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Jeff Haldiman

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County recorder issues first same-sex marriage license

Almost two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages, the first same-sex license was issued in Cole County.

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Jefferson City riverfront marks 40 years of fireworks

Original volunteers recall bicentennial practice run

This year is the 40th anniversary of the fireworks being shot from the Jefferson City riverfront, and those who helped get the event together look back on that time with fondness.

Heavy rains damage several Cole County roads, homes

Wednesday evening’s rains damaged several roads and some homes in Cole County.

911 gets summer upgrade

Cole County Commission agrees to pay part of cost

The replacement of the 911 phone system for Jefferson City and Cole County will take place sometime this summer. On Tuesday, the Cole County Commission agreed to help to pay the cost of the upgrades.

Cole County Commission advances plan for website

Although a final decision on whether they will spend the money to do it has yet to be made, Cole County commissioners have decided to move forward with trying to upgrade the county’s website.

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Cassandra Jobe — A lifetime of skills as a lifeguard

Cassandra Jobe has been working at the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department as a lifeguard for the last six years.

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Graduation day for 32 state troopers

The 32 members of the 100th recruit class of the Missouri Highway Patrol entered Rackers Fieldhouse at Helias Catholic High School on Friday morning, chanting a cadence as they completed their graduating ceremonies.

Cole County office says it’s prepared to issue same-sex licenses

“We had a number of advocacy groups call and wonder if we would issue a license. And we told them we were prepared to issue same-sex marriage licenses,” the Cole County recorder said.

3 staffers save man at Ellis Porter pool

Three members of the Ellis Porter Pool staff are credited with saving the life of a man on Sunday afternoon.

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Faith Voices ponder turning page on bias

Committed to a year-long conversation on race relations, a Jefferson City group of residents spent Monday night discussing how they see biases in their lives and how they can move to action to get rid of them.

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Thoughts of Great Flood rise with water levels

A surge of memories for river town

When the Osage River rises due to relentless rains, so do the memories of the Great Flood of 1993 for residents of Osage City.

County set to sell some properties, but not Renns Lake

Some property owned by Cole County deemed no longer necessary will be sold publicly, but not Renns Lake.

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Quarter century of giving back

Last month Ken Marsch announced his retirement as a volunteer reserve police officer for Jefferson City after more than 25 years of service.

Local teen focused on granting Missouri teen's wish

A local teenage girl is trying to make a wish come true for a sick teenage boy she’s never met.

Pedestrian pulls child from hot car

The fast actions of a pedestrian are being credited with helping to keep a Jefferson City child from overheating inside a parked vehicle.

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Trash can fire triggers alarm at towers

An accidental discharge of a cigarette in a trash can may have led to a fire at the Hamilton-Dulle Towers on Tuesday afternoon.

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Grant awarded to help teach Boys and Girls Club members

A $1.8 million grant is allowing the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City to expose children to science, technology, math and music programs they may not be able to get in a normal school setting.

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Kenneth Brown — Keeping the wheels in motion

Kenneth Brown has been with JeffTran, Jefferson City's public transit system, for more than 10 years and has done every job you can think of in transit.

Friend spearheads fundraiser for former classmate’s family

Efforts are continuing to help raise funds for the family of a Hartsburg man killed in an accident earlier this week.

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Fire school training spreads throughout communities

Many of the 400 firefighters attending this year’s Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, along with the Midwest Wildfire Training Academy, come back year after year because of the quality of the training.

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Columbia’s Art in the Park features diverse art, food, entertainment

More than just paintings

This weekend’s 57th annual Art in the Park event in Columbia will feature artists from 19 states, including Jefferson City and Mid-Missouri.

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Local lawmen: Traffic stop rates reflect local population

The Capital City’s black population hovers around 11 percent, but the rate at which black drivers are pulled over is more than double that figure, according to the latest numbers from the Missouri Attorney General’s racial disparity vehicle-stop report.

Body found in Missouri River

Man's body believed to be the same as officials searched for near Rocheport Monday night.

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JCPD struggles to attract diverse applicants

The Jefferson City Police Department does not believe its staff reflects the diversity of the community, but officials are struggling to attract more minorities to the profession.

Wrongful death lawsuit dismissed in Bustamante case

A mother’s wrongful death civil lawsuit against the teen who killed her 9-year-old daughter has been dismissed. Confidentiality of the teen’s patient records may have doomed the lawsuit.

Johnson fined for peddling marijuana outside business

The owner of a Jefferson City barber shop and event venue charged in November 2011 with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute has been ordered to pay a $100 fine.

Charges filed in Jefferson City murder

Suspect held without bail for murder that occurred about 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

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DNR Earth Day event promotes conservation

Focusing on the future

Friday, youth from schools across the area came to the Capitol grounds and went through various exhibits where they could test their knowledge of nature, make crafts from recycled materials as well as get young trees to plant at home.

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Laying it all on the line

Jefferson City firefighter retires after 42-year career

When the Jefferson City Fire Department expanded to three shifts in 1973, Lonnie Brandt was among the new members to come on board.

Goodwill seeking donor who left $1,900 in clothing

Officials at Goodwill are looking for someone who donated a piece of clothing earlier this month in Jefferson City that had $1,900 inside of it.

Cole County Commission delays property sales decision

The Cole County Commission has been discussing selling some county-owned property deemed no longer necessary, including Renns Lake, since February.

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Robot parade at mall shows 4-H branching into science

For the second year, a robot parade was held at Capital Mall featuring robots and floats that were completed by members of the S&L Robotics Team. Their 4-H group participates in competitions and is actively involved in many community service activities.

Jefferson City man charged for exploiting disabled people

A Jefferson City man is facing five counts of financially exploiting disabled people.

Contract for Cole County stormwater improvements approved

Commission discusses Thursday Night Live funding, St. Martins’ leash law

The Cole County Commission has approved a contract with Stockman Construction for Woodward Lake Subdivision stormwater improvements and asphalt overlay. Also at Thursday’s commission meeting, commissioners indicated they would approve $2,500 for an amended schedule of Thursday Night Live events in downtown Jefferson City in September and October.

Cole County Commission signs drug task force grant agreement

The Cole County Commission has signed the agreement for MUSTANG Drug Task Force grant money for 2014-15 after rejecting the contract last November with the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) when county officials said the terms of the contract were changed without their knowledge.

Commission OKs fix for Dunklin Street TIF district

The Cole County Commission has approved a plan to correct issues with the Dunklin Street Tax Increment Financing District.

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New Cole County clerk says election went smoothly

For his first election as Cole County clerk, Steve Korsmeyer said things couldn’t have gone smoother.

JC, Springfield banks merging

No changes expected in personnel, location at Home Savings

If all goes as planned, Home Savings Bank of Jefferson City will have a new name later this year.

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JC police: Fixing in-car cameras became too expensive

Officers re-evaluate where new devices will be used

The Jefferson City Council will soon be asked to approve a police department request to purchase new in-car cameras since the department has no operational cameras left.

20% turnout forecast for Jefferson City, school races

Tuesday will be Steve Korsmeyer’s first election as Cole County clerk, and he’s expecting a good turnout and a busy day. Usually, municipal elections generate a low voter turnout, but Korsmeyer believes this election could be different.

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Phyllis Powell — Keeping the city on track

Between work and home life, Jefferson City Clerk Phyllis Powell doesn’t have to worry about not being busy. If you’ve been to a City Council meeting, you’ll see Powell sitting next to the mayor keeping the records and minutes of the meetings.

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Police: Spokesman wrote 'can't take being unemployed again'

The note left by the Missouri auditor's spokesman before his apparent suicide said "I just can't take being unemployed again."

Grand jury indicts 3 for murder of Jefferson City man

Three men charged in connection with the killing a Jefferson City man in February have been indicted by the Cole County grand jury.

Cole County OKs contracts for street, stormwater improvements

The Cole County Commission signed an agreement Tuesday for design work on a stormwater and street improvement project for an area south of Jefferson City off U.S. 54.

Profile of a traffic stop

Racial percentages in JC closer to population split

As in Ferguson and other communities, the latest numbers show that black drivers in Jefferson City are more likely to be stopped and subsequently arrested than their white counterparts. But unlike the cases in Ferguson, the percentages of stops more closely reflects the region’s population, local law enforcement officials say.

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A force on the sidelines

Zak Wilson wields great influence as youth coach

During much of the year, the place to find Zak Wilson is out on one of the many Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department fields coaching children in various sports.

Warm weather brings crime among outdoor activities

The spring-like weather Sunday allowed Mid-Missourians to get back outside to enjoy various activities. Unfortunately, it also led to more criminal activity.

No wrecking ball in old SMHC future

SSM Health intent on finding a buyer for hospital complex

At this time, SSM Health has no plans to tear down the old St. Mary’s Hospital facility.

AG warns of 2 scams

Attorney General Chris Koster is warning Missourians of two scams involving individuals impersonating employees of the Missouri Attorney General’s office or other law enforcement or state attorneys’ general offices.

County's quest for office space shifts to old St. Mary's building

Although nothing has been decided, talks continue about future space needs for Cole County government offices. On Wednesday, commissioners and elected officials discussed potential solutions.

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