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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have given first-round approval to legislation that would reward the state's four-year institutions for good performance with more funding.
 
Under the measure endorsed Tuesday, public universities would establish performance criteria. The criteria would be used to determine how much extra money the institutions get during years the state can afford to increase college funding.
 
Universities would work with the Department of Higher Education to establish five performance goals. A university's goals must include graduation and retention rates, as well as job placement statistics. The formula would expire in 2016.
 
Missouri is currently using a similar mechanism to fund the universities but the measure would put the change into law.
 
The bill needs another vote before moving to the House.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 16:49
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Authorities say they have found the body of missing SIU-Carbondale student, Pravin Varughese.

 

His family was offering a $15,000 reward to find the student. Authorities found his body in a heavily wooded area off of East Main Street.VAHR-eh-geez was last seen on Wednesday night at a part. Police believe he may have gotten into a fight or argument and he got a ride home from the party. Witnesses told police that he could not tell the driver where he lived, so he got out of the car.

 

He was found with all of his clothes, but he was not wearing a jacket. Authorities think he might have died of exposure and are not treating the death as a homicide.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 16:47
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WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) - An 8-year-old eastern Missouri boy has died from injuries suffered in a stabbing during a domestic dispute.
 
Warren County authorities say Mason Vandiver died about 1 a.m. Tuesday at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis. He had been on life-support since the attack Friday night at a home near Jonesburg.
 
Mason's mother, 29-year-old Lexy Vandiver, died in the stabbing, along with her co-worker who was visiting the home, 22-year-old Tara Lynn Fifer of Montgomery City.
 
Murder charges were filed Saturday against 23-year-old Shawn Kavanagh of Bellflower. His estranged wife, 27-year-old Jessica Kavanagh, also was stabbed and remains hospitalized. Authorities say she is expected to recover.
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A suspect is in custody connected to a fatal hit and run crash last week.

 

Police arrested Yelena Pelts. She was initially a person of interest in the crash when they linked her vehicle to the scene. Now police believe she was involved in the accident that killed 41-year-old Roy Joseph.

 

Charges are expected against Pelts on Wednesday.

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