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Two Mid-Missouri counties are prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in light of the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday to make same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States.

Although Boone County began issuing licenses that same day, some counties have yet to receive any applications. 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brian Stumpe says his experience with a robbery inspired him to run for Cole County Circuit judge, coincidentally against the woman who sentenced his attacker to 99 years in prison.

The Republican faces incumbent Democrat Pat Joyce, a Cole County judge since 1994 who's running on experience.

Talking Politics: $200,000 for a Judicial Race

Oct 15, 2014

Eli Yokley of PoliticMo joined the show this week to discuss an unusually large amount of spending in the race for the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court.

  The Washington D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee has contributed $200,000 to its Missouri-based political action committee.  $100,000 of that money was passed along to Brian Stumpe, Republican candidate for the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court, and the other $100,000 is on its way.  Stumpe hopes to unseat Democrat Patricia Joyce, who has served on the court since 2002.

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The Cole County Commission met today to discuss the possibility of creating a new 911 dispatch center. Marc Ellinger, the Presiding Commissioner for the Cole County Commission, said Cole County currently operates out of the Jefferson City Police Department 911 center.

“We are looking at all the options. We need to get a lot of information. Right now it seems like it’s potentially, fiscally a possibility to stand a separate 911 center but we need to get all of the information before making a decision. And that’s the process we’re embarking on now,” Ellinger said.

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A Missouri judge is considering challenges to a pair of proposed constitutional amendments slated for the August ballot.

A Missouri judge has denied a request to stop election officials from distributing absentee ballots for a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with gun rights.

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem rejected a temporary restraining order Wednesday but said he will consider a request to rewrite the ballot summary that voters will see in August.

Beetem heard arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit brought by St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III and Rebecca Morgan, a member of the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Judge strikes down Mo. laws on cellphone towers

Oct 22, 2013
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A Missouri judge has struck down a pair of new laws that had limited the ability of cities and counties to regulate cellphone towers.

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled that lawmakers violated procedural requirements of the state constitution when passing the bills earlier this year.

Three people were killed when their car collided with a tractor-trailer truck in central Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred Thursday evening on Route B near St. Thomas in southern Cole County.

Boone County voter turnout low

Apr 2, 2013
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Cole and Boone County Clerks are hoping to see more voters participating in today’s elections.

Cole County Clerk Marvin Register said this morning he is optimistic about voter turnout in today’s municipal elections. Voters across Jefferson City will elect school board members, and vote on whether to raise taxes to build new school facilities. Register says he saw a steady flow of people going into the polls.

Budgeters in Cole County face budget gap

Nov 1, 2012
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An underestimate of salaries from Cole County’s Emergency Medical Services department has a left a 72-thousand dollar gap in the budget, forcing the county to dig into its reserves.

Newscast for June 12, 2012

Jun 12, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Lincoln University sued over access to records
  • Cole County to install 15 new tornado sirens
  • Columbia 'Downtown District Board' to vote on 'Tiger Town' street closures
  • Report: Callaway County leads state in teen alcohol, drug abuse

Cole County to install 15 new tornado sirens

Jun 12, 2012

Officials in Cole County have approved a proposal to add 15 new tornado sirens.

Cole Co. circuit court clerk resigns

Apr 19, 2012

Mrs. Brenda Umstattd has resigned as Circuit Clerk of Cole County after a state audit report was released on Wednesday.

Newscast for April 18, 2012

Apr 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Charles Erickson recants his previous testimony in the Ryan Ferguson trial.
  • Legislation that would tweak Missouri's K-12 funding formula stalls in the state Senate.
  • Cole County's court circuit clerk resigns after today's state audit release.

The Missouri Supreme Court has been asked to appoint a new judge to hear a lawsuit challenging a state Medicaid contract.

A Cole County Judge has upheld the new congressional redistricting map passed by Missouri lawmakers last year. 

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A Missouri judge could rule in mid-February on a lawsuit challenging new boundaries for state House districts.

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The Cole County Sheriff’s Department and Jefferson City Police are working on a heroin awareness campaign.