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Close call for Columbia firefighters

Monday, 27 January 2014 07:31 Published in Local News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A fire truck was badly damaged after its aerial ladder touched a high-voltage transmission line at a north Columbia fire station.
Columbia Battalion Chief John Metz says the station's crew was conducting a routine maintenance check on the 2009 fire engine early Sunday when the ladder touched the line.
No one was injured but the fire engine was severely damaged.  Metz says the damage will not affect fire service to the city.
Firefighters from other stations arrived to help prevent the blaze from damaging the fire station.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the incident caused a brief power outage for between 500 and 1,000 customers.
 

Debate begins in Missouri Legislature

Monday, 27 January 2014 06:22 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - After two weeks of committee hearings, Missouri lawmakers are poised to begin debating legislation on the House and Senate floor.
Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey says the chamber this week will take up a bill barring temporary leaders of state agencies from remaining in office for more than 120 days.
Dempsey says the Senate could also consider legislation that would implement performance-based funding for Missouri's four-year public universities. The funding scheme would only apply in years when higher education receives a budget increase from state government.
In the House, the first bill on the debate calendar would allow people with disabilities or on active military duty to appoint someone to represent them when they file for elective office.
   
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A state advisory council will consider Missouri nominations to the National Register of Historic Places at its meeting next month.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will consider the nominations Feb. 7 in Jefferson City.
Nominations include the Kansas City System of Parks and Boulevards, Missouri's Cherokee Trail of Tears, Kansas City's Kemper Arena, and the downtown Smithville Historic District in Clay County.
The council is appointed by the governor and meets four times a year to review Missouri property nominations to the National Register, the nation's list of historic properties. Nominations that are approved are sent to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C., for final approval.

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