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Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jun 19, 2012
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Study says region needs more immigrants

A new study to be released this morning says the St. Louis region needs to attract more immigrants if it wants to thrive in the current economy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch got an advance look at the study, written by Saint Louis University professor Jack Strauss.

Morning headlines - Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jun 14, 2012
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Missouri's no-call list set to expand

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be in St. Louis today to sign legislation that allows people to add cellphones to the state’s Do Not Call list.

Nixon created the list when he was attorney general. Cellphone numbers added to the list would be off limits to most solicitations, including text messages.

Attorney General Chris Koster, whose office maintains the list, is expected to join Nixon. Koster says his office gets nearly 200 complaints a week from cellphone users about unwanted telemarketing calls.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May, 31, 2012 - Shouldn’t a university that pays its football coach $2.7 million a year be able to subsidize its university press with $400,000?

That’s the question asked by opponents of the planned shutdown of the University of Missouri Press. Tim Wolfe, president of the university system, said last week that the press did not fit into the school’s main priorities, so it would close down as part of an analysis of the school’s budget in tough financial times.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 24, 2012 - The University of Missouri Press, which has published hundreds of books about the state and region for more than 50 years, will be phased out beginning next year as the university system concentrates on six priorities more closely aligned with its mission.

Commentary: Is this what we are paying Mizzou to do?

May 7, 2012
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From the Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 7, 2012 - The public policy question raised by the chart below  is whether Missouri taxpayers want to be party to a system that takes young people’s money and leaves them in debt with no degree.

Missouri’s young people need college degrees and the state of Missouri needs more graduates, yet 1,900 of the 6,200 young people who enter the University of Missouri-Columbia* each year as debt-free college freshman leave as in-debt college dropouts. 

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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.

Commentary: This ain't Kansas, Toto

Apr 19, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 19, 2012 - “He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”

The above passage was quoted by Robert Kennedy when he eulogized his slain brother, Jack. The words speak to the ineffable sorrow of loss and to the reluctant acceptance of passage and its mortal grief. They were originally written by the ancient Greek dramatist Aeschylus, who in retrospect may have been an early fan of University of Missouri football.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mar 6, 2012
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House budget writers finish reviews of Missouri's proposed spending plan for next year

Members of the budget committee now have until 4 p.m today to offer amendments, which will be debated and voted on Wednesday.   

Republican Ryan Silvey of Kansas City chairs the House Budget Committee:

Morning headlines: Monday, February 20, 2012

Feb 20, 2012
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University of Missouri Curators to consider raising tuition today

The special meeting comes after the governing board postponed consideration of a tuition increase three weeks ago at its regular meeting in Kansas City. This time, the curators will meet by video teleconference along with new university president Tim Wolfe.  

Mental health care on campus: Need up, services down

Feb 5, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 5, 2012 - More college students are arriving on campus reporting serious mental health problems and more students are threatening suicide than in the past. But some college counseling services, such as those at Southern Illinois University  Carbondale, are so understaffed that many students have to wait weeks before getting help.

Morning headlines: February 1, 2012

Feb 1, 2012
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University of Missouri to raise tuition

The University of Missouri system wants to increase tuition next year by 7.5 percent at its Columbia campus and even more at its campuses in St. Louis and Rolla.

A proposal released Tuesday afternoon spells out proposed in-state tuition hikes of 8.2 percent at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and 9 percent at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase.

Similar increases are being sought for graduate programs and non-resident undergraduates.

Morning headlines: Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jan 5, 2012
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$1.3 million ATM Solutions money restolen

The $6.6 million robbery of ATM Solutions in St. Louis in 2010 is believed to be the largest heist ever in St. Louis. It turns out the robbers themselves were victimized, too - at least $1.3 million was re-stolen. 

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On the football schedule at least, the University of Missouri is officially a member of the Southeastern Conference.

Though Mizzou does not officially join the SEC until July 1, it's included on the conference football schedule released today. Here's what it looks like for Mizzou:

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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.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dec 6, 2011
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Two day sentencing hearing for Blagojevich begins today

Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentencing hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Much of today's hearing will be a repeat of what attorneys have already argued in written motions filed with the court.

The one unknown variable is the governor himself. He'll get a chance to address the court.

Former federal prosecutor Dave Weisman says Blagojevich should read a prepared statement and keep it short.

Mo. budget cuts played role in Mizzou switch to SEC

Dec 5, 2011
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University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Brady Deaton says state funding cuts played a role in his decision to move the school from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference.

Deaton said Monday that his concern about instability and uncertainty of the Big 12 was enhanced because state funding for higher education has been cut several times in recent years, and still is not at the level originally budgeted in 2001.

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Lawmakers raise constitutional questions about new districts

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Reporting by KBIA's Sarah Redohl used in this report.

MU head football coach Gary Pinkel held a press conference with his lawyers this afternoon to apologize for his DWI arrest Wednesday night. Pinkel says he is sorry for letting down his players and fans.

"When you’re wrong, you’re wrong," Pinkel said. "I had to stand up to them and tell them how I felt and how I’d failed them."

Missouri coach Pinkel pleads guilty to DWI

Nov 18, 2011
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Suspended Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.

Boone County court records show that Pinkel was charged on Friday and pleaded guilty the same day. He was arrested in Columbia on Wednesday night and suspended without pay the next day for the final home game of the season.

Head Mizzou football coach Pinkel arrested for DWI

Nov 17, 2011
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This is a developing story. We will update it when we have more information.

Updated at 4:25 p.m.:

Missouri has suspended coach Gary Pinkel for Saturday's game and frozen his salary for a year following his overnight arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

Athletic director Mike Alden announced the disciplinary measures on Thursday afternoon. They include a total of some $300,000 in penalties, including a donation to a campus alcohol-awareness program, and 50 hours of community service.

Ex-Mizzou RB Washington sentenced to 5 years in sex assault

Nov 14, 2011
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Former University of Missouri football running back and co-captain Derrick Washington has been sentenced to five years in prison for the off-campus sexual assault of a former Tiger athletics tutor.

Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane sentenced Washington on Monday afternoon, two months after a Columbia jury found him guilty of forcibly fondling the woman in June 2010.

Morning headlines: Monday, November 7, 2011

Nov 7, 2011

University of Missouri joins SEC

The University of Missouri was officially accepted into the Southeastern Conference Sunday. SEC Presidents and Chancellors unanimously voted Missouri into the conference as its 14th member effective July 1, 2012.

A press conference and celebration were held Sunday evening at the MU student center.

Mizzou bolts Big 12 for SEC

Nov 6, 2011
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Updated with quotes from press conference. Reporting from KBIA's Ryan Faumuliner, Kaveh Kaghazi and Chris McDaniel was used in this story.

After months of speculation, it's official - the University of Missouri is bolting the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.

Morning headlines: Monday, October 24, 2011

Oct 24, 2011
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Cardinals lose Game 4

Derek Holland gave the Texas Rangers’ bullpen a much-needed break last night while helping the Rangers even the World Series at two games apiece. Holland came within two outs of a two-hit shutout while striking out seven as the Rangers bounced back from Saturday's 16-7 loss to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. He faced just two batters over the minimum and didn't allow a hit after Lance Berkman's leadoff single in the fifth. Holland struck out seven, walked two and was aided by a pair of double-play grounders.

Mizzou may bolt Big 12 Conference

Oct 4, 2011
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Reporting by KBIA's Ryan Famuliner was used in this report.

The University of Missouri is officially looking to leave the Big 12 Conference.

Morning headlines: Monday, September 6, 2011

Sep 5, 2011
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Special session to convene Tues.

A Missouri tax break benefiting poor disabled and elderly people who live in rental housing could be on the chopping block when lawmakers convene Tuesday in a special session. The elimination of the tax break for renters is projected to save the state $855 million over the next 15 years.

Some lawmakers hope to redirect that money for new tax breaks intended to lure Chinese cargo planes to the St. Louis airport and more businesses to Missouri.

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Fall semester classes began Monday at the University of Missouri's flagship campus after several days of welcoming activities for new and returning students.

School leaders announced a record enrollment of 33,318. That's an increase of 1,309 undergraduates and graduates students from 2010.

Students have spent the past several days preparing for classes and immersed in traditional school activities.

Mizzou's Haith to speak with NCAA over Miami allegations

Aug 17, 2011
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Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith says he will speak to the NCAA about allegations that he was aware of a $10,000 payment to a recruit at his previous school.

Former University of Miami booster and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he provided extra benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010.

Haith was coach at Miami before taking the Missouri job this spring.

University of Missouri mulls enrollment cap

Jul 6, 2011
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Years of steady enrollment growth and declining state support has University of Missouri leaders discussing limits on the number of students who attend the system's four campuses.

There are no immediate plans to cap enrollment. But acting system president Steve Owens and university curators say the move deserves serious consideration.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jun 21, 2011
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Army Corps: More Rain Could Force Release of More Water from Dam

The top Army officer for the management of the Missouri River says additional rain could force the release of even greater amounts of water from an upstream dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers already is releasing a record 150,000 cubic feet of water per second from Gavin's Point dam in South Dakota.

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