The Latest: Student accused in threat case turns himself in

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Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:58 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A former Missouri University of Science and Technology student who's charged with threatening a school shooting has turned himself in to authorities.

Attorney Scott Rosenblum said Friday that 19-year-old Tyler Bradenberg of St. Louis is jailed in Phelps County. Rosenblum says Bradenberg will plead not guilty to one felony count of making a terroristic threat. The probable cause statement says Bradenberg admitted under questioning to using his personal cellphone Wednesday to post on the app Yik Yak that "I'm gonna shoot up this school."

Missouri S&T spokeswoman Mary Helen Stoltz says GPS spoofing technology was used to make it appear the post was made from Rolla, although it actually was made from St. Louis.

Two other students also have been charged this week in Missouri with school shooting threats.

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3 p.m.

At least 100 people have marched from the University of Missouri's black culture center through areas of Greek housing and to the heart of the Columbia campus in response to threats of violence against black students.

Shelbey Parnell, one of the original 11 organizers of Concerned Student 1950, says the aim was "reclaiming" campus and showing that racism has no place at the university.

The student who launched a hunger strike to oust former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe helped lead students in chants and a dance in Jesse Hall, a main campus building.

New Interim Chancellor Hank Foley joined students in the chanting while arm-in-arm with Missouri Students Association President Payton Head. Students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City participated in the demonstration.

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2:05 p.m.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the school in Lawrence, Kansas, plans to begin sharing information next week on how it will move forward to address racism and discrimination.

She said in a message posted Friday on the university's website: "I see you. I hear you. You matter."

The message comes in the wake of the unrest at the University of Missouri this week and after a forum that Gray-Little moderated on Wednesday, where a group calling itself Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk presented its demands.

Their demands included hiring a director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, mandatory inclusion training for students and faculty, increased diversity in hiring, counselors to address mental issues and creation of an independent "Multicultural Student Government."

The group also seeks a ban on concealed weapons on campus.

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12:05 p.m.

Gov. Jay Nixon has named a community development official with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Nixon said in a news release Friday that Yvonne Sparks will fill a vacant seat on the board, which oversees the university's four campuses. Her appointment must be confirmed by the Missouri Senate.

The system's flagship Columbia campus has been facing racial strife for the past few weeks, which led the resignations of President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

If her appointment is approved by state lawmakers, Sparks would be the second black member of the 9-person governing board. St. Louis businessman David Steward is currently the only black curator.

Sparks is the reserve bank's assistant vice president and community development officer and serves on numerous boards in the St. Louis area.

She would represent the First Congressional District with a term that would end Jan. 1, 2021.