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Cities to vote on raising age to buy tobacco to 21

Young Kansas City smokers will have to drive a bit farther to buy their cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vapor products under an ordinance that’s getting widespread support in the metropolitan area.

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Eldon prepares for upcoming holidays

Several events already scheduled

Many holiday activities are already scheduled to ring in the holiday season in Eldon, with one celebration planned for this week.

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Hot Summer Nights 2016 themes, schedule announced

With an overall theme of “Cruisin’ to the Lake”, Hot Summer Nights 2016 will return to Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark May 13, 2016, kicking off a summer-long festival of monthly themed events with quality family-friendly entertainment for guests.

University of Missouri curators ask to hear from students

The governing board of the University of Missouri System is asking to hear from students about racial issues at the Columbia campus.

University of Missouri curator Covington resigns

The University of Missouri Board of Curators says Ann K. Covington has resigned from the board.

Westbound Missouri River bridge to close for 4 months

Eastbound span will handle all traffic during painting, repairs

Plans for a painting and repair project on the westbound Missouri River Bridge were on view Wednesday at a Department of Transportation public meeting.

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Boys and Girls Club breaks ground

New building to be named after late Jefferson City couple

The new Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City building, to be constructed on the Lincoln University campus, will be named after the late Frank and Billie Railton.

Door-to-door sale pitches prompt warning from sheriff

Time for caution

The Cole County Sheriff’s Department has seen a steady stream of reports in recent months of individuals attempting to sell products at residences throughout the county.

Facebook removes, restores Truth Matters MU page

Facebook removed, then restored a page started by a group of University of Missouri alumni seeking a “reasoned response” to racism claims at MU.

New ballot summary ordered for home care petition

A three-judge appeals court panel this week rewrote the summary statement for a proposed ballot initiative, but rejected the sponsors’ complaints the fiscal note and fiscal summary were wrong.

Druzenko sentenced for role in marriage fraud cases

Almost 8½ years after Oleksandr Nikolayevich Druzenko married Patricia Anne Ewalt in Jefferson City — so he could stay in the United States after his student visa expired — he was sentenced Wednesday to “time served” for his role in two federal marriage fraud cases.

Wiseman plans to run for Jefferson City Council

Though filing is still one month away, one candidate for Jefferson City Council is already getting started.

Missouri lawmakers seek special session over refugees

Petition drive started

State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, is calling for a special legislative session in an effort to close Missouri’s borders to Syrian refugees.

Planned bill would address boat wakes at Lake of the Ozarks

State Representative David Wood, R-Versailles, said it is his intention to introduce a legislative bill that will offer a solution for problems created by large wakes that result from boats traveling at high speeds on Lake of the Ozarks.

Auxiliary cookie sale this Saturday

The Heisinger Bluffs and St. Joseph’s Bluffs Auxiliary are again kicking off the Christmas season with sweets.

Local man gets probation for drugs

A Jefferson City man was placed on five years supervised probation for pleading guilty to charges of selling cocaine in or near public housing units from April though June 2014.

JC man gets 5 years for drug robbery

A Jefferson City man charged in connection with a robbery in Binder Park over a drug deal gone bad in September was sentenced to five years in prison.

Bond set for man accused of online threats toward Mizzou

A judge on Wednesday set bond at $10,000 cash for a man accused of making online threats against black students and faculty at University of Missouri's Columbia campus.

Missouri lawmaker seeks special session over refugees

A Missouri lawmaker is seeking a special legislative session aimed at preventing Gov. Jay Nixon from allowing Syrian refugees to resettle in the state.

Missouri could pay blind residents $19M after court ruling

An appeals court has ruled that a previous calculation of damages owed to about 3,000 blind Missouri residents receiving state benefits was too low.