higher education

Mo. State budget
11:25 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Mo. governor signs state budget, cuts higher education again

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.

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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Higher Education
11:48 am
Thu June 7, 2012

College credit could be easier to transfer under new Mo. law

The campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
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Missouri college students soon could find it a little easier to transfer credit hours among institutions.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday requiring public colleges and universities to formulate by July 2014 a core of 25 lower-level courses for which credit hours can be transferred among all public institutions.

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Morning round-up
7:27 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Out-migration is costing St. Louis County money

More people are moving out of St. Louis County than moving in – and they’re taking money with them.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites Internal Revenue Service figures that show those who left the county between 2001 and 2010 earned on average $8,000 more than those who moved in. And about 52,000 more people left the county than moved in.

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Morning round-up
6:35 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, May 11, 2012

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Judge approves settlement in lawsuit over mental health care for the deaf

A federal judge has approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against two Missouri state agencies on behalf of more than a thousand deaf residents.

Plaintiffs in the 2010 lawsuit alleged that the state departments of Mental Health and Social Services failed to provide adequate mental health care for deaf persons in crisis.

The departments were sued under the  Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Mo. State budget
3:13 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Mo. House passes budget, cuts blind aid

An inside look at the Missouri Capitol.
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The Missouri House has passed all 13 bills that make up the state’s $24 billion budget for FY 2013.

The process took longer than expected, because of the large number of Democrats who took issue with cutting funding to blind pensions and for not spending enough on K-12 schools.  Sara Lampe (D, Springfield) urged fellow lawmakers to look for other ways to balance the budget besides cutting services.

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Missouri Budget
7:17 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Mo. House endorses Budget

Missouri State Capitol dome
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Missouri’s state budget for next year has received first-round approval by the State House. 

As promised, Republican leaders defunded a program that aids blind Missourians and used the money to erase Governor Jay Nixon’s proposed cuts to Higher Education. 

House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey told the chamber he’s no longer willing to cut money from Missouri’s universities and community colleges:

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MO Statehouse
4:29 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Cuts to public colleges reversed, aid for blind sharply trimmed in panel-approved spending plan

The chambers of the Missouri House of Representatives.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state’s budget for next year.

Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put $6 million back into it from another source.  Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City) chairs the Budget Committee.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Alyssa Bustamante was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on February 8, 2012 for the murder of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.
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Central Missouri teen sentenced to life with possibility of parole

Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in the killing of her 9-year-old neighbor.

The Central Missouri teen was sentenced this morning in Cole County Circuit Court. She pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 stabbing and strangling of her neighbor, Elizabeth Olten, in St. Martin’s, a small town west of Jefferson City.

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Higher Education / Missouri Budget
5:06 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Nixon restores $40 million to higher ed. with 2013 budget amendment

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In the wake of a possible approximately 12.5 percent cut in higher education funding for fiscal year 2013, and ongoing discussion of tuition hikes and job cuts across the University of Missouri system in response, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced an a

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Missouri Budget / Higher Education
4:02 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Nixon: Mo. schools should avoid big tuition hikes in response to budget cuts

The campus of the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia, Mo.
(via Flickr/Adam Procter)

Governor Jay Nixon (D) is warning Missouri’s college administrators not to raise tuition to make up the difference in budget cuts he announced this week during his annual State of the State Address.

The governor wants to cut the state’s Higher Education budget by nearly $106 million, or 12.5 percent.  During his address Tuesday he indicated that he wants universities to leave tuition levels where they are.

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