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Sole voter on proposed sales tax hike against such increases

The only resident registered to vote in a downtown Columbia business district said she would have voted against a proposed sales tax increase if officials had allowed the election to go forward.

JC man arrested for arson in connection with Sunday house fire

A Jefferson City residence at 1207 East McCarty Street that was destroyed as a result of a fire early Sunday morning was determined to have been intentionally set.

Driver cited in Monday's Eldon bus crash

The Missouri Highway Patrol cited the driver of a Ford truck that ran into a school bus in Eldon Monday afternoon for “careless and imprudent driving involving a crash,” Cpl. Scott White said Tuesday.

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Underpants encourage reading

Author inspired by teacher's tale of fast escape

In the second grade, Dav Pilkey, author of the popular “Captain Underpants” series, said he feared reading in class.

Cole County begins budget process

Tuesday was the deadline for departments under the Cole County Commission to have their budgets turned in as the annual budget process for the county is beginning.

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Callaway County adds 'In God We Trust' to patrol vehicles

As of last week, the majority of the patrol vehicles at the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office feature a new addition on the bumpers.

Linn woman pleads guilty to federal firearm, meth charges

Sangria Dawn Mueller, 39, of Linn, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of illegally possessing methamphetamine and a firearm.

Judge: Right-to-farm doesn’t protect marijuana growers

Missouri’s now year-old right-to-farm amendment won’t help a Cole County woman avoid a drug charge, Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Tuesday.

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Man who got life for marijuana charge goes free in Missouri

A man sentenced to life without parole on a marijuana-related charge was freed Tuesday from a Missouri prison after being behind bars for more than two decades — a period in which the nation’s attitudes toward pot steadily softened.

No second nuclear plant for Callaway

Ameren Missouri has stopped its efforts for a second nuclear unit in Callaway County.

MoDOT behind in roadside upkeep

Missouri Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday they are running “a little behind” on their schedule of mowing and weed control in Central Missouri, but hope to be caught up soon.

Power restored to eastern Jefferson City neighborhoods

U.S. 50/63 reopens after closing for downed lines

Electric service went out early today in parts of eastern Jefferson City and Cole County. Ameren Missouri reported 978 customers initially lost power around 2 a.m., but all were reported restored by 6 a.m.

Columbia business district delays election with 1 voter

Since one voter would have had full say on whether to increase the sales tax by a half-cent in a downtown Columbia business improvement district, board members of that district say they won’t hold an election.

Fire department suspects carbon monoxide in hospitalization of 4 Russellville teens

County health department closes restaurant for sanitation violations

Four teenagers were treated at local hospitals after experiencing suspected carbon monoxide exposure at a Russellville restaurant over the weekend, and the restaurant closed Tuesday after a Cole County Health Department inspection noted multiple violations.

Two injured during Sunday accidents

A Boonville man was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 10:10 a.m. Sunday on Missouri 179, north of Route N in Cole County.

JC couple charged with child abuse

A Jefferson City man and woman have each been charged with one count of child abuse.

Four Eldon students injured in bus accident

A school bus was struck from behind Monday afternoon at the corner of Fourth Street and Business 54; several students were injured in the accident.

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Blair Oaks reviews new high school planning numbers

There’s no commitment, yet — not even a formal proposal.

State Tech moves closer to choosing presidential search firm

By the time the board of regents meets again in late January, their search for a new State Technical College of Missouri president could be underway.

Bringing ‘good vibes’

Organizer pleased with first-time dance music event, hoped for larger attendance

The local man behind a first-of-a-kind dance music festival in Jefferson City over the weekend said the event was “awesome” despite a lower-than-expected turnout.

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