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Richard McGonegal

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Our Opinion: Farewell to a statesman

News Tribune editorial

Carl Vogel was an uncommon presence in the political arena; he was totally without guile, theatrics or flamboyance.

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Dan Lennon — New Tourism director can boast show business pedigree

Missouri’s new director of Tourism knows how to draw a crowd. As a member of a musical family, Dan Lennon entertained for more than a decade at the Lawrence Welk Resort Theater in Branson.

Our Opinion: By any standard, immunization makes sense

News Tribune editorial

A renewed controversy about whether to immunize children from specific diseases has prompted a number of commentaries, including one titled: “Why, in 2015, are we debating about vaccination?”

Our Opinion: Truce needed to end ‘border war’ casualties

News Tribune editorial

Time for a truce. Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday called for a moratorium in the ongoing border war with neighboring Kansas on economic development incentives.

Our Opinion: Farewell and thank you to the Carmelite sisters

News Tribune editorial

Count us among the Central Missourians who will miss the quiet but powerful presence of the Carmelite sisters in our community.

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Central Missouri socked with a heavy-handed snow

Wet snow downs power lines, makes shoveling more laborious

Tuesday’s snowstorm left behind a wet, heavy snowfall that downed multiple power lines and left hundreds of Mid-Missourians with the unenviable task of shoveling out their sidewalks and driveways.

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United Way campaign co-chair on Lori Massman’s bucket list

As a mother, employee and community volunteer, Lori Massman embraces a passion for children.

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United Way matches children to help

Program fills crucial needs

Local banker Alena Ward is also a match-maker. So is Dr. Harry Richter, a dentist, and Jeanie Rademan, a nurse.

Our Opinion: Capitol Projects workers set an example

News Tribune editorial

I learned a few things during a visit last week to Capitol Projects.

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United Way campaign kicks off in heroic fashion

The area United Way campaign is a time for heroics.

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Volunteers get hands-on view of work at partner agencies

Two United Way volunteers learned new tasks Thursday morning, following the examples of veteran employees at Capitol Projects.

Our Opinion: Heart Month: 'Twinge' serves as warning sign

During February’s observance of ‘American Heart Month,” allow me to share a personal story.

Our Opinion: Honor Guard extends continuum of service, gratitude

News Tribune editorial

“On behalf of a grateful nation ...” Those words were spoken by a military veteran as he handed my family the flag that had draped my father’s coffin. My memories of that funeral more than 35 years ago were revived Tuesday ....

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Questions arise over ban of petitioners from festival district

Did organizers of Thursday Night Live run afoul of the U.S. Constitution by disallowing pro-life and pro-choice petitioners within a recently created festival district?

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MRRL director ready to write new chapter

Inspiration follows librarian Helen Rigdon.

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Scene Stealers offer ‘The Magic Flute’

Production joins Lincoln University students with community members

Opera traditionally is associated with culture and class rather than caprice and whimsy. Merging diverse notions, however, is a theme for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the classical composer who created “The Magic Flute.”

Perspective: Downsizing Missouri House not a cost-effective strategy

Less government isn’t synonymous with reduced representation. Missouri lawmakers this session are considering three measures to downsize the membership of the House of Representatives from 163 seats to 103.

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Ruthie Eichholz provides a guiding light for students and peers

Elementary school counselor Ruthie Eichholz characterizes her job as “the best of both worlds, because I get to teach and help kids.”

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Buckwheat Zydeco to put on concert Saturday

Bring two pairs of shoes to a Buckwheat Zydeco concert, the band leader advises, inferring the first pair will be worn out from dancing and moving to the music.

Our Opinion: Heed subtle warning signs from the heart

Last week — on the second day of American Heart Month — I shoveled snow.

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Snow’s weight sinking some docks

The snowfall has created a special concern for boat owners who use covered docks.

Snow can create roof problems

Homeowners are advised to watch for leaks as rooftop snow begins to melt, according to local building contractors.

LOCAL PERSPECTIVE: Assessing a changing job market and government’s role

Is commerce undergoing a fundamental transition — not unlike the opening of trade routes for shipping or the Industrial Revolution?

Missouri lawmakers discuss role in voter-approved initatives


Under what circumstances, if any, should lawmakers repeal or amend a law approved by voters?

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Service 'radiantly defined' King

MLK celebration honors kindred spirits, acts of youths

Service was a dominant theme during a celebration Friday of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

LOCAL PERSPECTIVE: Area school districts cope with transportation cuts

Educators, parents and students may not like it, but everything old may be new again if state cuts in school transportation continue.

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Former Jefferson City resident finds her niche dancing professionally

Larinda McRaven’s students dance with a star. McRaven, a former Jefferson City resident, is a professional ballroom dancer.

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SNAPSHOT: Gracia Backer has choir secure under her direction

At Missouri’s Division of Employment Security, Gracia Backer’s director title takes on a dual meaning during the holidays.

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Students prepare to put on Neil Simon play

‘Come Blow Your Horn’

Jefferson City High School’s Theater Department students are involved in both product and process.