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Five Missouri universities are working together to offer students a broader agriculture education.

A Missouri grand jury has handed down a new indictment charging a former University of Central Missouri student from Saudi Arabia in the death of a Warrensburg bar owner.

The indictment filed Friday in Johnson County charges 24-year-old Ziyad Abid with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was arrested in September after his roommate, Reginald Singletary Jr., told investigators Abid had paid him to kill bar owner Blaine Whitworth.

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The President discussed an American economy that's turning around, comparing where the country was five years ago to today. Obama says the basic American bargain of hard work paying off is alive again because private sector job growth is at its strongest since 1999, healthcare costs are shrinking, and the U.S. is becoming self-sufficient when it comes to energy use.

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In his speech in Warrensburg, President Barack Obama praised a Missouri program that allows selected high school students to graduate from college early and gain work experience as they do so. 

“I want other colleges to take a look at what's being done here,” Obama said.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is joining President Barack Obama during the president's upcoming visit to the University of Central Missouri.

Obama is traveling Wednesday to the Warrensburg school and to Galesburg, Ill., to make his case for spending on infrastructure and for universal pre-school programs. The president is also expected to highlight the economic benefits of overhauling immigration laws.

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The Kansas City Star is reporting President Barack Obama will visit Warrensburg, MO next week. There isn't much information yet on the specifics of the visit, but we'll keep you updated.
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Each year, around 200,000 college graduates earn teaching degrees in the U.S. But the National Council on Teacher Quality released a report Tuesday explaining that colleges and universities are not doing enough to properly train future teachers. NCTQ is a Washington-based group that believes in fundamental education reforms. Of the 34 Missouri institutions included in its study, none received the highest score of four stars.

The University of Central Missouri is taking aggressive steps designed to boost the number of students graduating in four years.

The Warrensburg school will require most incoming freshman to live in residence halls for two years, add academic advisers and encourage students to pick majors earlier. It also will offer tuition breaks for seniors who've taken full class loads their first three years.

The school has dubbed the effort the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract. The changes will take effect this fall.

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University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose wants to hear from his students on Twitter.

Ambrose is hosting a two-hour "Tweet Chat" with students at the Warrensburg school starting at noon Tuesday.

The school says anyone interested in the university is also welcome to participate.
More than 1,600 people follow Ambrose on Twitter, where he is known as @UCMAmbrose. Tuesday's event will be his first live chat using the format.

The Missouri legislative panel will hold its second of three higher education hearings Tuesday at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

The legislature’s Joint Committee on Education is working to develop a funding formula that would divide state money given to higher education institutions. State Representative Mike Lair said he would like to see Missouri’s community colleges included in the new budget. But, he said the new budget’s success depends on cooperation from all office holders.

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A panel of state lawmakers holds a hearing at the University of Central Missouri this week on creation of a funding formula for higher education institutions.

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A native Missourian’s videos of singing performances have spread rapidly online through the Chinese-speaking community in recent years. Some of her videos have been watched more than a quarter of a million times.

Mid-MO student's internet fame impacts UCM Chinese program

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We’ll introduce you to a Mid-Missouri teen who has become famous for her singing… in Chinese. Plus, we’ll talk to the University of Missouri English professor behind the e-book “Is a college education still worth the price?”