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Madeleine Leroux

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MSP repairs moving forward

The state is moving forward with repairs and mold remediation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary, but no specific date has been confirmed to start the 2014 tour season.

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St. Mary's offers tour of new facility

Welcome to 2505 Mission Drive. The new St. Mary’s Health Center facility, which recently received an address, hosted one of its first community group tours at the unfinished site Thursday morning.

Council endorses Kehoe bill to allow alcohol sales at Capitol, MSP

City receives United Way award for fundraising efforts

Jefferson City officials are voicing their support of a bill in the Missouri Senate that would allow events held at the Capitol or at the old Missouri State Penitentiary to serve alcohol.

Early retirement, vacancy savings keep city in black

2013 budget saved by mid-year cuts

Jefferson City survived a shaky fiscal year, thanks to drastic mid-year cuts and unanticipated savings from both an early retirement program and keeping vacant positions open.

Jefferson City Fire Department looks to fund critical needs

The Jefferson City Fire Department is requesting funds to solve “three critical areas of the department.”

School illness still a mystery

Emergency response at St. Joseph commended

No cause has been identified for the mystery illness that struck St. Joseph Cathedral School earlier this month, but the emergency response from city, county and state agencies has been commended.

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'Looking to Missouri to build America's grid'

Grain Belt Express project to use Missouri companies

A partnership announced Thursday could lead to a $500 million investment in Missouri, as Clean Line Energy seeks to build a 750-mile overhead transmission line through four Midwest states.

City's new administrator tops pay scale

Jefferson City is preparing for a new city administrator, set to start work March 10, and he comes with a price tag that exceeds his predecessors’ pay as well as that of the governor.

City to file complaint against Missouri American Water

Jefferson City officials plan on filing a complaint against Missouri American Water because of what staff say is a number of issues that have popped up in the last year.

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Crowell hired as city administrator

The Jefferson City Council unanimously voted to hire Steve Crowell as the new city administrator in a closed session Tuesday night.

Jefferson City Council approves mall TIF, CID

The Jefferson City Council has approved a new tax increment financing district and community improvement district at the Capital Mall, in an effort to turn around what was called continued deterioration of the property.

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Jefferson City hires new city administrator

The Jefferson City Council unanimously approved the hire of Steve Crowell as the new city administrator in a closed session Tuesday night.

Parks and Rec officials seek to make most of budget for multipurpose building

What can $5 million buy?

Officials with the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department are trying to tie together desired specifications for a new multipurpose building in Jefferson City with a $5 million budget that some are worried isn’t enough.

Council to act on Capital Mall taxing districts

The Jefferson City Council is expected to take action Tuesday on a proposed tax increment financing district and community improvement district at the Capital Mall.

Judge rules in favor of Missouri cities in class action lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled in favor of more than 250 Missouri cities, including Jefferson City, in a class-action lawsuit filed by customers of AT&T Mobility.

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Jefferson City sales taxes miss mark in new year

The first sales tax receipts of the new year show a disappointing start to Jefferson City’s revenue collections. All three of the city’s sales taxes came in below projections for January receipts, which actually reflect November's reporting period.

Would conference center plan address downtown parking?

'People don't like walking up the hill'

One conference center proposal, from Ehrhardt Hospitality Group, includes construction of a city-owned and operated parking garage at the West McCarty Street site.

Jefferson City sales tax numbers miss projections

The final sales tax numbers for Jefferson City’s 2013 fiscal year are in and, despite revised projections, receipts fell short of the city’s expected goals.

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4-year-old becomes honorary JC firefighter

Meet Jefferson City’s newest firefighter — 4-year-old Kingston McGill. Kingston, who suffers from arterial vascular malformation, was proclaimed an honorary firefighter Monday while his family looked on with pride.

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Serving through a love of the arts

Lucia Erikson-Kincheloe has always loved the arts, but never imagined her passion would lead to an award recognizing her contributions to the community.

Conference center developers’ numbers shift focus to quality

Council pleased with ability to compare proposals

Members of the Jefferson City Council say one potential conference center developer finally has provided necessary numbers to enable the city to compare proposals, but more questions are lingering.

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'Capital Smoke' to be unveiled Sunday

Proceeds to benefit fire museum on East Miller Street

After years of research and work, “Capital Smoke,” a book detailing the history of the Jefferson City Fire Department, is ready for release.

Ehrhardt conference center numbers show $15.5M investment

Lodging tax funds would make up remainder of cost

At the request of the Jefferson City Council, the Ehrhardt Hospitality Group has provided some more specific numbers for its conference center proposal.

Morasch named JC public works director

Becomes highest paid department director

After months of performing the job in the interim, Matt Morasch has been named the new public works director for Jefferson City.

Council waiting on numbers from Ehrhardt group

The Jefferson City Council is still waiting on specific numbers from one potential conference center developer.

JC Council to approve annexation agreement with Holts Summit

The Jefferson City Council is expected to approve an annexation agreement with Holts Summit on Monday, establishing a border that each municipality will agree not to cross in annexation attempts.

State releases audit of municipal court

Court rated as 'fair'

Jefferson City’s municipal court has received several recommendations from the state auditor’s office and an overall rank of fair.

Council demands funding gap numbers from Ehrhardt Group

Consultant talk put on hold — Johnson may still owe services to city

The Jefferson City Council is requesting more specific numbers from the Ehrhardt Hospitality Group on a proposed conference center within one week after several council members expressed frustration at the lack of information included in the developer’s proposal.

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Long-time tutor plans for retirement

After 20 years tutoring students at Lincoln University, Pat Pollock is ready to retire.

JCTV contract expires

New agreement needed before station receives city funds

Interim City Administrator Drew Hilpert said the current contract between Jefferson City and Lincoln University for operating JCTV expired after Thursday, and a new one is not yet in place.

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Living Windows bring in the holiday season with a chill

People gathered around storefronts along High Street on Friday, eager to see this year’s Living Windows displays. Store owners and volunteers handed out cups of warm cider and cookies to cold passersby.

Another conference center consultant?

Jefferson City may be seeking a new consultant to assist in the negotiation phase of the conference center discussions. The City Council has paid a consultant over $44,000 for the last phase of discussions.

Riverside Park eyed for multipurpose building

Work session tentatively planned for Dec. 17 to discuss details

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is moving forward with plans for a multipurpose building, looking at possibly placing the new facility in Riverside Park.

Jefferson City sales tax receipts above projections

Lodging tax revenues tied to events

November receipts for Jefferson City's sales taxes showed the 1 percent general sales tax coming in $61,000 above projections, bringing the total for the year to date $6,200 above projections. The half-cent capital improvement tax and half-cent parks sales tax also exceeded projections.

Jefferson City officials closing out 2013 budget

Jefferson City is nearly one month into the 2014 fiscal year, and finance officials are working on closing out accounts from the previous year, hoping to come as close to projections as possible.

JC Council: Conference center plans need specifics

Council members outline concerns, details they want to see

As Jefferson City moves into contract negotiations with two developers for a possible conference center, members of the City Council say they are looking for more specifics about each plan before a final decision can be made.

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Missouri American Water failed to pay bills to city

City: Utility hadn’t paid for wastewater service for years

Jefferson City has collected more than $9,000 from Missouri American Water after it was discovered the company failed to bill itself for wastewater service. But that amount is not the full amount, just what the city is legally allowed to recoup.

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Red Cross gathers Holiday Mail for Heroes

The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter sponsored its second Holiday Mail for Heroes program Saturday at the Capital Mall to allow the community to create and write cards which the Red Cross will deliver to military members stationed overseas and locally.

City to have public works candidate by Dec. 16

The Jefferson City Council could decide on a new public works director as soon as next month. A proposed bill would change the residency requirements for all department directors.

Challenger files for 4th Ward City Council seat

There'll be at least one race for Jefferson City Council next spring, as a challenger has filed to run against 4th Ward Councilwoman Carrie Carroll. Glen Costales filed Tuesday morning for the seat.

67 apply for city administrator

Jefferson City officials report 67 people have applied for the open city administrator position. A selection committee of 10 community members will review applications and recommend one or two candidates to the council.

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Decision delayed

Council moves both conference center proposals forward

After more than two hours of debate, the Jefferson City Council voted to move both conference center proposals forward to the development stage, effectively holding off on any decision between the two.

Council moves both conference center proposals forward

After more than two hours of debate, the Jefferson City Council voted to move both conference center proposals forward to the development stage.

Conference center plans may hinge on funding mechanisms

Jefferson City council poised to choose Monday night

The Jefferson City Council is expected to make a decision on two potential conference center plans Monday, but lingering questions remain on the feasibility of the proposals.

What's next in the conference center saga?

Jefferson City officials hope to move into negotiations

The Jefferson City Council is poised to move forward Monday with a proposed conference center project but Mayor Eric Struemph says the council could opt to move both developers into the next stage or to reject both.

Commission recommends minor changes to downtown parking

Some time limits for parking downtown may soon be elongated, pending approval form the Jefferson City Council.

City filing period begins Tuesday

Jefferson City residents interested in serving on the City Council can begin filing to run for office this week. The city’s filing period begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday and ends Dec. 17.

Final conference center plans submitted

Developers hoping to construct a conference center in Jefferson City submitted their final and best proposals Thursday, and the City Council is expected to make a decision within two weeks.

Council approves MSP agreement

The Jefferson City Council has approved an agreement with the state to provide funding for repairs and remediation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

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State commits to reopening MSP

State and city officials have agreed to split the costs of repairs and remediation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary, with the goal of reopening the prison for the 2014 tour season.