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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.

State, city to split costs at Missouri State Penitentiary

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.

City Council weighs filling two interim positions

The Jefferson City Council is considering whether to fill two of the city’s four high level interim positions, but held off on making any final decisions Monday night.

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Volunteer finds a mentoring passion

Scott Gehlert never planned on spending on his days connecting children with potential mentors. But as mentoring coordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters, that is just what he does.

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Senator: Nixon concerned about MSP

Further testing needed at old prison; goal is to resume tours in 2014

After weeks of silence from the state on the old Missouri State Penitentiary, one state official says Gov. Jay Nixon is very concerned about the situation and understands the urgency of finding a solution.

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Capital Mall eyes $36 million renovation

Tax financing district would help fund mall improvement project

The Capital Mall is hoping to get a $36 million renovation to become a “regional shopping center” with help from two taxing districts. The Tax Increment Financing Commission will meet Monday to hear a proposed plan which would be used for repairs and renovations to both the exterior and interior of the mall.

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Report details decay of Capital Mall under previous owners

The Capital Mall is hoping to get a $36 million makeover, but first property owners have to show Jefferson City officials the area is blighted. Its owners are trying to establish a tax increment financing, or TIF, district to help pay for repairs and renovations, and they're detailing the issues at Capital Mall.

City considers new Dunklin Street crosswalk

Jefferson City will consider reviving a plan for a new crosswalk in front of the Employment Security Division building on East Dunklin Street after a request from the state.

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Jefferson City municipal gov't bracing for tough fiscal year

Jefferson City is continuing to struggle with tight finances and is beginning to brace itself for a difficult 2015 fiscal year. $300,000 will be needed to fully fund the city’s transit system, plus additional salary expenses for a full-time fire chief, city administrator and finance director, as well as expected increases to the city’s insurance costs.

City administrator search moves forward

Jefferson City is moving forward with its search for a new city administrator.

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State stays quiet on MSP’s future

Mold remediation at former penitentiary to cost millions

The old Missouri State Penitentiary remains closed to the public as state officials discuss how best to handle mold found at the site last month. Since closure, the News Tribune has made repeated attempts to ask the Office of Administration, which oversees the prison site, about the extent of the mold problem, the location and what the state plans to do.

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City considers Alpla payment

$100,000 would buy easement, settle tax exemption issue

The Jefferson City Council will consider an agreement with a local company to pay $100,000 in exchange for easements and to provide a resolution for potential litigation.

City administrator search underway

Jefferson City is searching for a new city administrator, and Mayor Eric Struemph is hoping to have a candidate in the position sometime in January. Struemph said he hopes to have the selection committee begin reviewing applications in early December.

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Jefferson City unit deploys to Afghanistan

Saying goodbye and hoping for a safe return, 10 Jefferson-City based soldiers deployed Saturday after a ceremony with friends and family. “You’ve got an important mission,” said Maj. Gen. Steve Danner.

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Conservatives rally to bring back common sense

Many conservatives gathered in Holts Summit on Saturday to encourage more common sense in government. The 2nd annual Rally for Common Sense featured a variety of conservative speakers and musicians, all urging those in attendance to take their country back.

Jefferson City sales taxes fall behind

Jefferson City sales taxes have fallen behind projections again in what one city official calls a “disappointing” turn.

Conference center proposals near ‘finish line’

The Jefferson City Council anticipates making a final decision on two conference center proposals next month.

Puri presents conference center plan

Promises no ongoing subsidy

The Jefferson City Council heard an alternate proposal for a conference center Monday, which urged the council to not settle for proposals previously submitted.

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More than 500 turn out for cross country event

The first Capital City Cross Country Challenge attracted athletes from all over the state, offering a preview of the course that will be set up next month at the state championships.

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Jefferson City police logging 1,000 overtime hours per month

Chief: JCPD down 16 positions

The Jefferson City Police Department is short on officers and running up the overtime hours. Police Chief Roger Schroeder said the department has been averaging about 500 hours of overtime every two weeks, or 1,000 per month. “I have never, in my career, been that short,” Schroeder said.

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Council to hear hotelier’s presentation

Conference center plan unlikely to be considered, officials say

The Jefferson City Council will hear an alternate conference center proposal Monday, but the chances of the proposal actually being considered remain small.

Fulton Oktoberfest seeks to improve area hospitals

An Oktoberfest celebration Saturday will seek to provide improvements to area hospitals and organizers are hoping the event will become an annual celebration.

Residency requirement eyed for public works director

The Jefferson City Council may consider expanding the residency requirement for the director of public works, which would potentially allow the position to be filled internally.

Support voiced for expanded transit system

Several residents spoke in favor of an expanded transit system in Jefferson City, but that expansion is unlikely to happen in the near future as the city struggles with falling revenues.

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Mold at MSP cancels 2013 tours

Tours at the old Missouri State Penitentiary have been canceled for the rest of 2013 season because of mold found in the prison buildings.

Jefferson City Council struggling with misconceptions

Officials say rumors, myths take on life of their own every time they get repeated

Jefferson City officials say they often have to fight the battle of misconceptions in the public, but they are unsure of how to combat the issue.

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Many City Hall issues saddled with myths, half-truths

There are plenty of myths and rumors floating around Jefferson City about city issues and topics.

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More than 500 gather for annual Catholic conference

More than 500 people from throughout Missouri gathered at the state Capitol Saturday for the annual assembly of the Missouri Catholic Conference. Bishop Richard E. Pates spoke of rebuilding the church under Pope Francis, calling pontiff’s elections “an awakening time, one which generates hope and spurred by a renewed vision.”

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MSP tours temporarily canceled

Tours at the old Missouri State Penitentiary have been temporarily canceled as the state assesses site issues. Future updates will be provided at

City sales tax receipts improve

Jefferson City sales tax receipts are improving, narrowing the gap between projections and actual collections.

Officials: Charter does not allow voter repeal of tax

Conference center opposition group launching petition drive

Jefferson City voters have only one way to repeal an existing tax, according to the city charter. And that is to vote for their elected representatives on the City Council and convince them to place the matter on the ballot.

Council: Hoteliers’ proposal not on the table

Existing conference center proposals need to be rejected before alternate considered

A third hotelier has announced a possible proposal for a conference center in Jefferson City, but the City Council says that proposal will not be considered unless the other two are rejected.

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Frog Hollow Road project changes scope

Jefferson City is looking at changing the scope of the Frog Hollow Road project, hoping to address concerns from residents and traffic flow issues at the same time.

Support split between Capital Mall, downtown conference center sites

Public support for a Jefferson City conference center seems split between two proposed sites. Eight people spoke at a public hearing Thursday on the conference center, the second in a series of hearings on the topic.

Organized opposition to conference center emerges

An organized opposition to the proposed conference center has emerged and filed two notices stating an intent to begin the initiative petition process.

Conference center opposition organizes

An organized opposition to the proposed conference center in Jefferson City has emerged and filed two notices stating an intent to begin the initiative petition process.

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Local hoteliers say they have a better conference center proposal

Local hoteliers Ravi and Vivek Puri announced Wednesday their intent to submit a proposal to the Jefferson City Council for an alternate location for a conference center.

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Mayor cites experience, unreached goals in firing of city administrator

Citing a lack of experience and failure to meet laid out goals, Mayor Eric Struemph requested City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus be fired Monday, and the City Council agreed.

Hilpert named interim city administrator

City Attorney Drew Hilpert has been named interim city administrator after the council fired Nathan Nickolaus on Monday. It’s a familiar move by the Jefferson City Council.

Council discusses interim positions at City Hall

The firing of City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus creates yet another high level interim position in City Hall.

JC council fires city administrator; mayor confirms dismissal

The Jefferson City Council has voted to fire City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus in a closed session Monday night.

Council approves Mission Drive resolution

Dissent on issue centers on lack of development plan

After much debate, the Jefferson City Council approved a resolution concerning a non-binding agreement to allow a group of property owners just outside the city limits to annex more than 200 acres into Jefferson City.

Public speaks on conference center issue

Most back downtown location; others say wait

A majority of comments Monday support a proposed conference center be located downtown, instead of an alternate location at Capital Mall.

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From the Jays to the KC Chiefs for Dr. Michael Monaco

Dr. Michael Monaco has moved to the sidelines from his high school football career many years ago.

Council members waiting for final conference center designs

"Ball is in the developers’ court"

The Jefferson City Council is awaiting final proposals on a conference center, but findings in a recent market study have both encouraged and discouraged council members.

Public hearings start Monday on conference center plans

Developers may tweak their proposals

Proposals for a conference center in Jefferson City will see further changes this month after a recently released market study detailed specific needs of the area.

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JC conference center project ‘still in limbo’

Market study may influence proposals

The two developers who submitted proposals for a Jefferson City conference center will be looking closely at the recently released market study as they alter their plans for the facility.

Conference center public hearings set

The Jefferson City Council will take public comments on the proposed conference center at the regular council meeting Monday. The City Council is considering two proposals.

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Sam’s Club gets OK on permit, plat

A new Sam’s Club in Jefferson City is closer to reality after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special exception permit, revised preliminary plat and final plat for the development.

Jefferson City parks sales tax improves

The half-cent parks sales tax revenue is increasing, and Jefferson City parks officials say the department may end up with revenues exceeding projections.