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State employee pay raise is a top priority for Missouri’s governor

GOP Missouri Governor Mike Parson poses with State Sen. Barbara Washington (D-Kansas City) and State Rep. Jay Mosley (D-Florissant) following the January 18, 2023 State of the State address in Jefferson City (photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page) Missouri’s governor is confident that state lawmakers will approve his proposed 8.7 percent pay increase for state employees by March 1. …

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UPDATE: Hallsville animal rescue destroyed by fire sets Saturday clean-up day

The January 29, 2023 blaze killed 26 dogs at the Little Rays of Sunshine Animal rescue near Hallsville (January 29, 2023 photo courtesy of Boone County Fire Protection District assistant chief Gale Blomenkamp) Boone County firefighters say electrical issues caused Sunday morning’s horrific kennel fire near Hallsville, a fire that killed 26 dogs. Boone County Fire Protection District assistant chief …

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UPDATE: Suspected Jefferson City bank robber taken into custody

The Jefferson City Police Department’s headquarters in downtown Jefferson City (2022 file photo courtesy of Jefferson City Police Chief Eric Wilde) Jefferson City Police have arrested a 28-year-old local man for the January 19th armed robbery at River Region credit union on West Truman. Criminal charges are pending against the suspect, who was taken into custody Thursday evening after Jefferson …

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Trial to begin this summer for well-known Columbia businesswoman indicted for embezzlement

An August jury trial has been scheduled for an award-winning mid-Missouri businesswoman indicted for an alleged $1.5 million embezzlement and fraud scheme. A federal grand jury indicted 62-year-old Kathryn “Kat” Cunningham of Rocheport in early January on 38 counts, for allegedly using her payroll services company in the scheme. She’s the former chief executive officer and owner of Columbia-based Moresource …

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