Missouri State University

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Counselors will be on hand again today at Missouri State University to offer free help dealing with grief to those who knew retired history professor Dr. Marc Cooper. Representatives from the Mercy Employee Assistance Program will be available in Strong Hall  from 9:30 am to 4 pm to offer one-on-one meetings.

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Higher education institutions are among the businesses facing big changes to their payroll structures on Dec. 1, the day new requirements to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) kick in.

Specifically, the new rule increases the minimum annual salary for exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476.

“We have a lot of people that make more than $23,000 but less than $47,500 that are in that managerial responsibility and so we’ve gotta figure out how we’re gonna handle that,” said MSU President Clif Smart.

Marc Cooper
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Missouri State University says faculty and staff are mourning the loss of Dr. Marc Cooper, an emeriti history professor. The 66-year-old was found stabbed to death Wednesday night in central Springfield.

Cooper's wife, Nancy, was also stabbed. Police say her injuries are not life-threatening.

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