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Holden backs Trump’s pick for China ambassador

Holden backs Trump’s pick for China ambassador

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – News broke in early December that President-elect Donald Trump selected Terry Branstad to serve as the U.S. ambassador to China. “Governor Branstad obviously is Iowa’s longest-serving governor, someone who has considerable public policy experience but also someone who has a lot of experience and great grasp of trade issues, agriculture issues,

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Emery’s bills look to modernize Missouri utility grids and rate adjustments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With talks of reform echoing throughout the Capitol in the wake of a new administration, one area of reform that has been quietly in the works is that of regulatory reform for utility infrastructure. A recent report issued by the Senate Interim Committee on Utility Regulation and Infrastructure Investment (SIRI) found

Sen. Roy Blunt at an NRA endorsement event in Columbia, Mo. Aug. 11, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Blunt to showcase the Show Me State in presidential inauguration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senator Roy Blunt has served in a number of capacities in his congressional career, but “party planner” may be a new one. The Missouri Republican will preside over the Capitol’s biggest political celebration: Inauguration Day. Blunt is the head of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities, or the JCCIC. The U.S.

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House Budget Committee awaits Greitens budget in the midst of shortfalls

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s budget has been one of the top concerns for many with the start of the legislative session, and the first meeting of the House budget committee revealed new changes and issues that will have to be handled in a short amount of time. The House Budget committee features a new

The 99th Missouri House of Representatives takes the oath as session begins on Wednesday, Jan. 4th.

House perfects lobbyist expenditures bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has taken the next step in their fight for ethics reform. House members on Thursday perfected HB 60, an ethics bill focused on changing the rules as they apply to gifts from lobbyists. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, received first-round approval from the House by

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PSC approves Ameren Missouri grid investment with eye towards the future

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday approved five new orders and tariffs in a 10-minute period, one of which granted a 2.8 percent rate increase for Ameren Missouri. Ameren Missouri filed the tariff to recover the cost of its Cycle 2 Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act (MEEIA) programs, which

Gov. Eric Greitens announces his pick for the new COO. PHOTO/THE MISSOURI TIMES - BEN PETERS

Greitens names Drew Erdmann as new COO

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Eric Greitens has announced his long-awaited pick for chief operating officer. “We’re doing what we told people we were going to do: we’re building a government that works better for you. And we’re building a team to do it,” Greitens said, announcing his pick at Delong’s Incorporated, a steel manufacturer

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Ameren Missouri to update Bagnell Dam with $52 million project

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — The Bagnell Dam is set to undergo major construction this spring as part of a new $52 million project by Ameren Missouri. The Bagnell Dam and Osage Energy Center will install 68 new anchors and concrete on the downstream side of the dam. “This project is about keeping this vital asset

Rep. Robert Cornejo chairs the House Committee on General Laws during a hearing on a proposed ridesharing law.

Ridesharing services bill passes through first committee hearing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – App-based transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft are one step closer to operating in the Show Me State. The House Committee on General Laws voted to approve a bill that would create statewide regulations for the companies on Tuesday night. The night clearly belonged to supporters of Uber and Lyft,

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Nasheed endorses Tishaura Jones for St. Louis mayor

ST. LOUIS – Just a week after pulling out of the race for St. Louis mayor, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed is now endorsing St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones in that same race. The state senator made the announcement with a news release posted on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, urging voters to unite with her behind Jones.

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