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As the debate on whether to accept Syrian refugees rages, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says now is not the time for a new national identity.

“As Americans, we have always been a country of immigrants,” Nixon says. “We have always a place that welcomed people who had horrific things happen to them, whether it has been in Africa or Bosnia or now in Syria.”

He says he understands the concerns of Missourians who are reticent to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States.

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20 Republican state senators have now joined in calling on Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees relocating in Missouri.

On Monday in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, Nixon said he wants “federal partners to implement the strongest possible safeguards to protect our state and nation.” But he stopped short of refusing refugees from settling in Missouri, which other governors – including Arkansas’ Asa Hutchinson – are in favor of.

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Missouri’s Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is calling on strong screening from the feds in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Nixon made his stance public Monday afternoon as several governors are announcing opposition to relocating Syrian refugees in their states, including Republican Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas.

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A freeze in undergraduate tuition at Missouri State University for the 2016-2017 year would equal the fourth time in the past eight years that tuition at the school will remain flat.

That’s according to President Clif Smart, who adds that since higher education funding began to drop in 2009 inflation is near 12 percent. And as a result of holding tuition flat for several years, Missouri State has increased tuition by less than the cost of inflation.

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A $350,000 grant will help provide a Springfield organization with resources for the region’s startup community.