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Harris-Stowe State University is closer to offering graduate degrees for the first time ever after Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill removing restrictions that prevented the St. Louis-based university from conferring advanced degrees.

Nixon was at the university Thursday to sign the bill, calling higher education a necessity.

The university must now get approval from its accrediting agency and from the state's Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

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Two Missouri schools are among several historically black colleges and universities nationwide receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Education.