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Dixon can continue serving as sheriff while he appeals Public Safety department's license revocation.
Capitol overhaul, LU and Linn State top area projects
Sometime in the next couple of years, the Thomas Jefferson statue, the Capitol’s south steps and the protective roof all will disappear so work crews can repair major problems with the Capitol’s foundation.
The Missouri Senate voted 31-3 to reject pay raises proposed last November by the Missouri Citizens Compensation Committee.
Senate skipped vote Wednesday on rejecting own raises
Unless state Sen. Rob Schaaf changes his mind and makes another attempt this morning to get a Senate vote, Missouri’s senators have allowed pay raises for lawmakers and the six statewide elected officials to go into effect because they took no vote on Wednesday.
Missouri state lawmakers and statewide elected officials will be getting a pay raise, after two senators launched a mini-filibuster blocking the resolution that would have blocked the raises.
The Osage County Commission wants Sheriff Michael Dixon out of office after the state Public Safety department on Monday revoked his license to be a law officer.
State Sen. Bob Dixon wants to give counties the option of joining together and sharing one full-time prosecutor rather than having part-time prosecutors with private law practices.
Osage County sheriff has 30 days to appeal
Missouri’s Public Safety department revoked Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon’s peace officer’s license Monday.
Missouri government owns 19 aircraft — and that’s too many, State Auditor Tom Schweich said in an 18-page report released Monday.
Missouri government owns 19 aircraft — and that's too many, State Auditor Tom Schweich said today in an 18-page report.
State Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny was surprised when Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell included “protecting our elders” in her State of the Judiciary speech last Thursday.
Almost from the beginning, controversy has followed St. Louisan Dick Gregory, and been a part of his career.
What are ‘waters of Missouri?’
Two Mid-Missouri lawmakers want the state Legislature — not the federal government — to define who owns and controls water and the nearby land in the state.
If Missouri lawmakers approve, all Show-Me State students will have to pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school or get a GED, starting Jan. 1, 2016.
Two Mid-Missouri college presidents said they appreciate Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposals for their schools.
Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally praised state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell and the State of the Judiciary speech she gave Thursday morning.
After teenager Michael Brown was killed by a police officer last August, some of the protests and anger were aimed at Missouri’s municipal courts and how some people believe they prey on poor people.
Osage Industries of Linn and 380 Missouri auto dealers sue over Revenue department's granting dealer license to electric car maker.
Missouri government workers, last in the nation in their overall paychecks, won’t be getting a pay raise in the 2015-16 state budget year that begins July 1, under Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposal released Wednesday night.
Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally were pleased with Gov. Jay Nixon’s seventh State of the State address.
Coverage would aid families not eligible for VA care
State Sen. Ryan Silvey knows some of his colleagues don’t like the idea of expanding Medicaid. However, he’s hoping the opposition won’t include Missouri military veterans.
Ameren Missouri has proposed a lower electric rate for Noranda Aluminum’s New Madrid smelters, as part of Ameren’s new rate increase case — and said its proposal would be a better deal for other customers.
Add second-term state Sen. Mike Kehoe’s name to the list of Mid-Missouri lawmakers considering a future statewide race.
Missouri Transportation officials last week rolled out their new, “325 System” plan for maintaining Missouri’s nearly 34,000 miles of roads and 10,400 bridges in the coming years.
Six of Mid-Missouri’s 10 prosecuting attorneys are part of the nearly 40 percent of all Missouri prosecutors who don’t like two bills filed in the state Senate this year, proposing changes in Missouri’s prosecuting attorney system.
Don Claycomb, State Technical College of Missouri president since 1993, told the school’s board of regents Friday he plans to step down from that post on June 30 — next year.
Taking on Tesla over the issue
A week from Monday, Missouri lawmakers are invited to a reception at a downtown Jefferson City restaurant, where “a brief update of Tesla in Missouri” will be provided and Tesla cars will be available for test drives.
Public opinion sought on priorities for funding projects
In just two years, Missouri’s Transportation department won’t have enough money available to maintain the state’s roads and bridges in the current conditions.
Power of the public
A few Mid-Missourians supported Ameren Missouri and its operations, but most of the 13 people who testified Wednesday night at a public hearing urged the five-member Public Service Commission to reject the utility’s latest rate increase request.
Cole County’s circuit court must re-sentence William L. Branch, because its 2000 sentence of life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.
A Cole County sheriff’s deputy never had probable cause to make a traffic stop, so Justin Cardwell’s DWI conviction and 45-day shock-treatment imprisonment never should have happened, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.
Missouri law already requires long-term care facilites to report cases of suspected abuse and neglect of a resident to the state Health and Senior Services department.
Larry Welch will stay in prison, for now.
Mid-Missourians will chair the Legislature’s Energy committees in both houses this year.
State Auditor Tom Schweich officially launched his second four-year term Monday with a low-key ceremony in his Capitol office.
“Ethics” is a word that keeps popping up at the Capitol these days, as lawmakers talk about the 2015 General Assembly’s priorities.
State Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansas City, wants Missouri voters to eliminate the grand jury, and has introduced a bill for lawmakers to consider, to place a constitutional amendment on next year’s statewide general election ballot.
What defines legislative success?
Lawmakers who still are in the Legislature this year have sponsored 488 bills or resolutions since 2009, then received enough support to get 51 of their original bills passed and sent to the governor — for a 10.45 percent success rate.
Before Missouri lawmakers went home for the weekend, state senators discussed Wednesday afternoon’s protest that disrupted the chamber’s opening day ceremonies, and caused the Visitor’s Gallery to be cleared.
Leaders’ goals include less red tape for businesses, more money for schools
With veto-proof majorities in both the Missouri House and Senate, the Legislature’s Republican leaders expect a lot of support for their agenda in the 2015 General Assembly that began at noon Wednesday.
Demonstrators disrupt state Senate opening
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, on Wednesday afternoon introduced a six-page remonstrance urging fellow Democrat Jay Nixon to resign from the governor’s office “immediately” — or face impeachment by the Missouri House.
The Missouri Senate was forced to stand at-ease this afternoon as a number of demonstrators chanted loudly and disrupted the opening day ceremonies.
The state lawmakers are back in Jefferson City. At noon today, the 98th session of the Missouri General Assembly begins in both the House and Senate.
Missouri lawmakers return to the Capitol and, at noon Wednesday, launch the 2015 General Assembly which will run through May 15. But the Missourinet’s first (and, until Dec. 1, only) news director, Bob Priddy, won’t be at the Press Table in the Senate when the session begins.
One family’s birthday ‘thank you’
Yvonne Rice Garrard and Yvette Rice Joyce were born 20 minutes apart — 58 years ago today. But in a large family — and with birthdays only three days after Christmas — well, birthday “parties” were rare.
Ringing in the new year in Mid-Missouri
Mid-Missouri offers several options for area residents who want to be out on New Years Eve — including a new event, a “Roast and Toast” at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Jefferson City.
Lincoln University curators last week voted to raise President Kevin Rome’s salary because he “was the lowest-paid university president in the state of Missouri,” Board President Winston Rutledge said.
Jefferson City school board members hope hiring a new leader will allow the district to have a fresh — and less turbulent — start with parents, students and other patrons who had voiced complaints over problems with student discipline and teacher morale.
A Christmas Wish Part 4: Learning language No. 5
English is Uwizeyimana Judith’s fifth language. And she’s been working with ABLE — the Adult Basic Literacy Education program — to learn how to read better in her newest tongue.
Private sessions fit the student's schedule
With so much debate about education these days, it may be hard to believe some adults still don’t know how to read. That’s where ABLE comes in.