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Nearly all of the weekend nurses working for University of Missouri Health Care have agreed to sharp reductions in incentive pay.

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  Food waste is something we all produce, but don’t like to think about. That’s why several large universities in Missouri are turning food waste from dining halls into compost.

MU reopens Gwynn Hall

May 2, 2014
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Gwynn Hall, a building on the University of Missouri campus, re-opened following a 15 month renovation.

The new facility offers several new classrooms, offices, laboratories, and a state of the art research kitchen. The refurbishment began in October 2012 and finished up at the end of 2013, with the building re-opening on April 27.

Chris Hardin, is the Chair of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology at MU. He said he is excited about the new facilities at Gwynn Hall.

University of Missouri discontinues Mizzou Reads program

May 1, 2014
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After 10 years, the University of Missouri is discontinuing its Mizzou Reads program due to a lack of faculty and staff participation.

Intelligent plants? Researcher unravels mysteries of plant life

Apr 17, 2014
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When we think of plants, intelligence is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe plants are more than a decorative feature to our dining room table.

On a recent Tuesday night, the sounds of restaurant chatter, music and the aroma of food fill Columbia’s Broadway Brewery. But in the middle of the crowd, on a wooden stool sits an ordinary green plant.

MU researchers present work at Life Sciences Week

Apr 17, 2014
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Nearly 300 scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri presented their work at the 30th annual Life Sciences Week.

MU Biochemistry receives $1.1 million gift

Apr 7, 2014
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The MU Department of Biochemistry received a $1.1 million gift that will fund a new faculty chair in biochemistry on Friday.

Players compete for the spotlight at Missouri's Pro Day

Mar 20, 2014
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Fifteen former University of Missouri football players participated in Missouri’s Pro Day Thursday in their last chance for national exposure before the National Football League draft. The players participated in drills similar to the NFL Combine, such as the 40 yard dash and 225 lbs. bench press.

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.

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.

Slated for demolition: University Village apartments, Student Parent Center

Mar 12, 2014

The University of Missouri is contemplating its options after announcing the University Village apartment complex will close on June 30th and be demolished.  The University made the announcement two and a half weeks after a walkway collapsed at the apartments forcing the evacuation of residents and causing the death of responding Columbia firefighter Bruce Britt. 

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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  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.

MU welcomes author Rebecca Skloot

Mar 11, 2014
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The University of Missouri welcomed Rebecca Skloot on Monday night at Jesse Auditorium as part of the university’s Decoding Science: Life Sciences and Society Symposium. Skloot spoke about her book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and the lessons learned from doing research and writing the book.

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The Missouri Senate panel met Friday and reviewed legislation that would require all of Missouri’s students who live in student housing to be vaccinated for meningitis as of July 2015. The disease is transferred through saliva and is commonly contracted when living in close quarters with others who are infected.

Andrea Waner from Columbia’s Public Health and Human Services says the University of Missouri already has a similar policy in place, and she supports legislation that will enforce the vaccine for all of Missouri.

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A draft of a master plan in 2008 by MU’s department of residential life recommended vacating and demolishing the University Village apartment complex by 2011, citing various “building shell deficiencies.”

The plan says that all but the more recently remodeled 702 and 703 buildings had sustained “significant structural damage and deterioration.” Along with other problems such as leaky roofs, settling, and termite damage, the plan also specifically calls out “deteriorating metal decks” as a “public safety hazard.”

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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.

SEC video shoot has students cheering "Z-O-U" across MU campus

Mar 4, 2014
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Students from the University of Missouri gathered around campus Tuesday to show their school spirit for an SEC Network promo.

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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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MU has ordered a safety inspection of all university-owned and leased buildings beginning Monday in response to a deadly structural collapse over the weekend.

MU remembers Jarrett Mosby

Feb 22, 2014
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MU students said their final goodbyes Jarrett Mosby Friday night. Mosby was shot and killed in Madison, Ill., just two days before Christmas.

Mosby was from Collinsville, Ill., and enrolled in the Trulaske College of Business. He was expected to graduate in May with a degree in business management.

Mizzou celebrates 175th birthday

Feb 11, 2014
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  The University of Missouri’s held its birthday party at the MU Student Center Tuesday, commemorating 175 years. KBIA’s Emerald O’Brien reports on the celebration.

 The festivities kicked off with a speech by the University’s new Chancellor, Richard Bowen Loftin, who’s first year coincides with Mizzou’s 175th. He says he is happy to become a tiger in such a landmark year. “To be part of the celebration, which is going to be not just a one day event but a year-long activity for us, is very important," he said.   

Only one Missourian has ever been President of the United States, and Harry Truman used to keep a sign on his desk that read “The buck stops here.” 

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National Black AIDS day was celebrated on the University of Missouri campus Friday with Free HIV testing. 

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The dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism plans to retire in August after 25 years at the helm of the school. In a press release Thursday, MU said Dean Mills is currently the longest serving dean on the campus.

“I think those two numbers 2 and 5, set together – explain a lot. 25 years is a very long time to be a dean, even at a wonderful place like this and I think it’s just time for somebody else to step in with some new and different ideas,” Mills said.

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UPDATE 5:00pm Thursday: Columbia Public Schools will be closed again on Friday due to weather and road conditions. Jefferson City Public Schools will be in session Friday, although busses will run on snow routes in Callaway County in the morning and afternoon.

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Wednesday: University of Missouri officials announced that the Columbia campus will be open Thursday for all regularly scheduled operations.

Reactions to Menu Courey case differ among MU students

Feb 3, 2014
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A high-profile broadcast on ESPN about the alleged sexual assault, mental health challenges and eventual suicide of former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey set off a discussion in the sports and campus communities last week.

Reactions to the story among students on the MU campus differed, as seen in the video above.

The University of Missouri is drawing criticism over its handling of the alleged sexual assault of a former swimmer. The news surfaced in an ESPN report released last week that tells the story of Sasha Menu Courey, a Mizzou swimmer who committed suicide in 2011, more than a year after she was allegedly assaulted by one or more members of the school’s football team. 
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says "our thoughts and prayers" go to the family of a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was sexually assaulted and later committed suicide.