Big cuts on campus • Missouri’s higher education system took the largest hit Friday when Gov. Jay Nixon announced $172 million in budget cuts aimed at balancing state finances and helping rebuild parts of Missouri ravaged by natural disasters. Funding for universities was reduced by $14.9 million from what the Legislature approved, and community colleges were cut by $1.9 million, although both cuts were expected. More money was cut from scholarship programs, buses for public school districts, Medicaid and the judicial system.
Hitting their stride • More than 64,000 participants, including 4,905 breast cancer survivors, participated in Saturday’s Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure event. It was the largest Komen race in the nation for the fourth consecutive year, organizers said. The event raised more than $3 million for breast cancer research and care, although the number fell from last year when a record 71,000 participants raised more than $3.4 million.
Secret garden gem • For decades, Missouri Botanical Garden visitors have strolled by a graceful 19th-century building that never seems to be in use. For the past 30 years, the red brick Museum Building has been off-limits, but people often ask about it — as did Peter Wyse Jackson, the garden’s new president. Wyse Jackson wants to preserve the history of the building, opening it again as a museum with rotating exhibits and a basement gallery to display some of the garden’s collection of botanical art. There’s no schedule to reopen the building.