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Jobs help turn back drug tide

Cole County Drug Court honors businesses who help recovery

Brenda Schell, director of the Jefferson City-based Missouri Recovery Network, says drug courts help save lives. 35 area businesses were honored Wednesday for their participation in the program.

'Fireball Run' blazing to Jefferson City

In just 2½ weeks, Jefferson City and some other Missouri locations will be featured on “Fireball Run — America’s Frontier,” an online television reality show starting its eighth season.

Rehearing sought in rate change for Noranda

Just over three weeks after the Public Service Commission said ‘No,’ Noranda Aluminum and the Missouri Office of Public Counsel both asked for a rehearing on Noranda’s request for lower electric rates.

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Nixon, lawmakers remain at odds over relationships

Gov. Jay Nixon has two more legislative sessions to go in his second term — and some of the Republican leaders he must work with continue to complain the Democratic governor doesn’t work well with them.

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Some local interest vetoes never considered for overrides

Money released to schools, other programs — but most overridden line-item vetoes frozen

Missourians hoping that lawmakers last week would restore funding for the St. Mary’s Health Center renovations project in Jefferson City were destined to be disappointed.

LU students told to ask questions, learn something new each day

Lincoln University students should learn to ask questions all the time, two top administrators said Thursday during the school’s annual opening convocation.

LU curators celebrate a full campus

Lincoln University’s on-campus population is much larger this fall than a year ago, officials told LU curators Thursday.

Veto session runs out of steam

Senate quits after angry split

Missouri lawmakers had been told they might still be in session today, still considering overrides of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of 32 bills and more than 150 budget line-items.

House fails to override veto of jobless benefits bill

Sen. Kehoe: Bill would benefit Missouri's small businesses

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the Missouri House failed to approve a motion to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill changing state unemployment procedures sponsored by Sen. Mike Kehoe.

Senator skips override attempt, wants full tax reform next year

State Sen. Bob Dixon passed on the chance Wednesday to win an override vote on tax law changes he sponsored last spring.

New legislative panel to study Missouri justice system

Missouri’s courts will have some lawmakers looking more closely at what the courts do — Tuesday was start-up day for the Legislature’s newest joint committee.

LU: More freshmen enrolled this fall over 2013

Lincoln University has 26 percent more freshmen enrolled this fall than a year ago.

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Continuing a life of service

Dave Griffith was thinking about when he might retire, not about looking for a new job three years ago when the chairman of the Red Cross board of directors suggested he consider applying for the director’s vacancy.

Money issues at heart of veto session

As Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City for Wednesday’s veto session, they’re being asked to take a hard look at taxes, government spending and public policies.

Senate leader asks Koster for opinion on overriding line-item vetoes

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey wants to know if lawmakers can override a governor’s line-item vetoes by voting on the entire bill.

Nixon: Sustaining vetoes needed to preserve fiscal strength

‘We don’t have money for all this stuff’

Lawmakers next week should sustain Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget vetoes so that state government can “live within its means,” Nixon told reporters Thursday. “We don’t have the money for all this stuff.”

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Minister bears cross for inmate's freedom

Wants Missouri governor to grant clemency

Since Aug. 22, the Rev. James Peterson has taken his large wooden cross and pulled it around the Missouri Capitol seven times each day — urging Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency to prison inmate Jeff Mizanskey.

Commissioners approve ambulance garage door

Cole County’s ambulance service will be getting one more new garage door at its base, 1736 Southridge Drive.

Appeals court returns discrimination case to Cole County court

Unless the state appeals to the Supreme Court, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled last week that Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce will have to take more evidence in a Holts Summit woman’s discrimination claim against the state Revenue department.

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Ferguson confrontations reminiscent of ’68 protest in Capital City

Newspaper editorial prior to King's death 'added fuel to the fire'

The incidents are more than 46 years apart, but they began in similar fashion.

JC native’s office at center of teen’s autopsy

The St. Louis County medical examiner, whose office performed the first autopsy on Michael Brown, is a Jefferson City native and Jefferson City High School graduate.

Several factors contribute to fewer deaths on Missouri roads

Since the Missouri Highway Patrol began tracking traffic fatalities, the most in a single year were 1,521 reported in 1969, with the least fatalities being the 757 deaths reported last year.

PSC approves change in Ameren’s solar rebate rates

Ameren Missouri says it soon will pay out all the solar rebates it’s required to pay, under a stipulated agreement reached last November with the Public Service Commission and other parties.

Supreme Court declines to hear assessor’s appeal

Missouri’s Supreme Court this week declined to hear Cole County Assessor Chris Estes’ appeal in his legal battle with the County Commission over its use of the “assessment fund.”

PSC rejects Noranda’s rate-change request

Noranda Aluminum won’t get reduced rates, the Public Service Commission said today.

LU Curators approve 4 contracts

Lincoln University Curators voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to build a new “Wellness Center” on the campus’ southeast corner.

Rome: Statistics explain LU changes made and still needed

From grade-point average statistics to enrollment figures, Kevin Rome threw out a lot of numbers last week, during Lincoln University’s Faculty/Staff Fall Institute.

‘New normal’ at Lincoln University

“Change” always is going to happen, Lincoln University President Keven D. Rome told faculty and staff Thursday morning at the school’s annual Fall Institute that helps get ready for the start of classes later this month.

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Russellville man wants sentences modified

For manslaughter and assault following fatal accident

Judge Dan Green said he’ll make a decision as soon as he can on a request to modify Larry Gene Welch’s sentences for manslaughter and assault following a fatal accident in 2007.

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Leporin sentenced to 30 years for 2013 fatal accident

Leporin, then 28, had two previous DWIs at time of wrong-way, head-on collision on U.S. 54 at the Missouri 179 interchange, in wreck that killed Chelsea Fredrickson, 19, Camdenton.

Blunt promotes ‘Enforce the Law’ Act

Roy Blunt encouraged his fellow U.S. senators to pass the “Enforce the Law Act,” which the U.S. House passed in March.

Battle over teacher tenure and classroom tests heating up

Sides argue impact of Amendment 3 proposal on Missouri education

While voters last Tuesday were deciding the fate of five proposed amendments to Missouri’s Constitution, Secretary of State Jason Kander was announcing the addition of a fourth proposed amendment to the November general election ballot.

MoDOT: Funding shortfall will mean system-maintenance problems

Last week’s rejection of Amendment 7, the ¾-cent sales tax increase proposal to provide more money for transportation projects, was the latest effort to provide more money for the Transportation department’s efforts to build, repair and maintain Missouri’s more than 32,000 miles of roads and 10,400 bridges — the nation’s seventh largest highway system.

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Missouri State Fair, concerts begin today

Once again, it’s Missouri State Fair time in Sedalia, with music the focus of the Grandstand entertainment on eight of the fair’s 11 nights.

Luetkemeyer wins renomination, will face Denton in November

Leonard and Velma Steinman talked about running against each other in November for the right to succeed U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer in Congress.

Hurst nominated for second term in Missouri House

Mid-Missouri Republicans have nominated incumbent Tom Hurst for a second two-year term serving the 62nd House District in the state Legislature.

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Current, former county clerks weigh in on nuances of job

‘People think that all you do is run elections’

Just as Bill Deeken had experienced as Cole County Clerk 12 years earlier, Marvin Register discovered “a lot of surprises when I walked in the door,” including a big, controversial election involving a city annexation proposal just over a month after he took over for Deeken.

34% turnout at Cole County polls predicted

Official: 5 state amendments drawing absentees in to vote

Cole County Clerk Marvin Register predicts 34 percent of the county’s registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election.

No ‘statewide’ turnout prediction given

Taken together and calculated against Missouri’s 4,061,820 registered voters, it appears that about 27 percent of voters statewide will cast ballots.

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Candidates file pre-primary finance reports

Only one area House seat has primary race

In campaign finance reports filed eight days before Tuesday’s primary election, challenger Bruce Sassman, R-Bland, appeared to have outraised incumbent state Rep. Tom Hurst, R-St. Thomas, in the only area Missouri House race that has a primary.

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Ham breakfast sells 70 items; one benefits friend’s cancer fight

It wasn’t the ham judged to be the fair’s “grand champion.” But state Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, paid $1,200 for one ham sold Friday morning at the annual Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair Ham Breakfast.

PSC staff testimony questions overearnings claim

The Public Service Commission’s staff didn’t ask their bosses to pursue an “overearnings” case against Ameren Missouri because the staff didn’t think the company’s earnings had reached that level, staff members told the five-member commission this week.

Attack begins on Ameren 'overearnings'

Greg Meyer spent 29 years as a Missouri Public Service Commission staff member, “had a weekend of retirement” and then began working as a consultant for Chesterfield-based Brubaker and Associates.

Council committee endorses new ‘building official’ job, rights of way changes

Jefferson City soon could have a new “building official” handling some building inspection and supervising some staff. The city council’s Public Works and Planning Committee endorsed the idea Thursday, along with recommending that the council also approve three rights of way changes.

Discipline complaint filed against Osage County sheriff

Osage County Sheriff Michael R. Dixon Jr. has 30 days to answer the Missouri Public Safety department’s complaint that his peace officer’s certification should be disciplined.

Public Safety department wants to discipline sheriff's license

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has 30 days to answer the Missouri's Public Safety department's complaint that Dixon's peace officer's certification should be disciplined.

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Blunt: Senate failing on highway funding bill

Missouri transportation officials, and their counterparts in other states, are waiting for Congress to pass a new national highway funding bill.

Supreme Court passes on ruling about candidate’s qualifications

A state representative candidate’s name will remain on the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot in St. Louis, even though Secretary of State Jason Kander tried to remove it.

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Faith has created travel, social activist paths for local minister

This coming Friday, the Rev. David (Dave) Henry and three members of Jefferson City’s First Presbyterian Church will leave Missouri for another mission trip to the Amazon rain forest in Peru.

Money changing hands for November state Senate races

Two Mid-Missouri state Senate seats are up for election this year.