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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The widow of former men's basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour has established a scholarship fund in his honor at Missouri State University.
Spoonhour was head coach at the school in Springfield from 1983 to 1992 before moving to Saint Louis University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He died in February 2012.
His widow, Vicki Spoonhour, said she created the fund for the university's men's program because the school gave her husband his first Division I coaching job and the couple made many friends in Springfield. The Springfield News-Leader reports she declined to say how much she donated.
Spoonhour compiled a 197-81 record at Missouri State, which was then known as Southwest Missouri State, while leading the Bears to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Friends of a slain University of Missouri-Columbia student have raised more than $5,000 to help his family and create a scholarship fund.
The Columbia Missourian reports part of the money has gone to the family of 21-year-old Jarrett Mosby for immediate expenses. The rest will establish an ongoing college fund that will benefit Mosby's 6-year-old son, Jarrett Mosby Jr., and later help other African-American men attend college.
Mosby, of Collinsville, Ill., found shot to death Dec. 23 in a car in the village of Madison, Ill. He was five months from graduating as a business major and was in the area during the university's winter break to visit his son.
A 24-year-old suspect was taken into custody Monday and charged with first-degree murder.
 
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Missouri's most prolific political financier has made more than $1 million in year-end donations to some of his favorite causes.  Online state campaign finance reports show that retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield gave $750,000 to Teachgreat.org, $245,000 to Grow Missouri and $25,000 to Missourians for Excellence in Government during the final weeks of December.
Teachgreat.org is backing a potential ballot initiative that would end tenure protections for public school teachers. Grow Missouri is backing a potential ballot initiative that would cut Missouri's income tax rates, and Missourians for Excellence in Government is a political action committee funding candidates like St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
Online records show Sinquefield made about $3.6 million in Missouri political contributions in 2013.
 
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The price of oil fell below $98 a barrel Thursday amid reduced trading volumes and the impact of a strengthening dollar.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for February delivery was down 72 cents to $97.70 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract fell 87 cents to close the year at $98.42. Markets were closed Wednesday for New Year's Day.

The Nymex contract gained 7 percent in 2013 on hopes for stronger demand in the coming months pegged to the signs of a recovery in the U.S., which is expected to help revive other major global economies.

The brighter prospects for the U.S. economy have also helped boost the dollar over the past few trading sessions. A stronger dollar tends to push down oil prices by making crude more expensive for buyers using other currencies.

"Further improvement in the U.S. economy should be supportive of the U.S. dollar and that will continue to play against oil demand in emerging markets," said Olivier Jakob, an analyst at Petromatrix in Switzerland. He highlighted recent protests in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, against rising gasoline prices.

On Thursday, the euro was down 0.7 percent against the dollar, at $1.3647.

Meanwhile, traders are monitoring data on supplies. The industry-funded American Petroleum Institute reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude stockpiles fell 5.7 million barrels the week ended Dec. 27. The report from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Friday.

A survey by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos., showed analysts are expecting a draw of 1.5 million barrels in crude stocks.

While the Nymex contract rose above $100 last week for the first time since October, trading volumes on Thursday were around half of usual levels.

"Volume should remain low in crude oil futures until Monday," Jakob said. "The short-term momentum is disappearing."

Brent crude, a benchmark used to price international crudes used by many U.S. refiners, was down $1.29 to $109.51 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

Disruptions in oil production and exports in Libya and South Sudan were keeping a floor under the Brent price, which was also affected by the dollar's rise.

In other energy futures trading:

— Wholesale gasoline was down 3.51 cents to $2.7508 a gallon.

— Natural gas futures added 4.7 cents to $4.277 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil lost 4.63 cents to $3.0189 a gallon.

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