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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri's flagship campus is sweetening the pot for high academic achievers.

The university announced a new $6,500 scholarship Friday as well as increases to two existing grants that reward academic excellence. The Columbia school calls the changes its most significant scholarship increases in two decades.

The new Chancellor's Award will go to Missouri residents who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class from an accredited high school and have a composite ACT score of 31 or higher.

The Curators Award increases by $1,000 to $4,500. And the Mark Twain scholarship for talented out-of-state students will roughly double next year.

The Twain scholarship range was previously $2,000 to $5,500. Starting with the fall 2014 semester, out-of-state students can receive anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

 
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:46
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Scary incident for some students at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Police say a group of students were walking near the campus around 12:40 this morning. The students say two men approached them. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and used it to hit one of the victims. The suspects them jumped in to a waiting Chevy Camaro and sped off. It is still not clear what the suspects stole.

The Bel-Nor Police are handling the case at 314-381-2971. 

Friday, 06 September 2013 14:35
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The search continues for a pair of robbers who beat an employee at an O'Fallon, Missouri retail store.

Police say the suspects walked in to the store just before noon yesterday and grabbed five bottles of liquor. When the pair tried to walk past the registers without paying, an employee tried to stop them. A struggled ensued and the employee was injured. The suspects were last seen driving from the scene in a white conversion van.

Anyone who believes they recognize the suspects are asked to call the O’Fallon Police Department at (636)-379-5687.

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An Illinois AMBER Alert has been canceled.

A 13-year-old Champaign, Illinois girl abducted Thursday has been found safe in a Cape Girardeau Wal-Mart, according to the Champaign Police Department. Cleo Younce called her mother yesterday to say she had been abducted by 21-year-old Nicholas Hurley. Younce and Hurley had met about a month earlier through a mutual acquaintance.

It is not known why Hurley abducted the teen.

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Illinois authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a 13-year-old girl from Champaign, Illinois.

Police say that Cleo Younce was taken Thursday afternoon at 3:24. Younce was taken 21-year-old Nicholas Hurley. The pair were last seen in a Bronze 2000 Chevy Suburban with Indiana license plate 2-6-1-C-T-D.

Younce is described as a white female, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5'8" tall and was last seen wearing black half jacket, black tank top, dark jeans, black and teal K-Swiss shoes.

Hurley is a white male with brown hair and eyes. He is 6'8" tall and weights around 300 pounds.

Anyone with information or who sees the pair should call 911.

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