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Russellville game plan improves

Effort to field football team gets assist from other boosters

Football at Russellville schools is a step closer with a recent school board commitment.

Increased attendance gives JC schools a boost

Attendance is on the rise at Jefferson City Public Schools with percentages in the mid-90s.

Bill adds boat docks to trespassing law

For Lake of the Ozarks property owners and law officers, it’s a growing problem — people getting on boat docks that aren’t theirs.

Pro-life rally at Capitol today

Missouri Right to Life will host its first “Pro-Life Action Day” today at the State Capitol to persuade legislators to pass legislation limiting abortions.

Death penalty under attack

Republican senator takes lead with fifth bill to repeal capital punishment

The death penalty no longer serves as a deterrent for citizens and is plagued by systematic racism, critics argued during a Senate hearing Monday on a bill to repeal capital punishment. But defenders of the death penalty countered that it’s the most effective and accurate form of justice for those who intentionally murder.

Local man faces rape, assault charges

A Jefferson City man is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree domestic assault for a Friday incident.

JC man charged in burglary

A Jefferson City man has been charged in connection with a Cole County burglary.

Banking firm settles with state over failed Missouri plant

Missouri's secretary of state says an investment banker will pay $850,000 as the last settlement involving lawsuits over bonding for a failed Mamtek sweetener factory.

Prescription drug database up again in Missouri House

A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for a program that would track prescription drugs and let doctors and pharmacists know when similar prescriptions for potentially addictive drugs have been filled.

Documentary to air about conviction in sports editor's death

A documentary has begun showing about a man whose conviction in a Columbia sports editor's death was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

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Guardian of a treasured past

Archivist Mark Schleer keeps stories of LU’s past alive

Printed pictures taped to Mark Schleer’s bookcases have curled edges for the repeated times he has pulled down the images to tell their stories.

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Academic winners

LU team waits to learn if weekend victory will take them to national Campus All-Star Challenge

Lincoln University has yet another success to add to its belt since its academic team won its round-robin regional tournament at Hampton University, Virginia, this weekend.

Spring Gardening Seminar registration open

The sixth annual Spring Gardening Seminar is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 at Carver Farm in Jefferson City.

After suicide attempt, Missouri lawmaker speaks out

Missouri state Rep. Genise Montecillo said nothing publicly for more than six months about the June day she tried to kill herself.

State employee pay top priority for Jefferson City lobbyist

City outlines priorities for legislative session

Jefferson City Administrator Steve Crowell said officials met with the city’s lobbyist, former Mayor Tom Rackers, at the end of January to go over the legislative priorities of the city.

Gun ban proposed for domestic abusers in Missouri

While there's consensus in some other Republican-dominated states to ramp-up laws to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a Missouri proposal to do that appears to have little chance in the GOP Legislature.

Missouri Legislature eyes expanding Conservation Commission

Proposed constitutional amendment would add 2 members

Missouri voters could be asked this fall to expand the Missouri Conservation Commission from four members to six.

JCPS principal demoted, transferred

Reasons for Belair principal change unclear

A Jefferson City Public School principal has been demoted and transferred to a different elementary school for reasons district officials would not comment on Friday.

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Three legislative bills address dyslexia disorder

Some dyslexic students read entire sentences backward, invert words while reading or writing, and mix up letters and numbers. The most common characteristic, though, is difficulty breaking down the letters of written words into distinct sounds.

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VFW praises Blunt’s support for veterans

Missouri’s Veterans of Foreign Wars gave U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, their 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday.