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Gerry Tritz

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Jefferson City's state reps both eye third terms

Jefferson City’s two state representatives each confirmed on Thursday they plan to seek third terms in the Missouri House, and each has about the same campaign funds entering the 2014 election cycle.

School spokesman announces retirement

David Luther, the Jefferson City School District’s spokesman who’s also the right-hand man to the superintendent, has announced he will retire at the end of the school year.

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Day of dangerous cold settles over Mid-Missouri after deep snow

As city and county road crews on Sunday struggled to keep roads cleared amid a snowstorm and gusting winds, police dealt with the fallout of motorists with vehicles not equipped for this severe weather.

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Missing man called big-hearted

While the Missouri Highway Patrol was expected to restart a search for his body in the Missouri River this morning, Randy Chugg’s family is describing him as big-hearted, hard-working and laid-back, but says he had a tumultuous relationship with his new fiance.

Christian school moving to new home

It's one of more than 35 building permits issued in November

Lighthouse Preparatory Academy (LPA) — a Christian, university-model school for sixth- to 12th-graders — will soon have its own home in Jefferson City at 3414 Emerald Lane.

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Homes for the holidays

Of all the gorgeous decorations in Marlene Carlson’s three-level home behind the country club, it was a pair of blown glass mercury spheres on the dining room table that caught the eyes of some during Sunday’s Heisinger Auxiliary Christmas Homes Tour.

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Angel Procession spreads joy of Christmas music at SMHC — for last time at old hosptial

As nearly two dozen children dressed as angels began singing in St. Mary’s emergency room Sunday night, a blonde girl in a wheelchair — a patient — perked up and joined the group in singing “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

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Parents, students get closer look at academies with ‘jamboree’

Monday night’s “Academy Jamboree” drew reactions ranging from excitement to apprehension and criticism from some of the several hundred parents and their eighth-graders who came to learn about the new educational system that will start with public school freshmen next fall.

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The day normalcy died: JFK's assassination forever changed lives

Mid-Missouri residents recall where they were, how they felt

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy a half-century ago today had a profound effect on our nation. In Jefferson City, many of those in our community old enough to remember the killing of the president describe it as a watershed moment in history.

Kindred spirits

Among the family and friends staked out at the Jefferson City Correctional Center last week in anticipation of Ryan Ferguson’s release was Kevin Green, a convicted killer who was exonerated after 15.5 years in prison.

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Dozens turn out to work on school space problems

At Sunday’s town hall meeting to discuss school facilities in Jefferson City’s public school district — the first since voters shot down a proposal for a new high school — more than 80 people expressed concerns and ideas ranging from space problems to the need to preserve any historic buildings in the district.

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Jefferson City Safety Kids troupe wraps up its annual message tour

Chavez Loaiza dutifully answered a News Tribune reporter’s questions about his participation in this year’s Safety Kids’ performances, but he certainly wasn’t intimidated.

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BizBeat: Catering business reinvented

Donita’s Catering became Reinhardt Circle on Friday, as former owner Donita Stubinger retired and sold the business to her two children.

Panel backs TIF plan for Mall

Opponent calls TIFs ‘welfare for the rich’

The city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission on Monday unanimously recommended a Capital Mall TIF plan to the City Council, after the mall’s owners said public support is “vital” to their mall redevelopment plan.

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Taking some of the threat out of a dangerous curve

The stuff of safety

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) first use of a new road treatment intended to reduce wrecks is taking place in Jefferson City, near the Madison Street exit of U.S. 54.

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Report: Missouri’s tax climate ranked 16th

The tax climate of Missouri ranked 16th this year out of all 50 states, according to a new report by the Tax Foundation. The Show-Me State’s rank remains unchanged from 2013 in the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index.

DirecTV drops signals for local ABC station

DirecTV dropped the signals for KMIZ ABC-17 and two sister stations at noon Wednesday over contract disputes.

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Jefferson City takes top prize as Most Beautiful City in contest

Rand McNally has highlighted the Capital City’s place on the map, confirming what many of us already knew: Jefferson City is the most beautiful small town in America.

Shooting, stabbing reported early Sunday

The Jefferson City Police Department is investigating a shooting and stabbing that occurred over the weekend.

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Shifts start ending at RR Donnelley

As local printing plant RR Donnelley winds down its operations in Jefferson City, many of its 475 employees are starting to seek and find other jobs in various places, while others are taking time off to rest and re-evaluate their careers.

Dachshund race winner has other talents

For Jack, a nearly 2-year-old dachshund, winning Saturday’s Dachshund Derby was just another accomplishment in what his owner describes as an extraordinary life.

Wheelan joins 39th season of Saturday Night Live

Jefferson City Jays Coach Ted LePage has already had his 15 minutes of national television fame on the “American Gladiators” show in the ’90s. Now it’s his nephew’s turn.

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Business hopes to fill market for young adult clothing

One of 51 new business licenses for July

A Mitchell, S.D., native hopes to fill a niche through his recently opened Xtreme Trendz store in the strip mall in front of the Stadium Boulevard Walmart. Owner Bob Wieger’s shop is one of 51 businesses granted city business licenses in July.

Two Jefferson City shops in same building closing

Two Jefferson City businesses housed in the same building — Good & Perfect Gifts and Central Missouri Athletics — are closing, and the owner of the businesses is looking to sell the building.

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Super 8 now an Oak Tree

Motel getting big remake

Jefferson City’s Super 8 Motel became Oak Tree Inn on Thursday, and is about to embark on a $780,000 renovation.

Local tributes to remember 9/11 attacks

The Cole County Historical Society’s second Remembering 9/11 event will be today, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the society’s courtyard. Blair Oaks Middle School will hold a Pep and Patriot Assembly at 2 p.m. today.

BizBeat: Red Skye Wireless closes after 6 months

Red Skye Wireless, which bought Mid-America Wireless’ 10 locations at the beginning of this year, closed its Jefferson City location after just six months.

BizBeat: River Region Credit Union branches out

River Region Credit Union plans to open a new branch at 400 E. Broadway in Ashland in spring 2014.

Pitch It & Win It competition on tap

If you’ve got a winning business idea but not the funding to get it off the ground, a 5-minute business pitch could win you part of a $5,000 prize pot.

Conference center expected to lose money for first 10 years

Jefferson City has “key characteristics” to support a conference center, but city officials should consider a smaller accompanying hotel than it was seeking and expect the conference center to operate in the red at least for a decade.

Consultant: Conference Center to lose money before it makes money

Projection given as part of a long-range marketing study

Jefferson City should expect a conference center to operate in the red for at least a decade, even though it has “key characteristics” to support a conference center, City Council members were told Thursday night.

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Controversial clown headed to Jefferson City (VIDEO)

The rodeo clown who drew national attention from a controversial stunt at the Missouri State Fair will make his first performance since then in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Fall moves in with Halloween store

The seasonal store, Halloween City, has moved into the former discount furniture store in Jefferson City at 2009 Missouri Blvd.

BizBeat: Yen Ching restaurant gets a facelift

Jefferson City Chinese restaurant Yen Ching will be closing its dining room for renovations beginning Tuesday.

BizBeat: LeCure & Associates relocate

LeCure & Associates is relocating its Jefferson City office to 3216 N. Ten Mile Drive, Suite A. The new location will be open for business Tuesday.

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Father, son building large garden railroad (VIDEO)

Volunteers for the project would be welcome

After spending nearly a decade to transform their basement into a model railroad wonderland, Randy and Kenneth Hackman are starting to construct what they believe will be the second largest outdoor garden railroad in the nation.

BizBeat: Carroll-Rehma Motors renovates Linn dealership

Six months after the dust has settled, Carroll-Rehma Motors invites local consumers to check out a new dealership experience. A ribbon-cutting will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, followed by an open house until 7 p.m.

BizBeat: Oscar’s Diner hits home stretch in renovations

Renovations are in full force to the Schotthill Woods Drive restaurant that closed earlier this year after a Jan. 30 fire, the owners say. Oscar’s Classic Diner is expected to reopen in early- to mid-October.

BizBeat: Midwest Block acquires division of Southern Concrete Products

Midwest Block & Brick, headquartered in Jefferson City, recently announced the acquisition of Southern Concrete Products Masonry Division in Tennessee and Mississippi.

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Former riverboat casino in Jefferson City to be scrapped (VIDEO)

Capital Sand tows boat here to strip top levels

Jefferson City got a riverboat casino Monday night — The Kanesville Queen, which was towed from Council Bluffs, Iowa. But rather than taking the shirt off your back, it’s here to get its own top removed.

Jefferson City's newest cafe specializes in vegetarian dishes

Jefferson City’s newest restaurant, Everest Cafe, has done something that no other has done: It got me excited about vegetables.

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Crowds up a bit for cycle racing

Some organizers and riders at Sunday’s Missouri State Criterium Championships said they believe Jefferson City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau’s push to bring more people downtown for the event worked — and they hope to build on that foundation of support.

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BizBeat: You can have your cake, eat it, too

Chez Monet owner says moving business to her home has been a dream

Poor Joan Fairfax, owner of the ill-fated Chez Monet, which sadly closed after more than two decades, leaving Fairfax to peddle her bakery items out of her home.

BizBeat: From cakes to cinema

The former downtown Jefferson City location of Chez Monet at 126 E. High Street is being converted to Capitol City Cinema, an independent movie house. The business’ Facebook page said the first phase of the renovations are being completed.

BizBeat: Winner, winner, Chik-fil-A dinner?

We’re one step closer to being able to eat a spicy chicken biscuit for breakfast — but Chick-fil-A is not coming to Jefferson City as soon as we had hoped. A building permit has been approved, but no opening date is set.

BizBeat: Open wide, kids

Columbia Dentistry for Children plans to open a Jefferson City location on Aug. 12. The local office will be Capital Dentistry for Children, located at 931 Wildwood Drive in Suite 104.

Jim Lewis Tire expanding size of building

Among over 35 building permits issued in July

Jim Lewis Tire & Wheel has started an expansion project in Jefferson City that has been planned over the last few years. The business, located at 1300 Missouri Blvd., has operated under the name since 1982.

Pastor praises miracles following accident

Katie Lentz’s lay pastor said her supporters have seen “miracle after miracle after miracle” since the Jefferson City intern’s Sunday wreck, and that the truly amazing thing is how many lives she’s touched — both before and after her accident.

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Police get assist from firefighters after suspect flees to roof

Jefferson City police got an unusual assist in making an arrest on Sunday. A fire truck ladder was extended to the roof where suspect Terrian Davis had fled so officers could safely arrest him.

Criterium championship racing to Jefferson City next weekend

It may be a little-known sporting event in Jefferson City, but the Missouri State Championship Criterium draws some 500 people to Jefferson City each year for what competitive cyclists say is the cycling equivalent of NASCAR.