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The University of Missouri will again allow nursing students to gain clinical experience at Planned Parenthood clinics.

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  It’s a clear Wednesday night, and visitors on top of the University of Missouri’s Physics Building are playing the waiting game. A solar flare is about to appear in the night sky and everyone’s heads are craned upwards. Suddenly, a satellite moves across the sky, becoming brighter and causing spectators to cheer. Although there isn’t always a satellite passing by, visitors can take advantage of the Laws Observatory’s rooftop view and telescope every Wednesday night from 8 to 10 p.m.


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 Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said the University of Missouri will pay health insurance premiums for graduate student employees next year.

Loftin announced the move Wednesday at a meeting where faculty expressed concerns about recruiting graduate students for next year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Loftin said the university would cover insurance costs, but he did not give more specifics.

The university told graduate assistants in August it could no longer pay for their health insurance premiums because of a recent IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act.

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 Graduate workers at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia are moving closer to unionizing.

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  The University of Missouri joined a nationwide coalition dedicated to making it easier for high school students to apply for college.

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Researchers from the University of Missouri are working with the Missouri Department of Conservation on a five-year study of white-tailed deer in the state. The study's goal is to find the survival differences of deer living in north east counties compared to south central counties.

The team of researchers are tracking the movements of deer using GPS collars in Nodaway, Gentry, Andrew, DeKalb, Wright, Texas, Douglas and Howell counties. Once the study is over, the Department of Conservation will use the data to reevaluate deer population management through strategies like hunting.

KBIA's Michaela Tucker spoke with Jon McRoberts, the project coordinator and wildlife researcher at the University of Missouri, about the progress of the study as it approaches the end of its first year.


Today Paul Pepper and JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, talk about staying hydrated. Are 8 cups of water a day still the standard? Can drinking a lot of water help avoid kidney stones? And what is the color of your urine trying to tell you? We've got the answers - watch! At [4:09] CYNTHIA HELPHINGSTINE, Coulter Program Director at the University of Missouri, tells us about the Coulter Program, and invites everyone to their 4th annual awards ceremony TODAY at 10 a.m. $500,000 in grants will be handed out! September 24, 2015

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  The University of Missouri was hoping to lower the number of pedestrian accidents on campus. With that goal in mind, MU, Campus Facilities and the state of Missouri funded a new crosswalk on College Avenue. The crosswalk was installed in the summer of 2015.

The new “High-Intensity Activated crossWalk”, also known as H.A.W.K., was built so that east campus dwellers and other pedestrians can safely cross College Avenue.

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  Fraternities at the University of Missouri are planning social events this year without hard liquor.

The Columbia Missourian reports that after months of debate on reducing sexual violence on the university campus, the ban was the only one of several proposals made during the summer that survived.

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University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced Friday that the University will “defer implementation” of its decision last week that would have stopped graduate student health insurance subsidies.

The University will continue to pay health insurance subsidies to eligible graduate students.

When asked what had changed between last Friday and this Friday, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said simply “time.”

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  The University of Missouri says it will give a 10 percent tuition discount to Missouri students enrolled in a full degree program online.

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  University of Missouri officials will appeal a loss of accreditation for the school's master's program in library science.

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Gov. Jay Nixon said the University of Missouri-Columbia will receive $10 million in state funds for a new learning center in its business school.

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The engineer who was driving the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night killing at least seven people is a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri. 

Under the Microscope: Missouri Researchers Push for Beetle Rollout

May 7, 2015
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Wearing latex gloves and digging through a sloppy patch of cow poop on his farm in central Missouri, farmer Ralph Voss spotted his target.

“Okay, here we go!” he said excitedly, plucking out a shiny insect the size of a sunflower seed – a dung beetle.

Despite their disgusting homes, dung beetles are worth searching for – it has been estimated that they save U.S. farmers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Some researchers suggest that they could be worth even more, and are searching for new species meant to maximize that value.

 


Students, faculty and members of the MU community gathered Tuesday for a panel discussion about the university’s role in working to end apartheid in South Africa. In the 1980s, students successfully pushed the MU board of curators to divest from American companies doing business in South Africa.

Kathryn Benson, who was heavily involved in the 1980s movement, said protestors built and occupied shantytowns on Francis Quadrangle after traditional protests failed. Benson said students took turns occupying the shanties from October 1986 through February of 1987.

Jesse Hall Improvements to be Completed Next Month

Apr 23, 2015
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A historic icon at MU is going to be back in use soon. Jesse Hall is scheduled to reopen its doors around mid-May after being shut down for ten months for refurbishing. 

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The University of Missouri has issued an all clear after an earlier reported bomb threat prompted the evacuation of two buildings.

A statement posted on the university's website Tuesday night said campus police and administrators were aware of a reported threat in the Student Center, which was evacuated. The statement said the Memorial Union building was also evacuated as a precaution.

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Christian Basi, the associate director of MU’s News Bureau, says that he is aware of concerns regarding the timing of MU’s Alert system Wednesday night following the shooting at Hitt Street Garage and is working to provide answers. While multiple witnesses said via social media they heard shots fired at Hitt Street Garage just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, the first MU Alert was not sent until 11:28 p.m. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin tweeted Thursday morning saying that MU is investigating the process of issuing alerts and will report the results. Basi declined further comment. 

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  Indiana has drawn national attention for its religious freedom restoration act, and now Missouri lawmakers have two smaller scale bills on the table. The two bills, which are in the Missouri Senate and House could take away the ability of colleges and universities to police discrimination by religious student organizations.


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Bills in the Missouri Senate and House would take away college and universities’ ability to police discrimination by religious student organizations. KBIA’s Kyle Norris has more on the bills and how college students around the state are reacting.

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MU is looking to increase revenue for its libraries. Administrators are proposing a new student fee to help close the gap in funding.

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This Friday the University of Missouri announced a $10 million donation from Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield for a renovation of the Fine Arts Building and construction of a new School of Music. This is the largest donation the university has ever received in support of fine arts. The entire project is estimated to cost approximately $74 million.

Title IX Attorneys Conduct Forum for MU Faculty Members

Apr 9, 2015
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Two legal consultants from Pennsylvania spoke at MU on Tuesday, conducting two open forums where faculty could voice their questions and concerns about the university’s new Title IX policies.

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Spring has arrived at Granny’s House. Kids threw footballs and ran around outside on Thursday afternoon. Granny’s House is a non-profit, supported by Columbia churches and businesses that provides a safe space for children who live in public housing from 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Pam Ingram and her husband Ellis, who are also known by “Granny” and “Poppy,” have run the program for 14 years. In addition to the after school program, the Ingrams coordinate other activities for the kids, like Science Club and Bible study.

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Located in the center of the Douglass Housing Development in Columbia, Granny's House has served the neighborhood for 14 years. Run by Pam and Ellis Ingram, the program provides study groups about Christianity and a safe place for kids to be after school. Volunteers from churches and the University of Missouri's service learning program provide mentorship and guidance for the kids. KBIA's Michaela Tucker collected the sounds of an afternoon at Granny's House for this audio postcard. 

Under the Microscope: MU Researcher Experiments with Switchgrass for Biofuel

Apr 2, 2015
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Veterinarian Lynn Steele grows switchgrass on his farm to feed his hundred head of cattle.  He favors the wild-growing grass over other commercial feeds because it’s cheap.

“Even when the price is high [for switchgrass], it’s 4, 5, 6 dollars a pound for seed,” Steele said. “Indian grass and Big Blue Stem 12 and 15 dollars a pound. You get quite a bit of investment there.”

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