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Police Make Arrests in Infant Body Case

The University of Central Missouri Police Department and the Warrensburg Police Department's joint investigation in the discovery of an infant's body in a cave at Pertle Springs recreation area on March 4 has resulted in the arrests and filing of formal criminal charges against two individuals.

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Gov. Jay Nixon
Gov. Jay Nixon

Read Gov. Jay Nixon’s Letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline

Gov. Jay Nixon sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today (March 3) urging the State Department to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline in order to boost American energy independence and create jobs.

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Winter Storm Watch
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UPDATED: Winter Storm Warning Issued for Pettis County This Weekend

UPDATE, March 2, 2014: The winter weather continues to roll through West Central Missouri. The National Weather Service has now changed the storm forecast and claims the Winter Storm Warning will go until midnight tonight. The light snow and sleet will taper off through the day. However, another round of light snow is expected to develop, according to the National Weather Service and Sedalia/Pettis County Emergency Management Director David Clippert.

Like most of us, I expected to see a few inches of snow on the ground,” said David Clippert. “Instead, we had freezing drizzle which made it very slick and then sleet, which means it's still slick. We still have a ways to go . Now they are calling for a possible 2 inches. Very cold tomorrow morning. This is a good day to stay home. If you don't need to be out then please stay home and let the road crews safely do their jobs.”

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) has issued a no travel advisory and most of the state is considered to be in a covered state with either snow, ice or sleet this morning (Mar. 2).

Governor Jay Nixon announced he has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and delayed his scheduled departure to Canada for a trade mission. The Governor and state emergency officials continue to track the weather system and are in close contact with the National Weather Service and local emergency management agencies to monitor conditions.

“State emergency management officials are working to ensure we are fully prepared for what is forecast to be a severe winter storm,” Governor Nixon said. “Snow and freezing rain, combined with high winds, will bring hazardous conditions and potential power outages to parts of the state. As we brace for another round of severe winter weather, I urge Missourians to use caution, check on friends and neighbors, and avoid unnecessary travel so that MoDOT and local road crews can do their important work to keep Missourians safe.”

The National Weather Service is expecting dangerous wind chills to continue through Tuesday.

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UPDATE: The National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill has issued a winter storm warning for periods of heavy sleet and snow, which is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. Monday for all of central and West Central Missouri, including Pettis County. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

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Ted Suhr
Ted Suhr

Smith-Cotton High School Assistant Principal Ted Suhr to Return to Teaching

During the closed session of the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education meeting on Monday night (Feb. 24), the board unanimously approved the requested transfer of Smith-Cotton High School Assistant Principal Ted Suhr to a position as ninth grade art teacher at Smith-Cotton Junior High. Suhr will replace art teacher Jenny Ragland, whose resignation is effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

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Jamauhle D. Brown
Jamauhle D. Brown

Jamauhle D. Brown Sentenced to Life in Prison

Following guilty verdicts at a jury trial conducted November 19 through 26, Jamauhle D. Brown was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday (Feb. 11) for the shooting death of Michael Smith in March of 2010.

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Dr. Jennifer Holland
Dr. Jennifer Holland

S-C Junior High Assistant Principal Dr. Jennifer Holland Leaving After 2014 School Year

Dr. Jennifer Holland, assistant principal at Smith-Cotton Junior High School, will leave Sedalia School District 200 at the end of the current academic year to become the lead curriculum developer and professional development consultant for the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA), the accrediting agency of early childhood education in Illinois.

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