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Columbia will host its third Southeastern Conference MU football game this weekend against the top ranked University of Alabama.

Newscast for October 1, 2012

Oct 1, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Jefferson City building Missouri's first high school academy
  • NRA endorsing Attorney General Chris Koster
  • Washington-based group suing for MU records
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Jefferson City is building Missouri’s first high school academy, where students can pick from a variety of career paths before entering college.

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Jefferson City celebrated the construction of its seventh outdoor warning siren with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wednesday.

The completion of the seventh siren marks the halfway point of the city’s plan to install 14 sirens by the end of the year. Funding for the project was raised through the Jefferson City Capitol Improvement Sales Tax.

"Old Town" Jefferson City begins to look new

Sep 24, 2012
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An effort to revitalize Jefferson City’s historic “Old Town” district is showing progress. The Old Town Revitalization Company in Jefferson City has announced that it has received its first property donation.

The non-profit organization allows Jefferson City property owners to donate property to Old Town for a tax deduction. The Old Town Revitalization Company then partners with nearby home builders to rehabilitate the property.

Jefferson City Council approves $31 million budget

Sep 20, 2012
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The Jefferson City Council approved the 2013 city budget on Monday.

Councilman Ralph Bray says it took the council over a month to come up with the $31 million budget.

“We were able to be more efficient by making cuts through all the different departments and kind of redirect some funds to programs that needed funding and programs that are working, making Jefferson City a better place to live,” Bray says.

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The Jefferson City Council agreed to provide the Columbia Regional Airport with $100,000 to help attract more airline services.

City Councilman Ralph Bray says Columbia has approached a number of cities in mid-Missouri for help in its attempt to bring a third airline to the airport.

“Well, it’s very, very exciting," Bray says. "Columbia has done a lot of work for the past couple of years or so, I believe, in studying the issue of providing greater air transportation and that would allow for international connections.”

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A judge has ordered the operators of a closed Jefferson City funeral home to stay away from offering pre-arranged funeral contracts after claims that the home mishandled numerous others in the past.

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Jefferson City’s newly appointed Director of Finance has withdrawn from the position. After several months of searching, the Jefferson City Council hired Robin Milne as the new Director of Finance last week. Milne was scheduled to start as Director on October 1, 2012.

Jefferson City Communications Manager Michelle Gleba says that the City Council will begin to interview replacement candidates in the coming months.

Final meeting for response to natural disasters

Sep 11, 2012
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An interim committee examining Missouri’s response to natural disasters is holding its final meeting in Jefferson City today.

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The Jefferson City Council is considering a proposal that would provide the fire department with more than $800,000 of funding.

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More than a dozen Missouri school districts are among nearly 900 nationwide planning to apply for a slice of nearly $400 million in grants from the U.S. Education Department.

As public school starts Thursday in both Columbia and Jefferson City, those school districts are dealing with a surge in student enrollment. To deal with this, the districts have hired several teachers at the last minute to maintain a healthy ratio of students to instructors.

Although enrollment numbers are expected to fluctuate for the next few weeks, Columbia and Jefferson City have added several teachers at the elementary level to accommodate the influx of younger students.

Jefferson City Fire Department
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The Jefferson City Fire Department is asking voters to fund the plan that would purchase new equipment and trucks, cover technical upgrades, and pay for firefighter training. Captain Scott Spencer says unfortunately, a lot of the department’s equipment is getting old.

“This fire department improvement plan is for the community. It all transcends down to the end user, the taxpayer, the customer that might be relying on us for emergency medical services, which we’re going to be upgrading," said Spencer.

Home sales up in May in Columbia, Jefferson City

Jun 20, 2012
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The Columbia Board of Realtors Boone County home sales statistics for May show a turn in the housing market.

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The Jefferson City Board of Education is reporting a $500,000 increase in state appropriations for the upcoming year’s budget.

Missouri officials say the state lost about 7,300 non-farm payroll jobs in May, even as the state's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.3 percent.

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A national education organization has filed a lawsuit against Lincoln University in Jefferson City over access to records.

The City Council passed a resolution Monday to explore the possibility of using the building to display exhibits for a firefighter museum.

Lincoln University cuts December commencement for now

May 31, 2012
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December graduates at Lincoln University are going to have to wait another five months before they can walk across the stage. Lincoln is suspending December commencement activities until further notice.

Newscast for May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

Hear a former inmate's story from MSP

May 25, 2012
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One man’s historic building is another’s nightmarish living conditions. Listen to the audio to hear former MSP inmate Joshua Kezer talks about what it was like to be incarcerated for 10 years in one of the oldest prisons in the U.S.

Films, events, donations fund other aging prisons

May 24, 2012
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The Missouri State Penitentiary is one of the oldest prisons in the country, but there are even older ones that survived both centuries of inmates and decades of decay. The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield and the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia are now fully operating tourist sites.

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A proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution asserting the right to pray in public will go before voters in August.

Newscast for May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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An update on the EEZ in Columbia. Plus, some say the situation at the old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is getting desperate.

"Neglect" a threat for Missouri State Penitentiary

May 23, 2012
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The Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004 due to deteriorating conditions at the 150-year-old facility. KBIA’s Samantha Sunne explains how this deterioration has continued into the prison’s life as a Jefferson City tourist destination and historic landmark.

Jefferson City to vote on tax measures

May 22, 2012
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A measure that would reduce property taxes and slightly increase sales tax is going to Jefferson City voters this August.

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If the governor signs the bill into law, alcohol sales would begin two hours earlier - at 4 a.m. - at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

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Two Laclede County contractors stand accused of fraud after allegedly accepting insurance checks from three Joplin homeowners to repair tornado damage but not doing the work.

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