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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 8:33am

ST. LOUIS • Celebrated civil rights leader Frankie Muse Freeman received a honorary degree Saturday from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Freeman was the first African American woman to practice law in Missouri and a lead attorney in the 1954 NAACP lawsuit against the St. Louis Housing Authority.

President Lyndon Johnson later appointed her to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

The honor is one of many that Freeman, 100, earned during the last few years, including a star on St. Louis' Walk of Fame in 2015.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 1:42pm

COLUMBIA, Mo. • The number of confirmed and probable mumps cases at the University of Missouri has grown to 228.

The University of Missouri released the latest numbers Wednesday as students take finals before heading home for winter break.

Health officials say they plan to continue monitoring cases over the break and through January. The school also is recommending that students receive a third dose of a vaccine that protects against mumps, as well as measles and rubella.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:57pm

Parents expressed their frustrations with the Clayton School Board on Wednesday night over anti-Semitic comments made on social media by students at Clayton High School.

A group of students have been disciplined in connection to the Instagram post with the offensive content, officials said.

Clayton High School Principal Dan Gutchewsky sent a letter about the incident to parents last weekend. The district isn’t divulging the details of the comments made on the Instagram post but said the students had been disciplined. The details of the disciplinary action is confidential.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 5:40pm

Francis Howell school officials are looking at the next round of student programs to chop after voters turned down a district tax levy increase for the second year in a row.

The more immediate considerations on the table include charging high school students for participation in extracurricular activities and cutting high school extracurricular programs, security personnel, teacher training and test materials. Altogether, the district has about $1.3 million in suggested cuts to programs.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 8:51am

CHARLESTON, Ill. • Students at Eastern Illinois University are getting relief from the stress of finals week with the help of several therapy dogs.

The Effingham Daily News reports a group called All Things Pawsitive is bringing dogs to the campus in Charleston this week.

Students say spending time with the dogs — even for a few minutes — helps take away the edge of finals stress.

Rachel Stanevich is a freshman from Beecher. She says being with the animals "helps take your mind off of things for a while."

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