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Middle schooler safe after walking away from field trip

A Jefferson City Public Schools middle-school student is facing disciplinary action after walking away from the group he was with while on a tour of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum on Thursday.

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Bridge demolition to close expressway

East to west traffic on the Whitton Expressway will be disrupted during the Feb. 6 weekend when two bridges over the thoroughfare are removed as part of the Lafayette Street Interchange project.

Proposed hiking, biking trail draws mixed response

Mid-Missourians crowded into the Knights of Columbus Hall in Westphalia on Thursday night to discuss and, more often than not, challenge a proposal to convert the old Rock Island railroad bed into a hiking and biking trail.

Colleges react to proposed increase in higher education funding

State college and universities say they welcome the $12 million in extra funding Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking in the next budget, but it’s not enough to make up for years of underfunding.

Two local colleges would benefit from budget proposal

Two Mid-Missouri college presidents said they appreciate Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposals for their schools.

Service in Fulton to honor Churchill

The granddaughter and great-grandson of Winston Churchill will join Gov. Jay Nixon and others this weekend in Fulton to mark the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death.

New home for Missouri veterans proposed to ease wait list

With about 2,000 veterans waiting for a room, Gov. Jay Nixon is hoping to tap into new bond revenues to pay for an additional veterans nursing home in Missouri.

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Businesses seek open market for trash services

More than 30 Jefferson City businesses are seeking an open market for their commercial trash services instead of the mandatory service currently provided by Allied Waste.

Reception Monday for new JCPS superintendent

A reception to welcome Larry Linthacum, the incoming superintendent of the Jefferson City Public Schools, and his family will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Miller Performing Arts Center Atrium.

Lawmakers, courts focus on possible municipal court changes

After teenager Michael Brown was killed by a police officer last August, some of the protests and anger were aimed at Missouri’s municipal courts and how some people believe they prey on poor people.

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Russell urges lawmakers to follow courts’ successes

Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally praised state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell and the State of the Judiciary speech she gave Thursday morning.

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Tutu speaks at WWU in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Gender, racial equality advocate draws parallel between MLK’s struggles, struggles today

Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu, took time to research Martin Luther King Jr. in an attempt to learn about him as a private figure rather than just a public figure.

Jefferson City man convicted of drug sale

A sentencing date is pending after a Cole County Jury found a Jefferson City man guilty of selling cocaine this week after deliberating about an hour.

St. Louis man faces LU arson charge

A St. Louis man has been charged with setting a fire at Lincoln University.

Assault charge dropped

Charges against a Jefferson City man in a January 2014 assault case were dismissed.

Senate confirms Isom as public safety director

A former St. Louis police chief earned Senate confirmation Thursday to become Missouri’s new public safety director, making him one of state’s highest-ranking black public officials despite concerns about a racial discrimination lawsuit brought against him.

Linn teen hurt in accident

A two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Cole County left one teenager with minor injuries.

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Auto dealers sue Revenue department over Tesla 'dealer' license

Osage Industries of Linn and 380 Missouri auto dealers sue over Revenue department's granting dealer license to electric car maker.

JC student walks away while on field trip in St. Louis

A male middle-school student fro the Jefferson City Public Schools walked away while on a field trip to the Holcaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis.

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Nixon's budget: No pay hike, more job cuts

Missouri government workers, last in the nation in their overall paychecks, won’t be getting a pay raise in the 2015-16 state budget year that begins July 1, under Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposal released Wednesday night.