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LU faculty unhappy with Sewell proposals

Many in the Lincoln University Faculty Senate are unhappy with announced plans to change school operations — and they have asked for a special meeting to discuss the situation in more detail.

Kelley wants sex offenders to know when they must register

State Rep. Mike Kelley wants to make sure people expected to be listed on the sex offender registry know they must register.

Senate panel hears plan to add Mid-Missouri judge

Lawmakers are being asked to add a third circuit judge to the 26th circuit, one of several that contains five counties.

Supreme Court hears rights-of-way arguments

Can the Legislature change a law that a court has overturned — but the court’s ruling isn’t final because of appeals?

LU Provost proposes department changes

Lincoln University plans to reorganize its Academic Affairs division, Provost Said Sewell told faculty and staff in an email Friday.

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Business concerns add issues for Missouri 'religious liberty' amendment

From #jcmo Inside Business

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among business groups worried about similar troubles if Missouri voters later this year adopt a proposed “religious liberty” amendment to the state Constitution.

Tax credit discussion looks to maintain Capitol

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard acknowledged last week he was talking about a bill that really won’t be debated until next year.

Law professors question religious liberty proposal

A group of Missouri law professors has questioned the impact of the proposed religious liberty amendment to the Missouri Constitution, generally known as Senate Joint Resolution 39 or SJR 39.

Lincoln U, State Tech get performance funding in state budget

Lincoln University and the State Technical College of Missouri together are getting more than $900,000 in state “performance funding” — if Gov. Jay Nixon approves that part of the Legislature-passed budget sent to him Thursday.

State budget includes pay raise, other Mid-Missouri provisions

The $27 billion state budget plan lawmakers sent Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday includes a 2 percent, across-the-board pay raise for state employees.

Proposed law to raise age of ‘juveniles’ in court

Missouri should join 40 other states and raise the age for juveniles being handled by adult courts, as proposed in a Senate bill.

Appeals court upholds Hutson convictions, sentences

For murder of Holts Summit man

Almost 18 months after Calvin Hutson was sentenced to life in prison, plus 15 years, plus another 15 years for murder and other charges, a three-judge panel of the state appeals court upheld the jury verdicts and sentences.

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House bill aims to shorten paid leave times

A Jefferson County lawmaker thinks too many public employees are getting paid for not working because they’ve been put on administrative leave.

Senate urged to pass House bill on Capitol control

The Capitol should be governed by a new committee, a Southwest Missouri lawmaker told state senators Tuesday.

Lawmaker: Impeach Attorney General Koster

Resolutions focus on lack of same-sex marriage appeal, influence of contributions

With four weeks to go in this year’s legislative session, a southwest Missouri state representative wants his House colleagues to impeach Attorney General Chris Koster.

Ruling in LU case swings spotlight to state program

Last week, a state appeals court ruling said Lincoln University employee Kathy Narens should receive worker’s compensation benefits from the Jefferson City school.

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Carl Vogel remembered as quiet but active, caring man

Carl Vogel is remembered as a quiet-but-active, caring man, as his family and friends prepare to celebrate his life in a Wednesday morning Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

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Carl Vogel dies after cancer fight

Services pending for Jefferson City businessman and former lawmaker. Jefferson City businessman Carl Vogel lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Thursday night, 5½ weeks after his 61st birthday.

Michael Dixon probation case rescheduled

Osage County sheriff due back in court May 27

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon is due in St. Louis County circuit court again on May 27.

Lincoln curators approve new student fee for athletics

Starting this year, full-time Lincoln University students at the Jefferson City campus will be paying an additional $10 per credit hour for a new “Student Athletic Fee.”

Contract approved for office renovations at LU's Leslie Plaza

Lincoln University Curators on Thursday awarded a $198,100 contract to GBH Builders, Jefferson City, to renovate about 3,000 square feet of 911-A Leslie Blvd. — part of the Leslie Plaza that LU acquired in October.

Hill applauds Lincoln honors students for setting good examples

Cole County Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Hill told nearly 300 Lincoln University honor students he looks up to them.

Senate panel hears House bill on Lake MyKee-Holts Summit merger

For the second time in a month, a Missouri Senate committee heard a bill to let Lake MyKee merge with Holts Summit.

Senate resolution honors Jefferson

Wednesday was Thomas Jefferson’s 273rd birthday.

Nixon meets with Richard about trade options

Gov. Jay Nixon and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard met for about 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon, in Richard’s third floor Capitol office.

Appeals court upholds LU employee’s award

Four years and a day after she broke her ankle, the state appeals court in Kansas City ruled Kathy Narens should receive worker’s compensation benefits from Lincoln University.

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NAACP rally targets voter photo ID

Just 13 hours after the state Senate ended its most recent discussion of the proposals, more than 100 members and supporters of the NAACP were told Tuesday that Missourians need to stop state lawmakers from imposing voter photo identification rules.

Rights of adoption

Group wants changes to birth certificate bill before it becomes law

The state Senate committee could vote this morning to recommend floor debate on a House-passed bill allowing most Missouri-born adoptees access to copies of their original birth certificates — with their birth parents’ names included.

State employees’ compensation study underway

June 15 is the deadline for CBIZ Human Capital Services to complete its work and submit its report on how Missouri state employees’ salaries and benefits compare with others.

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Osage County sheriff faces probation violation

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon’s hearing Thursday in St. Louis County has been changed to a probation violation hearing instead of a request to end his two-year probation a couple months early.

State employee pay raise moves forward

Plus more money for LU and State Tech

The Senate-passed version of Missouri’s 2016-17 state budget includes a pay raise for all state employees.

Lincoln University seeks reversal of 2015 jury verdict

State appeals court hears lawsuit on WWU campus

Lincoln University wants the state appeals court to overturn a Cole County jury’s March 2015 verdict that LU discriminated against Kenneth Ferguson when it terminated his job in August 2012 — and that the Jefferson City school owes Ferguson $104,901.

Explanation sought after ballot shortage in St. Louis County

State and local officials on Wednesday demanded to know why nearly 8 percent of St. Louis County precincts ran out of ballots and some voters were turned away during municipal elections.

Senate hears adoption birth certificates bill

Years ago, Marge Wiederholt, of Farmington, gave birth to a daughter and gave the baby up for adoption.

Sen. Emery: Congress should give federal lands to states

Congress should turn all of the land it owns over to the states, Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, told fellow senators on the Rules committee last week — especially in the western states.

LU shares in federal funding for new Food Safety center

Thanks to a federal grant, Lincoln University’s Cooperative Extension and Research (LUCER) will work with Iowa State University to establish the North Central Regional Center for Food Safety Training.

Osage County sheriff under investigation in another county

Michael Dixon isn't running for re-election

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon isn’t running for re-election, but he may be facing more legal troubles before he leaves office.

Senate bills encourage better suicide education

The Missouri Senate sent the House two measures Thursday that encourage more suicide education in schools.

Senate backs bill raising Missouri fuel taxes

Missouri voters in November would be asked to raise the state’s motor fuels taxes under a bill winning first-round approval in the state Senate this week.

Mo. Senate panel weighs ‘popular vote’ for president

Four times in U.S. history — most recently in 2000 — the presidential candidate winning the most votes in the country didn’t win the office.

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Primary election ballots finalized

Several candidates file on last day

The deadline for candidates to file in Missouri for county, state, legislative and judicial offices for this year’s Aug. 2 primary and Nov. 8 general elections passed at 5 p.m. Tuesday — with several new candidates entering races on the last day.

Senators push against rules based on ‘hysteria’

Remember “pink slime?”

Senate panel to work on House-passed budget

Medicaid’s growing costs will be a main focus of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s work, now that the House has passed its version of Missouri government’s more than $23 billion budget plan.

Lawmakers prepare for final weeks of session

As Missouri lawmakers return from their annual Spring Break on Tuesday, they will have just seven weeks left in the session.

Blunt following, but not analyzing, presidential primaries

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is paying attention to the presidential primary contests around the country ahead of the national party nominating conventions this summer.

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Capitol renovations progress

The fencing that went up at the Capitol this week marks the start of the next phase of the building’s renovations.

Green’s handling of murder case appeal upheld

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green properly denied a Jefferson City man’s request for post-conviction relief, a three-judge panel of the state appeals court in Kansas City ruled last week.

Quaker Windows expands operation

Ribbon-cutting formalizes work already underway

Quaker Windows and Doors’ new, 185,000-square-foot production facility is up and running, after construction that began last year was finished earlier this year.

State Tech names new president

Shawn D. Strong is the State Technical College of Missouri’s next president.

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Martin Hall renovation gets go-ahead

Lincoln University’s Curators unanimously awarded a contract to renovate Martin Hall, voted to ban hoverboards and clarified rules for hiring temporary help.