Stories by Bob
A Russellville man is in the Cole County Jail this weekend, facing three charges after being arrested Thursday night during a search of his home at 13006 Minnie Drive.
One man held for drug trafficking
Kansas pastor dies at age 84
Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church members brought their special protest message and prophecy to Mid-Missouri for at least four funerals in the past 15 years. Phelps has died at age 84.
For only the second time in Missouri’s history, the General Assembly is being asked to rewrite the entire Criminal Code section of state law.
For the second year, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s effort to “make the Sunshine law better” ran into opposition from some of the government agencies affected by his changes.
Elizabeth Olten, 9, was killed in 2009. Confidentiality of the defendant's patient records may have doomed Patricia Preiss’ wrongful death lawsuit.
State Sen. Will Kraus wants Missouri lawmakers to move two primary election dates permanently.
State government would pay less and new employees would pay more toward their retirement benefits, under a proposed law discussed Thursday in the Missouri House Retirement Committee.
A bill allowing inmates to apply for marriage licenses using an affidavit cleared the Missouri Senate on Thursday and now is in the House.
In two weeks, Kurt Steidley will know whether he’s getting a new trial or being sentenced on his jury conviction for second-degree arson.
Three bills seeking to eliminate, or at least control, the state’s use of the death penalty were discussed in a Missouri Senate committee on Wednesday.
State Sen. John Lamping has a number of ideas for improving state government operations. And one of those is tighter ethics rules on Missouri lawmakers and the people they work with in the Capitol.
A sometimes controversial low income housing tax credits (LIHTC) program has helped provide thousands of affordable housing units for low income Missourians, but still could be improved, State Auditor Tom Schweich said Monday.
Sex offender program needs more facilities
State mental health officials and the Office of Administration are moving forward with planning and design for the Fulton State Hospital, even as state lawmakers still debate how to pay for it.
Less than half of tax credits money pays for housing construction
Former vice president suing for discrimination
Lawyers for both sides told Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem last week they’re still moving forward on plans to go to trial Sept. 29, on Annette Digby’s claim she was forced out of Lincoln University because she’s Caucasian.
State Sen. Brian Nieves doesn’t think lawyers or the courts have the only right to determine whether a federal law is constitutional. He wants Missouri voters in November to change the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
Ron Richard appears to be frustrated. After the state Senate spent about four hours Wednesday night discussing a bill about abortions — without taking any votes — the Senate’s floor leader said Thursday he’s thinking about using the “previous question” motion to force a vote.
Senator urges ‘letter grades’ for school district report cards
Many students know the letters: A means you’re a good student; B means you’re pretty good; C means you’re average; D means you’re in trouble. And F means you’re failing the class.
U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey this week dismissed the Jefferson City Public School District and two of its high school administrators as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed last summer.
Missouri’s prosecuting attorneys and representatives of several victims’ advocate groups spent Tuesday afternoon visiting with Missouri senators — urging them to support the proposed rewrite of the state’s entire criminal code.
3 area lawmakers pleased by release of funds for capital improvements
Three Mid-Missouri lawmakers are pleased with Gov. Jay Nixon’s release last Friday of $132.5 million in capital improvements money.
Perhaps you’ve seen a TV ad for a company willing to lend you money while the courts deal with your lawsuit for damages because of an accident?
Missouri senators are being asked to consider nearly 570 law changes, constitutional amendments and resolutions this session.
Released money includes Capitol repairs
Missouri state senators approved a bill Thursday that would require water testing before the Clean Water Commission could impose tougher sewer permit requirements.
State Sen. Brian Nieves wants lawmakers this year to pass a rewritten version of his law telling Missouri courts they can’t enforce foreign laws that don’t have the same rights as Missourians have under the state and U.S. constitutions.
It might have been called “Businesses vs. Attorneys” at a committee hearing this week on two bills intended to change the way that damages are awarded in lawsuits.
Six Mid-Missouri Republican incumbents, including all three Jefferson City lawmakers, drew no opposition on the first day of state candidate filings.
The court-ordered solution in three separate federal cases involving inmates’ marriage licenses could become part of Missouri law, under bills introduced in the Legislature this year.
For the second time in as many months, Jefferson City’s Firefighters Pension Board has urged lawmakers to let LAGERS — the state’s Local Government Employees Retirement System — take over management of older pension funds.
Because the U.S. Supreme Court last year said it’s unconstitutional to sentence juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole, Missouri lawmakers are looking at changing existing state law.
People who commit some voter fraud would face stiffer penalties under state Sen. Scott Sifton’s proposed law.
Taxes. That’s a major discussion topic each year at Missouri’s Capitol, with some arguing our current tax system needs to be tweaked, others saying it needs to be overhauled, and still others pushing to scrap it all together.
Three weeks from now, the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan expects to open a new health clinic — in the Truman State Office Building.
Mo. Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, thinks the General Assembly should ask voters to eliminate the income tax and raise the sales tax to a maximum of 7 percent for all state taxes, and no more than 10 percent for state and local taxes combined.
Three times this month, Cole County prosecutors have charged two teens with burglary, stealing and other charges for crimes dating back to last fall.
Will the 10th time be the “charm” for state Sen. Brad Lager’s plan to limit how much state government takes in each year?
Robert and Adlynn Harte of Leawood, Kan., told Missouri senators Wednesday they’ve spent $25,000 trying to learn why Johnson County, Kan., deputies raided their home nearly two years ago.
‘We all know it’s wrong — and it’s time we stopped it’
Missouri lawmakers need better guidelines on what their relationships with lobbyists can be, state Sen. Brad Lager told the Senate’s Rules, Joint Ruled and Elections Committee Tuesday afternoon.
Missourians would be asked in November to take judges out of the process of drawing new legislative districts, under a constitutional amendment proposed by state Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield.
State Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer thinks Missouri needs a stronger, more focused look at higher education to cut down program costs and duplication.
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon will face his felony tampering with a motor vehicle charge in St. Louis County.
Teressa Klebba won’t be going to trial next week on accusations she stole from the Cole County Circuit Clerk's office where she worked, now that prosecutors dropped the case.
As the Missouri Senate debate began this week on Brian Nieves’ “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” St. Louis Democrat Jamilah Nasheed challenged its validity.
Throughout most of the state, school board members can sell goods and services to their districts, as long as they are the low bidder, but rules vary in some counties.
During his first seven months as Lincoln University’s president, Kevin Rome told the state Senate’s Appropriations Committee that he’s “made some significant changes” in university operations.
Schaefer renews effort to modify state Constitution’s right to bear arms language
Just like the U.S. Constitution, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer told the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Monday night, the state Constitution protects Missourians’ right to bear arms.
They often don’t agree on education policies, but groups representing school board members, administrators, teachers and parents presented a united front Monday on a plan to deal with failing school districts and the state law allowing students to transfer out of those troubled districts.
How Missouri’s blind and visually impaired citizens learn to read remains a key issue for members of the state’s National Federation of the Blind chapter.