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Missouri curators reject interpretive Thomas Jefferson sign

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Board of Curators has rejected a proposal to add contextual information to a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the Columbia campus.

The curators voted 7-1 Thursday to disregard a task force recommendations that came after Black students and organizations pushed to have the statue removed because Jefferson owned slaves. Board members who voted against adding a 300-word sign near the statue said it was not a good way to clearly explain Jefferson’s life.

The curators also rejected a proposal to add a Legacy Walk to acknowledge the role slaves had in building the university.

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Webb City Farmer’s Market welcomes back kid’s program

WEBB CITY, Mo. – The kids program is back at the Webb City Farmers Market.

This includes free food and special lessons geared towards kids. Thursday’s meal included hotdogs, broccoli, salad and strawberries, and milk.

MU Extension nutrition educators talked about eating from the garden.

“As a Mom it’s very important to me,” said Webb City Market Manager Rachel Lynch. “I prioritize nutrition. We want our citizens that are growing up, to grow with the best nutrients possible, so that’s why we utilize a lot of our own farms foods in our meals. Today is a hot dog and sliced apples, but they are also getting sweet potato fries from a local farm.”

The free kids meals are given every Thursday at the farmers market. Parents can pick one up for their child without the child present, but parents need to show a photo of themselves with their children.

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University of Missouri tuition to increase in the fall

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Tuition will rise in the fall at all four campuses for the University of Missouri, with increases ranging from 2% to 5%. Curators on Wednesday approved the increases.

For undergraduates, the Columbia campus will see an increase of 5%. At UMKC, the increase is 4.1%. The increase will be 3.5% at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. The increase at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will be 2%. Graduate student tuition will rise by 5% in Columbia, 4% at UMKC and 2% at UMSL.

Missouri S&T grad students will not see an increase.