Our Opinion: Runaway amendments pose threat

News Tribune editorial

Efforts to change the Missouri Constitution — through initiative petitions and legislation — are growing exponentially.

Jefferson City Council struggling with misconceptions

Officials say rumors, myths take on life of their own every time they get repeated

Jefferson City officials say they often have to fight the battle of misconceptions in the public, but they are unsure of how to combat the issue.

Mo. Gov. Nixon spent $15.5M on re-election

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spent $15.5 million on his re-election campaign and still has hundreds of thousands of dollars left over.

Final vote on annexation Tuesday

Referendum needs two-thirds majority from combined areas to pass

The second and final vote on the proposed Meadows by the Club annexation is Tuesday, which will decide whether the area joins Jefferson City’s 4th ward.

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City starts prosecutions over trash service

Jefferson City has started taking action against those who refuse the city’s mandatory trash service from Allied Waste.

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Jefferson City festival districts to expand

The City Council is set to approve a bill Monday eliminating the November 2012 expiration for festival districts, but is looking at ways to cope with the costs of added officers needed for those types of events.

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JC municipal court has seen dramatic increase in cases, revenues

Jefferson City’s municipal court has increased cases and revenues in the past 20 years, but much of the money raised does not go back into the court’s budget.

Our Opinion: Hunting Works sets sights on public policy

News Tribune editorial

A new hunting season is under way. A partnership of hunting interests has embarked on an initiative to promote and protect its contribution to economic development.

3 charged for April protest at Whiteman AFB

One of three men charged with trespassing after an April protest at Whiteman Air Force Based pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in federal prison.

Town hall draws Jefferson City crowd

Roughly 40 people turned out Thursday for the second of three city town hall meetings, with most of the discussion centered on the conference center and the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

Council OKs annexation plan of intent

The City Council approved the plan of intent for the Meadows by Club annexation, but only after considerable discussion on whether to take commercial businesses out of the proposal.

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PSC approves Missouri American rate increase

Average residential customer's bill to increase 47%

State regulators approved on Wednesday a $24 million rate increase for water and sewer customers of Missouri American Water Co. The average residential customer will see a 47 percent increase in his monthly bill.

Ameren Missouri seeks 14.6 percent rate hike

Customers of Ameren Missouri would see their average monthly electric bills rise about $14 under a rate increase proposal filed Friday.

Three bids received for trash service

Three bids to provide weekly trash service to New Bloomfield residents were opened Thursday night by the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen.

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Jefferson City voters take trash issue to curb

Proposition A defeated by 74 percent margin

For Arthur Brown and the Citizens Action Committee Against Ordinance 14487, victory on Jefferson City’s Proposition A did not come Tuesday night. It came Tuesday morning.

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City to begin process to annex two hotel properties

After Tuesday’s vote in Jefferson City to increase the city’s lodging tax from 4 cents per dollar to 7 cents, one of the next steps in the process is to annex two more hotels into the city.

Efforts continue to add downtown restrictions on tattoo parlors

The Jefferson City Council’s discussion on potential new restrictions for tattoo and piercing studios boils down to a struggle between two major sticking points — protecting a fragile downtown and allowing businesses to work unrestricted.

Jefferson City Council ponders key concept before lodging tax vote

While the Jefferson City Council unanimously voted to place a four-cent increase of the city’s lodging tax on the February 2011 ballot for a conference center, there are still several lingering questions.

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Council puts lodging tax issue on ballot

The Jefferson City Council voted unanimously in a special meeting Monday night to place a 4-cent increase of the city’s lodging tax on the February 2011 ballot.

Jefferson City sewer question affects everyday lives

There is nothing all that flashy about sewer pipes. And as deputy director of wastewater services for Jefferson City Eric Seaman said, that might be the biggest challenge the city faces as it approaches a vote on the second sewer bond issue in a three-phase set to make improvements required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Company: Rate hike tied to inflation

While the changes that came earlier this month to Jefferson City’s trash contract with Allied Waste were unexpected, the most recent change is anything but unexpected.

Jefferson City conference center plans draw fire from hotels targeted for annexation

Numbers don’t add up yet

Earlier this month, City Administrator Steve Rasmussen presented a funding package for the construction of a long-discussed Jefferson City conference center, complete with money to spare. However, after more investigation, some of the funding sources Rasmussen cited are not as firm as he indicated.

Jefferson City: Trash rates to rise in November

Jefferson City officials announced Wednesday in a news release that rates for Allied Waste customers will increase beginning in November.