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Department receives 'good' rating in report
Although he questioned some of the Missouri Agriculture department’s operations for the last two business years, state Auditor Tom Schweich on Wednesday gave the department a “good” rating — which, in the auditor’s scales, indicates “this entity is well managed.”
Schweich gives ag dept. overall 'good' rating
State Auditor Tom Schweich this morning questioned why Missouri’s Agriculture department gave larger raises to 10 employees over the two years than most state employees received during the same time.
Khiry Devon Summers won a small victory at the state appeals court Tuesday morning, when a three-judge panel ordered Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce to re-sentence Summers on his armed criminal action conviction.
Almost 700 Missouri government retirees renewed their online access to account information Tuesday, the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS) said.
An employer should not have cut an employee’s disability benefits without first asking the state’s Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, a three-judge panel of the state appeals court’s Kansas City District ruled Tuesday.
Osage County sheriff took plea deal on 2013 felony, misdemeanor charges
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon should know by mid-January if the state Public Safety department will discipline his law officer’s certification.
It’s been nearly 11½ years since a May 22, 2003 fiery crash on Interstate 70 near the Missouri 13 interchange killed a Highway Patrol trooper and severely burned a former Chamois man.
MOSERS: Attempts to get money detected; no money was released
Missouri government retirees won’t be able to access their information online until Tuesday morning — thanks to someone who managed to gain “unauthorized access” to four MOSERS members’ home pages.
Even though a federal judge has ordered Missouri government to pay $1 million in damages to Zachary Snyder’s children, it’s too soon for state courts to force that payment, a three-judge panel of the state appeals court in Kansas City ruled this week.
Jury deliberates 8½ hours on child endangerment charge
A Cole County jury has found Shelley Richter guilty of endangering the welfare of a child, at her home day care in Taos on Aug. 19, 2010.
Prosecutors finished presenting their case against Shelley A. Richter Tuesday afternoon, and officials still expect the child endangerment case to go to the jury today for its deliberations.
Lane Schaefer will turn 5 on Jan. 10. But he still wears diapers because he hasn’t learned how to go to the bathroom by himself, his mother told a five-woman, nine-man jury Monday afternoon.
Missouri billionaire Rex Sinquefield gave $300,000 to the Republican State Leadership Committee in October, an RSLC filing with the federal Internal Revenue Service shows.
Lesley McSpadden: ‘All lives matter’
Michael Brown’s mother told the NAACP’s “Journey for Justice” crowd during Friday’s rally at the Missouri Capitol that she and her family are grateful for the support and love they’ve received, since her son was killed in Ferguson on Aug. 9 by then-police officer Darren Wilson.
Organizers expect it to start about 1 or 1:15 p.m.
Last month’s election contest for one seat on the Cole County circuit court attracted national attention — and money.
Missouri’s Supreme Court should erase Andrew Lemasters’ 31-year prison sentence and his June 2013 conviction for statutory sodomy — and order a new trial with a different prosecutor, the state public defender’s office argued Wednesday.
Since 1978 — well before lawmakers passed the 2005 tort reform law — Missouri law prohibited people from suing for medical malpractice 10 years or more after the negligence occurred.
Last week’s EPA news release announcing new smog standards just added to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s unhappiness with the federal agency.
Missouri’s two U.S. senators were joined by 28 of their colleagues Monday in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, demanding that the U.S. Postal Service delay its plans to consolidate “up to 82 mail processing facilities” next year.
True to his promise, state Rep. Jay Barnes on Monday introduced a resolution so lawmakers can reject a proposed pay raise for themselves and statewide elected officials.
In the last four months, Said (sah-ED) Sewell moved from northeastern Ohio to Mid-Missouri, officially began his new Lincoln University job Aug. 15 and began his Listening/Learning Tour, “listening to the stories and the voices of the faculty, the students and the staff.”
Temporary restraining order effective only 15 days from Nov. 25
Barnes: No raises for legislators while state employee wages lag
State Rep. Jay Barnes has promised to introduce a resolution to block proposed raises for lawmakers and statewide elected officials, calling it "an insult" to state employees who've received only modest raises in recent years.
Missouri voters need to know more about the judges they vote on, Supreme Court Judge George Draper III said Friday — and the Missouri Bar should be involved in that education effort.
All of Missouri is covered by Gov. Jay Nixon’s Monday order declaring a state of emergency exists because of possible protests about a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision — or a U.S. Justice Department decision — in their separate investigations of last summer’s killing of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.
Some of Lincoln University’s “best” new students soon could find themselves sharing space on the same floor of the same residence hall.
Getting more students to attend Lincoln University is a goal that can bring many benefits, President Kevin Rome said last week.
A unanimous Missouri Supreme Court ruled this week that a man who slammed his hand against the counter during a bank robbery made enough of a threat to meet the state law’s definition of second-degree robbery.
Lincoln University’s financial operations are sound. The Springfield accounting firm Baird, Kurtz and Dobson reported that finding this week in its annual audit.
Missouri owes Zachary Snyder’s children $1 million — and it should be required to pay now, an attorney told a three-judge Missouri appeals court panel Thursday afternoon.
Before explaining its legal case to the three-judge appeals court panel visiting at Lincoln University Thursday afternoon, SSM Health attorney Kevin M. Leahy explained the basic case to students and faculty in the audience.
For the second time in five years, Missouri’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences Brian Joseph Dorsey received for the 2006 murders of his cousin and her husband.
Barnes doesn’t expect long process to investigate alleged Koster ties to lobbyists
State Rep. Jay Barnes said Wednesday his new committee has no pre-planned idea of what it will find. The panel will investigate allegations that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster had a too-cozy relationship with lobbyists for several major businesses.
Lincoln University observed Veteran’s Day this year with special remembrances of former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton — who was 81 when he died just over a year ago, was a believer in education for all, a long-time friend of LU and a long-time student of military history.
Cole County officials expect to launch the new Veterans’ Court by the end of the year, Treatment Courts Administrator Larry Henry said Monday.
Lincoln University’s campus was locked down for about 30 minutes Monday afternoon.
During the campaign, several people wondered if the Cole County circuit court should be added to Missouri’s Nonpartisan Court Plan, where judges are appointed to vacancies by the governor and, after serving on the bench for at least one year, have their names placed on the general election ballot so voters can retain the judge for a full term or vote to remove the judge from the bench.
The Nov. 8, 2016 general election is 731 days away. However, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office has already received three proposed amendments to the state Constitution that supporters hope will be on that 2016 ballot for voters to consider.
With no success for several years, Gov. Jay Nixon has urged Missouri lawmakers to expand the state’s Medicaid program to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
Nixon, Senate disagree over use of withholdings
The TV ads urged Missouri voters to pass Amendment 10 and send Gov. Jay Nixon a message that they were tired of his using budget withholdings as political tools.
Missouri Senate Republicans want President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, to keep that job for two more years.
Pat Joyce is looking forward to getting Cole County’s Veterans Court up and running in the next few weeks, and to “take care of people’s problems and the business” of being a judge.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday that Republicans’ expansion of control in both the Missouri House and Senate won’t change the way he seeks to work with lawmakers.
Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce won a third, six-year term Tuesday, with a 1,343-vote victory over Republican challenger Brian Stumpe.
Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson won a third term Tuesday, fending off a challenge by former Assistant Prosecutor Anji Gandhi, by 2,594 votes of the 22,426 votes cast in the race.
When Mike Kehoe owned the local Ford-Lincoln dealership, his advertising slogan was, “Mid-Missouri loves a Mike Kehoe deal.”
Attorney General Chris Koster’s office has not said, yet, if it will ask the Missouri Supreme Court to review last week’s state appeals court ruling that neither the attorney general nor the Missouri Highway Patrol (MSHP) has an automatic right to be included in a Sex Offender Registry case.
During almost any hotly contested election, qualifications for an office can become an issue.
All eight candidates for contested Cole County offices on next Tuesday’s ballot spent more than two hours at Lincoln University Thursday night, explaining their candidacies and answering questions.