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Parts of last year’s law changing the way Missouri’s municipal courts operate actually violate the state Constitution — and Cole Circuit Judge Jon Beetem should block them, a lawyer for a dozen St. Louis County towns told Beetem Friday.
Claims $1 billion in new business
Gov. Jay Nixon is returning from South America today with agreements promising more than $1 billion in new business for Missouri businesses.
State Sen. Rob Schaaf thinks Missouri government can save money by changing the way it runs its employees’ health care plan.
Blaine Luetkemeyer wants to know why Jefferson City’s IRS office has been closed since Jan. 25 and will stay closed at least through next Friday.
State Sen. Brian Munzlinger thinks the Missouri Conservation Commission needs to represent the entire state better than it does now.
When is it appropriate for a law officer to use “deadly force” against someone?
A St. Louis woman urged Missouri senators Tuesday afternoon not to be too lenient when it comes to requiring a prison sentence for teen killers.
In August 2010, current Missouri House Majority Whip John J. Rizzo, D-Kansas City, won his primary election by one vote.
Missouri lawmakers are being asked to help some convicted felons get their records cleared from public view.
3 others in marriage fraud cases ordered to probation
Jefferson City lawyer James D. “Doug” Barding, 63, will spend one month in federal prison for his role in two marriage fraud cases.
Three others in marriage fraud cases each ordered to serve three years probation.
Lincoln University and the State Technical College of Missouri would get more than $1.3 million in additional state aid under Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed budget for the state business year that begins July 1.
For about the last two decades, State Technical College has gotten a “clean” audit report, President Don Claycomb said Friday.
A Missouri Senate committee already has taken testimony on Sen. Will Kraus’ proposal to require voters to show a photo ID when they go to vote at the polls.
Governor's budget hits close to home
Among the proposals in his last state budget proposal, Gov. Jay Nixon wants lawmakers to approve a 2 percent pay raise for all state employees, starting July 1, and add more money for education, mental health services and economic development programs.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has released his 2016 legislative proposals.
The “Academy of Missouri Squires” has added nine new members, including several with Mid-Missouri ties, Gov. Jay Nixon’s office announced Friday.
Missouri’s Corrections department violated the state’s “Sunshine” law when it failed to provide information some of the people who asked to witness a state execution, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled on New Year’s Eve.
Missouri lawmakers said last week they will talk about more funding for the state’s highway system — although they don’t know what final proposal might succeed.
Missouri lawmakers could begin debating changes to the state’s ethics laws as early as this week, the Legislature’s leaders said as the 2016 General Assembly opened last week.
After falling one vote short in October 2011 and in January 2012, Nimrod (Rod) Chapel Jr. is the NAACP’s new state president in Missouri.
Aeneas Williams preaches unity
Faith in God helps people live through and survive challenges, the Rev. Aeneas Williams told about 800 people attending the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.
Debate on ethics reform could begin as early as next week
Missouri lawmakers could debate some bills as early as next week, the Legislature’s leaders said Wednesday afternoon.
Jefferson City’s Capitol Plaza Hotel again will be filled with bluegrass music this weekend, as the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America holds its 42nd annual music awards and the 33rd SPBGMA Mid-West Convention.
This is the year for Missouri lawmakers to pass “ethics reform,” Gov. Jay Nixon told reporters at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
If state Rep. Diane Franklin has her way, Missouri once again will have a separate Water Patrol.
Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver the final “State of the State” address of his administration at 7 p.m. Jan. 20.
Football Hall of Famer turned pastor is featured speaker
A few spots remain for Thursday’s Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, where the Rev. Aeneas Williams will be the featured speaker.
2016 Missouri General Assembly begins at noon Wednesday
Wednesday at noon. That’s when Missouri lawmakers officially begin the 2016 General Assembly session to consider a new state operating budget for the business year that begins July 1 and to debate proposed new laws and changes to existing statutes.
Mid-Missouri’s four state senators pre-filed 13 bills for lawmakers to consider this year, under the state Constitution’s provision allowing bills to be pre-filed on or after Dec. 1.
Just four days after the General Assembly begins its 2016 session, Missouri citizens likely will begin having trouble using their state-issued driver’s licenses to get into some federal government facilities.
In just 76 days, Missouri voters can have a say in who should be the political parties’ candidates to be the next U.S. president.
Appeals court rules juvenile court, not Children’s Division, responsible for end-of-life decisions
Sooner or later in this modern era, people are asked to make decisions affecting when a relative might die. But who has that power if the decisions involve a sick child who has been placed in the custody of the State of Missouri's Children’s Division?
Nixon, Patrol lament deaths due to motorists driving into floodwaters
High water in various parts of Missouri — especially in the south and southwest — claimed 10 lives over the weekend and into Monday.
For Tim Ripperger, “60” is a magic number.
'One nutritious meal a day'
Clarence Voss will be 93 on April 29. And he’s lived and worked in Osage County for his entire life — except for that time in his 20s when he “traveled” in the South Pacific with the U.S. Army during World War II.
Before sale, St. Mary’s donations ‘cleaned out’ old hospital
When Farmer Holding Co. took over the old St. Mary’s Hospital complex last Wednesday, all the furnishings and decorations had been removed — donated by the hospital to a number of different churches and organizations.
The ACLU of Missouri plans to appeal last week’s federal court ruling upholding the State Technical College of Missouri’s plans to give drug tests to every incoming student.
Lighted cross given to St. Peter Church
The old St. Mary’s Hospital property in Jefferson City has a new owner. Farmer Holding Co. has purchased the 11.3-acre campus.
Jefferson City’s Sircal Contracting Inc. will build the new Lincoln University/Parks and Recreation Wellness and Multipurpose Recreation Center on LU’s campus.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry next year will urge lawmakers to invest in transportation, pass a right-to-work law and reform the state worker’s compensation system.
Legislation tracked juveniles with problem sexual behaviors
When Missouri lawmakers were talking last spring about a bill allowing the state Children’s Division to investigate complaints of child-on-child sexual abuse, no one knew for sure how many complaints might be added to the division’s caseload.
One aftermath of most of the nation’s recent mass shooting events has been renewed debates over gun control — including whether more (or fewer) restrictions are needed on people’s ability to acquire weapons.
Marijuana advocate wants info on drug task force
Aaron M. Malin wants Cole County’s circuit court to order Prosecutor Mark Richardson to release certain records.
For 25 years, Jefferson City’s Capital City Christian Church has offered its special gift to the community — the “Journey to Bethlehem.” The “Journey” occurs again this weekend, from 6-10 p.m. today and Saturday.
Ruling upholds worker’s compensation claim; Chamber will ask Legislature to fix law
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Wednesday a Missouri Supreme Court ruling Tuesday opens the door to increased workers’ compensation liability on Missouri employers.
State Technical College of Missouri can require all students to take drug tests, a federal appeals court ruled Monday on a 2-1 vote.
Official says announcements inch closer; parks staff excluded from meeting
Two of the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission’s biggest projects took small steps Tuesday toward public announcements.
Instrument of faith, heritage for Jamestown church
Every December, Sam Lucas — a former area music teacher who now is the organist for Clinton’s United Methodist Church — comes back to Jamestown and gives the Grace Methodist Church organ a workout.
For most of the eight years since she lost her mother and brother in a Nov. 4, 2007, drunk-driving accident, Johanna Olsen-Henry frequently has spoken against the idea of people who drink, then drive.