Stories by Bob
Veto override lets officials use newer technology
Beginning next month, elected officials can vote in a meeting by videoconference, because lawmakers last week overrode one of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes. The new law changes a part of the state’s Open Meetings/Open Records law that lawmakers had changed only nine years ago.
Linn State Technical College’s 2011 drug-testing policy is unconstitutional, except for students in five specific programs, U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey ruled Friday.
Lincoln University’s freshmen aren’t the only new faces on campus — new President Kevin Rome has been on the job almost 31⁄2 months.
Starting next spring, students applying for Lincoln University’s new bachelor of science in nursing degree program will have to pay a $25 fee.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White is pleased lawmakers failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a controversial gun rights bill. Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Kehoe agrees with those who believe a law protecting gun rights is still needed.
Record number of vetoes overridden
Missouri lawmakers’ rejection of more than a half-dozen of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes set a new record for successful overrides.
House votes to override, but Senate comes up one vote short
Missouri senators blocked a likely legal battle over a bill supporters said protects Missourians’ constitutional right to bear arms.
Officials this week arrested two dozen Missourians and a Texas man on federal drug and weapons charges, based on three indictments issued by a St. Louis-based federal grand jury.
Jefferson City’s Learfield Communications is getting a new majority owner.
Missouri’s Public Service Commission must give the Office of Public Counsel (OPC) and other interested parties a “reasonable” chance to appeal its orders setting new utility rates, a three judge panel of the state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
College sophomore John Schulte spent July on a 500-mile hike across northern Spain, taking the “Way of St. James” pilgrimage that ends at the Cathedral of Santiago in Galacia, in northwestern Spain.
By substantial margins, Missouri lawmakers last May approved a bill making major changes to several parts of Missouri tax law. But Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill in early June, calling it “an ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment” that would cause financial problems for government and its citizens for years to come.
Rundown of the vetoed bills
While only a simple majority of the total seats in each Missouri chamber — 82 votes in the House, 18 votes in the Senate — is required to pass a bill, the Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the total seats in each chamber to override a governor’s veto: 109 in the House, 23 in the Senate.
Chad Rogers’ aortic valve failed, his father told a Kansas City TV station this week.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has no plans to call a special legislative session to craft a new version of a bill cutting income taxes. Spokesman Scott Holste said the governor repeatedly has expressed a willingness to work on the tax code with lawmakers when they return in January.
Albert Glisson didn’t speak Monday during a brief appearance in a Cole County court. Glisson, 31, is to be back in court Oct. 7 for a preliminary hearing on charges of second-degree domestic assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Within hours of a News Tribune reporter’s interviews last week, a Jefferson City government “Facebook” page posting was removed.
With execution dates set in October and November in Missouri, the American Civil Liberties Union wants a professional organization to suspend its certification of a doctor scheduled to participate in the executions.
On Sept. 5-7
There are a multitude of events in downtown Jefferson City for the weekend starting Sept. 5. It's being billed as ArtsLive Weekend.
Opinion agrees with governor, is at odds with supporters
Attorney General Chris Koster said today that putting the Legislature's tax-cut bill into law could result in Missourians getting tax refunds for three previous years' returns.
Proposed amendment would create education foundation
Secretary of State Jason Kander says his office has approved the form of an initiative petition proposing to amend the Missouri Constitution section which covers education. The amendment would allow the creation of Children’s Education Foundations, that would give tax credits for donations.
There’s a new contest for high school students, thanks to the Missouri Supreme Court and its Committee on Civic Education. The Constitution Project is a statewide competition in which high school students are given experience in careers integral to the constitution and nation.
Faced with budget reductions in 2009, the state Corrections department’s effort to control spending violated its 2007 agreement with the Missouri Corrections Officers Association, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Missourians soon may be asked to sign petitions proposing to change the state Constitution’s requirements on how Supreme Court and appeals court judges are chosen. Both petitions propose to eliminate the Non-Partisan Court Plan.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White said Monday his staff still is investigating a Friday night shooting near Lohman, that killed a pregnant cow and its calf. Owner Tammy Goldammer’s property is on state Route U, northeast of Russellville and west of Lohman.
Six and a half-months after being critically injured in an accident, a Taos-area woman has sued Jefferson City government for its failure to study and fix “foreseeable dangers” at the Jackson-East Dunklin intersection.
A Columbia man who once headed Ashland’s Mainstreet Bank pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to misleading federal investigators about his misuse of federal bank bailout funds.
No ‘foul play’ suspected
MoDOT taking comments on safety improvement in region
Mid-Missourians have until Sept. 5 to comment online about a proposed J-turn on U.S. 63 on the south edge of Ashland and roundabouts at the end of ramps at the Ashland exit.
Capitol Police have a wedding ring they’d like to return to its rightful owner. But they don’t want to say a lot, for fear of making it harder to find the correct owner.
Missouri lawmakers had no authority to cut renewable energy regulations that Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved in 2008, a lawsuit filed this week charged.
Dan Musselman’s been playing the piano for 22 years. Now a composer, jazz pianist and college music teacher, Musselman will head a quartet in a 90-minute concert Sunday evening at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson City.
A person walking along Old Highway 94 in southern Callaway County last Sunday was crossing a bridge over a creek — and saw a skull, part of another skull and part of a headstone in the creek bed.
Like his Mid-Missouri friends, Liberty police still are waiting for an official cause-of-death in the Chad Rogers case. And it could be another month before that happens.
Cole County commissioners, like their local government counterparts throughout Missouri, must approve a 2013 property tax rate by the end of next week.
America’s economy will improve better if Congress passes the new farm bill, which includes immigration reform, members of the Obama administration are reminding members of Congress during the August recess.
MoDOT: Funding unavailable to improve state-maintained roads in county
Two head-on collisions in eight days has renewed some Mid-Missourians’ concerns about the safety of state Route B. But because of funding issues, MoDOT officials say they have no plans or money to improve the highway.
Publisher RR Donnelley — which two weeks ago told its Jefferson City employees that the local plant is closing Oct. 1 — is looking to refinance some of its current financial notes.
Five weeks before the company begins laying off 475 employees, the RR Donnelley company’s Human Resources department will hold a career fair to help employees find other jobs.
Had been charged with 2011 murder
Drew Puckett was found not guilty of second-degree murder charges late Tuesday afternoon. A grand jury indicted Puckett in 2011, charging him for the shotgun killing of Caleb Crabtree.
Drew Puckett killed Caleb Crabtree on Sept. 2, 2011, and then said during a 911 call: “I told you I would (shoot him) and I don’t feel bad about it.”
Unlike last week’s deadly crash, most of the road's wrecks have no injuries
Thursday’s triple fatality accident on state Route B, at the north end of St. Thomas, was the first accident on the road with deaths since March 2002, according to statistics compiled by the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s filing a 52-page lawsuit against five church agencies, challenging their decisions to change their charters and remove themselves from the convention’s control.
Over the years, some Capitol observers have complained that Congress takes vacation time instead of getting things done in Washington. But U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said Friday she’s doing plenty of work these next few weeks during the August recess.
Missouri and Missourians played several key roles in America’s civil rights movement, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill noted Friday night, during her keynote address to the Jefferson City NAACP’s Freedom Dinner 50th anniversary.
Flooding along the Gasconade River forced the state transportation department on Thursday to close U.S. 50 at Mount Sterling, Missouri 89 from Linn to Route E near Rich Fountain, and Route E from Missouri 89 into Rich Fountain.
Record crest predicted on Gasconade River today
Cole County Public Works personnel were watching developments, but were not expecting flooding to be a major issue north and west of the Osage River. But in Osage County, the flood prediction for the Maries River at Westphalia changed almost hourly.
A New Bloomfield woman’s medical condition may have rendered her unconscious Tuesday afternoon, causing her car to crash in western Jefferson City. Judy M. Veit, 70, was listed in fair condition Tuesday evening at University Hospital, Columbia.
In its early days, Missouri’s State Fair was a September event.
Entertainment remains, but changing as state fairs change
This year's Missouri State Fair, Aug. 8-18 in Sedalia, once again offers many musical acts - both in the grandstand and at free stages. The fair's website, www.mostatefair.com, provides details.