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Matthes' breakfast speech draws criticism

A local group that advocates for racial justice is taking on City Manager Mike Matthes for remarks he made last Thursday during a speech at the Columbia Values Diversity breakfast. Matthes’ speech primarily focused on the city’s effort to reduce black unemployment. As part of the talk, Matthes...


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Controversy over governor's affair won't stop Senate business, leadership says

JEFFERSON CITY — While some Republican representatives are calling for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign over allegations that he blackmailed a woman he was having an affair with, Senate leadership say they’ll carry on with business as usual. Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said he has...


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The Latest: Schumer says very short-term funding would be OK

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debate over immigration and the budget (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats would support a “very short-term” government-wide funding bill to avert a shutdown. The New York Democrat says his party would accept a stopgap...


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House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

Budget Battle-4

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday deadline — setting up an eleventh-hour standoff in the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to kill the measure. The partisan roadblock in the GOP-controlled Senate...


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SANDY DAVIDSON: Trump's use of salty language reminds us that 'context is critical'

Warning: This piece contains offensive language. If you’re expletive-averse, please stop reading now! A president using salty language is nothing new. Lyndon Johnson’s spicy language includes: “I do know the difference between chicken s— and chicken salad.” Richard Nixon’s language from the...


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How would a federal government shutdown affect Utah?

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The chances of a shutdown have fluctuated hourly. If it happens, what could that mean for Utah?


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JEFF FLAKE: Free press is the despot’s enemy

Mr. President, near the beginning of the document that made us free, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident...” So, from our very beginnings, our freedom has been predicated on truth. The founders were visionary in this regard,...


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Senate leader expects governor's education appointees to be blocked

JEFFERSON CITY — State lawmakers plan to vote in March on Gov. Eric Greitens’ appointees to the state Board of Education. If senators block these appointments, as some have vowed to do, they will be banned forever from serving. During a press briefing Thursday, Sen. President Pro Tem Ron Richard,...


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House lawmakers discuss implementing work requirements for Medicaid eligibility

JEFFERSON CITY — State lawmakers are discussing the possibility of implementing work requirements for Medicaid eligibility. The topic came up at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing this week, when Rep. Justin Hill, R-Lake St. Louis, asked Steve Corsi, acting director for the state’s...


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Vision Zero town hall meetings on traffic safety scheduled

A series of town hall meetings on the city’s Vision Zero policy will take place within the next two weeks. A member of the Columbia City Council will host each of the sessions in each ward. The meetings will allow the public to provide input on street safety and receive additional information on...


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