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Russellville Middle School current events class produces weekly videos

Learning on camera

“Indian Report” deadline day means studio silence when the iPad video camera is recording student-prepared segments in front of the green screen.

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United Way honors supporters, welcomes new leaders

The United Way of Central Missouri reflected on its past year — the 90th in its history — and looked ahead to the next during its annual meeting on Friday, which attracted about 380 philanthropic business and community leaders.

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St. Louis County towns seek to block municipal court reform provisions

Parts of last year’s law changing the way Missouri’s municipal courts operate actually violate the state Constitution — and Cole Circuit Judge Jon Beetem should block them, a lawyer for a dozen St. Louis County towns told Beetem Friday.

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Men dress up as women for Special Olympics

Local men showed off their calves in high heels while boasting their biceps in women’s wear Friday night — all to benefit the Special Olympics of Missouri, an organization that provides year-round sports training for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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US 50-Clark ramp to close for 4 days

The eastbound U.S. 50 off-ramp to Clark Avenue will close at 8:30 a.m. Monday so workers can finish building a sound wall there. The ramp will remain closed through 6 p.m. Thursday.

St. Louis woman on probation for Jefferson City theft, chase

A St. Louis woman was placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to charges in connection with stealing from a Jefferson City business and a car chase with authorities in November 2014.

Jefferson City heroin dealer charged

An admitted known heroin dealer is facing multiple drug charges.

Cole County firefighters honored for service

The Cole County Fire Protection District recently held its 2015 annual service awards banquet, which shows appreciation to firefighters for their years of service and dedication to the district.

Probation for Jefferson City man in LU lockdown

A Jefferson City man was placed on two years unsupervised probation for pleading guilty in Cole County to an amended charge in connection with a November 2014 lockdown of the Lincoln University campus.

Drug arrest ends with probation

A Jefferson City man has been placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to a charge in connection with a drug sweep in 2014.

Lincoln Day to feature former congressman J.C. Watts

Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts Jr. will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Cole County Republican Central Committee Lincoln Day Dinner and Auction.

Ashcroft to speak at Boy Scouts breakfast

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will be the keynote speaker at the Boy Scouts of America Five Rivers District annual patron breakfast from 7-8 a.m. Feb. 16 at Scruggs University Center Ballroom on the Jefferson City campus of Lincoln University.

Missouri lawmaker ends restraining order after alleged fight

A Missouri lawmaker has dropped a restraining order he had obtained against a colleague with whom he said he got into a fistfight.

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Eugene teens learn hard lessons on safe driving, danger of texting

When junior Bailey Clark rolled her car on Tanner Bridge Road and when junior Hannah Burks totaled her favorite car on Route AA, they both had just dropped off their younger siblings after school.

Black students seek swifter race reforms at Missouri

Several University of Missouri students are pressing the system's governing board for faster reforms in diversity as the Columbia campus continues grappling with racial unrest punctuated by racial protests there last November.

Conservation Commission change passes Missouri Senate

The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would ask voters whether to add two members to the Department of Conservation's governing board.

Missouri presidential search committee members expanded

The search committee for a new University of Missouri system president will include two students, two faculty members and a staff member.

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Nixon says South American trip yields results for Missouri

Claims $1 billion in new business

Gov. Jay Nixon is returning from South America today with agreements promising more than $1 billion in new business for Missouri businesses.

Tensions bubble between Capitol, MU

Legislators press to keep curator seats vacant

Missouri’s Democratic governor pledged Thursday to circumvent the Republican-led Legislature if needed to fill vacancies on the board that oversees the state’s flagship university, further escalating the tensions of legislators already frustrated about the handling of racial issues that culminated in the resignations of the system president and campus chancellor.

University system faces two audits

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced Thursday that the state will implement two new audits to state-funded universities, including one that will examine the University of Missouri System’s administration.