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Eldon to hold town hall meeting on proposed tax increase

The city of Eldon will hold a town hall meeting Dec. 1 for purposes of informing citizens of the proposed tax increase, which will be on the April 2016 ballot.

Cole County drafting sales tax wish list

Extension of tax for capital improvements will be on April ballot

Cole County and Jefferson City officials are getting ready for the next five-year installment of the half-cent capital improvements sales tax, which will be on the ballot for both entities next year.

Developer asks county to help extend road

Harvard Group to seek $800,000 from city, county for shopping center project

A group planning to build a large retail development is asking Cole County and Jefferson City governments for financial help in extending Mission Drive to the project site.

LU, city may team up on parking issues

Council to consider sharing enforcement for parking on streets near university

Jefferson City police may soon share enforcement powers of parking regulations with Lincoln University on the streets bordering campus, an idea that stemmed from trying to solve existing parking issues on Chestnut Street.

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Family logs hundreds of hours at California food pantry

‘God grabbed us, took us from there’

When the Cargill Cares Food Pantry asked Max Wachter to take over as the volunteer ordering and distribution manager, his wife had already been praying for a way to serve their neighbors with food.

Pioneer Trail neighborhood celebrates completion of sidewalk

Safer route to school

As of this month, students and residents have a safe route to Pioneer Trail Elementary School with the construction of a sidewalk.

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Missouri man's murder convictions in sisters' deaths tossed

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the first-degree murder convictions and the death sentence for one of four men convicted of raping two sisters and throwing them to their death from an abandoned Mississippi River bridge in St. Louis 24 years ago.

Missouri down to 1 abortion clinic after Columbia stops them

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia has stopped performing abortions, leaving only one clinic in the state still offering them.

Columbia police to expand community outreach unit

The Columbia Police Department is planning to cut back its traffic enforcement unit so it can expand a unit for community outreach.

JCPD to motorists: Be sure to buckle up

The Jefferson City Police Department is strongly encouraging holiday travelers to buckle up.

Report shows Missouri unemployment rate drops slightly

Missouri's Department of Economic Development says unemployment dropped to 5 percent in October.

Group homes for disabled to close

Residents of facilities in Linn, Belle must be out in 10 days

Disabled adults living in two Mid-Missouri group homes will need to move out early next month.

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Cooking up a new class of chefs

‘Dream kitchen’ spices up culinary arts program

The culinary arts classroom at Nichols Career Center has been outfitted with a “dream kitchen” that’s priming students for industry jobs and scholarships.

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Judge swears in new CASA volunteers

Retired after more than 40 years in the health care industry, Sharon Lowder knew she wanted to become a volunteer. Where to volunteer, though, was her most challenging question.

Man charged in death of Missouri trooper during chase

A 20-year-old northeast Missouri man is facing several charges in the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper.

Missouri Auditor Galloway notes closed meeting issues

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says the most common Sunshine Law violations in the state include closed-session discussions on issues that should be open to the public.

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Upbeat in Jefferson City

Quentin Rice keeps his fingers on the pulse of local arts scene

Quinten Rice is working to make the arts and music scene thrive in Jefferson City.

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Big devotee of 'little libraries'

JC mother-son duo establishes little free library, hopes to promote literacy

Eleven-year-old David Hofherr was there when Harry Potter defeated the basilisk hiding in the Chamber of Secrets. He survived middle school alongside “wimpy kid” Greg Heffley, and solved mysteries with the Hardy Boys.

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‘Angels’ with an Xbox

Gamers surprise area disabled boy for birthday

Ginger Wynn’s son, Dakoyta, was born prematurely with a brain injury that causes cerebral palsy. Fourteen years later, he’s endured a host of medical ailments as well as surgeries that have caused him to have to relearn to walk twice.

Water main replacement to cause lane closures

Starting today, Missouri American Water will begin replacing approximately 1,800 feet of 1950s-vintage, 6-inch-diameter water main in Jefferson City.