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Plans to tear down old Cole County jail and sheriff's house move forward

By a 3-0 vote the Cole County Commission has voted to move forward with plans that would tear down the old county sheriff's house and jail and then re-build a new facility.

New state education standards would be developed under legislation

Missouri lawmakers are beginning to coalesce around legislation to do away with the controversial Common Core standards, while also establishing a process to develop new state education standards.

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Senate panel eyes transportation sales tax idea

Missouri Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mike Kehoe expects his committee this morning will endorse two proposed constitutional amendments to improve state funding for transportation improvements.

Shooting blamed on drug deal

Court documents say a drug deal led to Friday’s shooting on East Dunklin Street that left one man injured.

Three JC schools get new principals

Two retirements in the Jefferson City Public Schools recently led to a flurry of leadership changes for Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Simonsen 9th Grade Center and Jefferson City High School this week.

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First osteopath named to Missouri's hall

Andrew Taylor Still — the founder of osteopathic medicine — was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians Wednesday at the state Capitol.

House endorses early voting measures

The Republican-controlled Missouri House endorsed a pair of measures Wednesday that would expand early voting, though Democratic critics called it a “sham” that could circumvent a separate voting initiative that would go further.

TJMS student assaults classmate

A seventh-grade boy assaulted another seventh-grader in a hallway at Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Tuesday.

May 2 decline set for Heritage contest

The Heritage Art, Essay and Multi-Media Contest will receive entries through May 2.

Fashion show planned

The Strut Your Style fashion show and luncheon is May 5 at the Jefferson City Country Club.

Missouri lawmakers pass tax cut; veto possible

Setting up a likely veto showdown, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to an income tax cut for millions of individuals and thousands of business owners that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon warned could imperil funding for public schools and services.

DirecTV, KOMU in contract dispute

Mid-Missouri DirecTV customers lost signals to KOMU-TV and its affiliate CW network on Friday, after the satellite service and local broadcaster failed to come to a contract renewal agreement.

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‘Billboard’ for poor choices

When John Martin was a kid, his dad was an alcoholic and his older brother was a bad influence.

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Doctor: It's time for meaningful talk on abortion

Communication is the key to influencing a society.

House votes to expand Bright Flight loans

The Missouri House gave initial approval Tuesday afternoon to a bill that would add forgivable loans to the state’s higher education scholarship program.

Locally grown foods touted for MIssouri students

More locally grown fruits, vegetables and proteins could be on the lunch tables of Missouri schools under a House bill that seeks to establish a state farm-to-school program.

JC lawyer charged with stealing from peer

A Jefferson City lawyer, already facing charges of bringing drugs into the Cole County Jail in October 2012, is now facing a charge of felony stealing.

Missouri chancellor vows changes after rape case

The University of Missouri’s new chancellor said Tuesday he is prepared to make the school “accountable and responsible” after an independent review faulted its response to the suicide of a former swimmer who told health professionals before her death that she had been raped by several football players.

Missouri virtual education case talks underway

Teachers who sued when a Missouri virtual education program stopped operating only four months after it began negotiating with the state and other authorities to settle the case, attorneys said.

Commission votes to hike recreation program fees

Some programs at the Washington Park Ice Arena, as well as two other recreation programs, soon will see fee increases as approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission.