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U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner meets with Missourians during the annual Lincoln Days event in Springfield, Mo.

Lincoln Days kicks off, Republicans wonder if Wagner will run for U.S. Senate

Lincoln Days kicks off, Republicans wonder if Wagner will run for U.S. Senate

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Republicans are in a festive mood this weekend, as conservatives gather from all across the state for the annual Lincoln Days event. The long-running tradition, held in Springfield this year, is focused on celebrating a monumental win in the November elections, as well as looking forward to the future. Hundreds turned out

House Committee on Children and Family

Moon wants to create ‘History of Abortion’ exhibit in Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  – State Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, this week filed HB 1014, which seeks to add an exhibit on the history of abortion to the state museum. Called the “Never Again Act,” the legislation directs the created exhibit to be placed near the existing exhibit displaying the state’s history of slavery. Moon

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PSC orders Great Plains to file application in merger case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday ordered Great Plains Energy Incorporated (GPE) to file an application seeking the commission’s approval of a merger between GPE and Westar Energy, Inc.  The order stems from a complaint filed by the Midwest Energy Consumers Group (MECG) against GPE, which alleged that GPE violated a

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick speaks on HB 288, his bill on unemployment compensation.

House passes limits on unemployment compensation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House on Thursday passed a contentious measure that could limit the benefits that Missouri’s unemployed could collect. HB 288, sponsored by Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, would restrict the number of weeks that unemployment could be drawn to one of the shortest periods in the country. “We will be second from

House Budget Committee

Lawmakers call for monthly reports on state’s lawsuit settlements

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With growing concerns over the amount of money being spent by Missouri each year to pay lawsuit settlements, scrutiny of the state’s legal expense fund has become a focal point for several lawmakers. The expenditures by the Attorney General’s Office from that particular fund have come under fire in the past

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Missouri lawmakers face off in REAL ID debates, but accomplish little

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While tension has been building among the Senate over the proposed REAL ID legislation in the past few days, it was the House that threw the first punches in the ring. What is REAL ID? The REAL ID Act was first brought about 2005, following the aftermath of 9/11, and was

Gov. Eric Greitens gives a brief statement moments before signing Sen. Dan Brown's right-to-work bill into law Feb 6, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

House Budget Committee questions Governor’s Office budget and use of funds

Democratic lawmakers question the need for the governor’s press secretary and money used for governor’s flights JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House lawmakers on Wednesday morning questioned a number of items in the budget for the governor’s office, seeking answers from Gov. Eric Greitens’ chief of staff, Mike Roche, and his deputy, former Rep. Caleb Jones. Representatives

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Holsman calls for $60 million in settlements to restore funding to Greitens’ budget cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The state of Missouri received roughly $60 million from two lawsuit settlements in the past few weeks, and Sen. Jason Holsman says it should go to restoring some of the budget cuts proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens. The money comes from two settlements; $10 million comes from a multi-state settlement with the

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House lawmakers seek to improve public opinion of law enforcement with transparency bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have made a point of standing behind the members of law enforcement, with the House recently passing several bills regarding police protection. But the debate has also brought up concerns over the perceived lack of action by the General Assembly to address the issues highlighted by the 2014 shooting

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Do Missouri cities have the right to set their own minimum wage? Ask Missouri’s Supreme Court

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a five-year period, Missouri’s minimum wage has raised by a total of 35 cents. In 2013, a minimum wage worker could expect $7.35 an hour. Four years later and three increases later, a Missouri worker should expect $7.70 while working in a minimum wage job in 2017. But while those

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