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Updated at 5 p.m. following the presentation to the Board of Curators.

Students at the four campuses of the University of Missouri system are likely to face tuition and fee increases again next year as the school struggles to cope with an ongoing decrease in state funding.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2012 - The new editor of the University of Missouri Press will be a familiar name – Clair Willcox, who had been the editor until he was let go by the university system earlier this year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 28, 2012 - The University of Missouri Press will still be transferred to the Columbia campus from the four-campus system, but it will no longer be using students as outlined in a model that the school announced earlier this year.

Richard Wallace, the former chancellor at Columbia named to a transition team that will manage the switch, acknowledged after the change was announced Tuesday that the earlier moves announced by system President Tim Wolfe were not handled in a way that served the university well.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Ill. Gov. calls for stricter gun laws

Days after the Colorado theater shooting, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for stricter gun laws in Illinois. Gun-rights advocates have long argued that public safety would be improved if people were allowed to carry concealed firearms. Illinois is the only state without any form of concealed carry for the general public. And Quinn says he'd oppose any attempt to permit concealed carry.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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Illinois to offer programs for those affected by drought

Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois will offer an array of debt restructuring and loan programs to farmers and ranchers affected by the drought. He visited a family farm in the southern Illinois area Monday, where much of the corn crop is wilting.

Quinn says the state has also launched a website to help.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 16, 2012 - The University of Missouri announced Monday that its Press, whose planned closure has sparked persistent criticism and protest, will be replaced by a new program on the Columbia campus that will combine scholarly publishing with training students to work in the changing world of communications.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 9, 2012 - A man who twice was in charge of the University of Missouri system has joined the persistent chorus of those criticizing the university for plans to shut down the university’s press while approving expansions for sports facilities at Mizzou.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 19, 2012 - Since the University of Missouri announced last month that it plans to shut down operations of the university press, more than 2,800 people have signed an online petition to keep it open and a Facebook page started for the same purpose has attracted more than 1,800 “likes.”

Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.