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Kaiser man injured in wreck

A Kaiser man was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 54, west of Missouri 52 in Miller County.

Weather-related cancellations, announcements for Thursday, March 5, 2015

Check this headline link for updates on Mid-Missouri weather-related cancellations and announcements for Thursday, March 5, 2015.

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Jefferson City mayoral candidates face off in forum

The six candidates for Jefferson City mayor squared off in their first forum Tuesday night, covering a range of issues from trash to the use of email.

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Russellville school adds care before, after classes

Russellville Elementary School added a before- and after-school care program this semester to provide a safe place for students to release energy or do homework between parent schedules and school hours.

SSM changes waiting room to living room for minor emergencies

St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City (SSM) is now one of four SSM medical facilities offering a way for emergency patients to skip the waiting room and remain at home until they can be seen.

Jefferson City man gets 5 years in prison

A Jefferson City man who was taken into custody following a drug raid last August has been sentenced to five years in prison.

State revenues still up close to 5 percent from last year

Unemployment up slightly

Missouri unemployment rate increases slightly in January

Missouri unemployment rate increased slightly in January to 5.5 percent while the state's nonfarm employment went up 14,300 jobs.

House committee OKs bill for sports for homeschooled students

A Missouri House panel has approved a proposal to allow homeschooled students to play sports at public schools.

Weather-related cancellations, announcements for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Check this headline link for updates on Mid-Missouri weather-related cancellations and announcements for Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Columbia council withdraws proposal to ban plastic bags

The Columbia City Council has withdrawn a proposal to ban the use of plastic bags at groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies.

Columbia man, 88, pleads guilty to fatally stabbing wife

An 88-year-old Columbia man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his 86-year-old wife.

Man sentenced to life in prison for Columbia homicide

A man who arranged the shooting death of a disabled man he cared for has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth's eulogy of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich

The complete eulogy delivered by former U.S. Sen. John Danforth at the funeral for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich:

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Danforth cites political bullying in Schweich eulogy

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth denounced the ugly nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, suggesting that political bullying and an anti-Semitic whisper campaign led his friend to kill himself.

Chamber outlines efforts to develop economy

Joint city-county meeting sought to discuss 2015 priorities

According to the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, both Jefferson City and Cole County saw an “anticipated economic return” of roughly $641,000 in 2014.

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Shooting, robbery victim Johnny Evans Jr. put folks at ease from start

It’s said large families aren’t conducive to generosity — siblings are left to fight for a smaller piece of the pie.

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End of the Rainbow

Fire ravages area bowling alley, nightspot; patrons lament loss of Osage County landmark

The cause of an early Monday morning fire that destroyed a longtime nightspot in Central Missouri may never be known.

CrimeStoppers helped name Evans' killers

It was a CrimeStoppers tip that led to the arrest of three people for the killing of Johnny Evans.

Parson wants clean politics

Challenges lawmakers, officials to change political process

State Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar and a former Polk County sheriff, urged Missouri lawmakers to change the political process in the wake of State Auditor Tom Schweich’s death last week.