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On the job since February, University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe leads an institution with four campuses, more than 74,000 students, and over 13,000 employees. He joined Don Marsh on St. Louis on the Air today from the Columbia studios of KBIA. You can hear their entire conversation in the St.

The new president of the University of Missouri system wants curators to soon decide whether to offer domestic partner benefits to campus workers.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that president Tim Wolfe says the Board of Curators should take up the issue before the end of the year. Some professors and other employees have long sought to expand health insurance coverage and other benefits to same-sex couples.

Wolfe told the newspaper that "we owe our great employees and potential employees a decision."

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Reporting from KCUR's Dan Verbeck used in this report.

The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job-losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of an expected 12.5 percent cut in state funding for 2013. The statement comes from the University Curators interim president at the end of its meeting in Kansas City.

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New trouble for Ameren at Taum Sauk power plant

A recent memo to the Missouri Public Service Commission shows major problems for Ameren at its Taum Sauk power station.

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Timothy M. Wolfe, 53, has been named the as the newest president of the University of Missouri System this morning.

Wolfe, who will be the 23rd president in the System's history, begins his tenure in mid-February and succeeds Gary Forsee. Forsee resigned from his position in January to care for his ill wife.

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The nearly year-long process to replace University of Missouri System president Gary Forsee is nearing its conclusion.

Interim System president Stephen Owens sent out an email this morning  saying that Tuesday is the day and that the announcement will be made at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the grounds of the System's flagship campus in Columbia at 10 a.m.

The event will also be livestreamed on a website specifically designed for the occasion.

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The University of Missouri may soon require students to obtain written permission from their professors and classmates before making audio or video recordings of classroom lectures.

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University of Missouri curators will meet behind closed doors Monday night for the second time in two weeks as they continue to search for a new system president.

The governing boards' Presidential Search Committee is scheduled to meet at University Hall in Columbia and by teleconference for out-of-town curators. The search committee meetings are closed to the public.

Curators' chairman Warren Erdman said in October that he expected the board to soon narrow the presidential search to an unspecified number of finalists.

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Today, dozens of University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty and staff attended the second of seven public forums being held around the state by the Presidential Search committee for the next University of Missouri System President.

Betty Van Uum is assistant to the provost for public affairs at UMSL. She says the next University of Missouri System President should possess both good business and political acumen.

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