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$10 million gift to the Kinder Institute at Missouri

Nov. 12, 2019 5:06 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has received a $10 million gift from the Kinder Foundation, which will be used to support two new degrees programs. The university announced Tuesday it will offer a bachelor's degree in constitutional democracy and a master's degree in Atlantic history and...

Judge: University of Missouri violated open records law

Nov. 11, 2019 12:34 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A judge has found that the University of Missouri knowingly violated the state's open records law by overestimating the cost to provide records of dogs and cats used in research to an animal rights group. Boone County Judge Jeff Harris sided Friday with Animal Rescue, Media &...

Fraternity closes troubled University of Missouri chapter

Nov. 8, 2019 12:48 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri fraternity chapter with a troubled history is closing for now but could reopen with new members as early as 2022. The Columbia Missourian reports that the Executive Committee of Sigma Chi International Fraternity announced Thursday that the chapter on the...

Prosecutor: Husband 'prime suspect' in wife's disappearance

Nov. 7, 2019 2:19 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A prosecutor said a University of Missouri student is the "prime suspect" in the disappearance of his Chinese wife, and he played audio in court of the young husband saying he wanted a divorce "the sooner the better." Joseph Elledge is a "jealous, controlling, manipulative psychopath,"...

Audit: St. Louis school raked in $1.4M for faked attendance

Oct. 29, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's auditor says a St. Louis charter school faked attendance numbers to get an extra $1.4 million in state funding. Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday said St. Louis College Prep Charter School repeatedly reported attendance numbers that were higher than its enrollment....

Study: Climate change could threaten bugs in Missouri

Oct. 20, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A recent study indicates that climate change could threaten hundreds of insect species in Missouri that may not recover after they die during extreme weather conditions. A 2019 study by the University of Missouri at St. Louis examined 250 insect species whose populations plummeted...

Groups ask Missouri gun dealers to help fight gun suicides

Oct. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Grassroots organizations are working across Missouri to persuade gun-related business owners to join efforts to limit access to guns or encourage safe storage for potentially suicidal customers. One of the initiatives, Safer Homes Collaborative, sends part-time field coordinators to...

Dow Inc. CEO contributes $6M to new health institute

Oct. 14, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The CEO of Dow Inc. has donated $6 million to a new University of Missouri health institute that is focused on personalized medicine. The university said Friday that the gift from Jim Fitterling is one of the first from an individual donor for the NextGen Precision Health Institute....

Missouri receives $1.5 million gift for business operations

Sep. 21, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A descendant of one of the families that helped found the University of Missouri has pledged $1.5 million to the university to support business operations. The university announced Friday that Jim Pace, a 1965 graduate of the College of Business, had pledged the gift, which includes...

Former Missouri professor gives $4 million for music center

Sep. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Longtime University of Missouri professor Michael Budds has donated $4 million for a music studies center at the university. The university announced Wednesday that Budds' donation will be used to create the Budds Center for American Music Studies. Budds taught music at the university...