Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on appointment of Mike Middleton as interim president of University of Missouri system: 'With interim leadership in place, I urge the Board of Curators to select a permanent president through a process that is thoughtful, transparent, inclusive, and efficient. I look forward to working with President Middleton and his permanent successor to continue to improve higher education for the benefit of all Missouri students' - @GovJayNixon
Update: School confirms Hunter Park, who is accused of posting terrorist threats on YikYak, is a student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, which is a part of the University of Missouri system - @AP
Photo: Hunter Park's mugshot, released by the Boone County, Mo., jail, where he's being held on $4,500 bail; Park was arrested for allegedly making terrorist threats on YikYak about the University of Missouri - @mattdpearce
Activist and Missouri student Jonathan Butler on closing off protest campsite to public and media: 'That's a very sensitive space to be in and be vulnerable in. It was necessary to keep that space very healthy, a very open space for dialogue, versus it being a space where people are going to cover a story, exoticize people who are going through pain and struggle' - @latimes
Missouri School of Journalism issues statement saying it supports student photographer Tim Tai who 'handled himself professionally and with poise' during clashes with protesters; faculty reviewing courtesy appointment of Assistant Professor Melissa Click - @mojonews
Missouri (see pronunciations) is a state located in the Midwestern United States. It is the 21st most extensive, and the 18th most populous of the fifty states. The state comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.
As defined by the 2010 US census, the four largest urban areas in order of population are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia. The mean center of the United States population at the 2010 census was in the town of Plato in Texas County. The state's capital is Jefferson City. The land that is now Missouri was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became known as the Missouri Territory. Part of this territory was admitted into the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.
Missouri's geography is highly varied. The northern part of the state lies in dissected till plains and the southern portion lies in the Ozark Mountains (a dissected plateau), with the Missouri River dividing the regions. The state lies at the intersection of the three greatest rivers of North America, with the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers near St. Louis, and the confluence of the Ohio River with the Mississippi north of the Bootheel. The starting points for the Pony Express, Santa Fe Trail, and Oregon Trail were all located in Missouri as well.