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Nathan Lawrence

Digital Content Director

Nathan Lawrence is an editor, documentary filmmaker and data journalist currently serving as digital content director for KBIA and Classical 90.5 in Columbia, Missouri. 

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MU Health Care is in exclusive talks to purchase hospitals in Jefferson City and Mexico, Missouri, according to officials.

In a letter to staff Thursday morning, MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright announced that the organization’s initial proposal to acquire St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain and St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City has been accepted.

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Columbia residents will vote Tuesday on whether the city should use bond funds to make improvements to its water system.

If passed, Proposition 1 would allow the city to issue about $43 million in fresh revenue bonds for the express purpose of modernizing its water treatment and installing what it calls “additional reliability and safety elements.” To pay off this new debt, Columbia Water and Light says it would raise water bills by two to three percent per year until the year 2022, for a total rate increase of about 12 percent.

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New campaign finance reports show Eric Greitens’ political campaign paid an employee with a history of sexual misconduct allegations almost $50 thousand since May.

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Three years after a high-profile dispute over school-paid health insurance subsidies, graduate students at the University of Missouri System’s flagship campus in Columbia have won a key victory in their fight to unionize.

In May 2016, about nine months after University of Missouri graduate student workers had their health insurance subsidies removed - a decision that was quickly reversed - the university notified graduate students that it would not recognize their subsequent attempts to unionize.

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Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ office parted ways with speechwriter and communications advisor Jimmy Soni in spring of 2017, just as Soni was coming under renewed fire over past sexual harassment allegations. But the two didn’t stay apart for long. Public records show Soni continued to be paid for work by Greitens’ campaign, even as accusations of the former governor’s own sexual misconduct began to catch up with him.

In advance of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens' official resignation and current Lieutenant Governor Michael Parson's swearing-in ceremony Friday evening, we want to know what questions remain unanswered for you about this event and its potential repercussions for Missouri.

After numerous legal and legislative battles over his personal conduct and the legality of his 2016 campaign, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has resigned.

Missouri congressman Emanuel Cleaver has joined the growing number of public figures to demand technology and retail giant Amazon reveal more details about how its facial recognition tool, AWS Rekognition, is being used by law enforcement.

In a joint letter with representative Keith Ellison, Cleaver, a democrat who serves the Kansas City area in the U.S. House of Representatives, demanded Amazon release a list of law enforcement organizations using the service, which can identify and track individual people’s faces over time.

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University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright today announced reorganization efforts for several graduate programs across the university, including the complete elimination of at least four degree programs.

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When United Airlines began transporting between the Columbia Regional Airport and Denver last August, the city and a number of community partners backed that service with a revenue guarantee fund -- money the airline could ask for to keep its flights financially viable during their first year. 

Friday, Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said in a statement that United has billed the city for $600,000, the entire fund, just to make up for revenue shortfalls in the first six months of service.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about users’ privacy on the social media platform. At least one senator inquired as to why users don’t seem clear on how their data is collected and used. Could it lead to regulation?

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In a joint statement, the University of Missouri and Farmhouse International Fraternity announced the closure of MU's fraternity chapter after allegations of hazing and other misconduct involving alcohol. 

True/False 2018: The Festival in Pictures

Mar 2, 2018
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Experience the True/False film festival through the eyes of our professional and student reporters all weekend long.


Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday evening on a charge of felony invasion of privacy. Since then, Missouri legislators have been making moves toward impeachment - but what does that mean, and how does it work in Missouri?

What is impeachment?

Impeachment is a process where government officials can be forced out of office for conduct not in line with what is expected of them.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday evening on a charge of felony invasion of privacy. But what does that mean, and how will it affect Missouri politics?

What is an indictment?

An indictment is a legal process where a grand jury decides that the attorney prosecuting a case has enough evidence to begin basic criminal proceedings.

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Worries of icy conditions tomorrow evening mean students of Columbia Public Schools and their parents are in for a slight change in routine.

Late this afternoon, Columbia Public Schools informed community members over text message and email that all schools in the district will be closing two and a half hours earlier than usual for safety reasons tomorrow .

Forecasts for Thursday call for rain most of the day, then a sudden drop below freezing, leading to concerns about ice buildup on roads and sidewalks.

The St. Louis man who says he used the internet to stalk his ex-girlfriend and send bomb threats to several Jewish community centers and schools across the country has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Juan Thompson was sentenced Wednesday in Judge Peter Kevin Castel’s Manhattan federal court. The Associated Press reports Castel referred to Thompson’s actions as “domestic terrorism.”

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The UM System Board of Curators discussed a third-party review of administrative costs in their meeting this morning.

The UM System Board of Curators will view an initial assessment of administrative departments during its meeting Friday. Among its contents: recommendations for a fresh look at employee benefits and hints at a potential decrease of full-time employees in several key departments.

A new report from third-party consultants says the Greek system at the University of Missouri is falling short in key areas.

Dyad Strategies, a small consulting group that specializes in Greek life, was hired by the university to compile the report as part of an overhaul of campus life administration earlier this year. According to the report, employees from Dyad visited the school in mid-August to conduct in-person meetings that formed the basis of its conclusions.

Ryan Ferguson spent the better part of a decade in prison for the murder of Kent Heigthold, a sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune. In November 2013, that conviction was vacated.

In July, Judge Nanette Laughrey awarded Ferguson $11 million for legal expenses and his suffering in a case against police and city officials. But, since The Travelers Companies, who had insured the city, denied financial responsibility for the case, Ferguson settled for $2.75 million.

Now, Ferguson has served The Travelers Companies with a lawsuit for the remaining $8.25 million.

In a unanimous vote, the UM System Board of Curators approved plans for the Memorial Stadium South Expansion Project, which is expected to be complete in summer 2019 and cost roughly $98 million, at Friday's meeting.

This approval comes amidst belt-tightening across the institution. This summer, all departments were required to cut their annual budgets by up to 12 percent. Then, Thursday, UM System President Mun Choi announced in an email to faculty and staff that the institution would be hiring outside consultants to find further ways to reduce operating costs.

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While you’re reading this, Winston Kliethermes is probably thinking about batteries.

He owns B & W Battery & Auto Repair in Jefferson City, and he says he’s been working with car batteries since 1974.

There are a lot more kinds of car batteries around now, but almost all of them have one element in common: lead. Lead-based batteries have long been the standard for transportation like cars or boats, and companies across the globe also use lead-based batteries to power their servers in case of emergency.

It’s a well proven system.

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In a release posted today, Boone Hospital in Columbia announced it’s one step closer to a possible alignment with University of Missouri Health Care after a unanimous agreement of Boone Hospital’s board of trustees to explore the details of an arrangement.

As part of this process, the hospital says it’s putting conversations with other potential partners, including BJC HealthCare, Duke/LifePoint Health Care and Saint Luke’s Health System, on hold.

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In 2004, Ryan Ferguson was arrested for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heigthold. He spent the better part of the next ten years in prison after being convicted of the crime, but in November 2013, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District overturned these convictions after it emerged evidence had been withheld from his defense.

On Monday, Judge Nanette Laughrey awarded Ferguson 11 million dollars, 1 million for each year he was imprisoned, plus an additional million for legal expenses, in his case against police and city officials.

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Representatives from MU Health Care and the University of Missouri School of Medicine gathered Tuesday to celebrate the start of emergency room expansion at the university hospital with a ground breaking ceremony, turning dirt over in a small trough near the hospital’s entrance.

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University of Missouri System faculty, staff and community members gathered in Columbia Friday to hear system president Mun Choi outline the University of Missouri System’s budget for fiscal year 2018.

Current decreases in state funding, uncertainty about future state funding and enrollment declines at the system’s flagship campus in Columbia have forced officials to look for both short- and long-term solutions to significant budget shortfalls.

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As the University of Missouri’s new chancellor steps into office later this year, he will do so with a larger base salary than his predecessor.

When former chancellor R. Bowen Loftin took office in 2013, he was offered a base salary of $450,000 a year before bonuses. Alexander Cartwright, who will be taking over the same position, signed a contract Wednesday to make about 8 percent more, $485,000 a year. In the same time period, the consumer price index, which measures cost of living, has only gone up about 3 percent.