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Incoming freshmen run through the University of Missouri columns on Aug. 19, 2020, for the Tiger Walk, in Columbia, Mo. As waves of schools and businesses around the country are cleared to reopen, college towns are moving toward renewed shutdowns because of too many parties and too many COVID-19 infections among students. (Owen Ziliak/Missourian via AP)

MU students face discipline over virus guideline violations

Sep. 23, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With nearly 700 confirmed student cases of the coronavirus at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus, several students and organizations are facing potential discipline after being accused of violating guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. The...

Thomas Jefferson's original granite grave marker is seen Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, enclosed in an acrylic case on the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. The university says it installed the $20,000 case to protect the marker, donated to the university in 1885, from vandalism amid an ongoing dispute about whether the university should honor the third president who also was a slave owner. (Madeline Carter/Columbia Daily Tribune via AP)

$20,000 acrylic case installed around Jefferson marker

Sep. 21, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A $20,000 acrylic case now protects Thomas Jefferson's original headstone on the University of Missouri campus, a response to vandalism concerns amid an ongoing dispute about whether the university should honor the third president who also was a slave owner. The clear case was...

Arrowhead, Mizzou Arena to be used as polling places

Sep. 17, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two of Missouri's largest sports arenas will be used as polling places in November, election officials said. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, will be a polling place on Nov. 3. In Columbia, some voters will be able to cast their ballots at Mizzou Arena. Athletes...

Top bills fail in Missouri governor's special crime session

Sep. 16, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson's contested proposal to give the Missouri attorney general the power to intervene in St. Louis homicide cases failed Wednesday when the GOP-led House finished a special session focused on curbing violent crime without taking action on the bill. The bill...

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Volkan Bozkir gives a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Bozkir arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, international and regional issues with Pakistani leadership. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

Sep. 15, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling for a new commitment to global cooperation including on the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir, who...

MU expels 2, suspends 3 for COVID-19 rule violations

Sep. 15, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With more than 1,300 of its students infected with the coronavirus, the University of Missouri in Columbia said Tuesday that two students were expelled and three others suspended for violating rules meant to slow the virus' spread. A news release said the sanctions were necessary...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019 file photo, University of Missouri system president Mun Choi speaks during a news conference in Columbia, Mo. University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism School faculty members are criticizing the university system's president for comments and actions that they say could discourage dissent. Fifteen faculty members signed a letter Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, to Choi, who is also chancellor at system's flagship Columbia campus, the Columbia Missourian reported. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File)

Mizzou journalism school faculty criticize system president

Sep. 15, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism School faculty members are criticizing the university system's president for comments and actions that they say could discourage dissent. Fifteen faculty members signed a letter Monday to Mun Choi, who is also chancellor at the system's...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019 file photo, University of Missouri system president Mun Choi speaks during a news conference in Columbia, Mo. The leader of the University of Missouri system and chancellor of its flagship Columbia campus is backtracking in the face of backlash and a possible lawsuit for blocking critical students on Twitter. Spokesman Christian Basi on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, said system President and Columbia Chancellor Mun Choi unblocked the students Wednesday, the same day a lawyer warned he would sue if Choi didn't do so. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson File)

Mizzou leader backtracks after blocking students on Twitter

Sep. 10, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The leader of the University of Missouri system and chancellor of its flagship Columbia campus is backtracking in the face of backlash and a possible lawsuit for blocking critical students on Twitter. Spokesman Christian Basi on Thursday said system President and Columbia Chancellor...

Missouri Democrat running for governor unveils health agenda

Sep. 9, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Missouri governor Nicole Galloway said Wednesday that she wants to pass a state law protecting health insurance for people with preexisting conditions. The proposal is part of the state auditor's health care plan if voters elect her over Republican Gov. Mike...

Three quarters of Missouri students have in-person option

Sep. 8, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Nearly three-quarters of public school students in Missouri have the option to attend classes in person this fall, according to data posted Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Missouri’s 518 school districts and 36 public charter schools are...