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Planned Parenthood in Columbia suspends abortion services

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Planned Parenthood affiliate in Columbia stopped offering medical abortion services Monday. After the University of Missouri Hospital revoked the “refer and follow” privileges of Dr. Colleen McNicholas who performed the abortions, apparently the organization and/or McNicholas declined to reapply for different medical or surgical privileges with the hospital. Without those privileges, the organization nor McNicholas could

LaFaver appointed to Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Board

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – House Speaker Todd Richardson appointed Representative Jeremy LaFaver, D-Kansas City, to serve on the board of directors for Missouri’s Children’s Trust Fund, filling the last legislative vacancy. “I’m looking forward to Rep. LaFaver’s work on the Children’s Trust Fund Board,” said Speaker Richardson. “He has a long track record of working on

Nasheed plans to pre-file ‘ban the box’ legislation

ST. LOUIS – One senator will look to bring the nationwide campaign to “ban the box” in Missouri again. In an email sent out Tuesday, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, implored her supporters to sign a petition asking Gov. Jay Nixon to stop the practice of asking state employee applicants to check a box about whether or not

Executive Branch

Attorney General Koster announces settlement with Millennium Health

— Missouri to receive over $99,000 —   Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Missouri, along with 49 other states and the federal government, has reached a $256 million settlement with Millennium Health, formerly Millennium Laboratories, to resolve allegations of Medicaid fraud.  Missouri’s share of the settlement will be $99,829.  

Capitol Culture

‘Ferghanistan: The War on Police’ excelling

BARNHART, Mo. – Former Rep. Jeff Roorda’s book launched 3 weeks ago and has received glowing reviews in hand with strong sales. The book, Ferghanistan: The War on Police, is summarized by Roorda as the “untold story of Ferguson, Missouri.” “Sales have been brisk,” said Roorda. “Just last week, I was at a police conference in



Rizzo to run for senate

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Rep. John Rizzo (D-Kansas City) has announced his candidacy for the Missouri’s 11th Senatorial District. Rizzo has been in the House since 2010, and serves in House leadership as the Minority Whip. Last night, he released the following statement: “Since being elected in 2010, I have had the pleasure of serving the residents of