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Nathan Lawrence

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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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The NCAA is sanctioning the University of Missouri's football, softball and baseball teams after a tutor violated the organization's rules for academic conduct.

An NCAA report released Thursday says a tutor completed work — including homework assignments, quizzes and even an entire class — for a dozen University of Missouri student-athletes.

As a result, all three programs are getting three years of probation and a one-year postseason ban. This means the football team will not be eligible for a bowl game next school year.

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University of Missouri officials say campus will remain closed Monday following a weekend of dramatic snowfall, freezing temperatures and major power outages in Columbia. 

“This is one of the worst snow storms we’ve experienced,” Gary Ward, MU's vice chancellor for operations, said in a release Sunday afternoon. “We continue to be in close contact with local and state officials on the road conditions, and our crews continue their work preparing the campus so that we can reopen as soon as possible.”

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As Winter Storm Gia continues to bear down on mid-Missouri, thousands of residents in Columbia have been left without power. 

In a release Saturday afternoon, the City of Columbia said “numerous power outages” had been caused by the storm, mostly due to snow-covered trees sagging onto nearby power lines. As of 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Columbia Power and Light said about 8,000 customers were affected.

When work ends today, Deputy City Manager JJ Musgrove will be ending his five-and-a-half-year tenure with the City of Columbia as the city dissolves his position. The change was announced by press release this morning.

An elimination of one of the two deputy city manager positions is just the latest in a string of changes in the City of Columbia’s upper management. After being placed on administrative leave in December, Police Chief Ken Burton resigned last Friday, completing his duties yesterday evening. City Manager Mike Matthes resigned his post in November.

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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith has received the university’s first-ever Nobel Prize. In a ceremony Monday, he was recognized by the Swedish royal family.

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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith will shake the hand of King Carl Gustaf the 16th of Sweden as he officially accepts his part of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry at its award ceremony Monday evening.

In Nobel Presser, MU Professor Reflects on Inspiration and Collaboration

Dec 7, 2018
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University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith and his fellow Nobel laureates in Chemistry, Physics and Economic Sciences discussed working on projects larger than themselves and some of their “aha” moments during a Friday morning press conference.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes is resigning his post of seven years effective Wednesday evening.

Matthes was appointed to the position by the Columbia City Council in May 2011. Before that, he helped manage finances for the City of Des Moines, Iowa in a number of different capacities.

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President Donald J. Trump’s midterm campaign visit at the Columbia Regional Airport Thursday night was marked by the presence of numerous local and state-level GOP politicians, all appearing to boost Senate hopeful Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s campaign in its final days.

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President Donald Trump is headed to Columbia Thursday for a rally at the Columbia Regional Airport.

The rally marks Trump's first stop in Columbia since his 2016 election. He's expected to rally support for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's U.S. Senate run less than a week before the election. Hawley, a Republican, is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in a close race that could determine control of the Senate.

As part of a partnership with ProPublica's Electionland project, we’re on the lookout for any problems that prevent people from voting — such as long lines, registration problems, purged voter rolls, broken machines, voter intimidation and changed voting locations. To let us know how your voting experience went or to tell us if you encountered anything that stopped you or others from casting a ballot, here’s how to sign up.

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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.