JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several years and $68 million later, a new federal courthouse in Jefferson City has officially been named for former Missouri Sen. Kit Bond.

At a ceremony Tuesday, Bond said the new courthouse was sorely needed to accommodate the caseload and improve security. The old courthouse shared a building with the U.S. Postal Service, and judges, jurors and criminal defendants all shared an elevator to get to the second-floor courtrooms.

Bond was instrumental in getting federal funding for the new building, which is on the site of a former state penitentiary overlooking the Missouri River.

The first trial was held at the new courthouse in August. President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday officially naming it after Bond.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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