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About 150 people set out from Ferguson Saturday on the first leg of a seven-day, 134 mile march to end racial profiling organized by the NAACP. Some participants, such as NAACP president Cornell William Brooks, plan on walking all the way to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City.

Others, such as Tim and Tia Swain, are walking a day or two. The couple drove out from Indianapolis to be part of the action, but have work commitments later in the week.

Tia Swain said she and her husband are marching for equal access to justice regardless of skin color.

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Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2015.

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The City Council of Jefferson City unanimously approved six ordinances Monday that set the framework for $6.2 million in renovations to the city's airport.

The city will secure $6.1 million in funding for a runway and taxiway improvement project through the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and will match 6 percent of the total cost, approximately $400 thousand, through sales tax revenues.

Jefferson City Police looking for new officers

Oct 7, 2014
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Jefferson City's Police Department is seeking to fill positions that have been open for almost a year. Several officers retired in 2013 and the department is still looking for deputies to replace them.

The city police board wants to hire 7 new police officers, and 61 people have applied for the jobs. The department is now down to the last 10 who best fit the requirements.

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Jefferson City residents might soon see improvements coming to their public transit system after the city council voted unanimously to approve the creation a Public Transit Advisory Committee.

According to the ordinance the committee will be in charge of relaying public feedback of the transit system to city officials while promoting improvements and ways to expand ridership of JeffTran.

 

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The construction of a new fire station in Jefferson City is nearly complete and is expected to be in use within a matter of weeks.

The fire station on Industrial Drive that had stood for almost 50 years will soon make way for a new $2.2 million facility on Rock Hill Road.

It will be called fire station number three.

Jefferson City Fire Chief Jason Turner said there are several benefits the new facility will offer, including bunk rooms for female firefighters. 

New Jefferson City fire station almost ready for use

Jun 26, 2014

The construction of a new fire station in Jefferson City is nearly complete and is expected to be in use within a matter of weeks.

 Around 50 people rallied at the State Capitol Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri.

Opponents of the "Right to Farm" ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.

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A Columbia man has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a Jefferson City man.

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Although two proposals for a new Jefferson City convention center were voted down at the city council meeting in early April, the issue is not completely dead.

Penitentiary tours re-open to public

Apr 25, 2014
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The old Missouri State Penitentiary site in Jefferson City is back open for tours today after closing briefly to deal with a mold problem for tours. Environmental tests had shown unacceptable levels of mold inside buildings on the site, closing the site down in September. The State of Missouri and the City of Jefferson reached an agreement to return the buildings to an acceptable state for tours late last year.

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The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that tours in limited areas of the Missouri State Penitentiary are scheduled to resume April 21.

Public tours were stopped last fall after high levels of mold were discovered. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that full walkthroughs of the facility would begin July 1.

Last year, the city agreed to split with the state the estimated $2 million in repair costs and mold remediation at the former prison.

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Some of Missouri’s strongest anti-tobacco advocates just happen to be under 18 years old. More than one hundred students from across the state arrived in Jefferson City Thursday for an anti-tobacco advocacy and education event at the capitol organized by the Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Advocacy Board. The students delivered over two thousand signatures of support along with pinwheels to represent their desire for clean air to House of Representatives Majority Leader John Diehl.

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Hal Donaldson remembers the day well: It was August of 1969, and he was 12 years old. His parents were off to a business meeting, and Donaldson and his three siblings were home with a babysitter.

But his parents never made it to that meeting. On the way there, their car was hit by a drunk driver.

A policeman came to the house, and neighbors crowded around as the officer told Donaldson and his siblings the news: Their father had been killed, and their mother, severely injured.

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Federal and state authorities are investigating the abduction of a 6-year-old Jefferson City boy found shot to death Tuesday in Cape Girardeau in an apparent murder-suicide.

Police found 6-year-old Markell Beasley and 40-year-old Demetrius Beasley, of St. Louis, dead of gunshot wounds in a house after someone flagged down officers.

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A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to die for the 2009 killing of a woman with whom he had a relationship while she was separated from her husband, who was also shot to death.

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce agreed with a jury's recommendation in imposing the sentence Tuesday on 58-year-old David Hosier. KRCG-TV reports Hosier addressed the court for about 10 minutes, denying he shot Angela Gilpin and claiming the real killer remains at large.

New YMCA may develop in Ashland

Nov 6, 2013
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Ashland residents may see a new YMCA -- that's because a committee said it wants to raise $500,000 in the next 5 years to jump start a new branch of the Jefferson City Area YMCA. 

Spokesperson, George Hartsfield, of the Jefferson City Area YMCA, is overseeing the committee’s proposal. He said he wants the public to know the $500,000 isn’t necessarily going to build a new gym just yet.

Jefferson City residents using Allied Waste services will see an increase in their monthly bill. City officials met with Allied Waste Management on Monday, October 7 and approved a 3% increase to the city’s residential service costs.

The new agreement will affect all residents using Allied Waste services.  Costs will vary depending on what container the residents use. For example, people with a 64-gallon waste container will see a projected cost increase of $6.23 per year.

SSM Health Care can't confirm or deny layoffs

Oct 10, 2013
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The parent company of St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) in Jefferson City, SSM Health Care, said it cannot confirm or deny a St. Louis Post Dispatch report that it will be downsizing jobs in its network of hospitals and clinics.

A spokesperson for a St. Louis subsidiary of SSM Health Care told the Post-Dispatch the company would make announcements to employees later this week, but did not state the number of jobs that might be cut or which areas the layoffs would affect.

The Missouri State Penitentiary has cancelled its tours for the rest of the 2013 season, a move that could hinder potential tourism in Jefferson City.

The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday that state testing found a mold problem at the penitentiary. The state prohibits anyone from entering the building until it’s cleared up. Convention and Visitors Bureau spokesperson Ryan Burns said she hopes the closing will not keep future visitors away.

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Jefferson City based company RR Donnelley laid off close to 500 employees Tuesday after announcing the layoff in August.

Jefferson City convention center opposition group disbands

Sep 30, 2013
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A local resident’s group has decided to disband after the Jefferson City County Clerk’s Office struck down two petition proposals.

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The issue of whether or not to build a convention center in Jefferson City with taxpayer funds has been a contentious one.  At a public forum Monday hosted by the Jefferson City council, there was debate over proposed locations and whether or not the city should fund the project.  The expected cost of over $9 million dollars is to come from existing lodging tax revenue. 

Residents of Jefferson City continue to voice their concerns with the City Council’s proposal for a new conference center.

The Council held its second public hearing on Thursday, to listen to comments on two existing proposals.

The proposals came from two different local companies, the Farmers Holding Company and the Erdhardt Hotels Group.

Jefferson City fires city administrator

Sep 17, 2013
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Jefferson City is looking for a new city administrator after firing its current one. The City Council voted in a closed session Monday to immediately terminate Nathan Nickolaus’ contract.

Mayor Eric Struemph requested the motion to terminate, and it passed by an 8-2 vote. Nickolaus had been city administrator for 2 years and says the news was unexpected.

“It was very much out of the blue," Nickolaus said. "I think that things actually had been going very well recently, and I think we’ve been making a lot of progress in the city. So I was surprised, you know.”

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Another year of college applications has begun, but some Jefferson City school board members are less concerned with the applications than test preparation.

The board met Monday night to discuss the low, nine-student enrollment in an ACT prep class this past summer, exploring reasons for why the program is struggling. Members discussed higher tuition costs as a possible result of lower interest in preparing for the ACT test.  

It's been twenty years since the Great Flood of '93 swelled the Missouri River to record-high crests.  Since then, levees have been upgraded, flood preparations improved, and in a few places, communities bought out and relocated.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin visited some sites along the river in central Missouri and talked to people who battled the flood waters in 1993, and who still keep an eye on the river today:

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The Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce says employees at RR Donnelley in Jefferson City received notice at 7:30 Thursday morning that the plant will be closing as of October 1st.

Missy Bonnot is the Director of Economic Development with the Chamber. Bonnot says the plant, which prints textbooks and other products, had 473 full time employees as of May of this year. She says there are likely additional part time staff employed at the plant as well.

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A Jefferson City man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the death of another man during a drug deal. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports Brandon Chase was sentenced yesterday for second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the April 2012 death of 34-year-old Keith Mosely of Columbia. Prosecutors said Chase brought two other men to Mosely's apartment to steal marijuana, and Mosely was shot during the confrontation.

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