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Missouri man who escaped jail sentenced to 15 years for rape

A 25-year-old man who escaped a Missouri jail cell has been sentenced to 15 years for rape.

Local woman gets 7 years after chase

A Jefferson City woman was sentenced to seven years in prison after she led law officers on a chase through three counties in August.

JC woman gets probation after 2013 soured drug deal

Jefferson City woman charged in connection with the death of a Jefferson City man after a drug deal gone bad in Columbia in June 2013 was placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to one count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance.

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Council hears proposal to vacate Chestnut

An ordinance was introduced Monday night at the Jefferson City Council meeting to allow an agreement between the city and Lincoln University to vacate Chestnut Street from Dunklin Street to Atchison Street.

Missouri's waistlines growing

Local obesity statistics in line with statewide average

Missouri ranks 20th in the nation in obesity prevalence with 30.2 percent of the population considered obese, according to a report recently released by two national nonprofit organizations.

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Scriptwriting contest tells Missouri stories

The second annual Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship is underway, and screenplays and original television pilot scripts set in Missouri are currently being accepted from writers throughout the U.S.

College honors local family

The family of Jim and Rosie Schaefer received the Benedictine College 2015 Family Award.

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Tracing his ancestor's journey again

Churchill Clark is back on the Missouri River in a homemade dugout canoe

Nearly two months into Churchill Clark’s 2,400-mile journey, he stepped out of his hand-carved canoe onto the shore of the Noren River Access on Monday.

Schools keep working as St. Elizabeth has boil order

The St. Elizabeth R-4 School District is keeping its schedule this week, even though the town has a boil order at least through today.

Missouri no longer due $50 million from tobacco settlement

Missouri's budget director says the state can't count on getting $50 million in anticipated tobacco settlement money.

Resigned Missouri House Speaker Diehl leaves job at law firm

Former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl has left his job at a suburban St. Louis law firm months after admitting to exchanging sexually charged text messages with a Capitol intern and resigning from public office.

Missouri National Guard to add more than 400 jobs in state

The Missouri National Guard plans to add more than 400 full- and part-time military police and transportation jobs in the state.

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Reading with attitude

Loretta Broker has worn many hats in her career, but she dons her favorites to read for kids

Loretta Broker hopes all grandparents join her in reading to their grandchildren and all children.

Continued education crucial to safety on local roads

Police preach seat belt use, undivided attention to weather, other drivers

The law enforcement agencies that track traffic crashes in the Jefferson City area believe continued education of good driving habits will lead to safer roads.

Dyslexia dilemma

Parents, educators given ‘tools’ to cope with disorder

Dyslexia is a cognitive disorder that is often misunderstood, and even schools have a long way to go to understand it and make accommodations for students who have it, a master certified dyslexia tutor told a group of parents and educators on Sunday.

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‘The Odd Couple’ stays true to original play

The classic comedy “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon is on the stage for The Little Theatre of Jefferson City.

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Romantic musical has score to fall in love with

The romantic musical “The Last Five Years,” with score by Jason Robert Brown, is the latest production by Capital City Players.

Columbia Public Schools offers recording studio to students

A student-run recording studio is providing free access to production equipment to students in Columbia Public Schools.

Columbia family works to fulfill gymnast's Olympic dream

Melinda Olson stares at the bar, rearranges the mat beneath it, exhales and jumps. She reaches for the bar with both hands, grabs it and swings like a pendulum.

JCPS superintendent: ‘Trust takes time’

Educator asking staff about district’s needs, plans to engage public before potential bond issue

Creating a school district bond is far from an overnight process. From the moment Jefferson City School District Superintendent Larry Linthacum started in July, he’s been drawing up plans to resolve the district’s overcrowded classrooms.