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The Columbus school district is in desperate need of some repairs. That's why their asking the voters for $30 million this May. The district wants to build a new two-story building for the 1st through 8th graders, renovate the high school and football stadium, as well as add storm shelters. Even though they haven't had a bond issue on the ballot in over 30 years, Superintendent David
Missouri Southern State University's search for a new president is hitting the home stretch. Scott Meeker, MSSU communications and new media specialist, tells News Talk KZRG they're no longer taking applications.

"They have 35 applicants so far.  Their screening commiteee is going to be meeting on Monday to begin reviewing those applications.  They're reviewing those behind closed doors, and that's not in open information, so we do not know any of the names of the candidates who have applied at this time."

So there's no word if interim president Dr. Alan Marble is one of those 35 applicants. Meeker says the goal is to hire a new president by mid-summer.

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The Missouri House has approved a bill that would move the state’s primary elections for Congress, the state legislature and statewide elected offices to June. The proposal now goes to the Senate. Supporters say the change would allow more time for candidates to raise money ahead of general elections. Opponents argued it was purely political […]
The University of Missouri has brought a class on using aerial drones indoors after a federal government agency told the journalism school last summer to stop flying them outdoors.
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Albert Pujols has hit the 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th player in major league history to reach that milestone.
Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.
The Hawks took control in the third quarter and held off the Pacers to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball "for possessing a foreign substance on his person" in Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox.
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