Stories by Bob
Before he served as Missouri’s Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner from 1971-87, Arthur Mallory was the fifth — and youngest — president in the history of what then was called Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield.
Five top positions cut as cost-saving measure
Five top Lincoln University employees are losing their jobs, and a sixth is being reassigned, under a reorganization plan school officials first acknowledged on Nov. 26, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Fulton State Hospital opened in 1851, and is the nation’s oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River.
Highway Patrol officers said snow caused two of five accidents Friday that sent five mid-Missourians to area hospitals. All were treated and released.
One petition approved for circulation
Missourians have until Dec. 19 to comment on 10 proposed initiative petitions submitted this week to Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office.
State Sen. Kurt Schaefer voted no.
December’s first weekend is very busy with holiday activities in Jefferson City, starting at 5:30 tonight with the mayor's tree lighting. Living Windows is set for Friday evening.
Missouri lawmakers aren’t the only ones considering concessions to help the Boeing Co. build its next-generation commercial jet in the St. Louis area. Three labor groups have committed to a 24-hour work schedule — without overtime — during construction of the project.
Several Mid-Missouri lawmakers think the General Assembly should discuss Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed $150 million economic incentives package for aerospace projects in the state, as bait to attract the Boeing Co. to build its 777X commercial jet in the St. Louis area.
The Missouri Constitution requires the special legislative session that began Monday to last at least five days.
The Senate convened a special session of the General Assembly on Monday afternoon to discuss legislation to provide incentives to help persuade Boeing Co. to build its next commercial plane in the state.
Alternative treatment courts “save money, save lives and restore families,” Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce said last week. And she hopes the Cole County courts will launch a specialized veterans court by next spring.
Missourians have until Dec. 5 to offer comments on three proposed initiative petitions about early voting, that were announced Wednesday by Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office.
Lawyers move for new trial
Unless his lawyers’ motion for a new trial is granted, David Russell Hosier will hear his sentence next week for first-degree murder.
More than five dozen Missouri pastors spent nearly an hour Monday with Gov. Jay Nixon, outlining their priorities for the 2014 General Assembly session.
After spending more than two hours on the conference center issue, Jefferson City’s Council Monday night adopted two resolutions and passed two bills.
A group of Helias Catholic High School students met at the Cole County Courthouse last Tuesday with, and competed against, a similar group of Columbia Rock Bridge students in a Supreme Court-sponsored competition called “The Constitution Project.”
Missouri’s four Catholic bishops — including the Rev. John Gaydos of the Jefferson City Diocese — said Friday Gov. Jay Nixon should “reconsider his executive order opening the door to re-defining marriage in Missouri law.”
The opinions from two dozen speakers Thursday night were almost evenly split between a downtown site or the Capital Mall as the home of Jefferson City’s proposed new conference center.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced today he's issuing an executive order directing the state Revenue department to accept combined returns from same-sex couples who file joint federal returns.
Cole County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce early this afternoon approved a continuance for the Alyssa Bustamante post-conviction appeals hearing, at the request of Ms. Bustamante's attorney.
With several dozen Lincoln University students watching, three judges from Missouri’s Kansas City appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday afternoon in three different cases.
Consultant says council has tough choice of 'equally successful' proposals
When Jefferson City Council members vote, as early as next Monday, to choose a conference center developer, they know their consultant favors the Capital Mall site — with the downtown site as a backup.
Four of the six Jefferson City area residents who spoke at Tuesday’s public hearing on the proposed Jefferson City conference center preferred the downtown location to a Capital Mall site.
Twenty-one months after accepting her guilty plea and sentencing Alyssa Bustamante to life in prison plus 30 years, Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce on Friday will listen to arguments on a motion to set aside Bustamante’s conviction and sentences.
Columbia native John Clark went to the University of Missouri after graduating from Hickman High School, and graduated from MU in 1963 with an engineering degree and an Air Force ROTC second lieutenant’s commission.
Another Missouri River bridge at Jefferson City suggested
Another Missouri River bridge at Jefferson City is among suggestions in a lengthy draft report titled “Vision of Missouri’s Transportation Future,” based on comments of state citizens, business leaders, politicians and others, gathered during the first half of 2013.
I first “met” Ike Skelton in the mid-1970s, when I was a part-time reporter for a local radio station and he was a state senator from west-Central Missouri — outside of our coverage area.
Lincoln University curators took two steps Friday they hope will help boost the number of students who choose LU for their college studies.
Never a fan of the federal health care law commonly called “Obamacare,” U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt told Missouri reporters again Thursday morning he thinks “the biggest enemy of Obamacare would be Obamacare.”
The state Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors had the authority and “adjudicated the matter fairly” when it revoked Barbara Buescher’s funeral director’s and embalmer’s licenses, and the Buescher Memorial Home’s state license to operate a funeral business, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled this week.
Capitol Museum plans fall program
The Missouri Capitol Museum’s west hall — the Resources Hall — turns into a “river” for several hours on Friday from 6-9:30 p.m. as the museum presents a program, “Exploring Missouri’s Waterways.”
Ferguson attorney wants him released on bond
A Missouri appeals court panel has overturned the murder conviction of a Columbia man who has been serving a 40-year sentence for the 2001 slaying of a newspaper sports editor. An appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence from defense attorneys before Ferguson’s 2005 trial for the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.
A B-2 bomber from Whiteman Air Force Base flew over Lexington’s Machpelah Cemetery, as former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton was buried.
Joe Bednar and John Beakley traveled from Mid-Missouri to the Wentworth Military Academy campus in Lexington, to pay their last respects Sunday to the late-U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, 81, who died a week ago.
Disappointment with court ruling could lead to more active lobbying
PROMO, a statewide group that advocates “for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality” called last Tuesday “a difficult day for equality and justice in Missouri" after a state Supreme Court ruling denying survivor benefits to the male partner of a highway patrolman killed in the line of duty.
U.S. Postal Service workers in the main post office, 131 W. High St., are getting some new neighbors — state government employees. The state has agreed to a 20-year lease with the Postal Service, for the top two floors of the building across High Street from the Missouri Capitol.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today state employees will get Nov. 29 — the day after Thanksgiving — as an extra holiday.
U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., marked a 50th anniversary Thursday by urging their colleagues to improve the nation’s care for its mentally ill citizens.
Jefferson City’s legal language would be modified under two proposals approved Thursday morning by the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. Committee members approved a proposed ordinance authorizing the municipal judge to add a fee to the total costs, if the court has to issue a warrant to get someone to appear in court.
Jefferson City Council members are poised to vote on six ordinances at Monday’s council meeting, and hear two others as they are introduced. Among the measures awaiting final approval is a development agreement with ALPLA Inc., which operates in the industrial park near the Algoa Correctional Center and the Ike Skelton Training Site.
Two polls — one of Missouri voters, the other a national view — report that voters overwhelmingly oppose having campaign donations and special-interest spending in judicial elections.
Saying there’s “unfinished business — it takes a long time to do things down at that Capitol,” state Sen. Mike Kehoe told supporters Wednesday morning he’s going to run next year for a second, four-year term.
Ike Skelton dreamed of having a military career. But polio got in the way of that dream in 1947. Instead, he would note in later years, his military interests were redirected into his long work in Congress.
The visiting judge rejected the original sentencing agreement.
For at least the next month, convicted murderer David R. Hosier, 58, will remain a Cole County Jail inmate — because he has not yet been sentenced.
David Russell Hosier, 58, faces the death penalty for his conviction in the killing of Angela Gilpin, 45, on Sept. 28, 2009. But Angela’s estranged husband — Rodney Gilpin, 61 — was murdered during the same shooting ....
Jurors took almost three times as long to recommend that David Hosier be executed as they took to convict him for killing Angela Gilpin, 45, on Sept. 28, 2009.
Jurors recommend the death penalty for David Hosier for a Sept. 28, 2009, murder in Jefferson City.
Jurors likely will begin deliberating today on the question of sentencing David Hosier to death, or to life in prison without parole, for the Sept. 28, 2009, murder of Angela Gilpin, 45.