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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.

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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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The culture of poverty: It’s a reality for people everywhere in the world. Where it is often the most heart-wrenching is when it is seen in the face of a child.Dr. David Hough, dean of the College of Education at Missouri State University, talks about this topic.


The job search has certainly changed over the past couple of decades. What once was a success tactic may now be seen as out of step and disqualifying. Vickie Hicks, corporate relations specialist for the College of Business at Missouri State University, says the College of Business is proud of its reputation and the quality of students they produce. To make them more market ready, Hicks says they require all students to attend a workshop before attending the business career fair, which she has grown from 130 to 180 employers during her tenure.

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Missouri State University’s Board of Governors is commending President Clif Smart for his service this past fiscal year.

Smart presented a self-assessment to the board during its June meeting. The board then completed an electronic survey evaluating Smart in nine major categories, including strategic leadership, fundraising, and internal relations.

In a statement, Board Chair Peter Hofherr said, “He [Smart] faced many challenges on campus this year; however, his dedication and commitment prevailed, resulting in the continued upward trajectory of the university.”

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