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'Wellness center' bid opening delayed

It will be at least two more weeks before we know how much it will cost to build the wellness center at Lincoln University — the joint project between LU and Jefferson City’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

Local fraternity highlights Alpha Phi Alpha founder’s day

Dec. 4 is an important day for members of Alpha Phi Alpha — the nation’s first black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity, which has an active chapter at Lincoln University.

Complaint dropped; Randy Henry retires from Patrol

Sgt. Randy Henry, a 29-year veteran of the state Water and Highway patrols, has retired. Henry had challenged the Patrol's plan to discipline him for "misconduct," based on a complaint from Osage County Prosecutor Amanda Grellner.

LU faculty want better communications with VP Sewell

There was no request for a “no-confidence” vote, as some pre-meeting rumors had suggested.

Attorney general sues Illinois telemarketers

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office filed a federal lawsuit Thursday charging the Automated Professional Marketing LLC and Safety Publications companies of Illinois with violating state and federal laws,when their employees called numerous Missouri residents who already were on the state’s No-Call list, or who asked the company not to call again.

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City reminds residents not all waste is hazardous

Some area residents were disappointed when they’re told the city can’t take some of the items the residents brought to the Cole County Household Hazardous Waste facility.

Feds indict Spinks in shooting

Leroy Jamase Spinks’ reported involvement in an Oct. 14 shooting on Monroe Street has landed him in trouble with the federal justice system, too.

Owner of 2 Lake businesses pleads guilty to money laundering

The owner of Puff N Snuff LLC, with locations in Camdenton and Eldon, pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in a money-laundering conspiracy related to the distribution of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as “K2.”

Missouri’s Unclaimed Property program is a success story

Missouri was next-to-last among the 50 U.S. states in creating an unclaimed property program.

Supreme Court suspends Barding’s law license

Missouri’s Supreme Court last week suspended James “Doug” Barding’s law license, effective Nov. 3.

Sodomy case ruling faces appeal

Judge Joyce under fire for ruling accused child rapist didn’t get a ‘speedy’ trial

Miller County Prosecutor Ben Winfrey already is working on his appeal of last Friday’s decision to end the criminal case against a Brumley man charged with sodomy of a 5-month-old girl in 2009.

Ameren disappointed in PSC decision

Ameren Missouri President Michael Moehn said the company is disappointed with this week’s unanimous state Public Service Commission decision rejecting the utility’s proposed energy efficiency plan.

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MoDOT maintenance work to protect bridge piers

No danger to the public, engineer says

In a river, “scour” is where the water flow washes away dirt and rocks from the river bank or from around the piers supporting a bridge.

State Tech adds 2 to presidential search panel

State Sen. Mike Kehoe and State Technical College Faculty Senate President Dwight Massey are the two newest members of the school’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

Mizanskey urges supporters to change Missouri marijuana laws

Jeff Mizanskey — out of prison about seven weeks — wants Missourians to change the state’s marijuana laws that sent him to prison.

Nixon slashes $46.1 million from budget

A new farmer’s market planned for the Capitol lost its $250,000 in state funding Monday, as part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s announcement withholding $46.131 million from the current state budget plan.

Nixon orders flags to half-staff to honor Marine

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered flags at all state buildings in Missouri to fly at half-staff Tuesday to “honor the bravery and sacrifice of Lance Corporal Dominic E. Schraft,” 19, of Vienna — a Marine who died Oct. 5 at Camp Pendleton, California.

LU awards renovation projects

Lincoln University’s Curators Thursday afternoon approved spending $465,770 for the final phase of renovations to the President’s House, 601 Jackson St., as well $600,129 in three roofing repair projects.

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.