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Lawmakers not happy with salary commission proposals

Barnes: No raises for legislators while state employee wages lag

State Rep. Jay Barnes has promised to introduce a resolution to block proposed raises for lawmakers and statewide elected officials, calling it "an insult" to state employees who've received only modest raises in recent years.

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Elks Lodge brings Thanksgiving fare to 65 area families

A growing number of Jefferson City families are able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal through the efforts of the Elks Lodge in Jefferson City.

State funding has failed to keep pace with growing education needs

Despite improvements in several state revenue categories, funding for Missouri’s public schools likely will continue to remain constrained. And it’s doubtful lawmakers will fully fund the formula that divides money among Missouri’s more than 500 school districts, something that hasn’t happened since 2009.

Outgoing commissioner: Best interest of students drove her decisions

A magnet for controversy

As she enters her last month as education commissioner, Chris Nicastro has become a magnet for controversy in Missouri’s education system. But, she said, every one of the contentious decisions made during her tenure was made in the best interest of Missouri’s children.

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Redevelopment gearing up for Jefferson City’s Millbottom area

Redevelopment of the former Ameren power plant in Jefferson City’s Millbottom area is nearing completion, with its first retail tenant under contract, after several years in the works.

Council considers options for 5th Ward seat

Members seeking input from ward residents

Members of the Jefferson City Council are trying to decide how best to handle an upcoming vacancy on the council, and some are hoping to hear from residents on what should be done.

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Cookie sale once again a popular sweet tooth destination

Nobody is for certain how long it’s been taking place, but once again many Jefferson Citians got their sweet tooth’s satisfied thanks to the annual Heisinger Bluffs Cookie Sale.

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'Day in Toyland' kicks off Eldon celebration

Santa Claus and his reindeer, an elf and even Mrs. Claus rolled into the streets of Eldon Saturday during the city’s Home of the Holidays Community Christmas Celebration.

50-plus meals donated to Eldon food pantry

Community raises $4,000; Bob Evans initiative provides Thanksgiving meal prep

Stating family names, heartfelt messages and even “Batman” as contributors, the leaves symbolize a monetary donation given this fall to the national restaurant chain’s “BE Kind” initiative, Hunger Free Communities.

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Edna Berry — November State Employee of the Month

Registered nurse Edna Berry saved the Missouri Department of Corrections thousands of dollars, while also protecting coworkers from a potential infection.

BizBeat: Baskin-Robbins closes but may return with Dunkin’ Donuts

Baskin-Robbins closed its ice cream shop on Missouri Boulevard last week to make way for a future combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins shop, said Terry Haverkamp, Baskin-Robbins Midwest regional director.

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BizBeat: New High Street hangout to open Dec. 1

Red Tail Lounge will breathe new life into a very old home when it opens in Jefferson City at 623 E. High St. on Dec. 1.

BizBeat: My Sentiments Exactly closes Wednesday

Owner Marinell Walz announced she plans to close specialty stationery shop My Sentiments Exactly on Jefferson City's High Street Wednesday after 29 years in business.

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BizBeat: Historic Cliff Manor Inn for sale

Jefferson City’s only bed and breakfast, Cliff Manor Inn, will close for the season at the end of November and potentially re-open under new management in the spring.

Jefferson City restaurant inspections for October 2014

Jefferson City inspected 44 food-service establishments during the month of October.

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Unwrap holiday cheer in Branson

Don’t deck the halls until after Thanksgiving —that’s how most people feel when Christmas festivities become a topic of discussion around mid-November.

Boone County commissioners want rental standards

Boone County commissioners want the ability to impose standards on rental properties outside the Columbia city limits.

Sewer rehab work to continue Monday

At 8 a.m. Monday, the Jefferson City Department of Public Works and contractor SAK Construction will continue sewer main rehabilitation.

Biggest edition of year gives readers a holiday head start

Don’t start your Christmas shopping without looking through the Thanksgiving edition of the News Tribune. The biggest of the year will include inserts from up to 30 different advertisers and hundreds of dollars in savings.

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Jefferson City firefighters train in the trenches

Twenty-five Jefferson City firefighters spent part of their Friday morning training for trench rescue situations at the department’s Hyde Park Training Facility.

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