News for Saturday, February 13, 2016

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Our Opinion: Half measures shortchange safe driving

News Tribune editorial

Missouri senators revisited the theme of finding the proper balance between government oversight and personal freedom this week.

New bike lanes planned for Bolivar Street

Commission approves removing parking on east side of affected streets

Jefferson City is planning new bike lanes to help connect more city trails with the Katy Trail network.

Cole County, state unemployment rate dropping

Local businesses struggling to fill positions

Unemployment continues its long trek downhill, as local rates continue to plummet.

2016 Jefferson City sales taxes continue to exceed projections

Jefferson City’s sales taxes have exceeded projections for the second month in a row, making it a good start to 2016.

Lincoln University curators approve new strategic plan

Changes made to honorary degree protocol

Lincoln University curators this week approved a new strategic plan for the 150-year-old school.

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Muenchberg awarded for partner city relationship with Jefferson City

A partnership across the ocean

Jefferson City and its partner city of Muenchberg, Germany, have been recognized for their relationship by a German-American friendship association.

Piercy pleads not guilty in drowning case

Missouri Trooper Anthony Piercy pleaded not guilty Thursday to the charge of involuntary manslaughter in the drowning death of Brandon Ellingson.

Jefferson City man gets 10 years after pursuit

A Jefferson City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to charges in connection with a pursuit with authorities in Cole County in January.

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Ferguson mayor: City told DOJ agreement no sure thing

Ferguson leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee approval of a plan to address the agency's scathing review of the city's police and courts, including allegations that the civil rights of black residents were routinely violated, Ferguson's mayor said Friday.

Boys Basketball: Eugene 76, Tuscumbia 57

The Eugene Eagles beat the Tuscumbia Lions 76-57 on Friday.

Boys Basketball: New Bloomfield 98, Tuscumbia 57

A 38-point first quarter jolted the New Bloomfield Wildcats to a 98-57 win Thursday against the Tuscumbia Lions.

Boys Basketball: Blair Oaks 79, Versailles 49

C.J. Closser and the Blair Oaks Falcons spoiled Versailles’ Courtwarming on Friday, as Closser scored 23 points in a 79-49 Falcon win.

Kansas City man sentenced to 30 years for drug, weapons

A Kansas City man convicted of federal drug and weapons charges faces considerable prison time after authorities linked him with several other crimes, including the 2013 deaths of a mother and her 3-year-old child.

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Nahach leads Jays past Spartans

The Jefferson City Jays had 60 points Friday night. Tim Nahach scored nearly half of them. The Jays had 20 made field goals. Nahach hit nearly half of them. The Jays made 16 free throws. Nahach sunk nearly half of them. Not half bad.

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Mackenzie Strother reaches milestone in Jamestown win

Mackenzie Strother became the fourth Jamestown player this season to reach 1,000 career points during Friday’s 81-50 win at Calvary Lutheran.

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US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.

Perspective: Tax deficiency, art and ‘Valentines for Veterans’

This week, I’d like to highlight an issue important to Missourians as tax season gets underway, an opportunity for local students to have their artistic talents recognized and an update on a project to give a small token of thanks to our veterans on Valentine’s Day.

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Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch

Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country's political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

KC proposes $10M plan to demolish empty buildings

Kansas City has created a plan in the city budget to tear down about 800 vacant houses and buildings in struggling neighborhoods in the next two years.

Lincoln women, men to host Emporia State

After playing four straight games on the road, the Lincoln men and women return home today with a doubleheader against Emporia State.

Punter returns to Missouri as Tigers host Vols

Kim Anderson and Kevin Punter’s respective last stops were a 30-minute drive from one another. Today, they’ll go head to head.

Details of fatal accident at Springfield landfill released

Police say that a Springfield maintenance worker who died after an accident at the city landfill was struck by a semitrailer.

Judge: Kansas City convention hotel shouldn't go to voters

A judge has denied a public vote on a proposed convention hotel in downtown Kansas City.

Tigers #RallyForRhyan in game today against Tennessee

Last summer, Kim Anderson decided to include Missouri coaches’ families in more of the men’s basketball team’s activities. The players got to know Rhyan Loos, the 5-year-old daughter of assistant coach Brad Loos.

Calvary boys get past Jamestown

Calvary Lutheran owned the start and Jamestown controlled the finish, but one was a little more commanding than the other.

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It's Kobe's world, at least for 1 more All-Star weekend

Kobe Bryant answered questions in Spanish and Italian, raved about Canadian hospitality, showed off knowledge of both Greek basketball and English soccer. He announced plans to go to the Philippines and Taiwan, thanked fans from Japan and even asked a reporter how to say a phrase in Mandarin.

Steph Curry returns to Toronto at the height of his powers

When the Toronto Raptors signed Dell Curry in 1999 to provide some shooting on the perimeter, they also acquired two young children in the deal that would dart around the back hallways of the Air Canada Center dribbling basketballs and bouncing off the walls.

Forte not returning to Bears after eight seasons

Matt Forte won’t be returning to the Chicago Bears for a ninth season.

Springfield man charged with Missouri State assault

A Springfield man has been charged with assaulting a woman on the Missouri State University campus and is a suspect in two other sexual assaults.

Mine waste removal to start soon in southwest Missouri

Environmental officials say mine waste removal efforts are gearing up in southwest Missouri.