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- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- How the story of one dog is helping others (9/14/17)1
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- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
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- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
Walls crumbling at historic Jefferson City prison
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Chunks of limestone are crumbling off the high walls surrounding the nation's oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi River.
A city street remained closed Monday to keep vehicles -- especially large delivery trucks -- from causing extra vibrations that could shake more stones loose at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.
"We've lost some of the inner facing," said Dave Dormire, superintendent of the maximum-security men's prison formerly known as the state penitentiary. "And we've still got some loose rock that might fall."
Parts of the outer stone wall were built between 1836 and 1915. Some of the 2,000 inmates are housed in a unit built in 1868.