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Tuition freeze approved for University of Missouri

Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:19 Published in Local News
Missouri residents won’t be paying more in tuition to attend schools in the University of Missouri school system this coming school year.
It’s the first time in five years that Missouri parents and students won’t have to dig deeper into their pockets to attend a University of Missouri school.  
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the system's Board of Curators approved the in-state tuition freeze yesterday morning during the first of three days of meetings in Columbia.
The freeze applies to the 2014-2015 school year for residents who attend University of Missouri in St. Louis, Columbia, Kansas City and Rolla.  Students will pay $8,335 in tuition.  
Non-resident undergraduate tuition rates will go up at all campuses starting this summer. Tuition rates for graduate students, including those from Missouri, will increase by 1.5 percent.

Morning fire in Madison County destroys home

Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:58 Published in Local News
Two people escaped a three-alarm fire early this morning in Madison County.
Fox2 News reports that authorities believe an explosion started the blaze which destroyed a home in the  400 block of Valley Drive in Rosewood Heights.  The fire was reported just before 6:30 a.m.
The fire chief says there was some type of explosion inside the garage and the fire spread through the main part of the home.
Both people in the home were taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.  A house next door was also damaged by the explosion.  
The fire chief says the fire is not suspicious. There are reports that the family had propane tanks in the garage. The State Fire Marshall will investigate the cause of the blaze. 

Record award in railroad accident case

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:29 Published in Local News
In what may be a record in Jefferson County, a jury has awarded $12.5 million to a railroad worker whose right leg was amputated after being run over by a train.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that 51 year old Michael Bolen of Jackson, Mo., was hurt in May 2012 as he was directing trains in a rail yard in Crystal City.
He claims he was walking along the track and tripped over a boulder that was left in the rail yard. He fell onto the tracks and both legs were run over by a slow-moving train.  His right leg was crushed and he also lost part of the heel on his left foot. 
Bolen's attorney, Nelson Wolff, told the newspaper that Bolen was a conductor/switchman for BNSF Railway and said the train company was negligent in having a rocky area where workers walked.
Wolff said this may be the largest personal-injury verdict in the history of Jefferson County. 

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