The University of Missouri has started a research center on disaster and terrorism in hopes of boosting training for mental health workers.
Assistant communications professor J. Brian Houston recently received a $2.4 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He wants to study the long-term emotional turmoil faced by disaster and terror victims.
The center will employ a university social worker to train school teachers and counselors in Joplin, Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans in crisis intervention.
The Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Pope Benedict XVI surprised just about everyone this week by announcing his resignation. The leader of the world’s one billion Catholics held his final public mass on Wednesday, at the end of this month, he will become the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.
Turkey portrays itself as the leading nation in an increasingly turbulent region of the world. The country that straddles Europe and the Middle East is a secular democracy with a thriving economy. It's also a member of NATO and a potential member of the European Union.
Southeast Missouri State University officials say the university did nothing wrong in allowing the overseas student charged with attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve to be a student there last spring.
Quazi Nafis is the former international student from Bangladesh charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York.
University leaders told the Southeast Missourian that they followed protocol and procedures throughout their brief affiliation with Nafis. They say they never saw anything that would warrant alarm or rouse suspicion.