapse at University Village Apartments on February 22.

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The University of Missouri is considering changes to its employee policy for reporting suspected sexual violence amid a flurry of attention to the issue prompted by a former school swimmer's suicide.

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A state funding shortfall is hitting some Missouri school districts harder than others.

A report released Wednesday by the Missouri Budget Project says the state is underfunding public school districts by $656 million this year. That's based on the amount called for under a 2005 law that re-wrote Missouri's school funding formula.

The report says the shortfall amounts to about $700 per student on a statewide basis. But those figures vary widely by district.

Mizzou Alternative Breaks

Mizzou Alternative Breaks is a program at the University of Missouri that allows students to travel across the United States to help others.  As most things do, Mizzou Alternative Breaks started out small. According to advisor Bryan Goers, the program started in 1991 as a part of the YMCA. Back then, there were only three trips offered that year within the United States.

CPS investigates First Student bus driver after arrest

Mar 18, 2014
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  Columbia Public Schools were notified Friday, March 14 and began investigating an incident where a bus driver hit a Shepard Boulevard Elementary School student inside the bus.

As soon as Shepard Boulevard Elementary School heard about the incident, the principal began reviewing surveillance tapes capturing the incident inside the bus. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson, Michelle Baumstark, says, it was at this point that the principal felt it was necessary to notify Columbia police.

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We often think of the business world as a world that belongs to adults—adults in suits moving money with the shake of a hand and the dash of a signature on a contract. But this week, we're taking a look at some unexpected ways kids are becoming entrepreneurs.

Eighth graders pitch business ideas in classroom version of "Shark Tank"

Mar 17, 2014
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“Shark Tank,” is a popular ABC TV show where contestants pitch business ideas to a group of executives. Recently, the concept found a new home at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in a classroom full of eighth graders.

What the Girl Scouts can teach you about business

Mar 17, 2014
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For a few weeks every year, Girl Scouts are selling cookies everywhere, from your front door to your office to your grocery store. And you know you can't help but buy at least one box.

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Eleven years ago – almost to the day – Elizabeth Smart was found. After nine months of captivity, abuse, and rape, endured after being abducted from the bed she shared with her sister, she could finally go home. 

In the years that have passed since then, she’s gone through high school and college, done mission work in France and gotten married. She also started the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, and works as an advocate for families with missing children.

Incoming superintendent plans to meet with predecessor

Mar 14, 2014
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The Columbia Board of Education announced Friday that Peter Stiepleman will be the district’s new superintendent.

The Columbia Board of Education met for about four and a half hours Thursday night deciding between the two candidates. Christine King is the school board president. She says that because Stiepleman is already familiar with the schools and community he is well educated on what problems the district needs to fix. King says as an internal candidate they knew Stiepleman would communicate well with the school board.

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Columbia Public Schools

The Columbia Board of Education announced Friday that Dr. Peter Stiepleman will become superintendent of Columbia Public Schools effective July 1, 2014.

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Residents of the University Village apartment complex are upset over the news that the apartments will be closed June 30 and demolished. 

Honors given for MU diversity work

Mar 12, 2014
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The organizers of a Chinese language school and professor of women’s and gender studies are among eight MU employees, studies and alumni being recognized for their work in diversity on campus.

This year was the Inclusive Excellence and Faculty Achievement Awards ceremony. Srirupa Prasad is a professor of women’s and gender studies and sociology at MU. She says her work is in an area where people don’t see change rapidly so she was surprised by the recognition.

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The search for a new superintendent for Columbia Public Schools is almost over.

University Village Apartments
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  A recent walkway collapse at an apartment complex for graduate students and their families has led more than 500 people to ask the University of Missouri to move a child-care center to a safer location.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 549 people have signed a petition concerning the day-care center after the fatal walkway collapse. Twenty-three-year city firefighter Bruce Britt died after he fell from the second-floor walkway at University Village on February 22.

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Follow this blog for live, continuing coverage of the "Meet and Greet" event for the two finalists for the Columbia Board of Education's superintendent position.

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First, KBIA's Hope Kirwan takes us to a classroom in Jefferson City for a new kind of parent-teacher conference—these are led by the students. The classic parent-teacher conference is a good way to evaluate a student’s progress, but 4th graders at Jefferson City’s South Elementary get to take the lead and tell their parents what they've learned.

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Parent-teacher conferences are a classic way to evaluate a student’s progress. But the teachers at South Elementary School in Jefferson City are helping students talk about their education with student-led conferences.

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Columbia Public Schools

The search for a new Columbia Public Schools superintendent was narrowed down to two finalists last week. CPS superintendent candidates Dr. Dred Scott and Dr. Peter Stiepleman will be introduced to the community and will answer questions Tuesday at a public "meet and greet."

Missouri School for the Deaf gets first deaf leader

Mar 10, 2014
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The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton will have its first deaf superintendent as of July 1 this year.

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Columbia school board candidates Joseph Toepke, Jonathan Sessions, Paul Cushing and Helen Wade participated Friday in a forum hosted by Muleskinners.

Parents voice concerns over day care building safety

Mar 10, 2014
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Parents who take their children to the Student Parent Center at University Village are concerned about the center’s safety.

University Village Apartments
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An engineering review of a fatal Columbia walkway collapse near the University of Missouri has found that a concrete failure was to blame.

Columbia Board of Education President Christine King announced in a letter to district staff Tuesday the board has narrowed its search for candidates for superintendent to two people.

One is an internal candidate: Dr. Peter Stiepleman. Stiepleman is currently the assistant superintendent for elementary education for Columbia Public Schools. The other candidate is Dr. Dred Scott, deputy superintendent for the Independence School District.

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Polina Malikin has been the educational outreach coordinator for the True/False Film Festival for the past three years. 

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Students from the four universities in the UM System presented their research to legislators and spectators earlier Tuesday at the State Capitol as part of Undergraduate Research Day. The symposium featured posters of 46 students from MU, UMSL, UMKC, and Missouri S&T. Of the students presenting, 20 were MU sophomores, juniors or seniors.

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The University of Missouri’s Chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, honored Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill Monday after the couple  donated $2.5 million to Mizzou’s school of Veterinary Medicine.

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Documentary film has been very prominent in Columbia in the past few weeks. The 11th True/False Film Festival ended Sunday, and a new documentary film program was recently added to the Missouri School of Journalism. This edition focuses on documentary film and its presence in education and students’ lives.

Chris Belcher
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Columbia Public Schools announced in an e-mail to staff Friday it decided on four final candidates to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. The Board of Education has not released the names of the candidates but will be interviewing them over several days to come.

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