News for Sunday, February 14, 2016



Your Opinion: Another example of nanny government

The Narcotics Control Act being considered by the Legislature is another make work, nanny state, government scheme to create a bureaucracy that will forever suck dollars from the pockets of taxpayers.

Your Opinion: End of milk delivery brings thanks, sadness

I bought a gallon of milk and orange juice at the store this week for the second time since we moved here. I had to call my wife for the color of the lid on the milk.

Your Opinion: Voter ID not imperious to trickery

Missouri Republicans remain hell bent on requiring a photo ID to vote.

Your Opinion: A new world order

Utopian future describes a society that’s conceived to be perfect. Dystopian is the exact opposite; it describes an imaginary society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible where ideology of the past is considered fake and is being replaced with new ideas.

Your Opinion: Response on control of presidency, Congress

Bert Dirschell’s op-ed published Feb. 10 again castigated Bernie Sanders. Dirschell obviously is very worried about the two main Democratic candidates for president: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Ameren, Noranda now working together

Missouri customers could see jump in electric rates

Noranda Aluminum’s bankruptcy filing last week likely means higher electric rates for Ameren Missouri’s customers throughout central and eastern Missouri.

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Tebow Foundation gives people with special needs a night to shine

Beautiful was the word at Capital West Christian Church Friday as young men in suits and ladies in shiny gowns embarked on their Night to Shine.

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Heart Ball marks 25th anniversary in Jefferson City

Corks burst from champagne bottles Saturday night as more than 700 people — woman dressed in evening gowns and men in their suits and ties — celebrated the 25th anniversary of the American Heart Association Heart Ball in Jefferson City.

LGBT advocates push for non-discrimination act

Missouri is one of 28 states that do not include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals within their non-discrimination policies. For the second consecutive year, a state Democratic senator is trying to change that.

Public school employees to benefit from non-discrimination bill

A bill floating around Missouri's Capitol could create a statewide non-discrimination policy that bars businesses, landlords or banks from discriminating against someone because of his or her sexual orientation.

Barnes: No complaints under new harassment policy

Six weeks into the 2016 Missouri General Assembly, there have been no complaints referred to the House Ethics Committee under the new sexual harassment policy.

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Jefferson City Parks staff to seek new offices

Staff likely to be split between new Wellness Center and second location

As the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission plans for the new Wellness Center, now under construction, department staff are looking for a potential new home.

Meet the Jefferson City Parks and Rec Commissioners

Because the positions are not elected and the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission handles millions in taxpayer dollars, the News Tribune reached out to all nine commission members to put together profiles so residents know who represents them when it comes to parks issues.

Crocheting for a charitable cause

Starting Monday, plastic bags will have a bigger meaning for elementary and middle school students in South Callaway.

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Agency director advocates to improve services for deaf, blind

For about 600,000 Missourians, being deaf and hard of hearing is a reality.

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Local historian signing WWII book Monday

The first printing of Jeremy Ämick’s latest book, “The Lucky Ones,” sold out in less than two weeks.

Teamwork is the foundation for Goans’ marriage

Working hard and teamwork are the foundation of Kenny and Christiane Goans’ 23-year marriage.

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BizBeat: Aquarium business swims into Capital City

A new Jefferson City business looks to be the big fish in providing home aquarium supplies.

BizBeat: High Handsome to transfer up High Street

High Handsome, Men’s Exchange & Consignment Clothiers, will move up a downtown Jefferson City block on East High Street to make way for expanded inventory next month.

Rally for Rhyan pays off with win, donations

Missouri’s #RallyForRhyan Game went so well, Kim Anderson just might make it a regular occasion.

Press Box: Winter is over because spring training is starting

News Tribune Sports Commentary

While the ground in Mid-Missouri may be frozen and not-so-green, the boys are summer are about to get back at it in Florida and Arizona.

President’s Day closings

Most federal, Missouri state and Cole County government offices will be closed Monday in observance of President’s Day, including the State Archives, 600 W. Main St.

Kansas senators question bond program effort to lure American Royal

Kansas senators want to keep Gov. Sam Brownback's administration from approving new economic development projects that they say cost the state sales tax revenue.

Husting sends Helias past Hillcrest

It wasn’t exactly that complete-game effort coaches are always seeking, but the Helias Crusaders were able to get a win Saturday thanks to eight really good minutes of play and one huge shot.

Jays advance 11 in winning district wrestling title

The Jefferson City Jays claimed their third consecutive district wrestling title Saturday in dominating fashion, winning by 71.5 points.

Gardening interest swells as winter wanes

The sixth annual Spring Gardening Seminar is a great way for a gardener to spend a cold Saturday in February.

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From the Stacks: ‘Wild’ author’s ‘Brave Enough’ packs unconventional punch

“Brave Enough” is the work of best-selling author Cheryl Strayed.

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Obama to nominate Scalia successor 'in due time'

President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, charging into a heated and likely prolonged election-year fight with Republicans. Obama said a nomination was "bigger than any one party."

Major cases heard by or scheduled for the Supreme Court

Some of the major cases heard or scheduled to be heard this term by the Supreme Court. Justice Antonin Scalia's death casts uncertainty on the court's term.

Cuba returns dummy Hellfire missile mistakenly received

Cuba has returned a dummy U.S. Hellfire missile that was mistakenly shipped there from Europe in 2014, American and Cuban officials said Saturday.

Missouri woman, 24, keeps roadway safe by being a trooper

Krystalyn Davis had plans to become a nurse, but joining the Air National Guard in 2010 changed everything.

St. Louis to fade away crosswalk art violating federal rules

ay goodbye to the decorated fleur-de-lis and rainbow crosswalks that grace some intersections in St. Louis.

Kansas City soup kitchen serves meals restaurant-style

Pretty much any homeless person on any city street can tell how a soup kitchen works.

Freshman wrestler advances for Helias at 106

The Helias Crusaders will have one wrestler at this week’s Class 3 state wrestling championships.

Blair Oaks exceeds seeds in sending eight wrestlers

Fatima advances four; Versailles will send nine

The Blair Oaks Falcons advanced eight wrestlers out of districts to the Class 1 state tournament, while the Fatima Comets advanced four and the Versailles Tigers will send nine to state. Also includes Tipton results.

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Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope.

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Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes

A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete "isolation boxes" for days or weeks and wouldn't let them out unless they sat in a specific posture for 24 hours, according to several former students.

Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing

Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.

St. Louis seeks $50 million transportation-funding jackpot

St. Louis wants to win a $50 million challenge aimed at improving transportation.

St. Charles County man admits selling teen fatal heroin dose

A St. Charles County man has admitted in federal court that he sold the heroin that killed a 17-year-old girl.

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GOP candidates joust over foreign policy, immigration

Republican presidential candidates jousted over immigration and foreign policy in a raucous debate that was shaken by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hours before they took the stage.

Opinion: Horrors by ISIS demand aggressive U.S. strategy

The news last week about ISIS held some of the most disturbing and repugnant details we have read about this terrorist organization.

Perspective: Seeking full funding for ag research at Lincoln

In 1865, soldiers serving in the 62nd Colored Infantry in Texas had a dream: they wanted to start an institution of higher education for newly freed Americans in their home state of Missouri. In 1866, they established Lincoln.

Watch out for elder fraud

If you have elderly parents, friends or other senior acquaintances, you are probably aware that they frequently receive phone calls, mail and other communications, many of them designed to steal their money or identities.

Driftwood Outdoors: National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic coming to Kansas City

National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is going to have something for everyone who appreciates uplands birds and their habitat.

Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves

Russia's prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance's top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow.

Recordings reveal the lies former LA sheriff told prosecutor

Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca told three lies to federal authorities who were investigating corruption at the jails he ran, according to a newspaper report.

Kansas City woman leaves $2M to Jesuits

A Kansas City woman who grew up on a farm, worked as a teacher and lived on a pension left $2 million to a Catholic order when she died at age 100.

2 charged in robbery gone wrong where arm was severed

Both people involved in a bizarre botched robbery over pricey sneakers have been arrested after the victim rammed the teenage robber with his SUV, severing his arm, police said Saturday.

94-year-old Navajo Code Talker's home gets major facelift

A Navajo Code Talker who was forced out of the home he built 60 years ago when it fell into disrepair is settling back in thanks to some extensive renovations done by volunteers.