Senate debates issue day after judge rules it’s illegal
Missouri lawmakers apparently are reaching the same conclusion as Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green: Awarding Revenue department fee offices based on a promise to pay the state a portion of the office income is illegal.
Noranda gets rate cut, other Ameren consumers see increase
Four Jefferson City area lawmakers said Wednesday the Public Service Commission (PSC) made a bad decision in its Ameren Missouri rate case ruling. Read for reaction from Sen. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, and Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit.
New Auditor Nicole Galloway announced the appointment of two stop staffers to her new administration.
Nicole Galloway will become Missouri’s 38th auditor when she takes the oath of office during the week of April 27.
Agency accused of misspending millions meant for road work
State Transportation officials disagree strongly with a state auditor's report that MoDOT may have violated the state Constitution in some of its spending.
Callaway County needs another marshal at the courthouse.
Audit report includes comments on conflicts of interest and campaign donations
Question involves stealing vs. robbery
Gary Leland Coleman admitted taking money from New Bloomfield’s Bank Star One branch at 9:18 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2012. So, attorney Amy Bartholow told the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday that Coleman should be convicted of “stealing,” not second-degree robbery.
The Missouri Senate voted 31-3 this morning to reject pay raises proposed last November by the Missouri Citizens Compensation Committee.
Osage Industries of Linn and 380 Missouri auto dealers sue over Revenue department's granting dealer license to electric car maker.
Power of the public
A few Mid-Missourians supported Ameren Missouri and its operations, but most of the 13 people who testified Wednesday night at a public hearing urged the five-member Public Service Commission to reject the utility’s latest rate increase request.
Lesley McSpadden: ‘All lives matter’
Michael Brown’s mother told the NAACP’s “Journey for Justice” crowd during Friday’s Capitol rally that she and her family are grateful for the support and love they’ve received, since her son was killed in Ferguson on Aug. 9 by then-police officer Darren Wilson. Lesley McSpadden had not been scheduled to speak at the rally to end the week-long march from Ferguson to the Capitol — but rally organizers quickly adjusted their plans so the crowd could hear her. “We’ve watched this play out, unfairly and non-transparent, for months,” McSpadden said. “We’re here to ask the government, and the governor, to live up to what we expect them to do for the people.”
Last week’s EPA news release announcing new smog standards just added to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s unhappiness with the federal agency.
Temporary restraining order effective only 15 days from Nov. 25
Missouri’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences Brian Dorsey received
For the second time in five years, Missouri’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences Brian Joseph Dorsey received for the 2006 murders of his cousin and her husband. The court’s Wednesday ruling on Dorsey’s second appeal rejected several complaints for ineffective counsel during the original case.
Victim told authorities he'd fallen from bluff in Three Creeks Conservation Area between Ashland and Columbia
Public Service Commission holds hearings this week to determine if Ameren Missouri earned too much money
If the Public Service Commission based its decisions only on public comments and testimony submitted in a case, the commission would order Ameren Missouri — the state’s largest regulated electricity provider — to reduce the rates customers pay after finding that Ameren earned more money than it should have, based on the “return on equity” (ROE) the PSC said the utility could earn in its most recent rate case.
Jefferson City Democrat Velma Steinman said she wants to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives “because I feel that our nation’s and state’s veterans need a strong voice in Washington, D.C. — Washington is broke and needs to be fixed.
Kathy Forck was not guilty of trespassing on Planned Parenthood’s Columbia clinic property, Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler ruled Thursday.
Nixon says he’s leaning against the amendment
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said Wednesday he supports the “Right to Farm” amendment that voters will decide on next month.
The American Civil Liberties Union this week challenged Missouri lawmakers’ proposed constitutional amendment allowing early voting in the state.
The $200 million Fulton State Hospital project will move forward in the new state budget that begins next week after Gov. Jay Nixon signed it into law Tuesday.
For most of the last two weeks, Missouri House and Senate leaders have not commented on Gov. Jay Nixon’s allegations that lawmakers passed eight bills in the final eight hours of this year’s legislative session that “blew up” a hole in the state operating budget that lawmakers passed just over three weeks ago.
Building a new Fulton State Hospital remains a high priority for Gov. Jay Nixon — and paying for it should survive the budget-approval process he’s doing in the next couple of weeks.
Will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017
Gov. Jay Nixon “is not going to veto” the massive bill revising and updating Missouri’s criminal code, state Sen. Jolie Justus told members of the Missouri Bar Friday.
Lawmakers approve plan to sell bonds, repay them over 25 years
Governor will have 15 days to sign or veto the bill after he gets it early next week.
A state lawmaker thinks Ameren Missouri’s complaint about assessed property values will hurt schools and county governments.
Missouri senators Thursday morning approved the idea of selling bonds to pay for building renovation and maintenance projects around the state, including Fulton State Hospital plan.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will hear arguments next Thursday afternoon on the request that he issue a restraining order in the same-sex tax returns case.
Missouri School for the Deaf included in project upgrade list
Construction of a new Fulton State Hospital moved one step closer to reality Thursday when the Missouri Senate gave first-round approval to a $600 million bonding plan that includes about $200 million for the Fulton project.
Less than half of tax credits money pays for housing construction
Released money includes Capitol repairs
More legislators respond to Nixon's financial plan for new hospital
After asking lawmakers Tuesday night to approve a $198 million bond sale to pay for a new Fulton State Hospital, Gov. Jay Nixon will visit Fulton’s City Hall this morning to discuss his proposal.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today state employees will get Nov. 29 — the day after Thanksgiving — as an extra holiday.
Report also questions pay raises to lieutenant governor's staff
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder doesn’t have the legal authority to investigate public concerns about government waste, nor to create his planned “Missouri Waste Report” website, a state audit report said Thursday. Additionally, the report said, Kinder’s plans duplicate work already created by state law in other state agencies.
Opinion agrees with governor, is at odds with supporters
Attorney General Chris Koster said today that putting the Legislature's tax-cut bill into law could result in Missourians getting tax refunds for three previous years' returns.
State employees may not see their $500 pay raise next January, and another 1,000 jobs could be cut from the state's payroll if lawmakers override the governor's veto of a tax-cut bill.
Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard filed a murder charge Sunday against an Iberia man whose home address is the same as the home where Macala Shelton, 13, last was seen Friday night.
State Auditor Tom Schweich rated as “poor” the work Missouri’s departments of Social Services and Elementary and Secondary Education have been doing in supervising early childhood development and education programs.
With just 2 1/2 hours to spare before the Legislature's 6 p.m. deadline, the state Senate cast the final votes needed to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill re-imposing closed-records status to security and emergency response plans for schools and other public buildings.
State Sen. Mike Kehoe reluctantly admitted defeat this morning on his proposal for a 10-year, one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.
Gov. Jay Nixon this morning promised to "reduce staff and services accordingly — including making the necessary layoffs — effective July 1" if lawmakers pass the state's budget in its current form.
Three employees at the Callaway Energy Center were injured Tuesday evening while working in the switch yard area of the plant.
Preliminary order in effect until July trial
With a few exceptions, Linn State Technical College students won’t have to take a drug test, at least while a judge's preliminary injunction is in effect.
Second stint at agency ends without answers
Gracia Yancey Backer is out as head of the state’s Employment Security Division. A reporter calling her office Tuesday was told she no longer worked for the agency.
Rate hike is fifth in last six years
Jefferson City native will succeed William Ray Price Jr., who retired Aug. 1
Paul Wilson, former Cole County circuit judge and a former assistant attorney general, will be the next judge on Missouri's Supreme Court. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the appointment this afternoon.
Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College said this morning they will purchase the Jefferson City High School complex and the Simonsen Ninth Grade Center.
Lawsuit alleges teacher dismissed after she called police
A longtime Fulton Public Schools employee sued the district in federal court Tuesday, saying she was fired in September for calling police about a student possibly having a gun at Fulton High School.