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Chronic offenders seek early release

Missuri Supreme Court hears 2 cases on same issue

Lawyers for two prison inmates told the Missouri Supreme Court this week their clients should be released from prison now that they successfully completed a state-run one-year treatment program — even though a different law says they must stay in prison at least two years.

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Parts of Lincoln University graduation speech plagiarized

Several inspirational ideas, words in 20-minute speech lacked attribution

Lincoln University’s 2015 commencement speaker appears to have used the wit and wisdom of others — without using attribution.

Eight parts of speech were said previously

The News Tribune found eight parts of Patricia Russell-McCloud’s Lincoln University commencement speech that appear to originate elsewhere.

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Ukrainian pastor to tell story at two area churches

The pastor of a Ukrainian church burned by Russian separatists is spending a week in Jefferson City and the summer in the United States.

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Proposed Jefftran fare increase advances

Open house set for today

A proposed fare increase for Jefferson City’s transit system is moving forward, with the City Council expected to consider it next month.

Man gets 7 years for 2013 shooting

A Columbia man has been sentenced to seven years for his role in a 2013 Jefferson City shooting.

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Advisory: Use U.S. 50 during westbound I-70 work

MoDOT has issued a travel warning for motorists heading westbound on I-70 in western Missouri over the Memorial Day weekend.

New Bloomfield school board updated on bond projects

The New Bloomfield R-3 School Board approved an architectural contract with Porter, Berendzen & Associate at its meeting Thursday.

Credit agency settlement nets $150K for state

Missouri will receive more than $150,000 in a settlement agreement with the three major credit reporting agencies.

Abuse charge against St. Louis man dropped

Due to issues with witnesses and/or victims not willing to testify, an abuse case against a St. Louis man has been dismissed.

Secretary of State candidate files voter ID measure

A Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state on Thursday filed an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

3 Mid-Missouri residents hurt in wrecks

A Jefferson City teen was injured in a one-car accident at 10:01 a.m. Wednesday on Bald Hill Road south of Seven Hills Road in Cole County.

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Police: Woman held in box for months found dead, man sought

The hunt for a registered sex offender suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son intensified Thursday after police raided but failed to find anyone inside a home in western Missouri, where the man was charged last month for allegedly keeping the woman confined in a wooden box.

Fund set up for Joplin tornado victim closes, board disbands

A fund for victims of the 2011 Joplin tornado has closed after distributing nearly $1 million to residents and nonprofits in the southwest Missouri city.

Missouri loses jobs while unemployment increases slightly

Missouri's unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.7 percent last month while the economy lost several thousand jobs.

Pro-pot group sues drug task force

An association that believes marijuana prohibition is a failed policy in Missouri has sued the MUSTANG Drug Task force saying it has failed to obey state laws regarding open public meetings and records.

Appeals court rules former teacher can't recover attorney fees

In connection with child abuse investigation

Judge had tossed child abuse case against former Eldon coach

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Home care workers want Nixon to activate contract

Missouri Home Care Union members and their supporters stood outside Gov. Jay Nixon’s Capitol office for more than an hour Wednesday, urging him to order their new contract be put in place.

School board committee discusses ‘Open Forum’ policy, EpiPens

Rule changes ahead?

Three Jefferson City School Board members spent more than an hour Wednesday morning talking about whether the “Open Forum” portion of board meetings needs to be changed.

JC man convicted of DWI, resisting arrest

A Cole County jury found a Jefferson City man guilty of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest charges in connection with an incident that occurred in February 2014.