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Your Opinion: Errant quote depicts danger of phony emails

Jim Dyke attributed a quote in a recent cartoon to Thomas Jefferson (Feb 16). It demeaned the poor. If you fact-check the quote, you will find it is not attributed to Jefferson by any reliable source.

Our Opinion: ‘Is plastic okay?’ A question for the state, or cities?

“Is plastic okay?” The question about grocery bags is heard by shoppers at checkout lines and now is being considered by state lawmakers.

University of Missouri report suggests student union renovation

A University of Missouri-commissioned report says the school’s student union is in need of renovations after parts of the building were found to be in poor condition.

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JCHS student proposes bill to expand gifted education

A Jefferson City teenager has proposed a bill to expand gifted education in Missouri, which he hopes state lawmakers will pick up and embrace as their own.

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New facility allows FFA program to better meet enrollment needs

A safer, larger and more efficient space will allow the California High School FFA program to better meet the needs of its continuously-increasing enrollment.

Green blocks state Common Core payments to consortium

Missouri government cannot make any payments to the California-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) because it is “an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented,” Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Tuesday.

Senate committee hears 2 proposals on sentencing juvenile killers

Nearly everyone agrees that, when it comes to sentencing teens convicted of first-degree murder, Missouri’s sentencing law is unconstitutional, because of a couple of U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Schaefer asks AG to get involved in Texas immigration suit

It was a quick hearing Tuesday morning, when Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, presented his proposed resolution telling Attorney General Chris Koster to join in Texas’ lawsuit against the implementation of President Obama’s immigration executive order.

New Bloomfield man charged with assault using bat

An altercation near New Bloomfield resulted in an arrest for assault and armed criminal action for a local resident.

Charges against Columbia man dismissed

Charges of aiding and abetting against a Columbia man in a non-fatal shooting in Jefferson City last December have been dismissed.

Jury selection begins in trial of alleged hit man

Jury selection has begun in the trial of a man accused of killing a Columbia art dealer in exchange for $10,000, a car and a gun.

'Rural Life' set for March 4 at Missouri State Museum

The Missouri State Museum will present the program “Rural Life” as part of its ongoing “Museum after Hours” series on March 4.

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Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

Missouri Senate panel considers change to deadly force law

Law enforcement leaders from around the state voiced support Tuesday for proposals to update Missouri’s deadly force law after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a Ferguson police officer sparked national protests.

Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won’t do you any favors if you’re trying to buy or sell a house.

Toddler dies of measles in Berlin, first death in outbreak

An 18-month-old boy has died of measles in Berlin, the first known death in an outbreak of the disease that has seen more than 570 cases in the German capital since October.

Ukraine disputes rebel claim that weapons pullback begins

Russian-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line Tuesday in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government disputed the rebels’ claim that a real pullback had begun.

US missionary abducted in Nigeria is courageous, friends say

A Seattle missionary described by friends as courageous, tenacious and passionate about helping the people of Nigeria has been abducted from a school in the violence-torn African nation, her church says.

Area volleyball players named academic all-state

By coaches

A total of 58 area players were named Academic All-State recently by the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association.

Judge limits medical testimony about girl’s running death

An Alabama judge agreed with prosecutors Tuesday and limited medical testimony about a 9-year-old girl who was allegedly run to death by her grandmother.

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