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Sebrina Barrett helps lead Missouri lawyers into the future

Sebrina Barrett is only the third person to be the Missouri Bar’s executive director in the last 55 years.

Partisans ramp up battle between Ameren, Noranda

For the past week, competing supporters of Ameren Missouri and Noranda Aluminum have ramped up their publicity effort to encourage state residents to take their side.

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Blunt seeks options in wake of VA situation

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt told reporters Thursday the current complaints about some Veterans Administration’s hospitals “leads us to, really, opportunity to discuss veterans’ care in new ways.”

JC Police search for missing man

Jefferson City police are trying to find a missing man. Christopher Cray, 23, has been missing 16 days.

‘Right to Farm’ plows new ground

Missouri farmers and their supporters want Missouri voters to agree: Farming and ranching in the state should be a constitutional right.

Kansan gets 2½ years in prison for fraud

After apologizing to the court, the state of Missouri, law enforcement, his engineering profession, his friends, his parents and his son, Robert L. Fine II told U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Tuesday he was ready to accept whatever punishment Wimes would impose.

Kehoe slams Nixon as ‘out of touch’ governor flying around in state plane

State Sen. Mike Kehoe accused Gov. Jay Nixon of failing to lead and failing to understand the needs of Missourians and their transportation system.

Buck convicted of forgery in one-day trial

An 10-woman, two-man jury took only 45 minutes Monday before convicting Robert L. Buck, 48, of one forgery count, a felony.

Noranda’s rate case gets PSC hearing in 2 weeks

Public comments session set for June 11 in Noranda, Ameren dispute

On June 16-17, the Missouri Public Service Commission holds the first of two formal hearings this summer in two cases involving Ameren Missouri, the state’s largest electricity provider, and Noranda Aluminum, Ameren’s largest customer.

Finger pointing continues over state budget

For most of the last two weeks, Missouri House and Senate leaders have not commented on Gov. Jay Nixon’s allegations that lawmakers passed eight bills in the final eight hours of this year’s legislative session that “blew up” a hole in the state operating budget that lawmakers passed just over three weeks ago.

Fulton State Hospital still a priority

Building a new Fulton State Hospital remains a high priority for Gov. Jay Nixon — and paying for it should survive the budget-approval process he’s doing in the next couple of weeks.

Kidsfest returns on Saturday

For four hours Saturday, Mid-Missouri children will be the center of attention in downtown Jefferson City.

8 bills impact could hit home

Nixon staff says sales tax cuts could cost Mid-Missouri more than $27 million

Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration predicted Tuesday that if all eight tax cut bills that lawmakers passed on the General Assembly’s last day go into effect, Missouri government could lose just over $425 million a year — and counties, cities and special districts could lose another $350 million each year in sales tax income.

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Military’s services honored

Americans should be thankful for — and proud of — the services offered by those who wear the uniforms of the United States’ armed forces, retired Army Maj. Gen. Hank Stratman said Monday.

Prayer ruling a blessing

Recent Supreme Court ruling upholds what Mid-Missourians already do

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … ”

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Calvary Lutheran graduates 19

Nineteen students graduated Saturday from Calvary Lutheran High School, where the goal is “building Christian leaders” through a rigorous curriculum that includes regular religious study and discipline.

Hutson case juror praises fellow members, legal process

Paul Simpson wants Cole County residents to know: they got a good deal from the seven men and five women who convicted Calvin Hutson last week of second-degree murder, for the Dec. 27, 2012, killing of Andre Hudson, 41, Holts Summit.

LU gains $10,000 'Retool Your School' grant

For the third time in the last three years, Lincoln University has won some cash from the Home Depot’s 5-year-old “Retool Your School” campaign.

Prosecutor: Illegal drugs responsible for 90 percent of county’s crimes

Twelve hours after hearing a jury find Calvin Hutson guilty on four criminal charges filed after the Dec. 27, 2012, murder of Andre Hudson, Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson praised the law enforcement efforts that provided the details used to present the case to that jury.

LU curators OK $844,000 for renovation, demolition work

In a telephone conference call, Lincoln University curators on Wednesday approved two construction contracts worth more than $844,000.

Hutson case goes to jury this morning

A Cole County jury should begin deliberating Calvin Hutson’s fate late this morning.

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Drug murder trial continues today

Andre Hudson was shot and died two days after Christmas 2012 during a drug-related deal, Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson told an eight-man, six-woman jury Tuesday afternoon.

Fulton State Hospital project likely safe

Building a new Fulton State Hospital probably is not going to be a problem, even with Gov. Jay Nixon’s concerns about potential budget problems stemming from eight bills that lawmakers passed last Friday.

Lawmakers put 8 proposed amendments on ballot

Kander’s office working to see if 2 petition proposals will be added

Missouri voters could be asked in November to vote on up to 10 proposed changes to the state Constitution — and the General Assembly is responsible for eight of those requests.

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Mid-Missouri lawmakers look to 2015

Bills lost in shuffle, rush or politics not dead in their eyes

Mid-Missouri lawmakers expect to be back next year trying to get into state law some of their ideas that didn’t make it all the to the governor’s desk this year.

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Mid-Missouri lawmakers call session a success

Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally liked what the General Assembly accomplished this session.

ACLU, reporters sue Corrections over executions

Missouri's Sunshine Law requires the state Corrections department to release information about its executions, a new, nine-page lawsuit claims.

Senate sends 'fixes' of new criminal code to House

The bill to answer Gov. Jay Nixon’s concerns about the criminal code revision bill is one step closer to becoming a law, itself.

Mid-Missourians’ votes, views on transportation sales tax

Eight Mid-Missouri representatives voted Wednesday to send the transportation sales tax to voters.

State employee wage panel continues work

$300,000 budgeted for 'total compensation' study

The Missouri Legislature’s Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages has a renewed life.

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Nixon repeats call for Medicaid expansion

Lawmakers still have time to expand Medicaid and improve Missouri’s economy at the same time, Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday afternoon.

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Legislation could short-circuit Tesla sales in Missouri

Tesla Motors wants to sell its electric-powered cars directly to consumers.

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Lincoln University graduates 471

Kehoe: Faith — in God, ourselves and others — most important key to success

“Your potential is not limited by your background,” Mike Kehoe told graduating Lincoln University students Saturday. “Don’t forget your roots.”

Justus: Legislature needs more lawyers

Outgoing state Sen. Jolie Justus on Friday urged young lawyers to consider running for office in the Missouri Legislature.

Nixon won't veto criminal code

Will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017

Gov. Jay Nixon “is not going to veto” the massive bill revising and updating Missouri’s criminal code, state Sen. Jolie Justus told members of the Missouri Bar Friday.

State pay raise, college funds impact area

Missouri government employees will get a 1 percent pay raise next January, under terms of the 2014-15 state budget lawmakers sent to Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday.

Funds included for major Mid-Mo projects

Assuming Gov. Jay Nixon approves the budget items lawmakers passed Thursday, the aging Fulton State Hospital soon will be replaced.

State budget package includes Fulton Hospital funding

Lawmakers approve plan to sell bonds, repay them over 25 years

Testing changes heard by Missouri Senate panel

With just over a week to go in this year’s legislative session, state Rep. Dale Wood, R-Versailles, asked the Senate’s Education Committee Tuesday afternoon to endorse his bill for improving the way public school students learn.

Senate debates, doesn’t resolve voter photo ID requirement

After 50 minutes of discussion Wednesday afternoon, but no vote, state Sen. Will Kraus said he’s not giving up on sending a proposed constitutional amendment to Missouri voters on photo identification requirements for voters.

Nixon gets bill allowing alcohol sales at special Capitol events

If Gov. Jay Nixon agrees, Missourians may be able to buy alcohol at the Capitol — but only during special events and only through the end of 2024.

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‘Rally for dignity’ disrupts Senate

Chants and prayers urged lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion

Lawmakers send new Corrections OT bill to Nixon

Ongoing problems with Corrections officers’ overtime pay have resulted in a new law being sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The ‘politics’ of passing the CBD oil bill

State Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and state Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, have several things in common, in addition to being lawmakers in Missouri's current General Assembly.

Access to CBD oil passes but why not Medicaid expansion?

Personal stories prompt action on one, not the other

As supporters during the last month urged Missouri lawmakers to pass the CBD oil bill that finally was approved last week, some of the personal stories brought tears to many eyes.

Court officials: Jurors’ work is very important

Without juries, one could envision the “wheels of justice” falling off, Cole County Courts Administrator John S. Riley said during Jury Appreciation Week.

Kehoe to deliver LU graduation address next Saturday

State Sen. Mike Kehoe will be the keynote speaker for Lincoln University’s 2014 Commencement exercises, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in Dwight Reed Stadium.

Missouri lawmakers pass cannabis extract bill

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments.

Senators asked to approve hemp growth

Oil can be used to treat some epileptics

Holli Brown moved from Gladstone to Colorado Springs about nine months ago — because Colorado law allows doctors to prescribe a certain kind of oil as a treatment for her daughter’s epilepsy.

Nixon pressed to sign new criminal code

Gov. Jay Nixon needs to sign the just-passed criminal code bill, its sponsors said Tuesday during a Capitol news conference with more than two dozen supporters looking on.