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This weekend marks the first of four scheduled conversations about mental illness on the Missouri State University campus and in the community.

The free events are called "Project Semicolon: Start the Conversation, End the Stigma.” It’s a joint effort of Project Semicolon, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and MSU’s Center for Community Engagement.

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Missouri State University started fall classes today with its largest opening day enrollment ever.

According to the university, 21,107 students were enrolled through the Springfield campus as of this morning—an increase of 773 over the first day of the fall 2015 semester.

The total includes 4,889 new undergraduates—the most ever. 

Returning undergraduate students accounted for 12,306 of the total, up from 11,630 last year.

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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.

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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.