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Appeals court asked to decide future of multi-state education payments

The state appeals court must decide if there’s anything left to decide, in the case of making payments to support the controversial Common Core education standards.

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Green finds Metternich guilty of stealing

Owner of Victoria’s Bridal Boutique to be sentenced in December

Six months after hearing the evidence, Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green told former Jefferson City businesswoman Ann Metternich Wednesday morning she was guilty of stealing.

Appeals court blocks attorneys' fees in environmental case

If someone were keeping score, the Saxony Lutheran High School is one-for-two in its rulings from the state appeals court in Kansas City.

Tipton library patrons sue Moniteau County Library District

The Moniteau County Library District (MCLD) and its board of directors are spending money illegally for some library operations, three western Moniteau County residents and the City of Tipton alleged in a lawsuit filed last week.

State Tech announces presidential search firm

State Technical College President Don Claycomb will serve on the advisory committee helping the Board of Regents search for the school’s next president.

LU halts national search for new deans

Sewell announcement comes day after Faculty Senate meeting

Lincoln University Provost Said Sewell’s announcement of a planned national search to fill two deans’ positions has been postponed.

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Fast start in upper chamber

Crouse has historical learning curve as Senate's new secretary

In Adriane Crouse’s first year as the state Senate’s new secretary, a forced end to a filibuster resulted in a three-day shutdown where only one bill was passed in the last three days of a General Assembly session.

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Two groups approved to circulate 8 petitions for tobacco tax hikes

Missouri voters could be asked next year to raise the state’s taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, to provide more money for early childhood education, transportation needs or state government’s general revenue fund.

Boys & Girls Club has new grant to build ‘STEAM’

Educators and business leaders all over the country are interested in getting more students to learn STEM skills — science, technology, engineering and math. At Jefferson City’s Boys and Girls Club, that’s STEAM skills — the “A” stands for “art.”

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Edward ‘Ted’ Jones joins Hall of Famous Missourians

More than a few Americans will recognize that name as the trademark for a string of financial investment offices that have grown out of the company founded by his father.

LU receives $4.4 million education grant

Lincoln University is getting $4.4 million from the federal Education department over the next five years.

Chief justice: All Missouri courts should show ‘respect’

Missouri courts have a new “Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness” to help make sure the courts are providing fair and impartial justice to all, Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge told the Missouri Bar on Thursday.

Zoning panel postpones Rickman Center request

Three lots on East McCarty Street and one lot of West Truman Boulevard could be rezoned this year, if the Jefferson City Council accepts the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendations.

LU Faculty Senate meets in closed session amid dissent over dean search

Lincoln University’s faculty members — apparently still upset with administrators’ plans to hold national searches for two dean’s positions now held by two longtime LU leaders — held a 75-minute closed door meeting Thursday.

Green’s ruling tossed on 120-day probation orders

An appeals court ruling could give a Missouri prisoner another shot at release. A three-judge panel of the state appeals court ruled Tuesday that Derek Masters, 26, should get a new hearing in the Cole County Circuit Court, in his effort to be released from prison under the state law that allows probation for inmates successfully completing a 120-day “shock” treatment program.

Schools keep working as St. Elizabeth has boil order

The St. Elizabeth R-4 School District is keeping its schedule this week, even though the town has a boil order at least through today.

Fire investigations crucial, yet complicated in determining causes

Jefferson City fires were in the news at least twice last week — within about 24 hours of each other. Both served to renew attention on two of the firefighters’ jobs — fighting and extinguishing fires, then figuring out what caused them.

Beetem orders new hearings in Sheriff Dixon case

‘Procedural irregularities’ by commission cited

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled officials didn't follow the required procedures to discipline Dixon's peace officer's license.

Former JC school bus driver indicted for child porn

A former school bus driver has been indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving and possessing child pornography.

House leaders urge Nixon to support state employees’ pay raise

Gov. Jay Nixon should work with lawmakers next year to find the money needed to give state employees a pay raise, House Speaker Todd Richardson and Budget Chairman Tom Flanigan said Wednesday.

Magazine lists LU in lower half of ranked HBCUs

Lincoln University is ranked 48th among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), according to U.S. News & World Report.

Steidley guilty of setting warehouse fire

Jury in second trial takes just over 3 1/2 hours to reach guilty verdict in Everhart's arson trial.

Steidley trial to go to jury today

After hearing six days of testimony, a Cole County jury should begin deliberating Kurt Steidley’s fate today.

Appeals court rejects Bustamante claim of ineffective trial lawyers

Three-judge appeals court panel in Kansas City upholds last year's ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce.

Cell phone mapping shows Steidley in JC near time of fire

In his initial interviews after a New Year’s Day 2011 fire damaged his closed business, investigators said Kurt Steidley told them he last was in Jefferson City on Dec. 30.

Disciplinary hearing for patrolman delayed

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Henry’s disciplinary hearing won’t happen next week as scheduled and no new hearing dates have been set.

Steidley testified at own trial through 2013 video

For about half the day Friday, Kurt Steidley testified in his own trial — as a prosecution witness.

'Citizen lobbyist' asks Hearing Commission to block Ethics Commission fine

Ron Calzone, who describes himself as a “citizen lobbyist,” has challenged the Sept. 3 Missouri Ethics Commission decision fining him $1,000 for failing to register as a lobbyist.

Man accused by Steidley testifies

Mid-Missouri resdient Drew Buersmeyer took the stand Thursday in the trial against Kurt Steidley, who is accused of setting a fire that heavily damaged his business, Everhart’s Sporting Goods.

Some LU faculty question search for 2 new deans

A number of Lincoln University faculty members told Academic Affairs Vice President Said Sewell Thursday they’re not happy with the way LU administrators are handling the jobs of two longtime LU leaders.

Jurors see photos of Everhart's fire aftermath

On the second day of Kurt Steidley’s second trial for setting fire to his business, a Cole County jury saw a lot of pictures showing the damage caused by a New Year’s Day 2011 fire at Everhart’s Sporting Goods.

Local right-to-farm pot case goes to Supreme Court

After being told twice Missouri’s 2014 right-to-farm amendment doesn’t include her right to grow marijuana in her basement, Lisa Loesch has taken her case to the state Supreme Court.

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Everhart’s arson retrial begins

Kurt Steidley faces up to seven years in New Year’s Day fire

Kurt Steidley’s second trial over the New Year’s Day 2011 fire at Everhart’s Sporting Goods began Tuesday morning.

'Right to farm pot' withers

Appeals court panel refuses to block trial on marijuana cultivation charge

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green can keep working toward holding a trial early next year for a Jefferson City woman charged with growing marijuana in her basement.

Tuition freeze for hike in funds

Higher education leaders put faith in Nixon budget

Their boards still have to agree, but Missouri college and university presidents promised Gov. Jay Nixon Monday they would freeze tuition for the 2016-17 school year — their fourth tuition freeze in seven years.

Richard, Kehoe begin new Senate leadership era

Tom Dempsey, the Missouri Senate’s now-former president pro tem, still will have some influence over state Senate operations next year.

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7 win money as 14 small businesses pitch their ideas at Chamber event

14 business ideas were highlighted during Saturday’s fourth-annual Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce “Pitch It and Win It” program.

GOP pleased, Nixon philosophical on veto session voting

With only four exceptions, Mid-Missouri’s 12 lawmakers — three senators and nine representatives — voted for successful veto overrides during Wednesday’s legislative veto session.

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2 local lawmakers defend school transfers bill

Sponsor pulls override attempt, suggests revisiting issue next year

Two Mid-Missouri lawmakers took an active part in Wednesday’s House debates on seven vetoed bills suggested for override votes.

Veto of jobless benefits bill overridden

Legislators acknowledge court challenge is likely

With one vote to spare, the Senate overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 150, outlining regulations to unemployment benefits.

Lawmakers tackle veto session in one day

At one point early Wednesday evening, it appeared the 2015 veto session would go late into the night — or need to resume today.

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House fails to override right to work veto

Hundreds of labor union members cheered when the vote was announced — the Missouri House fell 13 votes short of overriding Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a controversial right to work proposal.

Senate to vote on new leadership at start of veto session

Sen. Ron Richard is poised to make state history today.

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Missouri lawmakers preparing override attempts

As veto session looms in Jefferson City

Missouri lawmakers this year have only 16 veto overrides to consider when the veto session begins at mid-day Wednesday.

Veto session success an individual judgment

If you’re a lawmaker coming to Jefferson City for Wednesday’s veto session, what would you consider to be a successful veto session? State Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, believes it's a hard question to answer, because, “I think you’ve got to look at each bill individually.

Lawyer: Drop charge based on Grellner complaint

Just two weeks before he’s scheduled to defend Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Henry in a disciplinary hearing, St. Louis lawyer C. John “Chet” Pleban still hasn’t taken Osage County Prosecutor Amanda Grellner’s deposition.

MoDOT diversity class prompts questions

The Missouri Transportation department’s Central District has a diversity education program scheduled Oct. 1 as part of its ongoing series.

LU seeks growth in student population, achievement

Lincoln University wants to keep growing, both in the number of students who come to Jefferson City and in their academic achievements, President Kevin Rome told students, faculty and staff during Thursday’s Opening Convocation.

Lincoln curators OK renovation of Martin Hall

Lincoln University had about 650 new students when classes began nearly three weeks ago, and still has 65 students living in hotel rooms rather than residence halls.

Depositions blocked in Patrol discipline case

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Henry’s request to take two depositions will be argued in a Cole County court on Sept. 22 — just six days before his Patrol disciplinary hearing.