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Friday, February 9, 2007
On Feb.7, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-4 along party lines to strip six projects from the list of those to be governor’s proposed sale of Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority assets. Among the rejected projects is the crown jewel of the governor’s plan -- the new life sciences building at the University of Missouri Columbia. The other removed projects are a research facility at Harris-Stowe State University, an emerging technologies center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, business incubators and the UM campuses in Columbia and Kansas City and a health science center in Kansas City. The projects ostensibly were removed to mollify opponents of stem cell research. The rejected projects are all in districts represented by Democrats. Projects in Republican districts were unaffected.