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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...

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...

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...

Track athlete Cason Suggs speaks about his experiences as a Black man in Memorial Stadium following a march to protest social injustices through the University of Missouri campus in Columbia,  Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. University of Missouri athletes who organized and led the march and rally urged the hundreds of people who participated to stay engaged in work to end racial disparities. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Missouri athletes lead campus march for social justice

Sep. 3, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri athletes who organized and led a march and rally for social justice through the Columbia campus urged the hundreds of people who participated to stay engaged in work to end racial disparities. Wednesday's “March With Mizzou” was organized largely by...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, Missouri running back Larry Rountree III finds a hole in the Arkansas defense as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Little Rock, Ark. Eli Drinkwitz already has experienced just about everything a college football coach could imagine in his first season. Except for playing a game. That will finally change on Sept. 26, 2020, when the Tigers’ new coach leads his team into the opener of its SEC-only schedule against mighty Alabama. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)

Mizzou's Drinkwitz looking forward to finally coaching game

Sep. 1, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz already has experienced just about everything a college football coach could imagine in his first season. Except for playing a game. That will finally change on Sept. 26, when the Tigers' new coach leads his team into the opener of its SEC-only schedule against No. 3...

Workers and volunteers disinfect as a precaution against the coronavirus on a street in Goyang, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. South Korea is closing schools and switching back to remote learning in the greater capital area as the country counted its 12th straight day of triple-digit daily increases in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea urges striking doctors to return to work

Aug. 25, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- Health officials in South Korea called on thousands of striking doctors to return to work as the country counted its 13th straight day of triple-digit daily jumps in coronavirus cases. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo cited the growing virus crisis while issuing back-to-work orders for doctors...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Eliah Drinkwitz is introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. Drinkwitz will get a good idea of just how far he has to go in building a

Mizzou's Drinkwitz gets Alabama, LSU added to 1st-year sked

Aug. 18, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It won't take long for Eli Drinkwitz to learn just how far he has to go in building a “New Zou." The new Missouri coach should have had a relatively soft opening game against Central Arkansas on Sept. 5, then three more winnable non-conference games against Eastern Michigan, BYU...

FILE - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in St. Louis. A proposal by the Republican governor to give the attorney general the power to prosecute murders in St. Louis is spurring backlash. Parson's directive was widely seen as criticism of St. Louis' first Black prosecutor, Kim Gardner. Parson has said the goal is to help combat a surge in violent crime. Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says Republicans are trying to undermine Gardner. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

Missouri bill targeting Black prosecutor spurs backlash

Aug. 12, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s contested call to give the attorney general the power to prosecute homicides in St. Louis has spurred backlash and led state lawmakers to delay work on crime legislation he wants. Parson on Monday asked lawmakers working on sweeping crime bill to...