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As EPA stalls on Westlake Landfill, Chappelle-Nadal files massive home buyout bill 

As EPA stalls on Westlake Landfill, Chappelle-Nadal files massive home buyout bill 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With the state budget facing a potential $700 million shortfall, Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal has filed legislation hoping to see the state buy north of 90 homes, totaling almost $13 million, near the West Lake Landfill. The West Lake Landfill has been in operation for over 50 years, yet last Wednesday, Chappelle-Nadal had

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Austin Chambers: Missouri is the backdrop for another national political star

Missouri has been the backdrop for several of the nation’s leading political figures, from Jack Oliver to Joyce Aboussie to Jeff Roe, and in 2016, Missouri became a big part of the story of a new rising star in national politics: Austin Chambers. Chambers managed the campaign of Gov.-elect Eric Greitens, and is now serving

Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, presents his gas tax increase bill to the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Jan. 13, 2016. TRAVIS ZIMPFER/THE MISSOURI TIMES

Libla to file bill increasing punishment for those who attack law enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today, Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, announced he will file legislation on December 1st enhancing penalties for those who are convicted of attacking law enforcement officers and first responders. “Our law enforcement officers need to know that members of the Missouri General Assembly have their back,” Libla said. “As Chairman of the Senate

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What is the smart grid and why doesn’t Missouri have one?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Despite most utilities’ efforts to become more efficient under state and federal mandates, Missouri continues to be one of four states left in the union without a smart grid – due to outdated regulations. “Though there has been legislation introduced that addresses these issues, for at least a decade, stakeholders have not

Compensated protesters protest Trump in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. – After a student organized a protest last Friday evening at the University of Missouri campus, an individual named Tyler solicited on Craigslist, a popular online classified site, for paid protesters. The protest was planned for Monday evening in front of the Columbia City Hall, where protesters were to be compensated $15/hour. Protesters were told

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MRL PAC makes no #mogov endorsement, denote Greitens and Turilli as ‘pro-life’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Right to Life’s political action committee (MRL PAC) has released a non-endorsement in the race for Missouri’s next governor, unable to see past the Republican nominee’s survey delay. Republican nominee Eric Greitens submitted his survey less than a month before the election – and more than 2 months after the

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Restraining order and tax liens make the 70th district the nastiest race in the state

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Rep. Bill Otto is running for Congress, and the race to replace him may be the nastiest race in the state. Voters in the Maryland Heights-centered district have been inundated with attacks on Republican candidate Mark Matthiesen over a 2008 tax lien. On Friday, mailboxes in the 70th district were filled

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Son calls for Messer to come clean

BLOOMSDALE, Mo. – Abram Messer, son of Kerry Messer, is calling for Kerry to straighten his story about the disappearance of Lynn Messer. “For two years, I have been begging my father to tell the truth and to be open, to come clean about what he knows that he’s not sharing,” Abram said. “I have

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Less than one week out, new poll shows Greitens up for first time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a new Missouri Times poll released Wednesday, Republicans, including Republican gubernatorial nominee Eric Greitens are up. Donald Trump is up over Hillary Clinton by 12 points in the race for the White House, while Senator Roy Blunt is up 4 points over Secretary of State Jason Kander for U.S. Senate.

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Questions arise if OPC complaint was politically motivated

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On April 26th, two documents were filed a block away from each other and now, seven months later, there is a dispute arising over whether or not they were related. In the Capitol, Rep. Rocky Miller’s HB 2689, which would reform some of the government regulations Missouri utility companies are forced

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