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Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jan 3, 2012

Durbin supports calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

Some U.S Senators will be looking to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act this year.

The law prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Ill. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin says he wants it repealed as it relates to federal benefits.

"I believe that we should have marriage equality in this county, that we should treat people fairly, that we should not discriminate against them in this circumstance," said Durbin.

Mo. universities to get foothold in China

Sep 22, 2011
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Two of Missouri's public universities will be partnering with a college in China to open a new university in the central part of the country.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis and Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will work with Tianfu College in Mianyang, in Sichuan Province, to open Sichuan Missouri University.

Lockdown lifted on Missouri S&T campus after shooting suspect apprehended

May 12, 2011

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The location of Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.

Updated 1:40 p.m.

  • 31-year-old Cody Willcoxson, the alleged shooting suspect, is in custody. He was captured when a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper on a routine patrol spotted the stolen car Willcoxson was driving.
  • Willcoxson was taken into custody following a short pursuit, but Capt. Lee Ann Kenley, Troop I's commander, says Willcoxson did not resist arrest.
  • Willcoxson suffered a superficial wound sometime during the day and was being evaluated by emergency medical personnel. He will be taken to the Phelps County jail after receiving medical treatment.
  • Willcoxson already faces four felonious assault on law enforcement charges for firing at Rolla police during the pursuit. Bail has been set at $1 million. Rolla police chief Mark Kearse expects Willcoxson to face additional charges from authorities at Fort Leonard Wood, St. Robert and Pulaski County.
  • Authorities found drugs, believed to be methamphetamine, in Willcoxon's original car, which he abandoned in Rolla. They have not located the original weapon, which is believed to be an assault-like rifle.
  • Police believe Willcoxson acted alone, and have no motive for the shooting.

Updated 1:21 p.m.:

According to Missouri S&T's Twitter account:

  • "Shooting suspect apprehended south of Rolla, Missouri S&T lockdown is lifted by Chief Laughlin."

Updated 12:12 p.m. via the Associated Press:

Authorities say a gunman who entered and left Missouri University of Science and Technology building earlier tried breaking into a nearby Army base and fired on police who pursued him.

Fort Leonard Wood spokesman Mike Warren says the suspect tried to enter the Army installation through its west gate Thursday morning. The security guard determined the man's identification didn't look legitimate and told him to leave. Instead, the driver accelerated and drove through the gate.

Military police pursued him until he fled the base, and police from nearby St. Robert chased him toward Rolla about 30 miles away.

St. Robert police chief Curtis Curenton says his officers were fired on with what appeared to be an AK-47 machine gun during the pursuit.

The Rolla campus is on lockdown.

The commanding general of Fort Leonard Wood says the Army is aggressively investigating sexual assault complaints.

Major General David Quantock met with reporters on Wednesday, one day after 17 current and former soldiers filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the Pentagon of failing to take their complaints of sexual abuse by other soldiers seriously.

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:

Missouri S&T Chancellor Carney to retire

Jan 26, 2011

At the conclusion of his State of the University Address today, Missouri University of Science and Technology Chancellor John F. (Jack) Carney III announced his plans to retire.

A press release from the university shared a portion of his announcement:

Paideia Academy, which had planned to open its school year the day after Labor Day despite having lost its charter to operate, won't be opening after all.

Fred Robinson, president of the school's board, said Thursday that an effort to secure financing for the school had not worked out, so it would not be accepting students, at least for now. He said the decision was made earlier this week.

"The deal we were working on didn't work," Robinson said, declining to give further details. "The deal we were working on fell through."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 18, 2009 - Major Gen. Gregg F. Martin, who heads Fort Leonard Wood, let his soldiers know where they stand with him in an article published in a post magazine last winter, shortly after he took command:

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