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Sunday morning fire destroys apartment building

All 9 tenants escape unharmed; fate of several pets unknown

A Sunday morning fire destroyed a house containing five rental units at 201 Cherry St., just across Capitol Avenue from the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

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Laura Ward 'just getting started'

2nd Ward councilwoman unopposed on April ballot

After roughly eight months on the Jefferson City Council, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Laura Ward is facing her first election, though she has no opponent.

Weather-related cancellations, announcements for Monday, March 2, 2015

Check this headline link for updates on Mid-Missouri weather-related cancellations and announcements for Monday, March 2, 2015.

Art auction to benefit HALO foundation

Do you have some empty space on your walls? Or in your heart?

Beatles cover band ‘Liverpool Legends’ coming to Osage Beach

Liverpool Legends have two shows scheduled at Main Street Music Hall in Osage Beach.

Museum launching Saturday series

The Missouri State Museum will launch its newest programming series, “Storytime Saturdays.”

Soybean group plans annual day at Capitol

The Missouri Soybean Association is holding its annual gathering March 11. The day will include a breakfast and a keynote address by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, followed by a brief business meeting and review of the association’s resolutions. Missouri soybean farmers will then head to the Capitol for personal visits with their legislators.

St. Louis judge: August amendment means some felons can carry weapons

Just two days after Missouri’s Supreme Court was asked to order a new election on an amendment that voters approved last August because of challenges to its ballot title, a St. Louis City circuit judge ruled Friday that the amendment changed the state’s law prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms.

Mid-Missouri lawmakers: School transfers debate important for entire state

The Missouri Senate could give its final approval this week to a bill defining how public school districts should handle the transfers of students from unaccredited schools or districts to better ones.

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Candidates: Rift with teachers must be healed

Five seeking two school board seats offer perspectives

Healing the rift that has developed between the Jefferson City Public School Board of Education and many of the district’s teachers is something all five board candidates say they view as a priority.

Rock Island trail conversion advances

Ameren, DNR have six months to broker deal over 144-mile trail

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has advanced plans to convert the out-of-service Rock Island Railroad into a 144-mile recreational trail across Missouri.

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Scouting for Food seeks donations

Scouts to pick up food next weekend for Samaritan Center

Continuing a tradition of charitable efforts, hundreds of Boy Scouts took to Jefferson City streets Saturday to spread the word about the upcoming Scouting for Food drive.

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Mayoral candidates weigh in on lodging tax, conference center

Though discussion of a potential Jefferson City conference center has dropped off since early last year, the dedicated lodging tax continues to collect funds earmarked for the promotion of tourism.

Readers ask candidates about chamber contract, presidential election

Jefferson City mayoral hopefuls respond to questions submitted by News Tribune readers

This week, candidates for Jefferson City mayor respond to two questions submitted by News Tribune readers.

Barnes leads push to expand telehealth services, make Medicaid more efficient

A Missouri House bill would allow Medicaid patients to telecommute with specialists, saving them the cost of travel. With the advancement of medicine, specialists have become increasingly concentrated in cities, Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said.

Bonds pushed as way to fund more projects

What would you build or repair if you had an extra $200 million available for projects? That’s a question raised last week in the Missouri Senate.

Fulton State Hospital work expected to begin in spring

Work and construction on the new Fulton State Hospital campus will begin this spring with the installation of boilers at the existing Missouri School for the Deaf boiler house next week.

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First Pee Wee Plunge joins weekend of Polar Plunge activities

On Friday evening, 6-year-old Naomi Snyder became the youngest member of her family to carry on an important tradition: participate in the Polar Plunge.

BizBeat: Trappers Too closes amid rent dispute

Restaurant and bar Trappers Too has closed permanently at 306 E. High St., not long after the building’s owner sued business owner Sam Trapp claiming he owed back rent on the property.

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BizBeat: West Main Pizza perfecting recipe

West Main Pizza in Jefferson City continues adding new options and finishing touches.