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Education
6:01 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Some MU groups limping after shutdown fiasco

Some groups faced funding cuts during the shutdown.
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Now that the federal government shutdown has ended, agencies that were affected by the closure are trying to get back up and running.

University of Missouri extension’s Family and Nutrition program has had its budget cut because of the temporary lack of funding. The program provides educational material to 130,000 Missouri food stamp recipients, as well as classes on how to prepare the meals, what foods to eat and how to budget out a grocery bill.

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Sports
3:35 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Student attendance is down at collegiate athletic events

Credit Scott Pham / KBIA

College athletic programs across the country are witnessing a troubling trend in student attendance according to The Wall Street Journal.  Students aren’t showing up to the games like they have in the past.

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Education
3:49 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tiger Pantry celebrates first birthday

Founder and original Director of Tiger Pantry Nick Droege, photo by Andrew Kauffman.

MU’s Tiger Pantry has distributed more than 22 thousand pounds of food that reached more than two thousand people in its first year of operation. The campus-based food pantry celebrated its first year last night (Wednesday) with a birthday party. MU’s “first lady” Anne Deaton was instrumental in the start up of Tiger Pantry. She says she couldn’t have done it without the students.

“The most important thing I can do tonight is to thank the students and all of the supporters for all of the great effort and the dogged determinism that went into creating Tiger Pantry,” Deaton said.

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Education
5:22 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

MU to add new alert systems

Photo by Sergio Goncalves via Flickr.

The University of Missouri is adding new ways to send out alerts in case of emergencies.

One new method is a beacon system that will help relay messages across campus. The other is a software program that can override computer screens to send an alert.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university switched to a new alert notification system provider, BlackBoard Connect, this summer.

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Education
8:51 am
Thu September 26, 2013

MU's new Peace Corps Prep program set to train undergrads for global work

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton signed an agreement with the Peace Corps to create an MU Peace Corps Prep program, Wednesday, Sept. 25,2013.
Credit Courtney Kiley / KBIA

MU students interested in joining the Peace Corps after college now have a way to prepare during their undergraduate careers.

Chancellor Brady Deaton signed an agreement between the Peace Corps and MU establishing a Peace Corps Prep program on Wednesday.

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Education
8:37 am
Wed September 25, 2013

MU celebrates international community

Credit Anna cole / KBIA

University of Missouri students got the chance to see firsthand the many countries that their peers represent – at yesterday morning's annual International Day Flag Ceremony.  The ceremony began with a parade through campus with flags representing every home country of an international student at MU.

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Education
5:34 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

MU Provost Foster retiring as of next January

Brian Foster
Credit University of Missouri

When you talk with MU Provost Brian Foster about his job, this is how he describes it.

“I’m sort of at 40,000 foot level trying to put all the pieces together," he said. "The University of Missouri is a very complicated organization, and to have all the different pieces aligned-the research, the instruction, enrollment management, economic development, clinical work -you know, you see what I mean?”

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Education
4:46 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Inspirational speaker Aimee Mullins visits Columbia

Aimee Mullins
Credit David Shankbone / Flickr

Athlete, model and activist Aimee Mullins will speak about adversity at MU’s Jesse Auditorium. Mullins was born without fibulae bones in both legs and had her legs amputated below the knee at age one. She has since broken world records at the 1996 Atlanta games and was the first amputee to compete in the NCAA for a division one track team. She is a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris and most recently was appointed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Council to Empower Women & Girls through Sports.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:59 am
Fri September 13, 2013

UM Board of Curators approves University Hospital renovation

The hospital was built in 1954
Credit KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously in favor of renovating the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th floors of the  University Hospital building on Thursday. According to Interim Vice President Thomas Richards, the $19 million plan is necessary because the current state of the private patient rooms are not up to standards with the rest of the hospital.

“These existing patient rooms are highly outdated when compared to the new rooms in the patient tower, the new Orthopedic Institute, and the other renovated portions of the hospital,” said Richards.

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Education
5:58 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Columbia education leaders pleased with upholding of H.B. 253 veto

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The Missouri House failed to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that proposed a variety of changes to the state tax codes.  Those changes included income tax cuts for both businesses and individuals.

Proponents said the bill would have improved the business climate of Missouri, while critics believed it would significantly lower the state’s general revenue fund, resulting in cuts to state agencies and education.

University of Missouri spokesperson John Fougere said the campus is supporting the veto.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:36 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Report says hunger on the rise in Missouri

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A report from the University of Missouri says the number of people worrying about not having enough 

  food is on the rise.

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Education
8:30 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Missouri students weigh in on tax-cut bill, speaking out against veto override

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University of Missouri students are speaking out against a Missouri bill that would cut income-taxes in the state, and that critics call detrimental to education funding. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, and spent the summer campaigning widely to avoid a legislative override of that veto. 

MU students crowded into the MU Student Center last night to take a stand against a veto override for House Bill 253, calling the gathering “Kill the Bill.”

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Agriculture
7:58 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Much of northern Mo. experiencing flash drought

Irrigation waters a field of soybeans at Bradford Research Center outside Columbia, Mo. on August 12, 2012.
Camille Phillips Harvest Public Media

Parts of southern Missouri experienced flash flooding this past month. Now parts of northern Missouri are in a flash drought.

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Education
8:17 am
Tue August 27, 2013

MU researchers receive funding for science teaching program

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According to an article in the journal Science, 60 percent of teachers are “cautious” when teaching science. But the National Science Foundation has recently approved a grant that will help Missouri teachers build confidence on teaching the subject.

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10:13 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Missouri Drone Journalism Program to reconfigure goals after FAA letter

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As many news outlets have reported over the last eight months, KBIA's Content Director Scott Pham is the founder of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program, which studies the use of drones (think less military, more toy helicopters) for journalistic purposes. The program has hit a snag, as the Federal Aviation Administration has sent the program what amounts to a "cease and desist" letter, at least until the program gets what the FAA deems proper certification based on the somewhat limited restrictions the FAA currently has for the devices. Pham explains further in his blog post on the subject, linked below. He defended the project's activities thus far, but also sees limited application for journalism agencies like KBIA under the FAA rules as applied here, at least until new restrictions are put in place in 2015.
Through the eight months the Missouri Drone Journalism Program has operated, we've flown under the guidelines the FAA has set down for remote control aircraft. Those guidelines are generally as follows: a pilot may not fly above 400 feet, over populated areas, or near airports. A pilot may not fly beyond his range of sight,...

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