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    Missouri GOP deals with party split at Legislature midpoint

    Missouri GOP deals with party split at Legislature midpoint

    Posted 2:33 PM 3/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri GOP lawmakers still are grappling for consensus at the Legislature's midway point.

    The most Republicans ever in the House have helped speed the passage of abortion restrictions and a bill to bar mandatory union fees.

    And headway has been made on issues (More)

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    Missouri lawmaker wants to cap state's 28 official symbols

    Missouri lawmaker wants to cap state's 28 official symbols

    Posted 2:28 PM 3/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri could limit the number of official creatures, foods and other state symbols under a bill up for a vote in the House.

    Republican Rep. Tom Flanigan's bill comes as lawmakers debate making "Jim the Wonder Dog" the state Wonder Dog and "Old Drum" the state (More)

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    Some businesses agree with plans for different Kansas City prison

    Some businesses agree with plans for different Kansas City prison

    Posted 2:22 PM 3/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - Some Kansas City business owners and civic officials are enthusiastic about the state's plan to create a new minimum-security prison near downtown.

    They say the change will be a big improvement over the current facility, which houses up to 400 people overnight but (More)

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    Missouri House considers raising teacher salaries

    Posted 1:37 PM 3/29/2015 by Nick Komisar, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri House committtee will hear testimony Monday regarding legislation that proposes raising the minimum teacher salary beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. 

    The proposal would (More)

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    Two people taken to hospital after extrication accident

    Posted 8:34 PM 3/28/2015 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Reporter

    BOONE COUNTY - Two people were taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after being extricated from a two-car accident near Columbia.

    Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Gary Gundy said the 16-year-old driver of a white Ford Taurus was making a left turn onto Broadway from El Chaparral (More)

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    Cass County teacher charged with having sex with student

    Cass County teacher charged with having sex with student

    Posted 8:06 PM 3/28/2015 by The Associated Press

    HARRISONVILLE (AP) - A suspended elementary teacher and part-time wrestling coach in a Cass County school district has been indicted on a charge of having sex with a high school student.

    The Kansas City Star reports that arraignment for (More)

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    St. Louis municipal judge resigns after reports of problems

    St. Louis municipal judge resigns after reports of problems

    Posted 7:58 PM 3/28/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A municipal judge in suburban St. Louis has resigned after it was reported that he was on probation for his conduct as a private attorney and had unpaid taxes.

    KMOV-TV reports that Charles Kirksey was a judge in Normandy (More)

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    Callaway County drowning linked to alcohol

    Callaway County drowning linked to alcohol

    Posted 7:45 PM 3/28/2015 by The Associated Press

    HOLTS SUMMIT (AP) - The death of a 55-year-old man in a lake south of Holts Summit has been ruled an accidental drowning.

    The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Mark Wenkel was found Feb. 10. Callaway County sheriff's Lt. Clay Chism said (More)

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    Fulton parents meet to discuss future after controversial activity

    Posted 6:50 PM 3/28/2015 by Tom Barclay and James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporters

    FULTON - Parents of Fulton Middle School students met Saturday to discuss what's next after a controversial class activity.

    Parents say students were asked to participate in an activity called "Claim It" during P.E. class at the school. The activity asked students to step forward if they (More)

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    Two Jefferson City stores face liquor license suspensions

    Posted 4:40 PM 3/28/2015 by Lina Young, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Two stores face liquor license suspensions after compliance checks were conducted on March 12. 

    The liquor control board met Friday after Xpress Liquor and Smokes on Ellis Boulevard and Break Time on Clark Street failed compliance checks. Both were caught selling (More)

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    Prop 1 raises mixed reactions over impact on renewable energy

    Posted 4:17 PM 3/28/2015 by Tatiana Darie, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - With just a couple of days left till the April election, some Columbia residents raised concerns about the proposed electric bond.

    Voters will decided April 7 if Columbia Water and Light should issue $63.1 million in (More)

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    Columbia files notice of appeal in fired officer case

    Columbia files notice of appeal in fired officer case

    Posted 4:02 PM 3/28/2015 by The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA (AP) - Columbia has announced plans to appeal a judge's ruling reversing the firing of a former police officer.

    The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a notice was filed this past week in the Missouri Court of Appeals Western (More)

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    Peaceworks encourages sustainable living

    Posted 3:44 PM 3/28/2015 by Hannah Saulic, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - When Columbia resident Paul Casart bought a house 10 years ago, he knew he needed to make some changes. To increase his home's efficiency, he replaced all of the old windows and re-did the insulation.

    "The goal was to save on my utility bills, and I shudder to think what they'd (More)

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