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  1. Reassessment Time

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    Every odd-numbered year is reassessment time in Cole County.  Assessor Chris Estes gives us an update on 2015’s residential and agricultural values: (more…)

  2. talking trash again at city hall

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    It’s time to bid for Jefferson City’s garbage pickup contract. Allied Waste’s deal with the city expire October 31st. The city’s Janice MacMillan says proposals are being sought in two categories. One will be for residential customer pick up only. The other bid will be for residential and commercial pick up. Proposals are due by July 17.

  3. did missouri house speaker diehl do the right thing?

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    Former House Speaker John Diehl’s admission that he swapped inappropriate texts with an intern threw Republicans a curveball last week. Columbia Representative Caleb Rowden says Diehl’s resignation was what the party needed…
    Rowden said that Diehl’s replacement, Todd Richardson, is widely respected by both Republicans and Democrats. Richardson was appointed last week on the final day of the legislative session.

  4. rivers are a-risin’

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    Recent rains are sending the area rivers up to their flood stage. In Jefferson City, the Missouri River peaked at just above technical flood stage at Jefferson City yesterday afternoon. With more rain in the forecast…you need to keep your eyes open for water in low lying areas. Even with more rain in the forecast…forecasters expect the Missouri River to continue its slow fall through early next week.

  5. helias expansion ready to go

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    Helias High School is getting ready to get bigger. The Catholic school’s new wing will include music and science classrooms, a new chapel and offices. It should be open by next fall. This phase of the Helias project will run about 4-and-a-half (m) million dollars. On – site sports fields and
    an auditorium are planned for later phases of the expansion.

    Ground was broken Monday.

  6. there’s hope for the old st. mary’s hospital

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    Your Cole County leaders haven’t given up on using part of the old St. Mary’s Health Center. Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman is encouraged that the owners of Capitol Mall .. the Farmer Group .. are talking about possibly taking over the site …

    The 100 – year old hospital has been vacant since the new St. Mary’s opened last fall. Both Lincoln – U and State Technical College were going to move nursing and other programs to the site but state funding fell through.


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    Tragedy at a Columbia daycare…The Boone County sheriff’s department called to a home on Alamos Place for an unresponsive child find an 11
    month old baby suffocated by becoming entangled in her blankets during a nap. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tom O’Sullivan says the death appears accidental at this time, but the department will keep the investigation open until the results of an autopsy come back.

  8. 2015 missouri legislative session is history

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    Fewer than 50 bills were passed in the last week of session that ended Friday. Lawmakers typically pass at least 100 measures or more in the time span.

    The week started with the Senate grinding to a halt as Democrats vowed to block work following Republicans’ forced vote on a right-to-work measure.

    The House was interrupted mid-week by a Kansas City Star story that said Diehl had exchanged sexually suggestive texts with a 19-year-old Capitol intern.

    Despite the lack of action, the Republican-led Legislature still passed a number of high-priority bills. Those include cuts to welfare and the length of time available for jobless benefits, as well as right-to-work.

  9. graduates .. and more graduates!

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    It was a festive weekend across mid Missouri with several high school and college graduations. On the University of Missouri campus, more than 6-thousand students donned cap and gown for at least one of the 19 separate graduation ceremonies. At Lincoln University…hundreds of graduates received their diplomas. Included were U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer and Cedric the Entertainer…who were given honorary degrees.