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

House passes gift ban for local government officials, ticket resale bill

House passes gift ban for local government officials, ticket resale bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following a week off for the legislative spring break, the Missouri House returned Monday afternoon to pass another ethics bill. Unlike the previous ethics bill passed thourgh the House this session, this one puts rules and provisions onto locally elected officials. HB 229, sponsored by Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, seeks to

House Committee on General Laws hears eight bills on ethics reform on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

House Rules Committee approves 26 bills, including personhood amendment and alcohol advertising

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House Committee on Rules-Legislative Oversight voted on a large number of bills in the first meeting following the legislative spring break. Committee members returned on Monday afternoon, taking just 31 minutes to pass 26 pieces of legislation out of committee. The first bill to receive approval from the committee

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Wood Martin honored with 2017 Elissa Froman Award

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A political operative in Missouri has been honored for her volunteer work in the community. Sarah Wood Martin was presented with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) 2017 Elissa Froman Award on Saturday, March 25, for her work in combatting human trafficking in the Show-Me State. The NCJW each year

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Rep. Hurst leads convoy of Mid-Missourians to Kansas farmers’ aid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Mid-Missouri farmers, led by Rep. Tom Hurst, R-Meta, are lending a helping hand to the neighboring farmers in Kansas. States to the west of Missouri have been fighting a drought and wildfires, which have burned hundreds of thousands of acres. Many ranchers have lost livestock, feed, and more to intense flames that

RELEASE: Fate of Missouri’s largest clean energy project up to state regulators

Walmart, Missouri municipalities, Missouri industrial energy consumers make the case for Grain Belt Express with Missouri PSC JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 27, 2017) – Last week, Missouri municipalities, Walmart, the Missouri Industrial Energy Consumers and others made their case to Missouri regulators in support of a market-based infrastructure project that would bring low-cost energy to

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Large companies and businesses could benefit from Emery’s SB 190

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In past sessions, there has been a stalemate between some business and utility interests over grid modernization legislation. However, intense negotiations this session have brought many business groups on board supporting Senator Emery’s SB 190 that would see Missouri’s utility grid brought up standards seen in the rest of the country.


PSC takes steps to change rules to improve transparency

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With a busy week centered around hearings on the Grain Belt Express line, the Missouri Public Service Commission carved out time Wednesday afternoon to sign off on four tariffs and new orders. The PSC’s first order of business was to take up an order of rulemaking in regards to the confidential

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More cities line up for Grain Belt Express deals as PSC hears case for a second time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A major development out of Hannibal could be a significant victory for the Clean Line movement in Missouri. The City of Hannibal voted to get a fifth of their electricity from the project if it gets approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission. The Hannibal Board of Public Works approved a

Rep. Nick Schroer testifies before a committee. (Facebook Photo/Nick Schroer for State Representative)

Five Questions with… Rep. Nick Schroer

With the legislative session taking a week-long hiatus for spring break, we sat down with five of the new freshmen legislators to discuss their perspectives after working in the Capitol for the first half of session. The third piece in this Q&A series features five questions with Rep. Nick Schroer, R-O’Fallon. The Missouri Times: We’ve

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Finding Lynn Messer: Investigation Discovery special airs Sunday

It’s been nearly half a year since the Messer family discovered what turned out to be the remains of Lynn Messer on their family farm near Bloomsdale. After years of searching for answers as to where their mother was, the Messers found some closure in November with a startling discovery: a human skull and bones on