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Reporting from KBIA's Nick Adams used in this report.

A day after being hired as the new University of Missouri basketball coach, Frank Haith held a press conference this morning at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

MU closer to becoming smoke-free campus

Apr 4, 2011
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It will be harder to find a place to smoke on the University of Missouri's Columbia campus this summer.

Starting July 1, smoking will be allowed only in designated areas. The smoking areas aren't final yet, but they are likely to be in parking lots and on the top floors of parking garages.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the stricter rules are a step toward the university's goal of being entirely smoke-free by Jan. 1, 2014.

The university's current policy prohibits smoking within 20 feet of doors, windows and fresh air intake systems on campus. The Tribune reports that the policy is not strictly enforced, with campus administrators mostly leaving it to students and employees to police each other.

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More than a million Americans are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. About a quarter of them are women, and in St. Louis and throughout the country, African-American women are disproportionately affected.

An HIV diagnosis can lead not just to debilitating medical problems, but to social stigma and isolation. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra reports, a photography project is giving some HIV-positive women a new way to look at their disease and its challenges.

The University of Missouri continues to grapple with the implications of the most recent incident of racism on its Columbia campus.

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A group of military veterans has sued several Missouri educational institutions, alleging that they were systematically overcharged, the Riverfront Times reports.

U. of Missouri curators approve tuition increase

Jan 28, 2011

Updated at 3:08 p.m. Jan. 28, 2011 with comment from Erdman and Krawitz.

Reporting from KBIA's Courtney Flatt also used in this report.

Krawitz says 20 percent of the revenue generated form the tuition increase will be put into financial aid.

Tuition at the four University of Missouri campuses will increase for the first time in two years after a vote by the systems' Board of Curators.

The University of Missouri system board of curators voted today on their recommendations for tuition increases for each of the system's campuses.

KMOV reports the recommended increases for in-state undergraduate tuition as follows:

Search for new U. of Missouri System President begins

Jan 27, 2011

University of Missouri curators agreed unanimously Thursday to hire an executive search firm in the hunt for the four-campus system’s next president, saying they will take their time to ensure they find the best possible candidate.

This is following the Jan. 7 resignation of Gary Forsee to care for his ill wife.

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University of Missouri leaders met by teleconference today to discuss tuition and fee increases across the four-campus system.

Curators looked at figures and possible scenarios prepared by the UM vice president Nikke Krawitz.

A 10 percent increase in tuition - the highest increase scenario on the table - would contribute about $44 million to the coffers.

That doesn't even come close, Krawitz says, to meeting an estimated $64 million gap.

But what's the bottom line for Krawitz?

  • University of Missouri Curators have scheduled a virtual meeting this morning to discuss a likely tuition increase at the four-campus system. The video teleconference comes in advance of a late January meeting in Columbia where the curators are expected to approve the system's first tuition increase in three years. School officials have said they hope to keep the increase below 10 percent. Tuition for the coming academic year is typically set in the spring. But university leaders want an early start because Missouri law requires a waiver from the state to raise tuition beyond the Consumer Price Index inflation rate. Students who live in Missouri and take a standard 15 credit course load pay $3,684 in tuition each semester. A 9 percent increase would translate into a $332 boost per semester.
  • St. Louis police are investigating the accidental shooting of a three-year-old boy. Police say the toddler was critically wounded when he accidentally shot himself in the head. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the boy underwent surgery Thursday afternoon at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Police believe the boy was with his mother and an infant sibling at their north St. Louis home when he somehow got his hands on a loaded gun. They say he accidentally shot himself and was found lying on a bed. The mother ran to get the father at the neighbor's house and they raced the toddler to the hospital, flagging down paramedics on the way. The toddler remains in critical condition.
  • The Belleville News Democrat is reporting that lawyers for Christopher Coleman are asking for a delay in the February 15 trial to allow Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to make a decision on a bill that would abolish the death penalty in the state. Coleman is accused of killing his wife and sons in their Columbia, Ill. home in May 2009. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

Via an internal memo this morning, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee announced that he is resigning.

In the announcement Forsee calls three years serving as system president "an honor," and pledges to help in any way possible.

Univ. of Missouri dropping 16 degree offerings

Dec 27, 2010

A state-mandated review of academic programs has led to a University of Missouri plan to eliminate 16 degree options in coming years.

Tuition increase likely at University of Missouri campuses for next year

Dec 9, 2010
Quadrangle at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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Updated with results of the Board of Curators Meeting:

A tuition increase at the four University of Missouri campuses appears likely in the coming academic year. But how much?

Documents released Thursday say the university will "strive to keep (any) increase to single digit(s)," subject to state support.

A budget overview provided to the board was grim, projecting a $105 million state funding gap.

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Preparing next generation of agriculture

May 16, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 16, 2010 - Bryan Garton wonders what we'd find if we could go back in time -- and go to the grocery store.

He has no doubt that, 40 years ago, not only were the ways in which we purchased our food dramatically different than they are today, so were the meats and vegetables themselves. Garton -- associate dean and director of academic programs at the University of Missouri, Columbia's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources -- knows these changes in the consumer experience of agriculture reflect yet deeper ones on the production side.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 26, 2009 - In spite of sluggish economic conditions -- or perhaps because of them -- many colleges in Missouri are reporting slight increases in enrollment this fall.

Robert B. Stein, commissioner of higher education for Missouri, said in a statement that the higher enrollment in Missouri's colleges was the "silver lining in the cloud overshadowing the economy."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 18, 2008 - Only weeks after painting a rosy picture about the fiscal health of the University of Missouri, the system's president, Gary D. Forsee, reversed himself on Monday by announcing a system-wide hiring freeze.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 10, 2008 - In Columbia, Mo., this week, students, journalists and alumni step into a future enclosed in the past.

Inside an 1892 Victorian building on the University of Missouri's School of Journalism's campus sits a new glass structure. That building is part of the new Reynolds Journalism Institute, which opens both as the journalism school celebrates its 100th anniversary and as newspapers around the country cut costs, staff and newsprint.

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