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Jeff Haldiman

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Westboro plans to picket in Jefferson City Tuesday

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) plan to be in Jefferson City Tuesday afternoon to picket three locations.

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May protests at Capitol result in August charges

The 23 clergy members who were arrested in May for disrupting a session of the Missouri Senate were charged Friday with obstructing government operations and first-degree trespassing.

Frog Hollow completion moved back

Cole County Public Works officials said things are going fairly smooth on the project to improve Frog Hollow Road, but crews are behind schedule due to one main issue.

Decomposing body found near Russellville

Authorities hope results from an autopsy today will reveal more information about what happened in the death on an unidentified person found this weekend near Russellville.

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Rejection of transportation sales tax effects cities, counties

Amendment 7: What's next?

With the failure of Constitutional Amendment 7, known as the transportation sales tax, comes the loss of $40 million worth of projects that would have come to Cole County and funds that would have gone to both county and city governments.

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Korsmeyer wins GOP race for Cole County Clerk

Steve Korsmeyer won the three-way Republican race for Cole County clerk in Tuesday’s primary election.

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Randy Dampf: Another phase of the law

Retired police lieutenant Randy Dampf joined the Cole County Prosecutor's office a month ago as investigator. He will assist in investigations, trial preparation and witness and victim services.

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Concerns raised over 54 interchange

County, engineers to discuss potential for congestion

After the Cole County presiding commissioner expressed concerns about road improvements at U.S. 54 and Stadium Boulevard, the County Commission asked for a meeting with the traffic engineers who designed the project.

Candidates for fire chief answer to public, firefighters

Firefighters and citizens got their chances to ask questions of the three finalists looking to become the next fire chief of Jefferson City.

Commission OKs funds for more jurors

The Cole County Commission has added money to the budget to pay for the cost of jurors, since more jury trials are taking place this year.

Jaycees put Cole County back in fair’s title

Last year, the annual fair at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds dropped Cole County from the title.

Council endorses road tax

The Jefferson City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging voters to support a state-wide amendment on next month’s ballot to fund road upkeep and new construction.

Early voting main difference for Cole County clerk candidates

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

Business 50 work a week ahead of schedule, officials say

The improvement work on Business 50 in Apache Flats is going according to plan and is about one week ahead of schedule, according to Cole County Public Works officials and the project’s contractor, Don Schnieders Excavating.

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Police: Cray murder probe ‘still very active’

No new significant developments have emerged in the investigation into the murder of a Jefferson City man in May, Jefferson City police said Friday.

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Old Town gets tax exemption

Also, Ameren's personal property assessments lowered

Cole County’s Board of Equalization on Thursday exempted Old Town Revitalization Company from property taxes, but did not grant an appeal from Ameren Missouri that would have lowered the company’s taxes in Cole County.

Iberia man won’t faces charges in shooting

Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard will not file charges in connection with a shooting incident that occurred near Iberia on May 8.

JC man arrested in child custody case

A child custody dispute led to the arrest of a man for weapons charges and domestic violence Sunday night in Jefferson City.

Three Republicans vying for Cole County clerk

The three Republicans seeking the office of Cole County clerk all share a common thread: They are retired or retiring and their favorite getaway is the outdoors.

Cole County weighs bigger courthouse addition

Expansion could get all county offices out of Carnegie Building

The Cole County Commission may have to exceed its original spending threshold for a new building on the site of the old county jail and sheriff’s office to take care of county office space needs.

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Crews repair downed power lines, remove uprooted trees

Downed power lines and uprooted trees were the common damage reports around Jefferson City following storms that moved through late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Cole County panel considers leash law

The Cole County Commission have asked County Attorney Jill LaHue to draft an ordinance establishing a county leash law in the wake of a complaint about unleashed dogs in urbanized areas.

Cray case now a homicide investigation

After searching the Allied Waste Landfill on Moreau River Access Road for several days, Jefferson City Police made an announcement many expected in the disappearance of Christopher Cray, but hoped would not happen.

County zoning opponents plot campaign strategy

The need for zoning has not been shown or proven.

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City’s ban of fireworks sales took effect this year

For many years, an ordinance has prohibited the private discharge of fireworks in the city limits of Jefferson City. This year, there is also no longer fireworks sales in the city limits.

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Improvements in works for US 54, Stadium corridor

US 50 project may dictate timing of roundabout at Jefferson and Stadium

Traffic improvements are in the works near U.S. 54 and Stadium Boulevard in anticipation of the Capital Region Medical Center expansion with hopes of relieving congestion issues in the area during the morning commute.

Opposition to county zoning organizing

Citing the use of scare tactics to push Cole County voters to approve countywide zoning, opposition has surfaced to Aug. 5 ballot issues.

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Police continue landfill search in missing man case

Jefferson City police have been searching the local landfill the past three days in their investigation into the disappearance of Christopher Cray.

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Brian Crawford ready to take helm of Missouri’s Elks

Fourteen years ago, Brian Crawford joined the Jefferson City Elks Lodge and now he finds himself serving as state president of the organization.

Miller County begins ‘no refusal’ policy on DWI stops

Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard on Tuesday announced his office has joined a growing number of jurisdictions in implementing a “no refusal” policy on driving while intoxicated arrests in Miller County.

DWI enforcement to increase

With summer vacations planned, the Cole County Sheriff’s Department will be doing increased DWI enforcement. The department was awarded traffic grants to fund sobriety checkpoints, DWI enforcement and hazardous moving violations. Grant funds cover personnel, fuel and supply costs.

Business 50 project undeterred by rains

Cole County Public Works officials say the improvement project on Business 50 in Apache Flats is still moving along ahead of schedule by about two weeks despite the rainy weather this week.

MoDOT sets public meeting on local priorities

MoDOT will have an open house meeting next week in Jefferson City to allow residents to take a look at the local priorities and share their thoughts and insights on a proposed statewide transportation sales tax.

County residents still asking why they need zoning

Last public hearing before vote draws large crowd

There were plenty of questions for Cole County officials at the last public meeting before an Aug. 5 vote on county zoning.

Republican Mike Sullivan withdraws from clerk race

In Cole County

Republican Mike Sullivan recently announced he won’t be running in the race for Cole County clerk.

Details, options viewed for new county building

Cost estimates should be available next month for the Cole County Commission to look at for a new building at the old sheriff’s house and jail behind the county courthouse.

Jefferson City Council will look at transit

$500K from capital improvements sales tax going to Lafayette project

A work session is planned for June 30 where the entire Jefferson City Council will discuss ideas to improve the city’s transit system.

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Summer fire school coming back to capital

Firefighters from 15 states will train here this week

More than 550 firefighters from 15 states will be in Jefferson City this week for the annual Summer Fire School presented by the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute.

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Tim Robyn gets national recognition

The Missouri Office of Administration recently announced that Tim Robyn, the chief information officer for the division of Information Technology Services (ITSD), was named State Executive of the Year by StateScoop, a national organization which focuses on achievements in the government technology sector.

DAV commander: Change in VA leadership won't address root of problem

Johnston in Capital City for series of meetings

The national commander for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was not surprised Friday at the resignation of the Veterans Affairs secretary amid recent reports of poor treatment of veterans at VA facilities across the country.

Poultry pose no problems

Cole County Health Department officials found no problems after visiting a Westview Heights residence that was the subject of a recent complaint to the County Commission about the alleged noise and smell from chickens and a rooster on the property.

Fowl noise not afoul of the law

Commission says nothing can be done about neighbors’ noisy, smelly chickens

A resident in the Westview Heights area has taken his concerns about noise from his neighbor’s chickens to the Cole County Commission and found there is little that can be done about the matter for now.

Assessor pay hikes approved

Estes still at odds with Cole County commissioners

The Cole County Commission has signed off on salary increases in the county assessor’s office, but not before some harsh words were exchanged between commissioners and the assessor.

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Cole County joining crime-tracking website

Program maps locations, types of crime

A new tool to help predict and prevent crime in Cole County may be in place by next month, according to the Cole County Sheriff’s Department.

New sewage pump station online

The new Cole Junction Pump Station is operating, and crews are diverting sewage from the old pipeline that is no longer needed to the new pump station.

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DirecTV, KOMU at impasse over contract

It’s been more than a month since area DirecTV customers lost signals to KOMU-TV and its affiliate CW network after the satellite service and local broadcaster failed to come to a contract renewal agreement.

Murder trial of St. Louis man to begin today

Holts Summit man slain in drug deal

The trial of a St. Louis man charged with killing a Holts Summit man in December 2012 is scheduled to begin today.

County renews contract with Chamber

The Cole County Commission decided Wednesday to continue to contract with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce for economic development services.

Smoke damage from fire forces family out of home

An attic fire left a Jefferson City family needing a place to stay Wednesday night. Fire officials said they were called to the house at 1104 East High St. around 7:20 p.m.

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Electrical fire damages JC home

Heat, humidity complicate firefighters’ work

An electrical problem in the basement led to a fire that seriously damaged a Jefferson City home Monday afternoon.