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Catherine Wheeler

Catherine Wheeler is a graduate student at the University of Missouri with a focus on radio production. She received a B.A. in English Writing from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She has previously reported for the Columbia Missourian and reported on education, arts and culture, and health at KBIA.

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The University of Missouri announced today that its endowment has surpassed $1 billion, according to a news release.

MU’s endowment reached a record high through private gifts and stock market growth. The endowment has grown by more than $400 million during the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead Campaign, which launched six years ago.

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UPDATE: As of 4:17 p.m., MU Alert reports that the bomb threat has been cleared. No suspicious or explosive device was found. Campus is back to operating under normal conditions. 

MU Alert reported a bomb threat at the Hearnes Center shuttle bus stop at 3:37 p.m. Police are investigating.

The bus stop has been evacuated and traffic is being rerouted. MU Alert is advising people to stay away from the area.

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The College of the Ozarks has instituted a new required course on patriotism for all freshmen.

The class, Patriotic Education and Fitness, was launched this year and combines civics and ROTC curriculum, says Bryan Cizek , the director of patriotic activities at College of the Ozarks.

Cizek, who teaches the course, says the college has a history of teaching civics and military science. This class adds a fitness component and teaches skills like rappelling.

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The University of Missouri says campus is all clear after what they called an “active threat” Wednesday morning.

At around 11:30, the university’s alert system reported an ‘active threat’ near Hitt and Locust Streets. Updates describe a woman walking with a handgun headed east on Locust Street. The updates suggest the woman may have been suicidal. 

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When the University of Missouri left the Big 12 Conference to join the Southeastern Conference, it effectively ended one of the biggest rivalries in college sports.

But, at least one MU club sport is making sure that rivalry lives on.


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The University of Missouri School of Law will partner with the MU Family Impact Center to provide free estate planning service this fall.

The Mizzou Law Pro Bono Estate Planning Program will now accept applicants from Boone County and the surrounding areas for the program.

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A Missouri House bill that looked to expand charter school options across the state didn't make it through the Senate in May, but the issue of expanding charter schools in Missouri could return in future legislative sessions.

Right now, charter schools are allowed only in Kansas City, St. Louis, and under limited conditions in other parts of the state. Missouri House Bill 634 aimed to change that. It passed the House, but didn’t make it out of committee and to  a vote before the Missouri Senate adjourned. Legislators are free to pick up the issue again next session.

But what exactly is a charter school? 

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As Dareth Goettemoeller cleaned up her art space at Orr Street Studios, she hugged a doll.

It was a giant, Raggedy-Anne-like doll, with a message over the heart that read, “Hug me.”

She said she made them for patients that just needed a hug.

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The steps of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia are covered with the support of the community. Yellow flowers, signs, candles, and balloons line the steps in a show of support for the local Muslim community.