Stories by Bob
The St. Elizabeth R-4 School District is keeping its schedule this week, even though the town has a boil order at least through today.
Jefferson City fires were in the news at least twice last week — within about 24 hours of each other. Both served to renew attention on two of the firefighters’ jobs — fighting and extinguishing fires, then figuring out what caused them.
‘Procedural irregularities’ by commission cited
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled officials didn't follow the required procedures to discipline Dixon's peace officer's license.
A former school bus driver has been indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving and possessing child pornography.
Gov. Jay Nixon should work with lawmakers next year to find the money needed to give state employees a pay raise, House Speaker Todd Richardson and Budget Chairman Tom Flanigan said Wednesday.
Lincoln University is ranked 48th among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), according to U.S. News & World Report.
Jury in second trial takes just over 3 1/2 hours to reach guilty verdict in Everhart's arson trial.
After hearing six days of testimony, a Cole County jury should begin deliberating Kurt Steidley’s fate today.
Three-judge appeals court panel in Kansas City upholds last year's ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce.
In his initial interviews after a New Year’s Day 2011 fire damaged his closed business, investigators said Kurt Steidley told them he last was in Jefferson City on Dec. 30.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Henry’s disciplinary hearing won’t happen next week as scheduled and no new hearing dates have been set.
For about half the day Friday, Kurt Steidley testified in his own trial — as a prosecution witness.
Ron Calzone, who describes himself as a “citizen lobbyist,” has challenged the Sept. 3 Missouri Ethics Commission decision fining him $1,000 for failing to register as a lobbyist.
Mid-Missouri resdient Drew Buersmeyer took the stand Thursday in the trial against Kurt Steidley, who is accused of setting a fire that heavily damaged his business, Everhart’s Sporting Goods.
A number of Lincoln University faculty members told Academic Affairs Vice President Said Sewell Thursday they’re not happy with the way LU administrators are handling the jobs of two longtime LU leaders.
On the second day of Kurt Steidley’s second trial for setting fire to his business, a Cole County jury saw a lot of pictures showing the damage caused by a New Year’s Day 2011 fire at Everhart’s Sporting Goods.
After being told twice Missouri’s 2014 right-to-farm amendment doesn’t include her right to grow marijuana in her basement, Lisa Loesch has taken her case to the state Supreme Court.
Kurt Steidley faces up to seven years in New Year’s Day fire
Kurt Steidley’s second trial over the New Year’s Day 2011 fire at Everhart’s Sporting Goods began Tuesday morning.
Appeals court panel refuses to block trial on marijuana cultivation charge
Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green can keep working toward holding a trial early next year for a Jefferson City woman charged with growing marijuana in her basement.
Higher education leaders put faith in Nixon budget
Their boards still have to agree, but Missouri college and university presidents promised Gov. Jay Nixon Monday they would freeze tuition for the 2016-17 school year — their fourth tuition freeze in seven years.
Tom Dempsey, the Missouri Senate’s now-former president pro tem, still will have some influence over state Senate operations next year.
14 business ideas were highlighted during Saturday’s fourth-annual Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce “Pitch It and Win It” program.
With only four exceptions, Mid-Missouri’s 12 lawmakers — three senators and nine representatives — voted for successful veto overrides during Wednesday’s legislative veto session.
Sponsor pulls override attempt, suggests revisiting issue next year
Two Mid-Missouri lawmakers took an active part in Wednesday’s House debates on seven vetoed bills suggested for override votes.
Legislators acknowledge court challenge is likely
With one vote to spare, the Senate overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 150, outlining regulations to unemployment benefits.
At one point early Wednesday evening, it appeared the 2015 veto session would go late into the night — or need to resume today.
Hundreds of labor union members cheered when the vote was announced — the Missouri House fell 13 votes short of overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a controversial right to work proposal.
Sen. Ron Richard is poised to make state history today.
As veto session looms in Jefferson City
Missouri lawmakers this year have only 16 veto overrides to consider when the veto session begins at mid-day Wednesday.
If you’re a lawmaker coming to Jefferson City for Wednesday’s veto session, what would you consider to be a successful veto session? State Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, believes it's a hard question to answer, because, “I think you’ve got to look at each bill individually.
Just two weeks before he’s scheduled to defend Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Henry in a disciplinary hearing, St. Louis lawyer C. John “Chet” Pleban still hasn’t taken Osage County Prosecutor Amanda Grellner’s deposition.
The Missouri Transportation department’s Central District has a diversity education program scheduled Oct. 1 as part of its ongoing series.
Lincoln University wants to keep growing, both in the number of students who come to Jefferson City and in their academic achievements, President Kevin Rome told students, faculty and staff during Thursday’s Opening Convocation.
Lincoln University had about 650 new students when classes began nearly three weeks ago, and still has 65 students living in hotel rooms rather than residence halls.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Henry’s request to take two depositions will be argued in a Cole County court on Sept. 22 — just six days before his Patrol disciplinary hearing.
MoDOT updates its ‘critical condition’ bridges report
Fifty bridges in 10 Mid-Missouri counties are on the state Transportation department’s latest list of state-owned bridges considered to be in “critical” condition.
Neither entity agrees to release document ahead of vote
An agreement between the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission and Lincoln University on how to operate the planned multipurpose facility is being kept closed even as both entities are expected to vote on it this week.
Four Jefferson City area women can show off their “new” vehicles this holiday weekend, thanks to Nichols Career Center automotive technology students and the group “Working Wheels for Working Families.”
Dennis Leporin won a minor victory in court this week, 54 weeks after he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing Chelsea D. Fredrickson, 19, in a wrong-way, head-on accident two years ago.
The Missouri Capitol’s just-beginning renovation project has caused the south doors to be closed until further notice.
David Clohessy didn’t get anywhere near what he asked for, but he has settled his long-running abuse complaint with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City.
The law changing Missouri municipal court operations went into effect last Friday, and some courts — especially in the St. Louis area — already are seeing changes.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he wants an update on the investigation into a 2014 drowning of a handcuffed Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat in the Lake of the Ozarks.
The legal battle began when K. Patrick Douglas, Bolivar, wanted to get some records from the Office of State Courts Administrator in 2012 — but OSCA told him the information he wanted wasn’t available on any existing document.
The Missouri Highway Patrol cited the driver of a Ford truck that ran into a school bus in Eldon Monday afternoon for “careless and imprudent driving involving a crash,” Cpl. Scott White said Tuesday.
Missouri’s now year-old right-to-farm amendment won’t help a Cole County woman avoid a drug charge, Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Tuesday.
Funeral planned for Friday in O’Fallon
Highway Patrol Trooper James Bava, 25, of Mexico, was killed Friday as he was trying to stop a motorcycle he had observed violating traffic laws, Cpl. Scott White said Monday.
There’s no commitment, yet — not even a formal proposal.
By the time the board of regents meets again in late January, their search for a new State Technical College of Missouri president could be underway.
Friday is the deadline to apply for this year’s Missouri Highway Patrol “Community Alliance Program.” Every two years, the Patrol’s Troop F offers a six-week class for Mid-Missourians to learn about the patrol’s operations.