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Senators spent hours debating Southwest Missouri State name change

February 14, 2005
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

A state bill to change the name of Southwest Missouri State University hit the Senate floor.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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Senators spent hours debating whether to change Southwest Missouri State's name and bring the institution into the State's University system.

Norma Champion sponsored the bill.

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"I firmly believe that this will expand our scope and our ability to attract other students."

Columbia Senator Chuck Graham did not speak during the early hours of debate.

Senators from the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas did speak.

Last year the senate blocked the name change.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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State senators spent hours debating a change to Southwest Missouri State University's name.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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The debate to change Southwest Missouri State's name lasted hours into the night.

Senators from the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas dominated the debate during the first hours.

Senator Pat Dougherty.

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"For us to be dealing with this issue just because we can. It is no more a priority than me getting a new coat is."

Columbia Senator Chuck Graham did not speak during the first hours of debate.

Senators blocked a name change bill last session.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.