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Holiday Gospel concert proclaims Christian story

Tenor Ernie Haase has been singing Southern Gospel for a long time — over half his life. And he’ll celebrate his 50th birthday Friday, by singing in Jefferson City.

Green blocks state Common Core payments

Temporary restraining order effective only 15 days from Nov. 25

Candidate supports ‘Free Mizanskey’ campaign

Congressional candidate Nate Irvin announced his support Monday for the campaign to get Gov. Jay Nixon to free Jeff Mizanskey from state prison, where he’s serving a life sentence for multiple marijuana convictions.

JC Police search for missing man

Jefferson City police are trying to find a missing man. Christopher Cray, 23, has been missing 16 days.

ACLU, reporters sue Corrections over executions

Missouri's Sunshine Law requires the state Corrections department to release information about its executions, a new, nine-page lawsuit claims.

Nixon won't veto criminal code

Will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017

Gov. Jay Nixon “is not going to veto” the massive bill revising and updating Missouri’s criminal code, state Sen. Jolie Justus told members of the Missouri Bar Friday.

State budget package includes Fulton Hospital funding

Lawmakers approve plan to sell bonds, repay them over 25 years

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‘Rally for dignity’ disrupts Senate

Chants and prayers urged lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion

Lawmakers rewrite Missouri's criminal code

Governor will have 15 days to sign or veto the bill after he gets it early next week.

Beetem denies restraining order in 'same sex' tax returns case

Judge sets May hearing so attorneys can schedule trial later this year on lawsuit challenging Nixon executive order.

Hearing set for restraining order request in same-sex tax returns case

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will hear arguments next Thursday afternoon on the request that he issue a restraining order in the same-sex tax returns case.

Sheriff reports weapons and drugs seized at Russellville home

One man held for drug trafficking

Auditor says improvements needed in controversial tax credits program

Less than half of tax credits money pays for housing construction

Nixon releases capital improvements money

Released money includes Capitol repairs

Federal court orders Moniteau County to issue inmate marriage licenses

Federal court orders Moniteau County to issue inmate marriage licenses

State employees to get ‘Black Friday’ off

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today state employees will get Nov. 29 — the day after Thanksgiving — as an extra holiday.

Jury recommends death penalty

Jurors recommend the death penalty for David Hosier for a Sept. 28, 2009, murder in Jefferson City.

Audit says Kinder ‘Waste’ web site not authorized

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.

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MRED board tours Koechner Manufacturing

Koechner toured by members of MRED

Attorney General says tax cut bill could trigger refunds

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.

Callaway County skulls identified

No ‘foul play’ suspected

Puckett found not guilty

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.

Puckett murder trial begins

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 Fair functions in increasingly competitive world

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Nixon withholds nearly $401 million from state budget

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.

Auditor: Patrol didn't show need for new plane

Patrol also needs better monitoring of school bus safety, money-handling.

Miller County prosecutor files murder, other charges

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.

Auditor slams DESE, Social Services for early childhood funds

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.

Lawmakers send school, public buildings security plans law to governor

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.

Threat of further filibuster kills transportation sales tax for session

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.

Nixon promises layoffs if budget not changed

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.

Laughrey issues preliminary injunction in Linn State drug testing case

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.

PSC approves Ameren rate increase

Rate hike is fifth in last six years

Morgan County investigating double murder

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.

Nixon names Wilson to Supreme Court

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, Linn Tech agree to buy Jefferson City High School complex

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.

Green rejects Ferguson appeal

Ferguson is serving 40 years for killing Kent Heitholt in Columbia, 11 years ago tonight.

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Paul Wilson among 3 nominated for high court vacancy

Former Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson is one of three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.

Lawmakers override Nixon's 'religious freedom' veto

Votes are second successful override in the last two years.

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Green changes health care exchange title on Nov. 6 ballot

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.”

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Hamacher named Interim LU president

Offord to be Interim Provost

Supreme Court OKs ballot issues

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.

Nixon vetoes 'religious freedom' and sales tax on out-of-state-vehicle purchase laws

Those were two of the 10 bills Nixon vetoed, along with 12 bills that he signed.

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Ray Price to leave state Supreme Court

To resign effective Aug. 1

Conference Committee recommends House pay raise plan

A final committee vote still must be taken.

Senate keeps pay raise plan on first test-vote

Nine senators want to cancel pay raises; got 15 votes

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Wilson pleads guilty to federal charge

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.

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Bustamante sentencing expected Wednesday morning

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.

Prescription drug part of Bustamante defense

Alyssa Bustamante’s prescription for Prozac may have helped lead her to killing Elizabeth Olten, 9, a consulting psychiatrist testified Monday afternoon.

Judge upholds Missouri congressional districts

The lawmaker-drawn congressional districts are constitutional, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Dan Green ruled this afternoon.

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