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Four-story mansion destroyed by fire

The Mid-County Fire Protection District was dispatched to a residential structure fire Tuesday on Castleview Road, off Tunnel Dam Road, near the Camden/Laclede County line

Missouri senators consider government role in road safety

A Senate panel is considering four bills that would change Missouri's laws on texting while driving, seatbelts and motorcycle helmets.

Missouri lawmakers act to block home care worker wage hike

The Missouri House voted Wednesday to block a state agency rule that would increase wages for home care attendants, sending the measure to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri bill would require students to pass civics exam

A House committee has approved a bill that would require Missouri high school students to pass a civics exam similar to the U.S. naturalization test in order to graduate

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Homegrown: California farm specializes in pasture-fed, farm-fresh eggs

Matt and Eleanor Tiefenbrun’s self-described “full-time and more” farm is in its seventh season producing poultry. The 160-acre Buttonwood Farm near California, Missouri, began a new project — producing farm-fresh eggs — just last year.

New hearing ordered in Columbia PD case

Fifty weeks after Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce ordered the Columbia Police department to reinstate Officer Rob Sanders “as if he had never been terminated,” a state appeals court panel told Sanders he has to fight for his job in another court proceeding.

State sheriffs group votes to oppose efforts to legalize marijuana

Not going to pot

The Missouri Sheriff’s Association took a unanimous vote to oppose legislation or ballot initiatives that would make medical or recreational marijuana legal statewide.

Blair Oaks in bull’s-eye

Parent, student push for school to start archery program

A Blair Oaks parent, Bridget Eisterhold, is urging the Blair Oaks School Board to start an archery program.

New lessons in life sprout at pair of local schools

Grants will seed new gardens

Two grants will give local schools the opportunity to build gardens to promote healthy living as well as project-based learning.

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Students say thanks to farmers

Russellville Middle School class celebrates “Thank a Farmer Week”

Handwritten letters were mailed out to about two dozen Cole County farmers living in Russellville or Lohman this week from students in Gayla Spencer’s sixth-grade class.

Callaway County again seeks additional marshal for court

Callaway County needs another marshal for its circuit court, Sen. Jeanie Riddle told the Senate’s Judiciary committee members Tuesday.

Common faith marks Lent

The Lenten season, beginning today with Ash Wednesday services, is the perfect time for various Christian denominations to join in worship, said the Rev. Rob Erickson, pastor at First Presbyterian Church.

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Show Me Life rally at Missouri Capitol

Approximately 200 people attended the Missouri Right to Life’s “Show Me Life” rally in the Missouri Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday in support of pro-life causes and legislation.

Public forums planned for Wellness Center

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is ready to talk programming.

4-vehicle crash leaves 2 injured

Two people were hurt in a four-vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Jefferson City.

Missouri ban on felons carrying guns ruled constitutional

A recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some felons now can carry guns, The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, affirming the status of current law.

Missouri House considers expanding overdose medicine access

A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House.

Welfare verification wins initial approval in Missouri House

Legislation requiring a private company to scrutinize Missouri's welfare rolls has won initial approval in the House.

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No injuries in Osage County train fire

Fire crews from various Osage County fire protection districts spent part of Tuesday morning dealing with a fire on a Union Pacific coal train.

Repeat DWI offender found guilty by Cole County jury

A Cole County jury has found a repeat DWI offender guilty of DWI and assault on a law enforcement officer.