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Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor charge for driving while intoxicated Wednesday night.

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 Columbia College and some Boone Country schools signed an agreement Wednesday that will allow education students to observe and teach classes in any school district in the county.

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University of Missouri football Coach Gary Pinkel has been handed a one week suspension without pay, among other punishments after being arrested for a DWI Wednesday night.

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, is changing the way it calculates high school graduation rates.

MU Football Coach Gary Pinkel has issued an apology today for what he calls a “lack of judgment,” following his arrest last night by Boone County Sherriff’s deputies on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated. Meanwhile, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton says the Athletics Department has his support in taking the “appropriate action.”

Construction is set to begin on gymnasiums at both Hickman and Rockbridge High Schools. 

The MU Board of Curator’s Presidential Search Committee held an executive session at University Hall Monday night.

Columbia Public Schools administrators will meet tonight to ask the Board of Education’s approval of an $11.8 million contract to build new gymnasiums at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools.


This week, we check in on a program aiming to combat obesity at an early stage – elementary school. Plus, we chat with the future assistant superintendent for secondary education for Columbia public schools.

Could former Florida football coach Urban Meyer be the next head coach at Penn State?

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More Truman State University students have been awarded Fulbright grants this year than all but two other Master’s institutions in the country.

The University of Missouri will receive $43 million in the sale of a veterinarian research lab.

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This week: Columbia Public Schools is exploring the options for it new school boundaries. Three Columbia high school students win an award meant to honor the best young writers in the country.  And Columbia and the University of Missouri continue to expand their relationship with China.

The Obama Administration announced today it is moving forward with a program to help students manage their loans.

This week: The front man for the band Guster leads a discussion on sustainability at MU, DESE is trying to become exempt from No Child Left Behind, and a new scholarship is available for students statewide.

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Thursday it is pursuing a waiver that would exempt the state from certain requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators met today in Kansas City.

USA Today parses through New York Federal Reserve's latest report (pdf) on Household Debt and Credit and finds that for the first time, this year the amount of student loans will surpass the $100 billion mark and the outstanding balance will exceed $1 trillion.

This week: a discussion on the possible academic impact of athletic conference realignment. Plus, MU signs an agreement with a University in India to work with nanomedicine and nanotechnology.

The Department of Conservation says zebra mussels have been present in the Missouri and Osage Rivers and the
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The University of Missouri is studying how to make life easier for student parents. Plus, research shows a Prison GED program has multiple benefits.

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MU’s Faculty Board met Thursday night to discuss the UM System’s current classroom content protection policies. <!--more-->

By Colin Evans (Columbia, Mo.)

The A.T. Still University Board of Trustees recently approved a $26 million bond issue that will create a dental school on its Kirksville campus.  Here's how university officials and healthcare chief executives hope this new school will improve the state’s current healthcare situation.

By Ryan Schmidt (Columbia, Mo.)

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This week: students in unaccredited school districts with ambitions for college could find themselves in limbo. Plus, kids get up close and personal with alpacas.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is warning motorists to watch out for deer, as auto-deer collisions occur most often between the months of October and December while deer are more active during their mating season.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

About 4,000 fewer Missourians were on payrolls last month, compared to August of last year, according to new labor stats.  But Governor Jay Nixon and community colleges across the state hope to better equip those in search of jobs with new skills that will get them employed.

By Elana Gordon (Kansas City, Mo.)

A group of Missouri lawmakers met Wednesday to look for solutions for a potential mass exodus from three of the state’s unaccredited school districts.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

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This week Exam looks at a conflict in Camdenton arising over the issue of the high school’s use of website filtering that’s blocking educational websites of gay organizations.

Some Columbia private schools have begun integrating new technology in classrooms and Columbia Public Schools are following suit.

By Christian Bryant (Columbia, Mo.)