Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metro Digest

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COLUMBIA, MO. > Mizzou revises rules on protests * The University of Missouri's Columbia campus announced revised policies related to protests on Thursday, nearly two years after the campus was besieged by demonstrations over racial concerns.

The new policies, developed over the past 15 months, include a commitment to "protecting the rights of expression, assembly, protest, and dissent."

"Free speech and the ability to engage in our democratic process in public spaces is vital to the future of the United States and core to the mission of the University of Missouri," Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said in a statement.

The Columbia campus was at the center of unrest in the fall of 2015, when hundreds of students protested the way university leadership handled complaints and concerns about race and discrimination. At the peak of the protests, the Missouri football team threatened to boycott a game.

The unrest led to extensive changes at the university, including the resignations of then-University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and the Columbia campus' chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin.

Under the new policy, the camping that became common during the 2015 protests will largely be prohibited. But chalking will be allowed as a way to express thoughts and ideas. (AP)

SUNSET HILLS > City rejects plan for villas, credit union * The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen unanimously rejected on Tuesday night plans for a multifamily development and credit union in the area ravaged by a tornado in December 2010.

Pulte Homes had requested a zoning change and approval of a preliminary development plan for nine properties at South Lindbergh Boulevard, West Watson Road and Court Drive.

The proposed development would have had 20 attached single-family villas and a credit union at the corner of Lindbergh and Watson.

Resident Gerald Kovach called the plan "ridiculous. …

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