Stories by Bob
Third ‘Coffee with the Director’ session today
Missouri River Regional Library Director Claudia Schoonover is holding “Coffee with the Director” sessions to learn more from consumers about the library she’s been running for nearly a year.
Gov. Jay Nixon should remain a defendant in a lawsuit filed last month challenging plans to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis, the six lawmakers who filed the suit told the court this week.
If the U.S. Supreme Court blocks one of the Affordable Care Act’s benefits, one national group predicts 198,000 moderate- and middle-income Missourians could lose “critical financial assistance” for their health insurance premiums.
Gary Leland Coleman was convicted and sentenced correctly, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 5-2 decision.
The Jefferson City Public Schools’ ad hoc facilities committee generally agreed Monday what proposals to recommend to the full, seven-member School Board — but didn’t agree, yet, on when to ask voters to approve the ideas.
Four Missouri operation remain on quarantine
There are some signs that this year’s bird flu epidemic is starting to wane.
14 petitions await circulation for Missouri voters' signatures
Missourians soon may be asked to sign petitions seeking various changes in state laws or the Constitution.
Several people last week said one of the reasons Rose Ann Ortmeyer is a valued Lincoln University employee is because she “knows everything.”
Lincoln University is growing — and that growth means increasing pressures to find more rooms for students to live in.
Lincoln University’s Board of Curators on Thursday approved the general and auxiliary budget requests, giving administrators the authority to spend almost $41.4 million in the budget year that begins July 1.
Link to another time
Missouri officials removed the time capsule from the Capitol cornerstone Tuesday afternoon, and archivists plan to open it some time next week to see what condition its contents are in after a century.
Principles for the principals
Jefferson City Public School middle and high school principals spent Tuesday on a continuing education project — learning how to improve their relationships with their students and with law enforcement officials.
Missouri Public Service Commissioners Chairman Robert Kenney said Monday he’ll leave the PSC on Aug. 7, at the end of his six-year term.
One of three “preachers’ kids,” Marcus Sage decided in high school in Oregon he wasn’t going to be a preacher himself.
The American Cancer Society’s Jefferson City Relay for Life raised $165,000, as of the Closing Ceremony at 2 a.m. Saturday.
Aug. 25. That’s the deadline for the Jefferson City Public Schools’ Board of Education to tell the Cole and Callaway County clerks they want to hold a special election in November.
Mid-Missouri will see a number of projects after Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday signed three of the budget bills lawmakers passed a month ago.
In the early 1990s, then-President Wendell Rayburn said Lincoln University had the “most-integrated campus” in the United States.
Monday’s state attorney general’s report on traffic stops and racial profiling didn’t tell people of color anything they didn’t already know, members of several Mid-Missouri groups told reporters Wednesday.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday that Osage County government has improved some of its financial operations and is working to improve others.
If they issued a letter grade, Mid-Missouri public schools’ buses would earn an A for passing the Highway Patrol’s bus safety inspections this spring.
Opposes wide-ranging ‘Christmas tree’ bill
Acting as his own attorney, Ron Calzone filed the 19-page lawsuit Friday, challenging “the constitutionality of Senate Bill 672 based on procedural and substantive infirmities, including a change to the original purpose, multiple subjects, and provisions that amount to unconstitutional ‘special laws.’”
She hasn’t lost her passion — even though Cathy “Cat” Kelly has retired from the Missouri Public Defender system after 31 years.
Michael Barrett is Missouri’s new state public defender — the head of a statewide system that functions as one of the largest law firms in the state, offering legal assistance to people charged with crimes who can’t afford their own attorneys.
Add Missouri to the list of places Juan Castro has visited to learn more about housing issues in America.
Six Missouri lawmakers have asked the Cole County circuit court to block Gov. Jay Nixon and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Authority (RSA) from spending Edward Jones Dome money on a proposed new football stadium.
Jefferson City’s two public swimming pools are open for the next almost three months of business, beginning at noon today.
Jefferson City’s seven-member school board made no formal decisions Tuesday night, except to create a subcommittee to do more detailed studying.
Chronic offenders must stay behind bars
People determined to be “chronic offenders” under Missouri law must spend at least two years in prison before they can be released on parole, a unanimous Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s power to issue a “civil investigative demand,” or CID, isn’t blocked by federal law, a three-judge appeals court panel in Kansas City ruled Tuesday.
For nearly an hour Monday morning, a crowd of more than 200 people at Jefferson City’s National Cemetery watched and listened quietly as family members, friends and fellow veterans honored the lives of 130 military veterans who died in the past year.
They’ve come to Missouri's Capitol for years. But events of the past couple weeks have put the legislative interns program in a spotlight few wanted to see or experience.
Missuri Supreme Court hears 2 cases on same issue
Lawyers for two prison inmates told the Missouri Supreme Court this week their clients should be released from prison now that they successfully completed a state-run one-year treatment program — even though a different law says they must stay in prison at least two years.
In connection with child abuse investigation
Judge had tossed child abuse case against former Eldon coach
Missouri Home Care Union members and their supporters stood outside Gov. Jay Nixon’s Capitol office for more than an hour Wednesday, urging him to order their new contract be put in place.
Rule changes ahead?
Three Jefferson City School Board members spent more than an hour Wednesday morning talking about whether the “Open Forum” portion of board meetings needs to be changed.
A national report confirms what state officials have been saying for some time: Missouri’s roads and bridges are deteriorating — especially in the state’s rural areas.
Blair Oaks High School’s 100 graduates heard a lot about “family” during Sunday night’s Commencement Ceremony.
Long-time Missouri Capitol observers kept saying they never had seen the type of filibuster the Senate’s Democrats launched during the session’s final three days. And both parties accused the other of stopping action on bills that still needed to be debated.
Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally were pleased.
Senate meets for less than 45 minutes on Thursday
The Missouri Legislature came to a standstill Thursday, jeopardizing scores of bills with just one day left in the session, as the Republican House speaker announced his resignation amid a scandal and Senate Democrats blocked all debate because of lingering animosity over a bill limiting union powers.
Among the 175 bills and resolutions still waiting for the Missouri Senate’s approval today — the Legislature’s last day for the 2015 session — is the federal reimbursement allowance, or FRA, that means more than $3.6 billion in Medicaid funding for the state budget.
State of inaction
With only three days to go before the end this year’s General Assembly, state senators on Wednesday took no votes on any bills.
For the entire legislative session, state Sen. Mike Parson has prohibited people from using cameras or audio recorders at meetings of the Small Business, Industry and Insurance Committee he chairs.
Missouri’s Health and Senior Services department doesn’t have the authority to propose raising the base wage home health attendants are paid in the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Program, members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) said Tuesday.
With several hundred union members watching from the Senate gallery and on closed-circuit TV screens in a couple of hearing rooms, Missouri senators Tuesday evening halted an 8½-hour debate, then passed and sent back to the House a bill that would add Missouri to the list of 25 “right-to-work” states.
Issue could be debated today
State Senate Floor Leader Ron Richard said last week debating a right-to-work bill was a top priority for this, the General Assembly’s last week.
When the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules meets this morning, they should approve a proposed rule affecting home health care wages.
Three of four prominent education lobbying groups want Gov. Jay Nixon to veto the schools transfer bill lawmakers passed last week.
Last week, some state workers rallied at the Truman State Office Building and met with Missouri lawmakers in the Capitol, delivering a message that they need better wages and a long-term plan to get there.