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John Riley remembers spending time in Cole County’s courthouse as a boy.
Missouri judges were told last week that furloughs are coming to the state Public Defender system on Jan. 1, unless Gov. Jay Nixon releases money he withheld at the start of the state business year on July 1.
Speaking through his lawyer, Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon this morning waived the formal reading of the charges and pleaded not guilty to one felony and four misdemeanor charges filed against him last month.
Public Service commissioners made the right decisions last year when they approved new electric rates for Ameren Missouri, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
A federal lawsuit accuses the Jefferson City Public Schools and two high school administrators from failing to keep band teacher Christopher Knehans from becoming involved with a student.
‘Cease and desist’
About 40 Missourians submitted petitions to U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s local office Tuesday afternoon, asking him to “cease and desist” his support for the federal government shutdown and U.S. House Republicans’ ongoing efforts to block the federal health care law than many call “Obamacare.”
Even though the U.S. Congress’ continuing budget fights seem to be all many people are talking about, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt said other issues also are waiting to be discussed by lawmakers.
America’s military families again will receive the $100,000 in tax-free death benefits paid when a service member is killed, after President Barack Obama signed a bill Thursday reinstating the benefits.
Two outdoor warning sirens on opposite sides of Jefferson City aren’t working, and officials aren’t sure how long they’ll be down.
Three Mid-Missouri counties were skipped in this week’s announcement of flood- and storm-related financial assistance. And, unless the federal government changes its mind, they likely won’t be getting any federal assistance, Gov. Jay Nixon’s spokeswoman said Thursday.
America’s electric cooperatives are working hard to tell their story: Without coal to generate electricity, “every American” will face higher energy prices.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner had another proposal Thursday: Continue the federal government’s shutdown but extend the federal “debt ceiling,” the government’s ability to borrow money, for six weeks — but only if President Barack Obama first agrees to fresh negotiations on spending cuts.
Eldon grocer Steven Hermann told a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday the new federal health care law’s definition of “full-time employee” needs to be changed.
Assistant Attorney General Kevin Zoellner, acting as a special Cole County prosecutor, told the Cole County circuit court Wednesday the state will seek the death penalty for an inmate indicted this week for last July’s killing of another inmate.
Grand jury indicts inmate for July killing
Assistant Attorney General Kevin Zoellner, acting as a special Cole County prosecutor, today told the circuit court the state will seek the death penalty for an inmate indicted this week for last July’s killing of another inmate.
Missourians have until Saturday to comment on a proposed initiative petition that, if approved by voters, would create one student curator’s position on each Missouri public college or university board — including Lincoln University, Linn State Technical College and the University of Missouri.
The federal government shutdown claimed more operations in Missouri this week.
“It’s not about Kevin Rome,” Lincoln University’s new president said in an interview last week. “It’s about Lincoln University and the students and the alumni and the faculty and the staff.
If nothing else, new Lincoln University President Kevin Rome wants the students, faculty, staff and community to know that he’s focused “on the retention and graduation of our students,” and on “faculty and staff development.”
Report also questions pay raises to lieutenant governor's staff
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder doesn’t have the legal authority to investigate public concerns about government waste, nor to create his planned “Missouri Waste Report” website, a state audit report said Thursday. Additionally, the report said, Kinder’s plans duplicate work already created by state law in other state agencies.
Secretary of State Jason Kander this week approved two petitions for circulation that propose changes in the way that Missouri Supreme Court and appeals court judges are chosen.
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon will have his first day in court in two weeks.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the federal government shutdown “shouldn’t have happened.”
The Missouri National Guard has “delayed drill weekend activities until the (federal) government resumes normal operations,” Maj. Tammy Spicer said Tuesday.
Court heard arguments six months ago
Missouri’s Supreme Court ruled 6-0 Tuesday that State Auditor Tom Schweich challenged Gov. Jay Nixon too soon, in Schweich’s 2011 lawsuit questioning Nixon’s decisions to withhold money from the state’s budget.
Just two weeks after being fired as Jefferson City’s administrator, Nathan Nickolaus began work Monday as general counsel for Missouri’s Economic Development department.
This month, Bankrate.com rated Linn State Technical College as the sixth-best community college in the nation, out of more than 900 public two-year schools evaluated.
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon plans to stay on the job even as the court system processes the five criminal charges filed against him last week.
Pep rally tonight includes fireworks display
Lincoln University’s Blue Tigers host Emporia State University at 2 p.m. Saturday for the Homecoming game. But the game comes near the end of a week’s activities on campus and in several other Jefferson City locations.
Intends to stay on the job
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has no plans to leave his job, even though he’s been charged with a felony and four misdemeanor crimes.
Today is the last day state agency employees can take their dry cleaning to Missouri Vocational Enterprises.
On Saturday in Jefferson City
Fans of old cars get a chance this Saturday to see a number of them gathered for the Old Munichburg Association's Oktoberfest celebration in Jefferson City.
Dixon also accused of felony vehicle tampering
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon was charged Wednesday with one felony and several misdemeanor crimes, following a Highway Patrol investigation of a stalking case that began prior to his becoming sheriff last January.
The Osage County Sheriff has been charged in a stalking case that occurred prior to him taking his office.
Bridge to the future
Motorists crossing the Maries River barely slowed Tuesday morning as they drove past the two cranes moving a concrete girder into place for a new bridge on U.S. 50.
Missouri’s Solid Waste Management Districts got overwhelming support from officials around the state during a four-hour legislative hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Final public hearing also finds some support for mall site as well as detractors for both conference center proposals
A downtown conference center got almost twice as much support Monday night as a proposed mall location, from the dozen people who addressed 10 City Council members.
Missourians soon may have a chance to sign a petition seeking to change the state Constitution, so that people can get tax credits for contributions supporting all elementary and secondary education institutions.
Luetkemeyer: ‘There’s not a consensus’
When he spoke to a Jefferson City Rotary Club last Monday, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer was asked about Congress’ seeming inability to work with itself. He said there really are two issues — one within the House, and the other between the House and Senate.
Missouri Republican believes the plan can't work
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer never has been a fan of the federal Affordable Care Act, which most people called “Obamacare.”
Missouri’s courts do a good job now, but must keep working to be “better for everyone,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell told Missouri Bar members Thursday, in her first major speech as the state’s top judge.
Missouri may be charging too much for each ton of solid waste going into landfills, state Auditor Tom Schweich said Wednesday. His audit of the Natural Resource’s department’s Solid Waste Management Program also suggested lawmakers have required too many audits for solid waste management districts.
Court asked to determine legal battle over stream mitigation contracts
The Swallow Tail company, based in Harrisonville, is a “private wetland and stream compensatory mitigation bank provider” that sued the Mo. Conservation department and the Conservation Heritage Foundation, accusing them of working together to hurt for-profit companies.
The U.S. Constitution may be more important today than when it was written in 1787, Rod Chapel Jr. told Lincoln University students Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer doesn’t think the United States should get involved in Syria, but also thinks letting the Russians propose an international solution hurts America’s long-term worldwide influence.
The U.S. House is scheduled to debate Wednesday on its version of the food stamps bill, known officially as the “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” or SNAP, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer said Monday.
A committee of community volunteers met for the first time en masse on Saturday to talk about the future of the Jefferson City Public Schools.
Mid-Missouri’s 10 counties have 39 bridges on the list of structurally deficient bridges in the state.
Local lawmakers cite need to boost economy
Legislative leaders still must write it, but they say make no mistake — a tax cuts bill will be back in the General Assembly’s 2014 session that begins Jan. 8.
New committee starts nine-month effort at retreat
What will Jefferson City’s Public Schools look like in 20 years? What will the community want them to be like two decades from now? Those are two of the questions facing a new committee that began working Saturday on long-range facilities planning for the district.