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Audit: Governor still spending money from other departments
Gov. Jay Nixon’s office and Mansion operations continue to spend money lawmakers budgeted for other state offices and agencies, the state auditor’s office said Wednesday.
Has Larry Gene Welch served enough time in prison that he should be released before the end of his original sentences?
Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, thinks making Interstate 70 into a toll road is a better transportation improvement option than raising Missouri’s fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon.
It’s been six months since St. Mary’s Hospital moved to its new home on Mission Drive just east of Missouri 179.
The St. Louis County group Returning Government to the People said Tuesday it is appealing last week’s Cole County circuit court ruling blocking its proposed campaign finance reform amendment.
Attorney General Chris Koster and his staff will defend the Missouri Senate in the lawsuit Progress Missouri filed last week, accusing the Senate of violating Missouri’s “Sunshine” law.
In February 2012, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Pat Joyce sentenced Alyssa Bustamante to life in prison — with the possibility of parole — to be followed by a separate, 30-year sentence.
Cole County prosecutors Friday charged Jacob C. Cardwell, 32, California, with resisting a lawful traffic stop — a Class D felony that, if there’s a conviction, could result in a sentence of up to four years in prison.
A stretch of Interstate 70 in west-Central Missouri is about to be a one-lane-in-each-direction road, for the summer.
One of the proposed state constitutional amendments to impose campaign finance limits in Missouri is unconstitutional, Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Friday.
Receives scholarship from her benefactor
One day last fall, Taylor Laughlin recalled Thursday, she was lifting weights on one side of the Planet Fitness gym when Lana Jennett had a heart attack while using a treadmill on the other side.
Lincoln University presented 211 achievement awards and scholarships Thursday to its best students.
University's housing nears limit as applications surge
Lincoln University has received almost 1,700 more student applications this year than at the same time in 2014.
Missouri has a growing problem that means the Natural Resources department needs more people, state Sen. Mike Kehoe told colleagues Wednesday.
Some Missouri Senate committees are violating the state’s Sunshine Law, the group Progress Missouri said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Cole County circuit court.
Only one more vote is needed to send a welfare changes bill to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Nicole Galloway will become Missouri’s 38th auditor when she takes the oath of office during the week of April 27.
Noted Missouri educator died last week at age 83
Sens. Scott Sifton and Eric Schmitt remembered Charles McClain Monday afternoon.
Compromise with Sen. Dixon on multi-county jurisdictions
If the Senate, House and governor agree, some Missouri counties could be given a chance to become part of multi-county prosecutor areas.
Missouri’s state senators want California’s lawmakers to overturn two laws affecting the way eggs are produced anywhere in the nation.
Missouri lawmakers want the federal EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop their effort to redefine what waters the federal government can regulate.
US 54 work in Osage Beach one of two cited projects
Missouri’s transportation department will pay a $750,000 civil penalty and create a statewide compliance program to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Water Act at two construction sites, one along U.S. 54 in Osage Beach, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesay.
State rests, defense presents no witnesses
Ann Metternich’s guilt or innocence now is in the hands of Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green.
Former owner of Victoria’s Bridal on trial for stealing
Years before Ann Metternich decided to close Victoria’s Bridal and Formal Wear last October, she was accused of stealing from a tuxedo supplier.
Some Missouri lawmakers are unhappy the Legislature hasn’t done more to resolve issues brought to light by last summer’s killing of Michael Brown, 18, by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Chaplains try to bring a sense of peace to General Assembly
How do you provide religious leadership in a “congregation” comprised of people of different faith backgrounds?
Two Jefferson City projects will happen because Gov. Jay Nixon last week released $43.23 million in withheld funds.
Lincoln University got another $250,000 from the state Friday — to be used to match its federal land grant money. Another $250,000 now is available for renovations in the Capitol Complex.
Missouri needs a better plan to help state employees get pay raises, lawmakers and labor officials said Thursday.
Agency accused of misspending millions meant for road work
State Transportation officials disagree strongly with a state auditor's report that MoDOT may have violated the state Constitution in some of its spending.
Last November’s Miller County audit exposed a problem other Missouri counties didn’t know they had — current state law only allows circuit clerks to handle U.S. passport applications.
Callaway County needs another marshal at the courthouse.
Under current Missouri laws and Supreme Court rules, lawyers for each side in a court case are entitled to ask for one change of judge.
Police: Spence Jackson left note after shooting himself at Jefferson City home
Within hours of the one-month anniversary of his boss’ death, state Auditor spokesman Robert “Spence” Jackson, 44, apparently took his own life this weekend.
Mid-Missouri legislators still pushing to get state pay raises into budget
Gov. Jay Nixon didn’t propose any raises this next year for Missouri government employees.
The Missouri House has already passed a state budget, and a Senate committee is reviewing the bills to see what changes, if any, the Senate wants to make — before conference committee members negotiate a compromise version to send to the governor.
Jeanette Mott Oxford had to re-send a news release — because the first one she sent identified her as with the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. But the group this year changed its name to “Empower Missouri,” which the rest of the release included.
A Jefferson City woman was released Friday after posting a $25,000 bond, following the filing of formal charges in a case that included a high-speed chase along parts of U.S. 54 in Miller and Cole counties.
Lone woman arrested as officers stop vehicle for Kansas
A woman driving a car thought to be involved in a Kansas home invasion was arrested as she headed into Jefferson City Thursday afternoon.
Four local churches targeted; members urged to ignore pickets
For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is a day to remember that day nearly 2,000 years ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem, cheered by palm-waving crowds.
Carl Vogel thought he had flu before going to hospital
Jefferson City businessman and former state lawmaker Carl Vogel said Thursday he’s got “a good attitude” about his now three-week battle with pancreatic cancer.
Vogel, 60, is undergoing chemotherapy and has 'confidence' in his doctors
Five candidates seeking to win one of two Jefferson City school board seats faced and answered a dozen question over a two-hour period Tuesday night.
A state audit said Missouri’s attorney general needs a stronger conflict of interest policy when it comes to taking or rejecting campaign contributions from people or companies the office is dealing with.
Audit report includes comments on conflicts of interest and campaign donations
Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally are pleased with the progress made so far, in the General Assembly’s 2015 session.
Claims of ‘dreadful welfare system’
When it comes to welfare reform, the Chicago-based Heartland Institute said Thursday, Missouri earned four “F”s and two “D”s — and ranked last in the nation, down from 49th in the institute’s 2008 report.
Voters would be asked to protect choice in raising, schooling kids
It’s already a part of state law, but a Missouri senator wants the state’s voters to guarantee “the right and duty of parents to raise and educate their children” as they see fit.
‘Paid for by’ under attack
Like them or hate them, Missourians know who’s behind political ads and materials. But a businessman said in a federal lawsuit that the “paid for by” requirement violates his free speech right to back a candidate anonymously.
Former teacher Riddle helping lead push
Missouri students would be required to pass a civics test before they could graduate from high school or receive the equivalent General Education Degree (GED), under the terms of two bills discussed in the state Senate’s Education Committee Wednesday.