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Legislature legalizes hemp

May 12, 2018

By Brendan Crowley Columbia Missourian “This is not a plant that anyone is going to want to smoke,” Rep. Paul Curtman said of the industrial hemp that licensed Missourians will be able to grow and sell under a bill that passed both chambers. Curtman’s bill will allow industrial hemp on up to 2,000 acr...

UPDATED: Sperreng evacuated, nothing found as police search school after threat

Sperreng Middle School

May 10, 2018

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Last update 3:48 p.m. Students have returned to class after being evacuated after a threat at Sperreng Middle School in Lindbergh Schools after the school received an unspecified threat inside the building around lunchtime Thursday. The St. Loui...

Factory farms wouldn’t benefit from proposed exemptions to Missouri clean water law

May 5, 2018

By Titus Wu Columbia Missourian JEFFERSON CITY — New components were added to a Missouri House bill that would exempt agricultural storm runoff and other agricultural practices from the Missouri clean water law. One is meant to appease the concerns of some Missouri citizens and environmentalists. House...

Missouri Senate halts confirmation of Eddy Justice to state education board

Missouri Senate halts confirmation of Eddy Justice to state education board

May 4, 2018

By Tyler Wornell Columbia Missourian JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate made good on its promise to shut down the confirmation of nominees to the State Board of Education last week, starting with Eddy Justice. After a 20-minute filibuster April 24, President Pro Tem Ron Richard withdrew a...

Man flourished rifle at woman in broad daylight in south county, police say

Man flourished rifle at woman in broad daylight in south county, police say

May 3, 2018

A Maplewood man was charged last week after he confessed to flourishing a rifle at a woman in broad daylight near Ronnie’s Cinema, police said. St. Louis County prosecutors charged Marquis Harris, 18, of the 2400 block of Laclede Station Road, 63143, with unlawful use of a weapon April 28 for an ...

Crestwood holds visioning workshop for zoning code update tonight

Crestwood City Hall

May 2, 2018

Crestwood will kick off its yearlong process to update its entire city zoning code tonight with a visioning workshop designed to see what residents want to see in the code. The workshop will happen at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. in Crestwood City Hall, 1 Detjen Drive. According...

Missouri community colleges move closer to offering bachelor’s degrees

May 2, 2018

By Stephanie Sandoval Columbia Missourian JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri community colleges could have the flexibility to offer new degree programs if the governor signs on. The Higher Education Committee in the House voted last week to pass Senate Bill 807 onto the House floor, which would allow...

Mehlville school board holds listening session tonight

Mehlville school board holds listening session tonight

May 1, 2018

The Mehlville Board of Education will conduct a listening session Tuesday night for the community to air any concerns to board members or district officials. The public is invited to the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Washington Middle School, 5165 Ambs Road. The public can ask officials anything ...

Missouri Senate feuds over foundation formula funding during budget debate

Missouri Senate feuds over foundation formula funding during budget debate

May 1, 2018

By Tyler Wornell Columbia Missourian JEFFERSON CITY — A fight over funding for elementary and secondary education led to political theatrics on the Missouri Senate floor Wednesday, as senators argued back and forth over fully funding the K-12 foundation formula during debate on the 2019 budget. While...

Chief Jim Silvernail, who led Mehlville and Metro West fire districts, dies

Chief Jim Silvernail, who led Mehlville and Metro West fire districts, dies

April 30, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Former Mehlville Fire Protection District Chief Jim Silvernail, who died last week, will be remembered for his lasting impact on generations of first responders in the St. Louis region through his time as a chief of two fire districts and...

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