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MU's morning homecoming football game this weekend may have a negative economic impact on downtown Columbia businesses.

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A Missouri appeals court has revived a former professor's gender discrimination lawsuit against the University of Missouri.

The University of Missouri and Missouri S&T entered a partnership with Westinghouse Electric Company to determine safety guidelines for small modular nuclear reactors.

This research supports a proposal from Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri that seeks $452 million in Department of Energy grants to build a small nuclear reactor near Fulton. The reactor could bring 400 jobs to mid-Missouri and would power 45,000 homes. Missouri has the potential to become a hub of small reactor manufacturing and distribution.

Researchers and advocates focused on hunger will gather at the University of Missouri today for a national symposium.

Symposium participants call it "food justice" - the ability to have access to food security through non-emergency sources, and that was the main topic at Wednesday night's kickoff event for the symposium, Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences and Policies.

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The MU Missouri Student Association has begun talks with the Faculty Council on the possibility of changing the school's grading system.

The MSA recently surveyed 700 students to find out how they feel about the existing system, which awards fractional grade points for plus or minus grades. For example a B- is worth 2.7 points, a B is worth 3 points, and a B+ is worth 3.3 points.

Fifty two percent of students interviewed in an MSA survey said they disagreed with the existing system, causing the MSA to look into a change to a flat grading system.

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A November ballot measure to significantly raise Missouri's tobacco tax to increase public education spending is drawing financial support from leaders of the state's flagship university.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the campaign donors in favor of the Proposition B ballot measure include university curator Warren Erdman, who contributed $5,000. His company, Kansas City Southern Railway Co., gave $25,000.

Other contributors include university system President Tim Wolfe, with a $1,000 donation; and chancellors from three of the system's four campuses.

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Nearly 500 universities across the country, including MU, have signed on to an initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the United States by 2025.

Peter McPherson is the CEO of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, one of the organizations involved with an initiative to ensure that 60 percent of adults have a college degree by 2025. He says schools, including MU, were involved in determining the goals of the initiative.

New app could help combat partner abuse

Oct 9, 2012

A group of MU researchers hope to have a complete demonstration model of the “One Love App” by next spring. The new app is being designed to combat partner abuse, and researchers have already developed a Danger Assessment quiz.

MU Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing Tina Bloom is working on the “One Love App” with other researchers at MU. She says they are trying to save the lives of women in abusive relationships. She says the impartiality of the app is important. That’s something women sometimes can’t find in their families and friends.

MU Tigers' Green-Beckham arrested for pot possession

Oct 4, 2012
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Three University of Missouri football players, including a highly-touted freshman athlete, were arrested late Wednesday night on charges of possession of marijuana.

Wind turbine built at MU

Oct 4, 2012
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A new 20-kilowatt wind turbine was constructed on MU’s campus on the corner of Monk Drive and Stadium Boulevard Tuesday.

Tiger Pantry aims to reduce food insecurity at MU

Oct 3, 2012
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A new MU resource, the Tiger Pantry, has opened its doors for those who need assistance.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the food bank, Tiger Pantry Founder and MU student Nick Droege says the pantry’s goal is to reduce food insecurity at MU.

Anne Deaton, the wife of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, encouraged Droege to develop the pantry. She says the Tiger Pantry has brought life to the meaning of One Mizzou, an organization that helps bring MU students together.

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A Washington-based education group is suing the University of Missouri over its refusal to provide records related to teacher training at the university system's four campuses.

Student veterans sue MU over tuition costs

Sep 26, 2012
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The University of Missouri is being sued by three student veterans who claim that the University has unlawfully overcharged them for tuition costs.

McDavid secures $3 million for Columbia Regional Airport

Sep 19, 2012
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Mayor Bob McDavid says he now has secured $3 million in pledges to attract a new airline to the Columbia Regional Airport. Roughly half of the money comes from the city. The rest is from private business interests, the Boone County Commission and MU.

McDavid says the new destinations will be big boost for businesses in Columbia, but also for people connected to the University of Missouri

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MU Extension is implementing a new staffing model and budget structure that would give programs a more geographic focus. 

Students lobby UM Curators over coal power plant

Sep 13, 2012
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Student advocacy group Coal Free Mizzou presented the MU Board of Curators today with 3,000 student signatures asking the University of Missouri to transition from coal to clean energy.

MU doesn't factor in race during admissions process

Sep 10, 2012
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Next month the Supreme Court will take up the matter of race in college admissions. But Chuck May from the MU Admissions Office says the case will have no effect on MU since race is not a factor in undergraduate admissions.

"If a student meets our admission requirements that are published, which all students and parents can see, then they are automatically admissible," May says. "We have no cap on admissions, so there is no student   that would take the place of another student that is eligible for admission.”

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Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke on the University of Missouri Columbia campus Tuesday to kick off her “On Our Campus, On Our Side” tour.

The Democratic incumbent told students it’s important to keep Pell Grants and federal student loans available to sustain education. McCaskill says her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin,  wants to eliminate student loans and that would hurt the middle class.

MU to invest $2.5 million in online education

Sep 4, 2012

The University of Missouri has decided to invest $2.5 million into its online education program to better cater to students’ needs.

The main reason for expansion? To reach out to new groups of students, according to Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies.

“We’re targeting students who can’t physically come to Columbia," he says. "So, it’s an effort to improve and increase accessibility.”

MU spokesperson Christian Basi says Mizzou Online will implement more degrees where students can do all their coursework online -- without ever entering a classroom.

The University of Missouri announced today the first recipients of funding awards though its partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; which will fund biomedical research projects.

The University of Missouri Health System has announced that chief executive officer Jim Ross will retire at the end of the year.

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Speaking on KBIA’s Intersection earlier this week, Deputy Commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education Paul Wagner said that Missouri has been a national leader in keeping college tuition down. He said that tuition increases at public four year institutions in the state were the lowest in the country over the last three years. That statistic comes from a College Board Report released earlier this month. Wagner points to two factors that have helped limit tuition increases.

Classes for the fall semester at MU begin today, and as students return to school a campus group fighting plans to dramatically revamp the University of Missouri Press is holding a public celebration of the academic publishing house.

The Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press opposes system President Tim Wolfe's decision to fire the press's 10 employees. The university’s plans for the press include a digital-driven alternative overseen by the editor of the Missouri Review literary journal.

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A University of Missouri veterinary professor says farmers need to be careful when feeding drought-damaged corn to their livestock.

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As college students start making their way back to town, Columbia Transit has begun running its new route that connects campuses and apartment complexes with the downtown area more directly.

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A group of MU faculty and colleagues concerned about the University of Missouri’s decision to close the University of Missouri Press have outlined a a set of goals that they’d like to see regarding the Press going forward, and loosely agreed to attempt to create a resolution regarding the Press through MU’s faculty council. Organizers of the meeting also say they have a list of violations they believe UM administrators have committed in its dealings with the Press and its staff.

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Updated 1:45pm with comments from Provost Brian Foster and new Press Director Speer Morgan

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would be eliminating the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Today, the University of Missouri-Columbia campus issued the press release below, announcing a new model to serve similar goals of the ill-fated Press.

Columbia business incubator awarded tax credits

Jun 27, 2012

The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded state tax credits to five small business incubators on Monday. The Life Science Business Incubation Center in Columbia was awarded a $100,000 in tax credits.

Professors, graduate students and other supporters of the soon-to-be-closed University of Missouri Press attended Tuesday’s UM Board of Curators meeting.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $24 billion budget into law, but he also sliced $15 million from next year’s spending plan.

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