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Lawsuit challenges state payments to support ‘Common Core’

A St. Louis man who successfully has challenged other state laws through the courts has sued Gov. Jay Nixon, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and other state officials over the “Common Core” education standards designed to be the same for states that adopt them.

Faith leaders join forces to protect environment

The Capital Area Interfaith Alliance and Lincoln University have teamed up to feature a panel discussion “Some Like It Hot!? Religions Respond to Environmental Issues.”

Kaiser woman charged with stealing car at gunpoint

A Kaiser woman is charged with forcibly stealing a vehicle Thursday afternoon in Cole County.

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Russellville high scores rewarded with day of celebration

A sea of blue pride flowed through downtown Russellville and filled the stands at the new high school track Friday in a Celebration of Academic Success.

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South Callaway Elementary MAP scores show students move to next level

South Callaway Elementary School Principal Corey Pontius said the school has cut the percentage of students scoring below the basic level on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests in half.

New Bloomfield district may hire engineer to assess needs

New Bloomfield R-3 School District Superintendent David Tramel spoke with an engineer about performing an assessment of the district’s facilities.

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School funding goal of Missouri Lottery Commission

Members of the recently revamped Missouri Lottery Commission said Friday that they want to make sure agency is run like a business, efficiently pumping out the maximum funding for education.

Mid-Missouri town’s judge creates ‘shame corner’

A judge is giving residents of a small central Missouri town a chance to choose public humiliation over jail time for some legal problems.

Reynolds Foundation gives $10 million to MU

The University of Missouri says it has received a $10 million pledge from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to enhance faculty salaries of the School of Journalism.

Holts Summit woman chokes, crashes car

A Holts Summit woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 6:10 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 54, east of Summit Drive in Callaway County.

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Fisher Farms opens season soon

Features pumpkin patch and corn maze

Fischer Farms, a pumpkin patch and corn maze on the north side of the Missouri River outside Jefferson City, will be open for business starting 4 p.m. Sept. 26.

Scam warning from JCPD

The Jefferson City Police Department has received information that a number of local schools have received solicitations and invoices from a source identifying itself as Scholastic School Supply

Mitchell urges voters to understand Amendment 3

Jefferson City superintendent lists 'harmful effects' if passed

Jefferson City Schools Superintendent Brian Mitchell wants voters to remember that a proposal to tie teachers’ salaries to students’ performance and test results, and to prohibit tenure for future teachers, remains on Missouri’s Nov. 4 election ballot.

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Veterans tour Mail Call exhibit

Nearly 70 years later, World War II veteran Richard White can still picture the letters that came from his wife during his service.

Cole County mulls its own 911

Annual cost: $300,000 or more

Cole County officials on Thursday continued discussing whether to renew the county’s contract with Jefferson City for 911 service or pursue a separate county 911 service.

Man on probation for mailbox vandalism

A Jefferson City man was placed on probation after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the vandalism of mailboxes in February.

Helmig lawsuit dismissed

Osage County, sheriff, others cleared of freed inmate’s accusations

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey has dismissed all seven claims Dale Helmig had made against Osage County, former Sheriff Carl Fowler, former deputy Paul Backues and former Highway Patrol trooper Robert Westfall.

Cardinals make donation to horse-riding school

A Mid-Missouri therapeutic horseback riding school for handicapped children is getting some help from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jefferson City seeks options to better enforce code

Officials consider daily tickets and heftier fines

Jefferson City is looking at how to best enforce city code, and officials are hoping to give staff all the tools they need.

JC man charged in domestic assault

A Jefferson City man is charged with assaulting his wife Wednesday by hitting her, kicking her and pushing her down stairs at their home.

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