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Bob Watson

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National Federation of the Blind to lobby lawmakers

Missouri was one of seven states represented in 1940 when the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) held its first gathering.

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Downtown Jefferson City store wall collapses

A woman cut her hand, but no serious injuries were reported in downtown Jefferson City Saturday afternoon when part of the facade over a brick wall collapsed.

LU growth better than expected

Jefferson City-based Lincoln University is about to launch a marketing campaign aimed at about 80,000 potential students around the country, LU President Kevin Rome reminded the board.

Blosser resigns from LU Curators board

“That was my last Curators meeting,” Cynthia Blosser told the News Tribune Thursday morning. Blosser resigned from the board as of Friday, she told Gov. Jay Nixon in a letter delivered Thursday.

MoDOT’s new ‘Tough Choices Ahead’ plan won’t help most of system

The Missouri Transportation department’s new austerity plan, named “Missouri’s 325 System — Tough Choices Ahead,” will concentrate on 8,000 miles of a primary road system, which carries about 75 percent of the state’s traffic.

Marriage retreat has helped Jefferson City couples for generations

Marriage Encounter — Growing stronger as a couple

Marriage Encounter has been in Jefferson City for 40 years and is now reaching a third generation in some families to strengthen couples’ relationships.

LU observes 149th anniversary of its founding

What makes a person — or a place or an institution — great?

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Whitton Expressway closes tonight for the weekend

MoDOT to demolish 2 bridges as part of Lafayette interchange work

State Transportation officials issued one more reminder Thursday: Make sure you know the Rex Whitton Expressway will be closed this weekend, between Madison Street and Clark Avenue.

LU Curators adopt, change several policies

Lincoln University Curators on Thursday adopted several new policies and modified some existing ones.

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Consultant approved to design Wellness Center project

Boy and Girls Club also plans move to Lafayette Street location

Lincoln University’s curators approved a new consultant’s contract Thursday with Jefferson City-based Architects Alliance to design the new University/Community Wellness Center that Lincoln and the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry department have been discussing as a joint project.

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Work begins in main Jefferson City Post Office building

Demolition and renovation work began this week on the two floors above Jefferson City’s Main Post Office, 131 W. High St.

Commission approves MoDOT ‘325’ austerity plan

Bumpy roads ahead

With very little discussion, and a 5-0 vote, Missouri’s Highways and Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved the austerity plan called “Missouri’s 325 System — Tough Choices Ahead.”

Supreme Court asked to reduce Coleman’s bank robbery conviction, sentence

Question involves stealing vs. robbery

Gary Leland Coleman admitted taking money from New Bloomfield’s Bank Star One branch at 9:18 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2012. So, attorney Amy Bartholow told the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday that Coleman should be convicted of “stealing,” not second-degree robbery.

Court upholds Hosier murder conviction, death sentence

Missouri's Supreme Court this afternoon upheld David Hosier's conviction and death sentence for the Sept. 28, 2009, murder of Angela Gilpin, 45.

Senators: Ethics bill unlikely to limit finances

The Missouri Senate should debate Majority Leader Ron Richard’s ethics bill this week — perhaps as early as today.

State workers one focus of anti-pay raise debate

Missouri state employees’ paychecks — and the lack of substantial raises to those checks in recent years — were at the top of the list in the last couple of weeks, as lawmakers debated whether to accept proposed raises for themselves and the statewide elected officials.

Senate budget leaders challenge Nixon to release ‘Cyber crimes’ money

Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer and some other state lawmakers want Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to release money for Cyber Crimes Task Forces around the state.

Judge stays Dixon license revocation

Dixon can continue serving as sheriff while he appeals Public Safety department's license revocation.

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Senate approves $400 million in building repairs

Capitol overhaul, LU and Linn State top area projects

Sometime in the next couple of years, the Thomas Jefferson statue, the Capitol’s south steps and the protective roof all will disappear so work crews can repair major problems with the Capitol’s foundation.

Senate rejects pay raise for lawmakers, officials

The Missouri Senate voted 31-3 to reject pay raises proposed last November by the Missouri Citizens Compensation Committee.

Pay hikes go into effect unless senators pass resolution today

Senate skipped vote Wednesday on rejecting own raises

Unless state Sen. Rob Schaaf changes his mind and makes another attempt this morning to get a Senate vote, Missouri’s senators have allowed pay raises for lawmakers and the six statewide elected officials to go into effect because they took no vote on Wednesday.

Lawmakers, state officials to receive pay raises

Missouri state lawmakers and statewide elected officials will be getting a pay raise, after two senators launched a mini-filibuster blocking the resolution that would have blocked the raises.

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Osage County commissioners seek Dixon ouster

The Osage County Commission wants Sheriff Michael Dixon out of office after the state Public Safety department on Monday revoked his license to be a law officer.

Rural prosecutors oppose bills to restructure offices

State Sen. Bob Dixon wants to give counties the option of joining together and sharing one full-time prosecutor rather than having part-time prosecutors with private law practices.

Dixon's law officer's license revoked

Osage County sheriff has 30 days to appeal

Missouri’s Public Safety department revoked Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon’s peace officer’s license Monday.

Auditor: State has too many aircraft

Missouri government owns 19 aircraft — and that’s too many, State Auditor Tom Schweich said in an 18-page report released Monday.

Auditor: Missouri has too many state airplanes

Missouri government owns 19 aircraft — and that's too many, State Auditor Tom Schweich said today in an 18-page report.

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Russell: Courts' future work must include protecting seniors

State Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny was surprised when Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell included “protecting our elders” in her State of the Judiciary speech last Thursday.

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Dick Gregory to speak at LU Tuesday

Almost from the beginning, controversy has followed St. Louisan Dick Gregory, and been a part of his career.

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Kehoe, Miller push back against EPA water regulation proposals

What are ‘waters of Missouri?’

Two Mid-Missouri lawmakers want the state Legislature — not the federal government — to define who owns and controls water and the nearby land in the state.

Mo. lawmakers propose civics test as high school graduation requirement

If Missouri lawmakers approve, all Show-Me State students will have to pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school or get a GED, starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Two local colleges would benefit from budget proposal

Two Mid-Missouri college presidents said they appreciate Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposals for their schools.

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Russell urges lawmakers to follow courts’ successes

Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally praised state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell and the State of the Judiciary speech she gave Thursday morning.

Lawmakers, courts focus on possible municipal court changes

After teenager Michael Brown was killed by a police officer last August, some of the protests and anger were aimed at Missouri’s municipal courts and how some people believe they prey on poor people.

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Auto dealers sue Revenue department over Tesla 'dealer' license

Osage Industries of Linn and 380 Missouri auto dealers sue over Revenue department's granting dealer license to electric car maker.

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Nixon's budget: No pay hike, more job cuts

Missouri government workers, last in the nation in their overall paychecks, won’t be getting a pay raise in the 2015-16 state budget year that begins July 1, under Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposal released Wednesday night.

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Local lawmakers generally pleased with speech

Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally were pleased with Gov. Jay Nixon’s seventh State of the State address.

Silvey: Expand Medicaid at least for veterans

Coverage would aid families not eligible for VA care

State Sen. Ryan Silvey knows some of his colleagues don’t like the idea of expanding Medicaid. However, he’s hoping the opposition won’t include Missouri military veterans.

Ameren proposes new Noranda rate plan

Ameren Missouri has proposed a lower electric rate for Noranda Aluminum’s New Madrid smelters, as part of Ameren’s new rate increase case — and said its proposal would be a better deal for other customers.

Kehoe campaign committee collecting for ‘statewide’ race

Add second-term state Sen. Mike Kehoe’s name to the list of Mid-Missouri lawmakers considering a future statewide race.

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Transportation officials seek input on ‘325 System’ plan

Missouri Transportation officials last week rolled out their new, “325 System” plan for maintaining Missouri’s nearly 34,000 miles of roads and 10,400 bridges in the coming years.

Rural prosecutors challenge proposed changes

Six of Mid-Missouri’s 10 prosecuting attorneys are part of the nearly 40 percent of all Missouri prosecutors who don’t like two bills filed in the state Senate this year, proposing changes in Missouri’s prosecuting attorney system.

College president to step down next year

Don Claycomb, State Technical College of Missouri president since 1993, told the school’s board of regents Friday he plans to step down from that post on June 30 — next year.

Missouri auto dealers launch campaign to protect franchise marketing

Taking on Tesla over the issue

A week from Monday, Missouri lawmakers are invited to a reception at a downtown Jefferson City restaurant, where “a brief update of Tesla in Missouri” will be provided and Tesla cars will be available for test drives.

MoDOT leaders prepare for lean future

Public opinion sought on priorities for funding projects

In just two years, Missouri’s Transportation department won’t have enough money available to maintain the state’s roads and bridges in the current conditions.

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Majority at PSC hearing oppose Ameren rate increase plan

Power of the public

A few Mid-Missourians supported Ameren Missouri and its operations, but most of the 13 people who testified Wednesday night at a public hearing urged the five-member Public Service Commission to reject the utility’s latest rate increase request.

Court: Branch too young for ‘life without parole’

Cole County’s circuit court must re-sentence William L. Branch, because its 2000 sentence of life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

Appeals court overturns Cardwell DWI conviction

A Cole County sheriff’s deputy never had probable cause to make a traffic stop, so Justin Cardwell’s DWI conviction and 45-day shock-treatment imprisonment never should have happened, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

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Kehoe bill expands sexual assault reporting

Missouri law already requires long-term care facilites to report cases of suspected abuse and neglect of a resident to the state Health and Senior Services department.

Supreme Court blocks Welch’s early release

Larry Welch will stay in prison, for now.