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Jefferson City’s newly appointed Director of Finance has withdrawn from the position.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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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