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Nixon announces items for 2015 time capsule
A Bible that spent the last century in a time capsule in the Capitol’s cornerstone is going back into the time capsule Missourians now are leaving for the next century.
Temporary ban will stay in place as long as lake levels are way up
Lake of the Ozarks visitors also shouldn’t count on water skiing, or ride jet skis or do anything else that causes a wake — because the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Water Division has ordered a Lake-wide No Wake zone, thanks to the high water levels.
One year to the day after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge, Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon was back in court in Jefferson City on Wednesday in a battle to keep his Missouri law officer’s certification.
Today is Patricia Breckenridge’s first day as the Missouri Supreme Court’s chief justice. Gov. Matt Blunt named her to the Supreme Court in 2007.
The Missouri Senate can prohibit groups from recording Senate committee meetings because the state Constitution’s authorization for the body to create its own rules supersedes the state’s open meeting laws, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Tuesday.
Missouri was one of 21 states that joined Michigan in suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency over its “toxic emissions” regulations.
Many of the items will be shown in some kind of permanent display — probably in the Missouri Capitol Museum. But those decisions still are being made.
Keith Schafer is leaving the Missouri Department of Mental Health for the second time — retiring this week after a combined 16 years as DMH director.
Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-gender marriages throughout the nation, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster moved to dismiss two lawsuit appeals pending in state and federal courts.
The State Technical College of Missouri expects to take in, and spend, almost $80,000 more in the 2015-16 business year than in the current one that ends Tuesday.
Congress still is working on plans to continue funding for the nation’s transportation system, including roads and bridges, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt told reporters Wednesday.
Linda Luebbering, the director responsible for managing Missouri's roughly $26 billion budget, is retiring this summer.
Making courts better
In a week, Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell will just be Judge Russell — and Judge Patricia Breckenridge will be the state’s new chief justice.
Corrections officials didn’t violate an inmate’s rights when they prevented him from taking part in some of the 2010 Ramadan observances at the Jefferson City Correctional Center (JCCC), the state’s Appeals Court in Kansas City ruled Tuesday.
JC School Board picks financial consultant, but no decision on facilities
Jefferson City school administrators expect to get 1.3 percent more money in the 2015-16 school year, and they expect to spend 1.4 percent more than in the current business year that ends next Tuesday.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s approval of the General Assembly-passed bonding bill this year means Lincoln University can finish repairing the President’s House at 601 Jackson St.
Arguments presented in Senate committee recordings case
A Cole County judge on Friday gave an advocacy group and state lawyers more than a week to file orders in a lawsuit challenging restrictions on filming Missouri Senate committee hearings.
Even as Congress continues debating federal defense spending, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt also is looking forward to the debates about environmental issues.
Mark Stringer will be Missouri’s Mental Health department director beginning July 1, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday, after the state Mental Health Commission made the selection.
Third ‘Coffee with the Director’ session today
Missouri River Regional Library Director Claudia Schoonover is holding “Coffee with the Director” sessions to learn more from consumers about the library she’s been running for nearly a year.
Gov. Jay Nixon should remain a defendant in a lawsuit filed last month challenging plans to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis, the six lawmakers who filed the suit told the court this week.
If the U.S. Supreme Court blocks one of the Affordable Care Act’s benefits, one national group predicts 198,000 moderate- and middle-income Missourians could lose “critical financial assistance” for their health insurance premiums.
Gary Leland Coleman was convicted and sentenced correctly, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 5-2 decision.
The Jefferson City Public Schools’ ad hoc facilities committee generally agreed Monday what proposals to recommend to the full, seven-member School Board — but didn’t agree, yet, on when to ask voters to approve the ideas.
Four Missouri operation remain on quarantine
There are some signs that this year’s bird flu epidemic is starting to wane.
14 petitions await circulation for Missouri voters' signatures
Missourians soon may be asked to sign petitions seeking various changes in state laws or the Constitution.
Several people last week said one of the reasons Rose Ann Ortmeyer is a valued Lincoln University employee is because she “knows everything.”
Lincoln University is growing — and that growth means increasing pressures to find more rooms for students to live in.
Lincoln University’s Board of Curators on Thursday approved the general and auxiliary budget requests, giving administrators the authority to spend almost $41.4 million in the budget year that begins July 1.
Link to another time
Missouri officials removed the time capsule from the Capitol cornerstone Tuesday afternoon, and archivists plan to open it some time next week to see what condition its contents are in after a century.
Principles for the principals
Jefferson City Public School middle and high school principals spent Tuesday on a continuing education project — learning how to improve their relationships with their students and with law enforcement officials.
Missouri Public Service Commissioners Chairman Robert Kenney said Monday he’ll leave the PSC on Aug. 7, at the end of his six-year term.
One of three “preachers’ kids,” Marcus Sage decided in high school in Oregon he wasn’t going to be a preacher himself.
The American Cancer Society’s Jefferson City Relay for Life raised $165,000, as of the Closing Ceremony at 2 a.m. Saturday.
Aug. 25. That’s the deadline for the Jefferson City Public Schools’ Board of Education to tell the Cole and Callaway County clerks they want to hold a special election in November.
Mid-Missouri will see a number of projects after Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday signed three of the budget bills lawmakers passed a month ago.
In the early 1990s, then-President Wendell Rayburn said Lincoln University had the “most-integrated campus” in the United States.
Monday’s state attorney general’s report on traffic stops and racial profiling didn’t tell people of color anything they didn’t already know, members of several Mid-Missouri groups told reporters Wednesday.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday that Osage County government has improved some of its financial operations and is working to improve others.
If they issued a letter grade, Mid-Missouri public schools’ buses would earn an A for passing the Highway Patrol’s bus safety inspections this spring.
Opposes wide-ranging ‘Christmas tree’ bill
Acting as his own attorney, Ron Calzone filed the 19-page lawsuit Friday, challenging “the constitutionality of Senate Bill 672 based on procedural and substantive infirmities, including a change to the original purpose, multiple subjects, and provisions that amount to unconstitutional ‘special laws.’”
She hasn’t lost her passion — even though Cathy “Cat” Kelly has retired from the Missouri Public Defender system after 31 years.
Michael Barrett is Missouri’s new state public defender — the head of a statewide system that functions as one of the largest law firms in the state, offering legal assistance to people charged with crimes who can’t afford their own attorneys.
Add Missouri to the list of places Juan Castro has visited to learn more about housing issues in America.
Six Missouri lawmakers have asked the Cole County circuit court to block Gov. Jay Nixon and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Authority (RSA) from spending Edward Jones Dome money on a proposed new football stadium.
Jefferson City’s two public swimming pools are open for the next almost three months of business, beginning at noon today.
Jefferson City’s seven-member school board made no formal decisions Tuesday night, except to create a subcommittee to do more detailed studying.
Chronic offenders must stay behind bars
People determined to be “chronic offenders” under Missouri law must spend at least two years in prison before they can be released on parole, a unanimous Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s power to issue a “civil investigative demand,” or CID, isn’t blocked by federal law, a three-judge appeals court panel in Kansas City ruled Tuesday.
For nearly an hour Monday morning, a crowd of more than 200 people at Jefferson City’s National Cemetery watched and listened quietly as family members, friends and fellow veterans honored the lives of 130 military veterans who died in the past year.