MONDAY MORNING BRIEFING: MU cuts; nurse training; opioid legislation

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Good morning readers — Welcome to the Missourian Monday Briefing. Our goal is to bring you a slate of essential reads, inspiring visuals and a look at the week ahead. As we go along, we hope to craft a weekly email that becomes your favorite thing to skim on Monday mornings. — Dylan Jackson, Tateanna McCaskill and Daphne Psaledakis

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University leaders say they are running out of places to cut funds - The governor's budget plan includes a 10.8 percent cut to higher education. If this were to happen, UM System President Mun Choi told a House appropriations committee that MU programs could be eliminated in the future.

Hospitals across Missouri have inconsistent policies for handling evidence from sexual assaults, a Missourian investigation found. Often, nurses on duty are not trained perform exams on patients who have been assaulted. Some nurses are making an effort to train each other on how to handle sexual assault cases.

Two bills would limit the use of opioid prescriptions. House Bill 1927, which has received less support, would give patients the option to request non-opioid treatment. Senate Bill 825, on the other hand, would limit first-time prescriptions for synthetic opioids to a supply of no more than seven days.

Around CoMo this week

7 p.m. Monday: Columbia City Council meets at the Daniel Boone City Building.Noon - 1:30 p.m. Tuesday: Drop-In Tech Help at the Columbia Public Library Training Center.9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday: Off-Campus Student Housing Fair at the MU Student Center, Lower Level. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday: Antonio Sanchez: Birdman Live at the Missouri Theatre. 9 p.m. Friday: Montgomery Gentry at the Blue Note.

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