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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.”

MU Title IX Office Releases Data for Fall 2014 Semester

Apr 2, 2015
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The University of Missouri Title IX office has released data it collected from the 2014 fall semester. 

Of the 144 reports that were released, 135 fell under one or more of the five categories the office uses to classify violations.

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The police chief of the University of Missouri in Columbia is retiring after more than four decades with the department. 

The University of Missouri student conduct office has suspended a student for making threatening comments toward another student.  The comments were aimed at the author of a letter to the editor that was published in the Maneater. Farah El-Jayyousi wrote a letter to the paper explaining why the movie, “American Sniper” should not be shown on campus.

The student will be suspended until the formal conduct process is complete. 

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Police in Columbia say they've failed to identify a suspect in a case involving a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was raped by several football players, months before she committed suicide. 

University and Students Continue Conversation on Race

Mar 18, 2015
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University of Missouri students asked Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin for policy changes during the race relations forum on Tuesday night.

Loftin, administrators, faculty and students met for the third time on the topic since the announcement former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting death of Michael Brown last year.

MU names Mack Rhoades as new Athletic Director

Mar 9, 2015

In a press release Monday, the University of Missouri announced Mack Rhoades will begin work as the new director of Intercollegiate Athletics at MU in late April.

Rhoades has been the Athletic Director at the University of Houston since 2009. Before that, he was the AD at the University of Akron.

Rhoades will take part in a press conference Tuesday afternoon on the MU campus.

Here is the official press release:

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Newly hired University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes comes to her new position with many plans to improve the university’s academic programs.  Stokes led as provost and executive vice president at Florida State University and handled many situations involving Title IX regulations, teacher salaries, and research achievement. 

EXAM: New MU Provost Focuses on Title IX Policies and Teacher Salaries

Mar 2, 2015
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Newly hired University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes comes to her new position with many plans to improve the university’s academic programs.  Stokes led as provost and executive vice president at Florida State University and handled many situations involving Title IX regulations, teacher salaries, and research achievement.  As KBIA’s Andy Humphrey tells us, Stokes believes that she can use her prior experience to help solve various issues at MU.

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  A study funded by the University of Missouri shows that Columbia could support a new hotel and conference center.

MU’s newly-hired provost Garnett Stokes spoke to media Wednesday about her plans for the university and other academic programs.

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Peer reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission have been meeting with administrators, faculty and students this week at MU.  

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The University of Missouri has been planning to offer gender-neutral housing to students and it is now coming this fall. The 16-bed space takes up half of the first floor in College Avenue Hall with the goal of creating a safe housing option for students who are transgender or gender nonconforming.

EXAM: MU’s Title IX Policies Cause Headaches and Confusion for Faculty and Staff

Feb 16, 2015
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In October, University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin sent out a mass email to students, faculty and staff explaining faculty and staff are mandatory reporters of any form of discrimination under new Title IX policies.

For many of these new mandatory reporters, their new responsibilities have caused some confusion and concern. An online training program was launched a few months after the initial announcement to try to help clear the air. But, the training has caused its own confusion and headaches as well.

School of Journalism hosts "We Are Charlie" Symposium

Feb 4, 2015
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The Charlie Hebdo attack in France is provoking discussions in Columbia about journalistic responsibilities and the need for freedom of expression.

The Missouri School of Journalism hosted a symposium Tuesday night to discuss the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, in which 11 people were killed and another 11 were injured. The magazine has published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, which witnesses says the shooters referenced during the attack.

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There's a problem few are talking about when it comes to student debt. While the topic of undergrads taking out steep loans to pay for tuition costs often grabs the most attention, grad students face interest rates that are more than one third higher. But a group of students at the University of Missouri is trying to change that. Missouri Business Alert's Tatiana Darie spoke with the students of Grads Have Debt 2 about their efforts to achieve reform. 

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According to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon, Mike Alden is stepping down as the University of Missouri’s Director of Athletics.

"After several months of contemplation, I have decided that it is time for a change, both for me and for the University that I so dearly love," Alden said in a press release.

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The Columbia Fire Department rescued a man trapped in a well at the University of Missouri power plant on Thursday. The fire department was dispatched around 2 p.m. to extract a University Campus Facilities employee who experienced a medical issue while performing regular maintenance on the well.

The well is about 20 feet underground and is one of five drinking water wells on the MU campus.

MU News Bureau Associate Director Christian Basi said the employee’s medical condition required calling and utilizing the fire department, but it wasn't so severe that there wasn't enough time to wait for the crew to arrive.

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The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is offering a buyout option for some of its academic administrators.

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The University of Missouri offered a buyout to 261 retirement-eligible tenure track faculty members, and we now know 110 have accepted the offer. 

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The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a public records lawsuit filed by an education advocacy group that wanted access to professors' copies of course outlines.

The National Council on Teacher Quality sued in October 2012 to compel the release of University of Missouri course plans. A Boone County court ruled that the course plans are closed records protected by federal copyright law and an appeals court upheld that ruling.

The council sought the records as part of a nationwide project to evaluate what aspiring teachers learn in college.

The University of Missouri is known for it’s School of Journalism. Every year, hundreds of freshmen from across the country come to school at MU to learn about news or sports broadcasting. But KBIA’s Jason Hoffman found one freshman who’s career in sports radio has an added challenge: He's blind.

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  The University of Missouri has named Garnett Stokes as the new Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. According to a press release, she will begin work on Feb. 2.

Stokes is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, and got her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Georgia in industrial/organizational psychology

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The University of Missouri is investigating a threat made on the anonymous social network site YikYak against the on-campus Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. 


After the launch of CoMo Connect this summer, public transit ridership in Columbia jumped about 11 percent according to the Columbia Public Works Department. However, public transit remains a problem for the city, with long waiting times and limited evening and weekend services. Missouri Business Alert’s Tatiana Darie looks into why this is happening and what efforts are being made to improve it.


  A group of students is asking the University of Missouri to strengthen its policy to ensure that professors accommodate students who have to miss class for a religious holiday.

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The University of Missouri and KBIA announced today the purchase of 90.5FM KWWC from Stephens College. Pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), MU will pay Stephens College $50,000 for the station in addition to providing the college with $50,000 in underwriting over a five-year period.

UM Board approves new financing plan

Oct 24, 2014
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The University of Missouri Board of Curators unanimously voted to approve a financing plan that will allow the sales of revenue bonds in order to fund the construction projects in the UM system. The board voted to approve $150 million of the $255 million of the system’s revenue bonds last night.

MU to create Census Bureau Research Data Center

Oct 9, 2014
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The University of Missouri dedicated $1 million to the creation of a new Census Bureau Research Data Center. Housed at Ellis Library, the center will be used to give researchers access to millions of data files which are normally restricted due to the sensitive information they contain. MU’s office is a satellite location for the main Research Data Center, soon to be located in Kansas City, Missouri.