Stories by Bob
Missouri government cannot make any payments to the California-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) because it is “an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented,” Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Tuesday.
Nearly everyone agrees that, when it comes to sentencing teens convicted of first-degree murder, Missouri’s sentencing law is unconstitutional, because of a couple of U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
It was a quick hearing Tuesday morning, when Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, presented his proposed resolution telling Attorney General Chris Koster to join in Texas’ lawsuit against the implementation of President Obama’s immigration executive order.
Just back from a special trip to Cuba, Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters Monday it’s time to end the United States’ half-century trade embargo with the Caribbean island nation.
The State Technical College of Missouri last week bought a half-interest in about 107 acres of farmland just east of the campus, a mile east of Linn.
A Missouri Senate committee heard almost an hour’s worth of testimony Monday about two bills that would allow the Legislature to require voters to show specific forms of photo identification before they could vote at the polls.
Like many other states, Missouri is trying to figure out how to pay for future road and bridge repairs and construction.
The Missouri Senate could vote today on a bill requiring the courts to speed up work on challenges to ballot issues.
Missouri lawmakers are being asked again this year to allow some local retirement plans to join Missouri’s Local Government Retirement System — if other employees of that local government already are covered by LAGERS.
At the bottom of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s news release are the words: “This release was sent by the office of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), and therefore paid for by taxpayer dollars.”
Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer wants Missouri lawmakers to discuss joining a national movement to get a federal balanced budget amendment.
Andy Blunt and Jim Moody announced the merger of James R. Moody & Associates with Schreimann, Rackers, Francka & Blunt (SRFB) last week, calling the result “a new strategic alliance that will expand the scope of services and capabilities for” their clients.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday he and the Republican-controlled General Assembly have worked more together and “made solid progress” more often than many Missourians might believe.
Nixon says the state doesn’t have it
Two Kansas City area senators on Wednesday urged Gov. Jay Nixon to release $1.3 million that’s being withheld, so the Missouri Highway Patrol can take over the crime lab in Independence.
Legislation would limit local revenues from traffic fines
One-third of the 27 Mid-Missouri communities with municipal courts could be affected by a proposed law the state Senate approved Tuesday. A final vote is needed before the measure can be sent to the House.
2 bills improving Missouri sheriffs’ operations get support, no opposition
Cole County Sheriff Greg White and Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer testified Tuesday afternoon in favor of two proposed laws seeking to improve sheriffs’ operations.
When the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission met in Jefferson City last week, no one mentioned a recent state audit report critical of the Transportation department’s use of aircraft.
State Transportation officials said Monday the weekend project to remove two bridges over Jefferson City’s U.S. 50-63 Expressway “went extremely smoothly.”
Missouri was one of seven states represented in 1940 when the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) held its first gathering.
A woman cut her hand, but no serious injuries were reported in downtown Jefferson City Saturday afternoon when part of the facade over a brick wall collapsed.
Jefferson City-based Lincoln University is about to launch a marketing campaign aimed at about 80,000 potential students around the country, LU President Kevin Rome reminded the board.
“That was my last Curators meeting,” Cynthia Blosser told the News Tribune Thursday morning. Blosser resigned from the board as of Friday, she told Gov. Jay Nixon in a letter delivered Thursday.
The Missouri Transportation department’s new austerity plan, named “Missouri’s 325 System — Tough Choices Ahead,” will concentrate on 8,000 miles of a primary road system, which carries about 75 percent of the state’s traffic.
Marriage Encounter — Growing stronger as a couple
Marriage Encounter has been in Jefferson City for 40 years and is now reaching a third generation in some families to strengthen couples’ relationships.
What makes a person — or a place or an institution — great?
MoDOT to demolish 2 bridges as part of Lafayette interchange work
State Transportation officials issued one more reminder Thursday: Make sure you know the Rex Whitton Expressway will be closed this weekend, between Madison Street and Clark Avenue.
Lincoln University Curators on Thursday adopted several new policies and modified some existing ones.
Boy and Girls Club also plans move to Lafayette Street location
Lincoln University’s curators approved a new consultant’s contract Thursday with Jefferson City-based Architects Alliance to design the new University/Community Wellness Center that Lincoln and the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry department have been discussing as a joint project.
Demolition and renovation work began this week on the two floors above Jefferson City’s Main Post Office, 131 W. High St.
Bumpy roads ahead
With very little discussion, and a 5-0 vote, Missouri’s Highways and Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved the austerity plan called “Missouri’s 325 System — Tough Choices Ahead.”
Question involves stealing vs. robbery
Gary Leland Coleman admitted taking money from New Bloomfield’s Bank Star One branch at 9:18 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2012. So, attorney Amy Bartholow told the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday that Coleman should be convicted of “stealing,” not second-degree robbery.
Missouri's Supreme Court this afternoon upheld David Hosier's conviction and death sentence for the Sept. 28, 2009, murder of Angela Gilpin, 45.
The Missouri Senate should debate Majority Leader Ron Richard’s ethics bill this week — perhaps as early as today.
Missouri state employees’ paychecks — and the lack of substantial raises to those checks in recent years — were at the top of the list in the last couple of weeks, as lawmakers debated whether to accept proposed raises for themselves and the statewide elected officials.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer and some other state lawmakers want Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to release money for Cyber Crimes Task Forces around the state.
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.