Jefferson City

Politics
9:10 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Jefferson City Council approves $31 million budget

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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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Politics
9:05 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Jefferson City pumps $100,000 into fund for new airline in Columbia

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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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Politics
5:46 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Jefferson City funeral home to stay away from pre-arranged funeral contracts

The Missouri state Capitol
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

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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Politics
8:26 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Jefferson City's newly appointed Director of Finance withdraws

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Jefferson City’s newly appointed Director of Finance has withdrawn from the position.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.

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Politics
1:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Final meeting for response to natural disasters

Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

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

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Politics
6:27 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Council considers proposal for $800,000 to boost Jefferson City Fire Department

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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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Education
5:17 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Jefferson City among MO schools applying for Race to the Top funding

Lee Jian Chung KBIA file photo

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.

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Education
8:48 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Columbia and Jefferson City public schools see enrollment surge

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.

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Jefferson City Fire Department wants voters to approve funding fix

Jefferson City Fire Department
JCFD Facebook Page

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.

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Business
5:24 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Home sales up in May in Columbia, Jefferson City

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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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Education
5:53 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

New state money means raises, new jobs at Jefferson City public schools

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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.

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Business
5:59 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Missouri payroll jobs fall by 7,300 in May

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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Education
4:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Lincoln University sued over access to records

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

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Arts and Culture
5:52 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Jefferson City City Council passes resolution to explore turning animal shelter into museum

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

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Education
5:29 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Lincoln University cuts December commencement for now

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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.

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AM Newscasts
9:12 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Newscast for May 31, 2012

The 2012 Missouri legislative session officially ended on Wednesday.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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Business
12:03 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Hear a former inmate's story from MSP

The administration building is one of the oldest on the prison site. Its decaying façade sits opposite a recently-opened federal courthouse across the street.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

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.

Business
12:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Films, events, donations fund other aging prisons

Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc

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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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Prayer in public to be on August primary ballots

Gov. Jay Nixon placed the constitutional amendment on the August Missouri primary ballot.
File KBIA

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

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AM Newscasts
9:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Newscast for May 24, 2012

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Business Beat
5:48 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

"Neglect" at MSP could be trouble in Jefferson City

The entrance to the prison’s female department is slowly crumbling. This wing of the administration building is one stop on the popular MSP ghost tours.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

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

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Business
5:20 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

"Neglect" a threat for Missouri State Penitentiary

Water damage threatens the stability of Housing Unit 3, which once housed Martin Luther King Jr’s killer, James Earl Ray. MSP officials worry roof leaks will eventually cause the historical buildings to crumble.
Samantha Sunne KBIA

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.

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Politics
9:08 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Jefferson City to vote on tax measures

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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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Politics
9:12 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Lawmakers approve bill allowing early morning alcohol at Lambert International Airport

The bill would allow alcohol to be served earlier at Lambert International Airport.
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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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Politics
9:08 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Contractors charged with defrauding Joplin tornado victims

161 people were killed by the May 2011 tornado in Joplin.
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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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Politics
9:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Mo. state senator "light-headed" during debate, heads to hospital

A Missouri state senator was being examined at a Jefferson City hospital after becoming light-headed during a debate on education issues.

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AM Newscasts
8:25 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Newscast for May 17, 2012

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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation protecting abortion alternatives

The Missouri House has passed legilsation that would bar municipalities from interfering with the day-to-day operations of abortion agency alternatives.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Lawmakers approve work-related injury legislation

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor legislation prohibiting workers from suing each other for accidental on-the-job injuries.

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Politics
8:51 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Workers' compensation reform bill on the way to Nixon

The Missouri legislature has approved a scaled-back version of a workers' compensation reform bill. It now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.
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The Missouri House and Senate have both passed a scaled-back version of a workers’ compensation reform bill. 

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