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 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Some Missouri State University students who worked for more than a year on a solar project are disappointed that school officials have stalled the project.
The students spent 18 months devising a way to put solar panels on top of Meyer Library on the Springfield campus. It was approved by student groups and was to be paid for with funds from a $2 per semester student sustainability fee.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the school's Planning, Design and Construction Department stopped the project by making changes that greatly increased the cost. The main disagreement was over how to install the panels to the library's roof.
One of the students, Shane Franklin, plans to meet with the university's architect in February to see if the project can revived.
 
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The University of Missouri is facing considerable scrutiny today after an ESPN report on it's program Outside the Lines alleged that a former Mizzou swimmer was sexually assaulted by a Tiger football player, with no investigation by the University. 
University System President Tom Wolfe has requested an independent investigation into the school's handling of the case, in which swimmer Sasha Menu Courey claimed she was assaulted by a football player in 2010.   According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, university officials say they knew nothing of the alleged sexual attack until late 2012.
But the ESPN report details that Menu Courey told her campus therapist about the alleged assault in December 2010 and alerted a nurse at the on-campus psychiatric center about the attack in March 2011. According to Title IX law, once a school knows, or reasonably should know of possible sexual violence it must take immediate action to investigate.  Menu-Courey committed suicide in June 2011,
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A fire truck was badly damaged after its aerial ladder touched a high-voltage transmission line at a north Columbia fire station.
Columbia Battalion Chief John Metz says the station's crew was conducting a routine maintenance check on the 2009 fire engine early Sunday when the ladder touched the line.
No one was injured but the fire engine was severely damaged.  Metz says the damage will not affect fire service to the city.
Firefighters from other stations arrived to help prevent the blaze from damaging the fire station.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the incident caused a brief power outage for between 500 and 1,000 customers.
 
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - After two weeks of committee hearings, Missouri lawmakers are poised to begin debating legislation on the House and Senate floor.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says the chamber this week will take up a bill barring temporary leaders of state agencies from remaining in office for more than 120 days.
Dempsey says the Senate could also consider legislation that would implement performance-based funding for Missouri's four-year public universities. The funding scheme would only apply in years when higher education receives a budget increase from state government.
In the House, the first bill on the debate calendar would allow people with disabilities or on active military duty to appoint someone to represent them when they file for elective office.
   
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A state advisory council will consider Missouri nominations to the National Register of Historic Places at its meeting next month.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will consider the nominations Feb. 7 in Jefferson City.
Nominations include the Kansas City System of Parks and Boulevards, Missouri's Cherokee Trail of Tears, Kansas City's Kemper Arena, and the downtown Smithville Historic District in Clay County.
The council is appointed by the governor and meets four times a year to review Missouri property nominations to the National Register, the nation's list of historic properties. Nominations that are approved are sent to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C., for final approval.
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   St. Louis Police are undergoing a major transition this morning.

   At 4 a.m., crews physically made the switch as city police consolidate nine police districts into six.  It's been more than 50 years since the district map in St. Louis was last changed.  

   Chief Sam Dotson says the redistricting is a crime-reducing strategy that will put more officers on the streets and improve communication within the department and between police and residents. 

   Residents are invited to leave feedback at slmpd.org.

 
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   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri education officials are planning a series of public hearings on ideas for helping unaccredited school districts boost student achievement.
   The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says it wants to hear what the public has to say about several plans it's received from education organizations as well as a study it commissioned.
   The department will use the feedback as it creates a statewide plan for supporting and possibly intervening in unaccredited schools. The agency plans to submit its recommendation to the State Board of Education next month.
   The first hearing takes place Wednesday in Kansas City. The second is Feb. 4 in St. Louis, and the last two are scheduled Feb. 6 in southeast and southwest Missouri.
   Comments can also be made online at:  http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/sia/msip/unaccrediteddistricts.html
 
 
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   CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn heads into a critical election-year State of the State address this week with his top priority of pension reform inked into the law.
   The speech on Wednesday is a chance for Quinn to lay out goals for the year and recap his accomplishments.
   But how much credit the Chicago Democrat can take for what he's called the signature achievement of his governorship is up for debate.
   Quinn has won praise for keeping pension reform in the public sphere with his populist tactics, like withholding legislator pay. Pension reform was once a topic more common among economists and business groups.
   However, he's also been criticized for those methods and not doing more to broker the deal himself. Some say he only took notice when there weren't other options.
 
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   Sunday was a doggone good day for one St. Louis dog-owner after firefighters rescued her puppy from a drainpipe.  It happened at Union Blvd. and Enright Ave. in north city about 9:00 a.m.  

   Fire Department officials say the small grey puppy had slipped into a foot-wide drainage pipe that wasn't properly covered.  The puppy's owner had been walking another dog on a leash, when it happened.  

   Firefighters lowered a noose 26 feet down and snagged the puppy, pulling it to freedom.  

   The puppy wasn't injured and was returned to its owner.

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   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The president of the University of Missouri system is seeking an independent review of how the university handled allegations from a swimmer that she had been sexually assaulted by a football player more than a year before she committed suicide.
   The move Sunday by UM System President Timothy Wolfe comes after an ESPN story questioning the University of Missouri's response to the alleged sexual assault of Sasha Menu Courey, who committed suicide in 2011, about 16 months after the alleged rape.
   In a letter to chancellors of the university's four campuses, Wolfe says he'll ask the board of curators to hire "outside independent counsel" to investigate how the university handled Menu Courey's allegations.
   The university also says it turned its information on the matter over to police on Saturday.
   
 
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