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Thursday, February 21, 2008


The Senate on Feb. 18 gave final approval to $46 million in funding for new medical buildings at the University of Missouri’s Columbia and Kansas City campuses. Last year state Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, stripped funding for the buildings from a larger capital improvements bill to punish two Democratic senators for their opposition to related legislation.

Under the bill, the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia will get $31 million with $15 million for the expansion of a nursing and pharmacy building at UMKC. The funding will come from the $350 million in proceeds raised by the sale of Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority assets the legislature approved last year. The current bill, which had already cleared the House of Representatives, now awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

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