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LU faculty talking union

Published Aug. 26 2016

Some Lincoln University employees are launching a campaign to organize a collective bargaining unit with the Missouri National Education Association.

Audit: State buildings under maintained due to lack of funding

Published Aug. 26 2016

Because it doesn't have enough money, Missouri's Office of Administration has built up a nearly $600 million backlog of deferred...

Joyce keeps campaign contributions on ballot

Published Aug. 25 2016

A proposed constitutional amendment to reimpose campaign finance limits in Missouri will stay on the Nov. 8 election ballot, Cole...

Appeals court upholds Dowdy conviction

Published Aug. 25 2016

Roy Elrico Dowdy III isn't entitled to a new trial because no significant mistake was made during his December 2014...

Joyce asked to block campaign finance ballot proposal

Published Aug. 24 2016

For most of the last decade, Missouri has had no campaign finance restrictions.

Krystal Drone takes over as temporary Jefferson City postmaster

Published Aug. 24 2016

Since Monday, Krystal J. Drone has been running Jefferson City's post offices.

Missouri tobacco tax hike proposal survives court challenge

Published Aug. 23 2016

A judge has ruled that a ballot measure to raise cigarette taxes to benefit early childhood programs can stay on...

Truman Building limestone getting temporary fix

Published Aug. 23 2016

Two weeks ago, a limestone slab fell from the side of the Truman State Office Building's southwest corner — and...

Both presidential campaigns set up Missouri offices

Published Aug. 23 2016

Campaign officials for both presidential candidates — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — announced Monday they will have Missouri offices.

Magazine ranks state economy 32nd in US

Published Aug. 23 2016

Missouri's economy ranks 32nd among the states, Governing Magazine reported Monday.

'Raise Your Hand 4 Kids' tobacco tax at center of legal battle

Published Aug. 21 2016

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem expects to decide within a few days whether Missouri voters will be asked this...

Will Medicaid 22 trial have a legacy?

Published Aug. 21 2016

Last week, a five-man, seven-woman Cole County jury deliberated about 3 hours before convicting 22 pastors and religious leaders...

Legal battle continues over tobacco tax ballot issue

Published Aug. 20 2016

If the election were held today, Missourians would be voting on the "Raise Your Hand 4 Kids" proposed constitutional amendment...

Medicaid protesters to be fined

Published Aug. 19 2016

There will be a fine — but no jail time — for each of the 22 religious leaders convicted this...

Medicaid 22 guilty of trespassing

Published Aug. 18 2016

A Cole County jury will be back in court this morning to debate and recommend a punishment after finding 22...

Medicaid 22 trial could end Wednesday

Published Aug. 17 2016

State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, told a Cole County jury Tuesday afternoon: "I don't think anybody broke the law" when...

Joyce continues hearing on case where Nixon appointed as special defense lawyer

Published Aug. 16 2016

Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce today continued until Sept. 7 a hearing on Public Defender Justin Carver's request...

'Medicaid 23' go on trial today

Published Aug. 16 2016

A six-man, eight-woman jury, including two alternates, will begin hearing evidence this morning in the case of 22 religious leaders...

Rome sees need for more teacher diversity

Published Aug. 14 2016

Lincoln University's faculty needs to be more diverse, President Kevin Rome told LU's faculty and staff last week during the...

Lafayette interchange work progressing

Published Aug. 14 2016

When Jefferson City's Public Schools open Thursday and when Lincoln University begins classes Aug. 22, detours caused by construction of...