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Jeff Haldiman

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Council starts debating on utility tax

A document of proposed changes to the 2016 Jefferson City budget generated considerable discussion at Monday night’s Budget Committee meeting at City Hall.

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Meeting the challenge

In the 10 months since coming on board as the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service (RACS) director, Alden Henrickson has learned how complicated the issue of domestic violence is and how complicated it is to fund the shelter.

Motorists should prepare for more changes

Beginning Thursday, work on the new Lafayette Interchange project in Jefferson City will bring changes for motorists traveling both directions on U.S. 50/63 in Jefferson City.

Deal approved for Cole County website upgrade

Cole County commissioners approved a contract Tuesday to move forward with its July decision to upgrade the county’s website.

Numbers being crunched for Cole County budget talks

Over the next few months, Cole County commissioners will craft the county budget for 2016. They are looking at budgets from department heads under their direct supervision.

Family of slain LU student laud Jeff City support

Family members of a Lincoln University student murdered earlier this month are expressing their gratitude to the Jefferson City community for their support.

Three Rivers customers left in dark after storms

Just over 1,900 Three Rivers Electric Cooperative (TREC) members were without power from Sunday night into Monday morning due to the thunderstorms that struck the cooperative’s service territory.

Cole County Grand Jury indicts in formula theft, exploitation, shooting

The Cole County Grand Jury recently handed down several indictments, finding there was enough evidence to send the cases to the circuit courts for possible trial.

Hearing outlines Stadium-Jefferson street project plans

Most of those attending a Thursday afternoon public hearing on traffic improvements in the area of Stadium Boulevard and Jefferson Street seemed to favor what was being proposed.

Pair indicted on 21 counts of sex assault on girl, 12

A Holts Summit man and a Jefferson City woman have been indicted by a Cole County grand jury on 21 counts of sexual assault involving a child under the age of 12.

'In God We Trust' to be added to sheriff's patrol cars

It was done in Greene County, then Stone County, and now all sheriff’s departments in the state of Missouri look to be doing it.

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Loved ones remember, mourn lives of three Holts Summit girls

Three blue-painted crosses soon will stand on the side of eastbound U.S. 54 in Holts Summit, symbolizing young lives lost over the weekend.

Three-month soaking causing lots of problems

At the end of July, Missouri fell a few raindrops shy of having the wettest May to July on record.

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Jaycees wrap up ‘fantastic’ fair

Hard numbers won’t be known for a few days, but officials with the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair believe they’ll end up with between 15,000-25,000 people attending this year’s fair.

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Rescue boat aids river race paddler in distress

The timing for having a rescue boat on the Missouri River on Wednesday couldn’t have been better for an MR340 racer suffering from the heat.

Sheriff investigates Thursday midday shooting

A disturbance that turned into a shooting sent one man to the hospital for treatment Thursday afternoon.

Man faces charges in shooting

Drug charged filed against woman, 17

A Jefferson City man has been charged in connection with a weekend shooting.

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Ready to float

Local paddlers set goals for river race

Several Mid-Missouri residents will be paddling down the Missouri River next week as part of the 10th annual Missouri American Water MR 340 race.

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As paramedic, Kevin Wieberg does ‘what an emergency room can do’

It didn’t take long for Kevin Wieberg to figure out working with emergency services was what he wanted to do with is life.

Commission denies 8 appeals of real estate values

One in 12 properties saw increases, decreases

Roughly one in 12 Cole County property owners saw increases on their real estate values this year, and about the same number saw decreases.

First new drug take-back to be held Sept. 12

The first drug take-back program in Cole County using a new way to dispose of prescription drugs will take place Sept. 12.

Unilever to fix leak after creek tainted

Soap got into stormwater

Jefferson City’s public works officials say Unilever plans to have a problem with their stormwater system fixed by today.

Disaster declaration sought for 70 Missouri counties

Cole County officials hope a disaster declaration request by Gov. Jay Nixon will lead to financial help for the county to repair roads damaged by flooding earlier this month.

Area man charged after foot chase

JCPD officer injured

A Lohman man faces several charges after a weekend foot chase with Jefferson City police.

Area firefighters take extra precautions during extreme heat

Battling more than flames

Imagine having to carry around 70 pounds of extra weight when the temperature outside is 90 degrees or hotter.

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Jefferson City resident headed to state pageant

Queen Wanda

On Wednesday, 77-year-old Wanda Campbell was named the regional winner for the Missouri Health Care Association Nursing Home Queen Pageant.

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New tack revives drug take-back program

Authorities are touting a new way to dispose of prescription drugs after announcements by several Missouri law enforcement agencies ending drug take-back programs due to a lack of funding.

Cole County eyes federal help on flood-ravaged roads

Damage to roads throughout Cole County due to flooding and heavy rains could lead to the county getting money from the federal government.

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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.