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Lt. Gov.-elect Parson undergoes surgery, expected to attend inauguration

Lt. Gov.-elect Parson undergoes surgery, expected to attend inauguration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Incoming Lt. Gov.-elect Mike Parson is recovering from surgery over the holidays. The Republican underwent a successful quintuple bypass surgery in Springfield. A quintuple bypass is an open heart surgery done to treat severely blocked arteries that feed the heart. Parson was released from hospital after a short stay, and is still


Inauguration Day 2017: What you should know

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — We’re a little over one week away from the inauguration of Missouri’s next governor and the preparations are all coming together. Greitens’ senior adviser outlined the details and plans for the inauguration during a conference call on Thursday morning. The inaugural ceremonies will begin with a week of service starting on Tuesday,

Eric Greitens gives his victory speech after winning the Republican nomination for governor Aug. 2, 2016

Gov.-elect Greitens is ‘serious’ about ethics reform

JEFFERSON  CITY, Mo. – Gov.-elect Eric Greitens is serious about ethics reform in Jefferson City, and his plans show it. It’s been one of the top priorities for the incoming Republican, whose message on the campaign trail centered on cleaning up corruption at the capitol. Voters took the first steps this past November, not only

Eric Greitens speaks at a campaign event at the University of Missouri Oct. 1, 2015. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Greitens’ senior adviser says they’re close to announcing new COO

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens and his team have steadily been officially adding more members to his team in the past weeks, and are getting ready to make more announcements before the inauguration ceremony. In a press call on Thursday, senior adviser Austin Chambers spoke with reporters about the staffing, as well


New report shows decrease in nationwide crime, increase in Missouri incarceration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows a nationwide decline in crime and the rate of imprisonment. Over the five-year period of 2010-2015, figures released by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics show the nation’s imprisonment rate fell 8.4 percent. The FBI reports the combined violent

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PSC files proposed MEEIA revisions with Secretary of State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission is looking to update the definitions concerning demand side programs with three newly proposed rules and amendments. The proposed rules, filed on December 27 with the Secretary of State’s Office, are now posted on the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board’s website, along with statements on how


Shareholders supporting Ameren, KCPL energy efficiency goals

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Regardless of the global warming debate, new pressure from investors and government rule makers may have benefits for Missouri utilities and consumers. Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power & Light are two such companies in Missouri under pressure to make the transition to more efficient energy. Both companies have not only spent time researching the

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Farmers and cattlemen agree: Greitens’ pick for ag director is a slam dunk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Farmers and cattlemen both seem to agree that Gov.-elect Eric Greitens’ latest pick for the next Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture is a home run. “There’s no one who is more of a true believer in good Ag policy, or who has been living and breathing it at an

Rep. Elijah Haahr listens to members of the Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force during the final meeting. (Ben Peters/ Missouri Times)

Haahr names Arnzen new chief of staff

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the legislative draws near, the next Speaker Pro Tem has named his chief of staff. State Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, has hired Phillip Arnzen to serve as his chief of staff. The Leopold, Mo. native comes to Haahr’s staff after serving on a number of Republican campaigns, most recently working


DHE, task force set to improve degree programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A task force of higher education leaders in Missouri has taken aim at the degree programs of the colleges and universities in the Show Me State. The task force was appointed at the request of Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson and House Higher Education Committee Chair Steve Cookson in