Jefferson City

Open Enrollment Boosts Summer School Attendance

Jun 15, 2016
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Jefferson City Public Schools made the decision this year to allow open enrollment for summer school to all preschool through eighth-grade students in the Jefferson City area. Last year only students attending JCPS and who needed remediation were allowed to enroll.

This change has increased participation by 40 percent. During the first week of summer school, 2,786 students attended classes, 804 more than last year.

Amy Berendzen, director of school-community relations for JCPS said the district made this change because it had the space.

Missouri Capitol
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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri voters could get to decide whether to re-impose limits on the money flowing to political candidates and committees.

Supporters of campaign contribution limits said Wednesday they had submitted more than 272,000 petition signatures to try to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The measure would cap donations to candidates at $2,600 per election. Contributions to political parties would be capped at $25,000.

Missouri Capitol
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JEFFERSON CITY - A contested Missouri measure, SJR 39, to protect businesses that deny services for same-sex weddings has been voted down.

The measure failed to advance Wednesday on a 6-6 vote in a House committee. It had previously passed the Senate.

The legislation drew opposition from LGBT-rights activists and some business leaders, who cited economic backlash in other states with laws perceived as discriminatory toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers appear uninterested in Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to end the business "border war" between the two states.

Brownback last week offered to reduce his state's efforts to lure jobs away from the Missouri side of the Kansas City metropolitan area if Missouri's lawmakers would in turn weaken a law they approved in 2014 addressing the issue.

Russian police have stepped up the search for an American student who went missing on a hike in the mountains on Sunday. 

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JEFFERSON CITY - The House has endorsed a bill creating a grant program to attract more conventions to Missouri.

Lawmakers gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure authorizing grants for large conventions that could cover up to half the operating expenses. Eligible conventions would have to draw at least half their attendees from out of state, and their grants would be tied to how many hotel rooms their attendees are expected to fill.

The fund would be capped at $3 million annually.

Missouri Capitol
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JEFFERSON CITY - Lawmakers have trimmed about $7.3 million from Missouri's mid-year budget increase of nearly $500 million.

A House panel approved the reductions Wednesday along with limits on Governor Jay Nixon's travel expenses and less flexibility in how some health care funds are spent. Proposals for soil erosion projects and a grant program for ethanol-blended fuel pumps were also reduced.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon says a proposed constitutional amendment granting religious exemptions to some business owners opposed to gay marriage could be "harmful to our economy."

The Democratic governor also said Wednesday that the measure would "condone discrimination" and urged the House to oppose it.

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Advocates are lobbying in Jefferson City for Missouri Medicaid to expand access for young adults suffering with mental illness.

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers are considering whether to allow concealed weapons on public transit.

Republican Sen. Bob Onder told a Senate panel Wednesday that his proposal is about safety. He said public transit can be dangerous, and allowing people to carry concealed guns on buses and trains would deter crime.

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a bill changing how medical expenses are handled in court cases.

The Senate's endorsement Wednesday came after Democrats staged an all-night filibuster that dragged out a debate that began Tuesday.

The bill would require the actual costs — not the value of medical treatment for plaintiffs — to be considered as evidence in civil lawsuits.

Seal of Jefferson City
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Almost six years after it was foreclosed on, a house in the old town area of Jefferson City might receive restoration.

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Stage four of the six-stage Lafayette Street Interchange Project in Jefferson City will begin this Friday. 

Capital Region Medical Center Hosts Open House

Nov 2, 2015

The public turned out Monday for the official open house of the newly renovated Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. The $38 million expansion project, which broke ground in February 2014, includes 115,000 square feet of clinical space.

The new clinics have been phasing in since early October, and will continue to do so until mid-December. The project will eventually bring all of the clinics and specialty providers under one roof. The new wing incudes artwork from local artists, and even includes a photograph of the Capital taken by Mayor Carrie Tergin.

Jefferson City Council Votes to Close a Major Street

Oct 6, 2015
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Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

The Jefferson City council voted last night to close a busy thoroughfare to vehicle traffic at the Lincoln University campus. 

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The FBI’s released its annual Uniform Crime Report this week revealing a decline in violent crime in Jefferson City from 2013 to 2014.

The data show a decrease in almost every violent crime category, excluding murder.

Councilman Rick Mihalevich is the chairman of the city’s Public Safety Committee.

He said the city’s initiatives concerning public safety could be responsible for the decline.

He also said the police department is finally fully staffed.

Jefferson City aerial view
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For most of its meeting Tuesday night, the Jefferson City Council easily passed bills. But when it came to the fiscal year budget, the conversation lasted a little bit longer before finally approving the city’s 2016 fiscal year budget.

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A Missouri man sentenced to life in prison for marijuana charges has been released after spending two decades behind bars.

Jefferson City Mayor Issues Anti-Marijuana Proclamation

Jun 3, 2015

On Monday, June 1, Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin signed a proclamation to raise awareness to the issue of young people using marijuana recreationally and the harmful effects of doing so.

Tergin Wins Jefferson City Race for Mayor

Apr 7, 2015
Mary Kate Metivier

Jefferson City has a new mayor-elect after Election Day yesterday. Carrie Tergin celebrated her win during a watch party last night at Revel Catering and Events in downtown Jefferson City, with close friends and supporters. Tergin won the race for mayor with 41 percent.

Tergin said she was proud of the large amount of support she received from voters.

“To see the wide margin that I was able to achieve just really showed that this community does want to move forward,” Tergin said. “It shows they want leadership that sees the positive in Jefferson City and sees the opportunities that we have – and not to stay the same but to get better and move forward – and that’s what I’m about.”


Jefferson City aerial view
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The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce announced at a news conference Wednesday that Continental Commercial Products will relocate its manufacturing facility to Jefferson City.  The new facility plans to open by the end of 2015.

Jefferson City hears from Mayoral Candidates

Mar 4, 2015

Lincoln University held a public forum Tuesday night in Jefferson City to allow community members to learn more about the people running for mayor.

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A measure to create a database to monitor the prescription of drugs such as addictive pain killers is moving forward in the Missouri House.

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The Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City is like an art museum unto itself, with its famous murals by Thomas Hart Benton and dramatic bronze statues everywhere. But when it comes to public funding for the arts, that’s at the bottom of lawmakers’ priority list.

Last Wednesday, more than a hundred arts advocates from all over the state went to Jefferson City to try to change that. Here's a run-down of how it went.

 


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.

Jefferson City aerial view
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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.

Jefferson City Transit Division

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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