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Wallingford pens editorial asking voters their thoughts on ‘Missouri Promise’ tax increase

Wallingford pens editorial asking voters their thoughts on ‘Missouri Promise’ tax increase

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, asked constituents Wednesday for their thoughts on a possible cigarette tax increase to help fund the “Missouri Promise” program. The request came in an editorial published by the Southeast Missourian. The program, a brainchild of Treasurer Clint Zweifel, Attorney General Chris Koster and the University of

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House committees hold joint hearing on Planned Parenthood allegations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A joint committee hearing between the House’s Ways and Means and the Children and Families Committees was held Thursday to discuss the allegations in videos made by the Center for Medical Progress against Planned Parenthood that the medical organization is selling fetal tissue for profit. The committee also looked into the

MU chancellor responds to Schaefer, has “refer and follow” with Planned Parenthood

COLUMBIA, Mo. – R. Bowen Loftin, the Chancellor at the University of Missouri, responded Tuesday to Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s, R- Columbia, request for a written agreement between the University and Planned Parenthood, stating that there was not such an agreement. “MU Health Care does not have an agreement with Dr. [Colleen] McNicholas, Planned Parenthood of Kansas


MDFB approves tax credits for new St. Louis stadium

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Development Finance Board voted 11 to one Tuesday to approve $50 million in tax credits over the next three years in a last-ditch effort to keep the NFL in St. Louis, either by keeping the Rams in place or attracting a new team. All of this happened while the

Anti-abortion advocates meet outside Sen. Claire McCaskill's office Aug. 18, 2015. (Travis Zimpfer/The Missouri Times)

Anti-Planned Parenthood group delivers letters to McCaskill’s office

COLUMBIA, Mo. – About two dozen anti-abortion advocates held a brief protest outside of and delivered letters condemning the practices of Planned Parenthood to Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Columbia office Tuesday morning. The group delivered a letter signed by over 100 anti-abortion advocates from around mid-Missouri, calling to defund Planned Parenthood after allegations that the health care provider

Nixon discusses economic deal with Alberta

CALGARY, Alta. – Gov. Jay Nixon held a conference call Tuesday afternoon from Alberta to discuss with reporters his three-day tour of the Canadian province. Nixon said the tour was an opportunity for the Missouri government to continue to strengthen economic relationships between the two governments, as well as the businesses that reside in each, after



Woody Cozad: Missouri conservative

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Although John “Woody” Cozad has never served as an elected official in the state capacity, the lawyer and lobbyist from Kansas City may be the quintessential Missouri conservative based on his beliefs, his actions and his enthusiasm for the Republican party, which he still has even though he’s only 70. “When I

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Schaefer asks UM Chancellor for documents linking Mizzou to Planned Parenthood

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, sent an open letter to University of Missouri Chancellor Bowen Loftin Monday asking for the release of any possible agreement between the University of Missouri and the Columbia Planned Parenthood affiliate. Schaefer and the other members of the Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life have been


Mark Milton announces candidacy for House District 90

GLENDALE, Mo. – First-term state Rep. Deb Lavender, D-Kirkwood, will have a Republican challenger in the always competitive District 90. Mark Milton, a Republican lawyer from Glendale and political newcomer, formally announced his candidacy for the House seat Monday morning. Milton, who currently works as an attorney for Husch Blackwell LLP in St. Louis, worked

Emery loses vision in right eye; doctors trying to determine cause

LAMAR, Mo. – State Sen. Ed Emery lost vision in his right eye over the weekend. According to his chief of staff Josh Foster, doctors are unsure of the cause of Emery’s loss of eyesight, but they conducted tests Saturday and continued testing on Monday to determine the cause. In Emery’s first term in 2013,