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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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,...