Stories by Bob
Judge Kevin Crane didn’t have enough evidence that Gary Leland Coleman, now 51, Jefferson City, threatened to use force during the Oct. 6, 2012, holdup at New Bloomfield’s Bank Star One branch, two judges from the appeals court’s Kansas City division ruled Tuesday.
Thanks to the Troy-based Toyota Bodine aluminum manufacturing company, the State Technical College of Missouri next year will offer an “advanced manufacturing technician” (AMT) degree program.
With the recent Ferguson violence — and the law enforcement response to it — still fresh on many people’s minds, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt spent Monday visiting with law enforcement officials in four Missouri cities.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Angela and Rodney Gilpin’s murders. Thursday morning, the Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments on David Russell Hosier’s appeal of his conviction and death sentence for killing Angela, who was 45.
Last week’s announcement that First National Bank of St. Louis will change its name Nov. 14 to “Central Bank of St. Louis” may just be the first step in a series of changes for some of the 13 banks owned by Jefferson City-based Central Bancompany.
St. Louis Cardinals fans hear ads for it on the radio broadcasts.
JoDe and Lisa Layton-Brinker didn’t hear anything in Thursday’s court hearing to make them less optimistic about their case.
Missouri voters in November will be asked to retain two state Supreme Court judges and two appeals court judges for 12-year terms — and a special panel formed to study those judges recommends that voters keep them as judges.
The Missouri appeals court in Kansas City said Tuesday that a Lee’s Summit lawyer — charged with murdering her father and his girlfriend near Sunrise Beach nearly four years ago — can be held in the Clay County Jail until she repays at least part of her father’s estate.
Congressional candidate Nate Irvin announced his support Monday for the campaign to get Gov. Jay Nixon to free Jeff Mizanskey from state prison, where he’s serving a life sentence for multiple marijuana convictions.
As early as Wednesday, Missouri’s Public Service Commission officially could reject Noranda Aluminum’s complaint that Ameren Missouri has earned more money than the PSC allowed when setting the utility’s rates almost two years ago.
Starts Friday evening, not just Saturday
This year’s Old Munichburg Oktoberfest celebration in Jefferson City begins Friday, Sept. 26, instead of just happening on Saturday as in the past.
A St. Louis man who successfully has challenged other state laws through the courts has sued Gov. Jay Nixon, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and other state officials over the “Common Core” education standards designed to be the same for states that adopt them.
Osage County, sheriff, others cleared of freed inmate’s accusations
U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey has dismissed all seven claims Dale Helmig had made against Osage County, former Sheriff Carl Fowler, former deputy Paul Backues and former Highway Patrol trooper Robert Westfall.
Cole County Drug Court honors businesses who help recovery
Brenda Schell, director of the Jefferson City-based Missouri Recovery Network, says drug courts help save lives. 35 area businesses were honored Wednesday for their participation in the program.
In just 2½ weeks, Jefferson City and some other Missouri locations will be featured on “Fireball Run — America’s Frontier,” an online television reality show starting its eighth season.
Just over three weeks after the Public Service Commission said ‘No,’ Noranda Aluminum and the Missouri Office of Public Counsel both asked for a rehearing on Noranda’s request for lower electric rates.
Gov. Jay Nixon has two more legislative sessions to go in his second term — and some of the Republican leaders he must work with continue to complain the Democratic governor doesn’t work well with them.
Money released to schools, other programs — but most overridden line-item vetoes frozen
Missourians hoping that lawmakers last week would restore funding for the St. Mary’s Health Center renovations project in Jefferson City were destined to be disappointed.
Lincoln University students should learn to ask questions all the time, two top administrators said Thursday during the school’s annual opening convocation.
Lincoln University’s on-campus population is much larger this fall than a year ago, officials told LU curators Thursday.
Senate quits after angry split
Missouri lawmakers had been told they might still be in session today, still considering overrides of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of 32 bills and more than 150 budget line-items.
Sen. Kehoe: Bill would benefit Missouri's small businesses
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Missouri House failed to approve a motion to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill changing state unemployment procedures sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe.
State Sen. Bob Dixon passed on the chance Wednesday to win an override vote on tax law changes he sponsored last spring.
Missouri’s courts will have some lawmakers looking more closely at what the courts do — Tuesday was start-up day for the Legislature’s newest joint committee.
Lincoln University has 26 percent more freshmen enrolled this fall than a year ago.
Dave Griffith was thinking about when he might retire, not about looking for a new job three years ago when the chairman of the Red Cross board of directors suggested he consider applying for the director’s vacancy.
As Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City for Wednesday’s veto session, they’re being asked to take a hard look at taxes, government spending and public policies.
Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey wants to know if lawmakers can override a governor’s line-item vetoes by voting on the entire bill.
‘We don’t have money for all this stuff’
Lawmakers next week should sustain Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget vetoes so that state government can “live within its means,” Nixon told reporters Thursday. “We don’t have the money for all this stuff.”
Wants Missouri governor to grant clemency
Since Aug. 22, the Rev. James Peterson has taken his large wooden cross and pulled it around the Missouri Capitol seven times each day — urging Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency to prison inmate Jeff Mizanskey.
Cole County’s ambulance service will be getting one more new garage door at its base, 1736 Southridge Drive.
Unless the state appeals to the Supreme Court, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled last week that Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce will have to take more evidence in a Holts Summit woman’s discrimination claim against the state Revenue department.
Newspaper editorial prior to King's death 'added fuel to the fire'
The incidents are more than 46 years apart, but they began in similar fashion.
The St. Louis County medical examiner, whose office performed the first autopsy on Michael Brown, is a Jefferson City native and Jefferson City High School graduate.
Since the Missouri Highway Patrol began tracking traffic fatalities, the most in a single year were 1,521 reported in 1969, with the least fatalities being the 757 deaths reported last year.
Ameren Missouri says it soon will pay out all the solar rebates it’s required to pay, under a stipulated agreement reached last November with the Public Service Commission and other parties.
Missouri’s Supreme Court this week declined to hear Cole County Assessor Chris Estes’ appeal in his legal battle with the County Commission over its use of the “assessment fund.”
Noranda Aluminum won’t get reduced rates, the Public Service Commission said today.
Lincoln University Curators voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to build a new “Wellness Center” on the campus’ southeast corner.
From grade-point average statistics to enrollment figures, Kevin Rome threw out a lot of numbers last week, during Lincoln University’s Faculty/Staff Fall Institute.
“Change” always is going to happen, Lincoln University President Keven D. Rome told faculty and staff Thursday morning at the school’s annual Fall Institute that helps get ready for the start of classes later this month.
For manslaughter and assault following fatal accident
Judge Dan Green said he’ll make a decision as soon as he can on a request to modify Larry Gene Welch’s sentences for manslaughter and assault following a fatal accident in 2007.
Leporin, then 28, had two previous DWIs at time of wrong-way, head-on collision on U.S. 54 at the Missouri 179 interchange, in wreck that killed Chelsea Fredrickson, 19, Camdenton.
Roy Blunt encouraged his fellow U.S. senators to pass the “Enforce the Law Act,” which the U.S. House passed in March.
Sides argue impact of Amendment 3 proposal on Missouri education
While voters last Tuesday were deciding the fate of five proposed amendments to Missouri’s Constitution, Secretary of State Jason Kander was announcing the addition of a fourth proposed amendment to the November general election ballot.
Last week’s rejection of Amendment 7, the ¾-cent sales tax increase proposal to provide more money for transportation projects, was the latest effort to provide more money for the Transportation department’s efforts to build, repair and maintain Missouri’s more than 32,000 miles of roads and 10,400 bridges — the nation’s seventh largest highway system.
Once again, it’s Missouri State Fair time in Sedalia, with music the focus of the Grandstand entertainment on eight of the fair’s 11 nights.
Leonard and Velma Steinman talked about running against each other in November for the right to succeed U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer in Congress.
Mid-Missouri Republicans have nominated incumbent Tom Hurst for a second two-year term serving the 62nd House District in the state Legislature.