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20th President of Lincoln University Jerald Jones Woolfolk addresses the crowd at her inauguration ceremony on Oct. 5, 2018
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Lincoln University in Jefferson City has inaugurated its 20th president, Jerald Jones Woolfolk. On Friday, Oct. 5, hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, family and friends packed into the Fine Arts Center auditorium to honor Woolfolk's investiture. When she took her post over the summer, she became part of the 5 percent of college and university presidents who are women of color.

Missouri Department of Transportation

Does Missouri have the worst roads in the Midwest?

Renee Hoagenson, Democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District, thinks Missouri lags behind neighboring states in road quality.

In an Aug. 28 tweet, Hoagenson claimed that “#Missouri has the worst roads in the Midwest and nearly the worst roads in the country.”

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Amid a national teacher shortage, a wave of teachers’ strikes last spring spotlighted some of the ongoing problems for the teaching profession, such as low pay and limited classroom resources. On top of that, a recent poll found that for the first time since 1969, just over half of American parents don’t want their children to pursue a teaching career.

The Missouri Constitution prohibits teachers from striking, but just because they aren’t speaking out, doesn’t mean schools here don’t face many of those issues. With some of the lowest teacher salaries in the country, recruiting and retaining qualified teachers is a challenge, said Paul Katnik, assistant commissioner for educator quality at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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It’s no longer business as usual for the University of Missouri System, President Mun Choi said Friday morning. He laid out plans for a one-time investment of $260 million aimed at boosting innovation across the four-campus system over the next five years.

“We want our university to be a place where our faculty and staff are proud to work, our students are proud to attend, civic leaders and communities are proud to support, and business are proud to partner. We will become a stronger UM System driven by innovation and hard work,” Choi said to the 

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MU Health Care's CEO says it had a standout year in terms of patient approval and revenue growth, but it’s not finished yet. Plans continue to purchase two central Missouri hospitals.

“We need to be more of a statewide asset than just a Boone County Asset,” MU Health Care CEO, Jonathan Curtright said at a meeting of the UM System Board of Curators Health Affairs Committee Monday about last year’s growth.

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