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Columbia to sell $27-million in bonds for water treatment project on October 26

Columbia’s water treatment plant, operated by Columbia Water and Light (2021 file photo courtesy of city of Columbia) Columbia’s much-anticipated McBaine water treatment plant improvement project is a step closer to starting, after the city council voted this week to approve the issuance of $27.6 million in revenue bonds. Columbia voters approved the water ballot initiative at the polls in …

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Death penalty being sought in J. Pfenny’s double homicide in Jefferson City

Friends, family members and strangers wrote numerous messages on the windows at J Pfenny’s in downtown Jefferson City, following the November murders of Skylar Smock and Corey Thames (December 4, 2022 file photo from 939 the Eagle’s Brian Hauswirth) The Cole County prosecutor has filed written notice that he intends to seek the death penalty against the  suspect charged in …

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Columbia’s city employees will receive pay raises in new fiscal year that begins in October

Columbia city manager De’Carlon Seewood (2023 file photo courtesy of city of Columbia website) Columbia’s approximately 1,500 city employees will receive pay raises under the $533-million budget approved unanimously last night by the city council. The budget approved by the council includes $10-million in pay raises for city employees. The pay raises and compensation have been a top priority for …

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Carnival rides were a big draw at this year’s Missouri state fair in Sedalia

Missouri Governor Mike Parson poses with two rural Missourians at the 2023 state fair in Sedalia, as U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt (R) looks on (August 17, 2023 photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page) Missouri’s governor says about 350,000 people attended the August state fair in Sedalia, which is about a two-and-a-half percent increase from 2022. Governor Mike Parson praises …

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(LISTEN): Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) appears on “Wake Up Mid-Missouri”

Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee chair Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) says the “votes weren’t there” in the Senate last week to override any of the 14 budget bills overridden by the GOP-controlled Missouri House. That included restoration of $1.4 million for Columbia-based Missouri Task Force One and $2-million for Missouri National Guard reenlistment incentives. The Senate did not take up any of …

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