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Area residents hurt in accidents

A Lake Ozark man was injured in a one-vehicle accident at 4:30 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 54 east of Missouri 17 in Cole County.

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Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide'

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an "apparent suicide," minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview.

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South Callaway team finishes 7th at state culinary competition

Five South Callaway student chefs placed seventh among 24 schools at the 2015 Missouri ProStart Invitational Culinary Competition last week.

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New MU radar will improve state forecasts, advance climate research

Closing a radar gap in Mid-Missouri

Residents in mid- and eastern-Missouri will soon get better warning of dangerous weather, and scientists will have a new tool to help agriculture cope with changes in climate.

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Legislative bills pit health care professionals against each another

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) lobbied Wednesday at the state Capitol against bills that would continue prohibiting their ability to administer certain forms of medication for pain management.

Missouri's farming, gun rights challenged

Supreme Court asked to order new elections on 2 amendments passed last August

Missouri’s Supreme Court judges were asked Wednesday to order new elections, with new ballot language, for two constitutional amendments voters approved last August.

Missouri Chamber offers long-term plan to rev up economy

Plan seeks to reverse the state's slide

Missouri is falling behind, according to research from the past year.

House budget panel wants more for K-12 education

Missouri’s public schools and community colleges would receive larger funding increases than recommended by Gov. Jay Nixon, under a budget plan presented Wednesday to a House committee.

Appeals court ruling explains prison release calculations

Missouri state probation officials must make different calculations for determining when an inmate is eligible for conditional release or parole from a prison sentence, the state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Local man gets probation for drugs

A Jefferson City resident was placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to charges in connection with a drug raid that occurred last May.

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Fifth annual Gillam family magic show promotes drug free youth

Gillam Family Illusions is preparing for its fifth annual show in Jefferson City to benefit the Council for Drug Free Youth, and the local family isn’t resting on its laurels.

Weather-related cancellations, announcements for Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Check this headline link for updates on Mid-Missouri weather-related cancellations and announcements for Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

Man found guilty of murder in Columbia art dealer's death

A jury has found a 26-year-old man guilty of killing a Columbia art dealer in exchange for $10,000, a car and a gun.

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Missouri public safety director resigns 6 months into job

Missouri’s public safety director, appointed amid fallout from the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, on Wednesday announced plans to resign only six months into the job.

JC woman charged with embezzlement

A Jefferson City woman was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for embezzling $410,000 from the bank where she was employed.

University of Missouri report suggests student union renovation

A University of Missouri-commissioned report says the school’s student union is in need of renovations after parts of the building were found to be in poor condition.

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New facility allows FFA program to better meet enrollment needs

A safer, larger and more efficient space will allow the California High School FFA program to better meet the needs of its continuously-increasing enrollment.

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JCHS student proposes bill to expand gifted education

A Jefferson City teenager has proposed a bill to expand gifted education in Missouri, which he hopes state lawmakers will pick up and embrace as their own.

Green blocks state Common Core payments to consortium

Missouri government cannot make any payments to the California-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) because it is “an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented,” Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Tuesday.

Senate committee hears 2 proposals on sentencing juvenile killers

Nearly everyone agrees that, when it comes to sentencing teens convicted of first-degree murder, Missouri’s sentencing law is unconstitutional, because of a couple of U.S. Supreme Court rulings.