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Federal regulators have renewed the operating license for the University of Missouri's nuclear research reactor.

The university says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a 20-year operating license to the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center, known as the MURR.

The reactor is used to create radioisotopes for medical use and to analyze artifacts.

The reactor began operating in 1966. Its infrastructure was updated before the university applyied for the operating license.

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In 2016, University of Missouri Athletics experienced a wide range of successes and failures. The year also featured instability, as five different people (Mack Rhoades, Wren Baker, Hank Foley, Sarah Reesman and Jim Sterk) served as the university’s athletic director.

Following the departure of long-time football head coach in 2015, and the football team’s role in the November 2015 protests on the MU campus, Missouri Tiger fans have not appeared to support the football program as much as years past.

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Documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune show 16 students who drank at University of Missouri fraternities were taken to hospitals for alcohol poisoning since August 2015.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports those incidents include cases reported to the university police department or the Department of Student Life. Records show six incidents involving an emergency medical response where a student didn't have to be transported to a hospital.

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The University of Missouri chapter of the Delta Upsilon fraternity will be suspended until at least the fall of 2018 for repeatedly violating fraternity and university policy and state law.

Delta Upsilon International announced the suspension Tuesday, citing incidents at three parties this semester. All operations of the Columbia chapter have stopped indefinitely and members are suspended.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the suspension is not related to a Sept. 27 incident at Delta Upsilon's Columbia house when members of the Legion of Black Collegians reported people shouted racist and sexist slurs at them. The fraternity was temporarily suspended after that report.

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The University of Missouri System is beginning a nationwide search to name the next permanent Chancellor of the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

Hank Foley has been serving in the role of Interim Chancellor since the resignation of former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in November 2015. Foley issued this statement Monday, indicating he will apply to the position in an effort to drop the “interim” title:

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The University of Missouri announced Tuesday that is withdrawing the recognition of Kappa Alpha fraternity as a recognized student organization, citing "multiple violations" of the MU Standard of Conduct.

New Poll Predicts Close Races for Missouri Elections

Nov 8, 2016
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A new poll predicts Missouri election results for may come down to the wire.

According to a Monmouth University Poll, Missouri elections are so close, candidates for the U.S. senate and governor are polling within 1 percent or less of each other.

The poll places incumbent Republican Senator, Roy Blunt, holding a 1 percent lead to Democrat Jason Kander. The numbers show Blunt polling at 47 percent, Kander at 46 percent and Libertarian Jonathan Dine at 2 percent of the vote.

The race for governor is even closer: a virtual tie. The poll has Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican Navy SEAL Eric Greitens each at 4

6 percent of the vote and 2 percent for Libertarian Cisse Spragins.

The races are so close it has many voters choosing people instead of parties.

Many MU students stopped by multiple voting stations on MU campus including Memorial Union and Reynolds Alumni Center to make their voice heard in a crucial election that can reshape the country’s political climate.

Some of the students waiting in line were first-time voters for president. Industrial engineering sophomore Conner Brown said participating in the general election made him “feel like an adult.” Brown holds a negative view on this year’s candidates. “I think that the candidates this year just don’t accurately represent the American population,” he said.

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Last Saturday students, alumni and community members gathered to celebrate Homecoming at the University of Missouri. A yearly staple of the celebration is a parade that includes bands, floats, and the familiar "M-I-Z!" "Z-O-U!" chant.

Last year that chant was used to drown out the voices of a group of African-American protestors, Concerned Student 1950. That student group was protesting a lack of response to racist incidents on campus. Their protests eventually led to the resignation of then UM System President Tim Wolfe. 


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  The University of Missouri says four students have confirmed cases of mumps and five other students are being tested.

The university said in a news release Wednesday that none of the students live in university housing.

Some of the students who have been tested are still contagious and the university has recommended that they stay home for now.

Susan Even, executive director of the Student Health Center, says all of the students had received required doses of the vaccine to prevent mumps.

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In a release sent to news agencies across the state, the University of Missouri System's Board of Curators announced Monday that it plans to announce a new president Wednesday morning. The announcement event, which is slated to take place at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Documents obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune and published late Thursday evening show a number of complaints against the University of Missouri's Delta Upsilon fraternity, including one that suggests recent pledges may have been given drugs with the express intent of sexual assault. 

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The University of Missouri in Columbia said it has temporarily suspended a fraternity after a hazing incident.

The university announced Monday the action against the Kappa Alpha fraternity but provided no details about the alleged hazing that occurred last week.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the action comes after police investigated a report last week of an underage student who was taken from the fraternity to a hospital with alcohol poisoning.

Police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said the investigation into that incident is ongoing.

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A month after the first day of class in Columbia, two black student organizations and one student blogger at the University of Missouri threw an event to help freshmen fit in to their new student life on campus. Around 80 people, including organizers and older students, attended the "Black @ Mizzou" meeting in the Black Culture Centre.

Email offers clues to University of Missouri search

Sep 19, 2016
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  Newly obtained emails show that five to nine candidates made the cut to be semifinalist for the job of leading the four-campus University of Missouri system.

The Columbia Daily Tribune  reports that the disclosure was made in internal emails from last month recommending a car service for presidential search interviews.

Few details have been released about the presidential search. The paper obtained the email through an open records request.

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A national accreditation group says the University of Missouri School of Medicine must address several areas of concern within two years to maintain its accreditation.

The report by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education says, among other things, that the number of Missouri medical students who reported experiencing gender discrimination is twice as high as the national average. The committee accredits medical degree programs.

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  While the University of Missouri is dealing with a sharp drop in enrollment this fall, many other four-year universities in the state reported an increase in the number of students.

The University of Missouri said Tuesday it has hired San Diego State's Jim Sterk as its new athletic director on a seven-year contract.

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The University of Missouri is set to hire San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk as its new Athletic Director.

San Diego State announced last night on its website that Sterk had resigned after six years with the school and would take over at Missouri on Sept. 1.  

Missouri Historical Society to Build Research Center, Museum

Aug 8, 2016
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  The State Historical Society of Missouri has revealed conceptual drawings of a planned $35 million research center and museum.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the three-story Center for Missouri Studies will house museum galleries on the first floor and collections of manuscripts and newspapers set aside for researchers on the second floor. The third floor will house the society's administrative offices.

The construction of the building is being funded by state revenue bonds.

The NCAA says it has accepted Missouri's self-imposed sanctions over infractions involving its men's basketball program but has tacked on a year of probation though August of next year.

University of Missouri System's Credit Outlook Is Stable

Jul 18, 2016
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  A leading credit-rating agency says the University of Missouri system's credit outlook is stable, despite turmoil last year.

The system announced Monday that Moody's Investors Service is maintaining the system's Aa1 credit rating.

The announcement came months after credit-rating company Standard & Poor's downgraded the system's outlook from stable to negative but didn't actually lower the rating.

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 A panel tasked with recommending changes for the University of Missouri system is moving forward despite funding cuts.

The University of Missouri Review Commission met for the first time Friday to discuss how to help a system rocked by turmoil following student protests and leadership changes. The system president and Columbia chancellor resigned amid protests.

Some lawmakers were frustrated about the handling of Columbia protests last year over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues. In response, lawmakers created the commission.

The commission created by Republican lawmakers to review the University of Missouri System is about to hold its first meeting.

The commission was created by GOP leaders following last fall's unrest on the system's main campus in Columbia. Protests centered on accusations that university officials, in particular former UM System president Tim Wolfe, were ignoring a series of racial incidents.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he doesn't want to be president of the University of Missouri System.

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 The University of Missouri won't adopt policies on free speech and protests until at least the fall to allow enough time to gather public comment.

A committee issued a draft in late May of policies designed to regulate public spaces on campus while also respecting free-speech rights. The committee, composed of 13 faculty, staff and students also was asked to determine how the university can best resolve conflicts over use of public spaces.

The committee was formed after protests rocked the Columbia campus last fall.

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators heard more about the process that will be used to select the next president of the UM System at its regular meeting Thursday. The session for the UM Presidential Search Committee was held at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri’s campus.

The committee discussed its plan to work towards finding a new UM System president. Although the process is still on-going, the Board of Curators and the search committee believe they are on track to finding the right prospect, but there’s still plenty to do.

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A former GOP gubernatorial candidate and a conservative talk radio host are among those who will review the University of Missouri following turmoil last fall.

The University of Missouri fell under scrutiny after student protests in Columbia over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues.

Lawmakers frustrated over how the protests were handled created the UM System Review Commission to review system policies and administrative structure. The eight-member commission will recommend changes.

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The big flocks of snow geese flying over the Midwest each spring and fall may make for a pretty picture, but the booming population of those fluffy, noisy, white birds is creating an environmental disaster in Canada. And it’s partially thanks to decisions made by Midwest farmers. 

“The birds have grown exponentially, almost now to a concern that they’re causing destruction to their tundra breeding grounds,” said Drew Fowler, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri has denied a request from a student group that wants to put a marijuana leaf on a T-shirt next to the university's name.

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Senior administrators at the University of Missouri College of Engineering have gathered to discuss how to combat a perceived lack of transparency and collaboration within the administration.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that more than 24 administrators from the school and campus spent four days at a retreat last week.

Dean Elizabeth Loboa said that she previously met with faculty members individually and held group sessions for the college's staff.

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