Stories by Bob
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.
After a court ordered Missouri to continue licensing the Columbia Planned Parenthood office through the end of the month, state Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard asked Attorney General Chris Koster either to appoint a special prosecutor — or work harder to defend existing state law.
Ann Metternich stole eight tuxedos worth $1,600 from Anderson’s Formal Wear in 2009, Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said in his written guilty verdict.
Faith groups promote resettlement of Syrians in Missouri
Three days after some Missouri lawmakers spent four hours questioning state officials about refugee resettlement costs, representatives of several faith groups told reporters the state should be welcoming people from other nations.
Right-to-work legislation among them
Mid-Missouri lawmakers prefiled 19 bills Tuesday, the first day allowed for proposals to be turned in before the legislative session begins Jan. 6.
Almost half of Lincoln University’s faculty don’t like the way Said Sewell is doing his job, according to results of a survey compiled last month.
Ten weeks after dismissing a lawsuit challenging the Cole County Jail’s laundry policies, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey rejected an effort to rekindle the case.
Missouri government spends a little, but the federal government shoulders most of the financial burden when it comes to refugee resettlement in the state, lawmakers were told Monday.
Does Missouri’s Open Records law cover agencies that contract with the state and use state money for projects?
State Republican legislative leaders have called a joint hearing that will review programs that could be used to provide assistance for refugee resettlement in Missouri.
Bishops John Gaydos of the Jefferson City Diocese, James V. Johnston Jr. of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Thomas E. Reidy of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis expressed their "solidarity with all those terrorized by ISIS and other violent extremists."
9 bids opened seeking contract to build new JC Parks-LU project
Eleven construction firms want the contract to build the planned Wellness Center on the Lincoln University campus, across Lafayette Street from the Jefferson City High School complex. Architects opened nine bids Thursday afternoon, ranging from a low bid of $11.376 million to a high of $12.628 million.
Senator says bringing Syrians to U.S. isn’t in best interest of anyone
Before letting more Syrian refugees into the U.S., Sen. Roy Blunt told reporters Thursday: “We definitely need to hit the ‘pause’ button here, until we can figure out a way that you can determine that the refugees don’t put Americans at risk.”
A three-judge appeals court panel this week rewrote the summary statement for a proposed ballot initiative, but rejected the sponsors’ complaints the fiscal note and fiscal summary were wrong.
Almost 8½ years after Oleksandr Nikolayevich Druzenko married Patricia Anne Ewalt in Jefferson City — so he could stay in the United States after his student visa expired — he was sentenced Wednesday to “time served” for his role in two federal marriage fraud cases.
Because the Legislature last spring prohibited the state from paying dues to support the Common Core education standards, a state appeals court panel in Kansas City ruled Tuesday, a lawsuit challenging those payments now is “moot,” or no longer active.
Lincoln University’s Faculty Senate voted Tuesday to seek changes in administrators’ plans for a “program review” of LU’s course offerings.
Jefferson City’s NAACP Branch approved a resolution Monday night supporting the efforts by University of Missouri student protesters seeking culture change at the state’s largest college campus.
A law that could reduce the number of weeks Missourians can collect unemployment benefits has survived its first court challenge.
Gov. Jay Nixon should add Missouri to the list of states refusing to accept Syrian refugees.
Republicans say Nixon should block Syrian refugees without federal security clearances; Governor agrees state's security is vital.
Jefferson City’s NAACP branch is promoting a toll-free hotline— 844-NAACPHELP (or 844-622-2743) — for people to report their experiences with discrimination and harassment.
Lincoln University President Kevin Rome said last week it’s a coincidence the school is launching its re-branding effort at the same time it celebrates its 150th birthday.
When Lincoln University’s Faculty Senate members meet next Tuesday, they will likely be told curators received the report about last month’s two resolutions, but didn’t act on them.
Almost 80 percent of electricity generated in Missouri comes from coal.
Bond sale will fund dorm repairs
Lincoln University will spend $914,500 this year to renovate interior portions of Young Hall, the administration building.
Reviving the tradition
Without veterans, Lincoln University wouldn’t exist, President Kevin Rome said Wednesday morning during an ROTC-sponsored Veterans Day celebration.
A Jefferson City man must make back-child-support payments, a three-judge panel of the state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Almost two years after state government signed a 20-year lease to use the top two floors of Jefferson City’s Main Post Office, 131 W. High St., Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission has become the first tenant.
For 21 years, Rick Dahl has been the Missouri State Retirement System’s chief investment officer.
A Loganville, Georgia, man made his first appearance in a Jefferson City federal courtroom Tuesday on a grand jury’s indictment he had a fraud scheme in which he stole personal identity information from several victims in order to file fraudulent federal income tax returns.
Broeker ready to return to dollars, leave MoDOT administration to others
For the last six months, Roberta Broeker has been Missouri’s interim transportation director.
A day of ‘solemn pride’ in heroism
Wednesday marks the 97th anniversary of Armistice Day — the day the fighting of World War I, the “war to end all wars,” ended. Here’s a list of some of the events occurring in the Jefferson City area.
Missouri’s Public Safety department this week renewed its effort to revoke Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon’s peace officer’s license.
Gov. Jay Nixon issued an executive order to close state offices.
Patrick McKenna will start Dec. 7.
Even though she paid some of her debt earlier this year, Jefferson City government officials told the Cole County Circuit Court this week that Barbara Buescher still owes $26,720.33 for work the city has done to maintain several of her properties.
Xavier Deprey Johnson will be in a federal prison until at least 2028, after pleading guilty to distributing heroin.
The owners of a Queen City smoke shop and liquor store will be spending time in federal prison.
One year before Missouri voters make their final election choices, the five Republicans who have launched campaigns to be the state’s next governor shared a stage for the first time, explaining some of their ideas and some of their differences.
It will be at least two more weeks before we know how much it will cost to build the wellness center at Lincoln University — the joint project between LU and Jefferson City’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.
Dec. 4 is an important day for members of Alpha Phi Alpha — the nation’s first black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity, which has an active chapter at Lincoln University.