Brittany Ruess


News Tribune reporter

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United Way honors supporters, welcomes new leaders

The United Way of Central Missouri reflected on its past year — the 90th in its history — and looked ahead to the next during its annual meeting on Friday, which attracted about 380 philanthropic business and community leaders.

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Men dress up as women for Special Olympics

Local men showed off their calves in high heels while boasting their biceps in women’s wear Friday night — all to benefit the Special Olympics of Missouri, an organization that provides year-round sports training for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Prescription drug monitoring bill moves to next phase

Keeping track of meds

Efforts for Missouri pharmacists and physicians to track prescription drugs through a statewide database received majority support Wednesday from a House committee, passing it along to another scheduled to hear testimony today.

Adoption advocates plead for birth certificate access

An adopted teenager from Owensville has been able to access her original birth certificate her entire life — what she calls a luxury that other adoptees in Missouri don’t have.

Lawmaker seeks more General Assembly authority over Capitol, state buildings

A recently introduced bill would give state lawmakers more say over what happens to the Capitol building and state-occupied spaces near it.

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Dreams to Reality moving into larger space

A local nonprofit organization is moving to a new location and expanding its services.

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Crews clear path for Rock Island Trail

Deconstruction of the Rock Island Railroad continues in western Missouri, making way for a 144-mile trail that would join Kansas City and St. Louis.

Organization calls for more investigators of child-on-child sexual abuse

A statewide organization dedicated to preventing child abuse is requesting Missouri lawmakers increase funding for added caseworkers investigating child-on-child sexual abuse.

JC lawmaker seeks up to 10 days paid leave for state employees with new child

A local lawmaker wants state employees to maintain their wages while taking time off after the birth or adoption of a new child.

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Nixon pitches state pay raise, Medicaid expansion, education funds

Governor's budget hits close to home

Among the proposals in his last state budget proposal, Gov. Jay Nixon wants lawmakers to approve a 2 percent pay raise for all state employees, starting July 1, and add more money for education, mental health services and economic development programs.

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