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Released money includes Capitol repairs
Federal court orders Moniteau County to issue inmate marriage licenses
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today state employees will get Nov. 29 — the day after Thanksgiving — as an extra holiday.
Jurors recommend the death penalty for David Hosier for a Sept. 28, 2009, murder in Jefferson City.
Report also questions pay raises to lieutenant governor's staff
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder doesn’t have the legal authority to investigate public concerns about government waste, nor to create his planned “Missouri Waste Report” website, a state audit report said Thursday. Additionally, the report said, Kinder’s plans duplicate work already created by state law in other state agencies.
Koechner toured by members of MRED
Opinion agrees with governor, is at odds with supporters
Attorney General Chris Koster said today that putting the Legislature's tax-cut bill into law could result in Missourians getting tax refunds for three previous years' returns.
No ‘foul play’ suspected
Had been charged with 2011 murder
Drew Puckett was found not guilty of second-degree murder charges late Tuesday afternoon. A grand jury indicted Puckett in 2011, charging him for the shotgun killing of Caleb Crabtree.
Drew Puckett killed Caleb Crabtree on Sept. 2, 2011, and then said during a 911 call: “I told you I would (shoot him) and I don’t feel bad about it.”
State Fair functions in increasingly competitive world
State employees may not see their $500 pay raise next January, and another 1,000 jobs could be cut from the state's payroll if lawmakers override the governor's veto of a tax-cut bill.
Patrol also needs better monitoring of school bus safety, money-handling.
Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard filed a murder charge Sunday against an Iberia man whose home address is the same as the home where Macala Shelton, 13, last was seen Friday night.
State Auditor Tom Schweich rated as “poor” the work Missouri’s departments of Social Services and Elementary and Secondary Education have been doing in supervising early childhood development and education programs.
With just 2 1/2 hours to spare before the Legislature's 6 p.m. deadline, the state Senate cast the final votes needed to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill re-imposing closed-records status to security and emergency response plans for schools and other public buildings.
State Sen. Mike Kehoe reluctantly admitted defeat this morning on his proposal for a 10-year, one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.
Gov. Jay Nixon this morning promised to "reduce staff and services accordingly — including making the necessary layoffs — effective July 1" if lawmakers pass the state's budget in its current form.
Preliminary order in effect until July trial
With a few exceptions, Linn State Technical College students won’t have to take a drug test, at least while a judge's preliminary injunction is in effect.
Rate hike is fifth in last six years
A Morgan County couple were found dead Tuesday morning in their home on Oak Hill Drive, in Ivy Bend, south of Stover. The fatal victims were identified as Wayne Wells, 80, and Mae Wells, 72.
Jefferson City native will succeed William Ray Price Jr., who retired Aug. 1
Paul Wilson, former Cole County circuit judge and a former assistant attorney general, will be the next judge on Missouri's Supreme Court. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the appointment this afternoon.
Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College said this morning they will purchase the Jefferson City High School complex and the Simonsen Ninth Grade Center.
Ferguson is serving 40 years for killing Kent Heitholt in Columbia, 11 years ago tonight.
Former Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson is one of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.
Votes are second successful override in the last two years.
Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green agreed with the challengers Tuesday, accepting one of their alternative proposals as the ballot language voters will see Nov. 6 on a measure about “health care exchanges.”
Offord to be Interim Provost
The Missouri Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for voters to potentially get a say on initiatives to raise tobacco taxes, increase the minimum wage and limit interest rates on payday loans.
Those were two of the 10 bills Nixon vetoed, along with 12 bills that he signed.
To resign effective Aug. 1
A final committee vote still must be taken.
Nine senators want to cancel pay raises; got 15 votes
2 other men named in charge involving Columbia insurance company
Barely 24 hours after being indicted, former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson this afternoon pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of misappropriating $5,000 from the Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co.
A Boston psychiatrist told Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce this morning that no scientific study has shown a connection between the anti-depressant drug Prozac and an increased incidents of suicides or violence, including murder.
Alyssa Bustamante’s prescription for Prozac may have helped lead her to killing Elizabeth Olten, 9, a consulting psychiatrist testified Monday afternoon.
The lawmaker-drawn congressional districts are constitutional, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Dan Green ruled this afternoon.
Capitol Police investigating 'target' stickers placed on Capitol doors.
At a half-hour hearing Tuesday morning, Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree murder and a charge of armed criminal in connection with the Oct. 21, 2009, death of Elizabeth Olten.
A motion hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Alyssa Bustamante murder case.
Trial delayed 3 more weeks, until Jan. 30, 2012
Mother pleads guilty to negligence in infant son’s drowning
Rachel Sweet will spend most of the next decade in prison.