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MU’s Coalition of Graduate Workers is continuing its ongoing push for union recognition. To show their support, a handful of graduate students gathered Thursday morning in Jesse Hall for a final exam-week grade-in.

“We would like to let the people in Jesse Hall know that we are still here. That we are still committed to forming the exclusively recognized collective bargaining unit for the University of Missouri Columbia,” doctoral candidate and coalition outreach officer Nicholas Brothers said.

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No one knows what happened to Lloyd Lionel Gaines. He was last seen in Chicago on March 19, 1939.

Three months before he went missing, on Dec. 12, 1938, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor in a case against the University of Missouri School of Law. The court said the school violated the constitution when it rejected Gaines' application because he was black.

Wednesday marks the 80th anniversary of the ruling. 

Experts say his case could have done what Brown v.  Board of Education did in 1954, and it would have been done 15 years earlier.

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Last year, racist language interrupted the annual Black History Month assembly at Battle High School.

“During the actual assembly a young man had yelled out the N-word while someone was reciting a poem," senior Daimontre Yancy said. "This group of boys who happened to be white got up because they were asked by a black teacher to leave. They did not receive any consequences and were in class later on that day.”


The incident left some students disappointed.

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Immigration policy is one of the thorniest issues of the 2018 midterm election cycle. Just ask incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. She’s running against Missouri’s Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley in one of the nation’s most high-profile races.

An ad released by the Senate Leadership Fund, a Republican-backed political action committee, questions her voting record on immigration.

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On Nov. 6, Missourians will have a chance to decide if they want to raise the state minimum wage. Proposition B would increase the current $7.85 an hour minimum to $8.60 by next year. It would increase the state minimum wage 85 cents each year until it reaches $12 hour by the year 2023.

So how might this affect Missouri’s low-wage workers and business owners?

Dave Elman, the owner of Fretboard Coffee in downtown Columbia thinks it would help.

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It’s been three years since the nation watched student activist group Concerned Student 1950 protest structural racism at the University of Missouri. Many of the issues spotlighted then, such as MU’s perceived reluctance to acknowledge the history and contributions of people of color, still persist today. This can be traumatizing and invalidating for the 17 percent of non-white students on campus, especially when the modes of racism are invisible to their white peers. But two MU psychology doctoral candidates, Yoanna McDowell and Jonathan Ferguson, are working to alleviate that stress. 

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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.

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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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