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Jeff Haldiman

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Baby Emily, her family continue to touch people’s lives

A Christmas Wish, part 2: Defying the odds

In 2001, readers of the News Tribune were introduced to Emily Kramer, better known as Baby Emily. She was born with a rare condition known as DiGeorge Syndrome.

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Special Learning Center strives to expand abilities of every child

Whether helping a child with cerebral palsy learn to walk or giving a child who is deaf the gift of sign language, the Special Learning Center (SLC) is here to help expand the abilities of every child.

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Her special project

In her second year as Capitol Projects’ director, Tami Bock knows the value of her workforce

For 28 years, Tami Bock has had an extended family that’s included hundreds of people.

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Local costs tabulated for last week’s NAACP march

Local law enforcement agencies spent nearly $16,000 in extra costs to provide security for last week’s “Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City” march.

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Demolition work starts on Lafayette interchange

Destruction before construction

Work has begun on the Lafayette Street interchange with the U.S. 50/63 Expressway in Jefferson City.

Volunteers to lay wreaths on veterans' graves

Saturday will mark the fifth anniversary of the Wreaths for Heroes program in Jefferson City, and the organizer believes it’s served two purposes.

LU irks residents with bid to change Lafayette Street to University Avenue

A proposal to change the name of a Jefferson City street is drawing strong opposition and some in the black community see it as an attempt to “obliterate our history.”

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Joe Schulte — natural fit for Jefferson City Parks and Recreation

For 37 years, Joe Schulte has been coming to his job with the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department and has not used a single day of sick leave.

Chamber updates city, county on economic development efforts

The definition of success in economic development was discussed Thursday at a meeting of local elected and business leaders at the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Marchers endure counter-protest in Rosebud

'We’ve received far more support than we’ve seen negativity'

More than halfway through their journey to the Capital City, marchers on a 120-mile journey from Ferguson were met with opposition Wednesday as they journeyed through Mid-Missouri.

High-speed chase ends in crash

A Jefferson City man was one of two people who were treated for serious injuries after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit Tuesday night.

Month left to finish budget

County commission begins ironing out final details

Department heads and county elected officials made brief presentations to the Cole County Commission Monday, as commissioners start working to get the budget done by January.

Charge dismissed in murder case — again

For the second time a charge against a man authorities believed may have been involved in the murder of a Jefferson City man has been dismissed. Now a tampering with physical evidence charge against Adam Moore-Duncan, 25, Jefferson City, has been dismissed.

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Jefferson City firefighters train in the trenches

Twenty-five Jefferson City firefighters spent part of their Friday morning training for trench rescue situations at the department’s Hyde Park Training Facility.

Search continues for missing Freeburg dinosaur

The search for the mascot of an Osage County business continues.

USS Jefferson City to dock at new home in Pearl Harbor

The USS Jefferson City submarine is scheduled to be at its new home base of Pearl Harbor sometime early next week.

County law enforcement on standby for Ferguson protests

Local law enforcement officials are being kept informed about what is taking place in Ferguson as a grand jury weighs possible criminal charges against the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this year.

Commission approves proposed 2015 Cole County budget

The Cole County Commission has approved the recommended budget from the county auditor for 2015.

27 indicted in prostitution, drug conspiracy

Cole, Callaway residents facing charges

Residents from Cole and Callaway counties were among 27 defendants who were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine along with promoting prostitution in Boone County.

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Veterans’ skills touted at Freedom Corner

Not only remembering the sacrifice veterans have given to keep our country safe, but also remembering the valuable skills they have that can still benefit our society.

JCPS committee settles on two high schools for future

School board to get proposal with more elementary space

After 18 months of work, the Jefferson City Public Schools Long Range Facility Planning Committee is scheduled to give a final report to the school board Monday night.

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Road crews practice for snow, ice

Gearing up for winter

A refresher course in how to deal with a winter storm. That’s what 55 road crew members participated in on Wednesday during MoDOT’s annual winter operations drill in Jefferson City.

Korsmeyer tabbed Cole County clerk

Republican Steve Korsmeyer will be the new Cole County county clerk.

Jamestown school levy increase falls short

Needing a simple majority, backers of a levy increase to improve facilities in the Jamestown C-1 School District came up a few votes shy of victory.

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Amy McFarland finds 'perfect timing' to end a long run at Stained Glass Theatre

Stepping down after 16 years as executive director of Stained Glass Theatre is among the top five most difficult things Amy McFarland has done in her life.

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Loran Prenger — Every restaurant diner’s friend

For 32 years, Loran Prenger has been inspecting the places we eat at in Jefferson City, and there is a mantra by which inspectors live.

Cole County rejects contract for drug task force

Officials say DPS changed the terms after negotiations were completed

The Cole County Commission has rejected a contract with the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) for a grant to fund MUSTANG Drug Task Force activities, after county officials said the terms of the contract were changed without their knowledge.

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Cole County candidates meet with public, LU students

All eight candidates for contested Cole County offices on next Tuesday’s ballot spent more than two hours at Lincoln University Thursday night, explaining their candidacies and answering questions.

Cole County to stage Ebola exercise

An exercise will be held soon to test the response of emergency agencies in Cole County should a bio-hazardous virus such as Ebola be strike here.

Clerk candidates Cook, Korsmeyer both want more people voting

The candidates running for Cole County clerk both believe the office is running well right now, but do want to see greater efforts to get people out to the polls and vote.

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USS Missouri crew: Love from state is ‘phenomenal’

Members of the USS Missouri submarine were in Jefferson City on Friday as part of a tour of their ship’s namesake.

Cole County eyes grant on Eugene water

Another effort to have someone take over the water system in Eugene from Cole County is moving forward.

K2 synthetic marijuana ring sees 7 more indicted

Seven more individuals have been charged by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana, better known as K2.

Stumpe gets $100,000 from national GOP group

Brian Stumpe’s campaign for Cole County circuit judge is $100,000 richer this week, thanks to the Washington, D.C.,-based Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC).

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Ricardo Morris — Mapping the apps for MoDOT

Developing computer technology to help Missourians get better information from the Missouri Department of Transportation. That’s the goal of Ricardo Morris who has been working in the department for the past year.

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Fire victim: ‘I lost just about everything I own’

Blaze heavily damages Holts Summit apartments

Children playing with matches or a lighter Friday afternoon apparently set a bed on fire that spread and heavily damaged a three-story apartment building in Holts Summit.

Cole County shelves courthouse renovations

For now, plans to tear down the old Cole County Jail and sheriff’s house are on hold.

Cedar City still bustling in memories

Annual reunion of former residents filled with recollections of little river town

The Flood of ’93 may have taken the buildings away, but those who used to call Cedar City home are keeping alive the memories of what they feel made that community great.

Cole County weighs expanding electronic shackling

By next year, another program could be in place to help reduce potential overcrowding at the Cole County Jail.

Cole County likely to renew contract for 911 service

With a deadline for a decision three weeks away, it now appears the Cole County Commission will renew its annual contract with Jefferson City for 911 service.

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Investing in her faith

After helping Quinn Chapel gain its new foundation, Rev. Cassandra Gould turns to new role in Faith Voices

Cole County mulls its own 911

Annual cost: $300,000 or more

Cole County officials on Thursday continued discussing whether to renew the county’s contract with Jefferson City for 911 service or pursue a separate county 911 service.

Ruling to cost county $40,000 to reprint ballots

Adding one sentence to a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot will cost Cole County an extra $40,000 in printing costs.

County panel advances road project near hospital

The Cole County Commission on Tuesday authorized improvements to be made to Monroe and Madison Streets as part of the expansion of Capital Region Medical Center.

Cole County officials explore how to shift office space

The Cole County Commission will have another meeting next month about the possibility of moving some county offices.

Officials: Program stems growing jail population

A pre-trial release screening and supervision program that began a year ago has met its goal of reducing overcrowding at the Cole County Jail.

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New 4-lane stretch of U.S. 50 opens

After two years of work, state and local officials opened a new four-lane section of U.S. 50 in Osage County on Friday morning.

Public defenders praise override of veto

The Missouri Public Defenders office is praising lawmakers after this week’s vote to restore funding to the defender system.

Jefferson City 911 upgrades drawing closer

In the near future, the replacement of the 911 phone system for Jefferson City and Cole County will be taking place.

Commission updates ordinances, safety codes

The Cole County Commission on Wednesday worked to clean up several code and ordinance issues.

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