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Agriculture’s storyteller-in-chief

Agriculture’s storyteller-in-chief

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce doesn’t want to take any credit. He’ll give all the credit to his staff at the department. But if he’s done anything to help lead to contribute to a positive outlook for the state’s agriculture industry, he thinks it’s all mental. “I do not toot

Construction crews work to lay the old marble stones back in place on the front steps of the Capitol in Jefferson City. (Benjamin Peters/The Missouri Times)

Deadline announced for construction of Capitol steps project

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After months of construction, the first phase of the Capitol building repairs is nearing completion with a final date set for finishing the project Friday, Dec. 23rd, just a few weeks before the inauguration of the new governor. The Missouri State Capitol Commission released the final date during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled

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This Week in Missouri Politics to debut in Kansas City 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This Week in Missouri Politics is expanding to Kansas City starting Sunday, October 16th on 38 the Spot at 10:00 a.m. – right in middle of the Sunday news show lineup. “It has been our goal from day one to make This Week in Missouri Politics a truly statewide show that

Samuel Diehl passes while at flight school

FORT RUCKER, Ala. – 2nd Lt. Samuel Diehl, 21, of St. Louis, Mo. passed away Wednesday afternoon at his home on post. He was attending flight school at Fort Rucker. Diehl is former House Speaker John Diehl’s oldest son. John Diehl was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2008, serving from January 2009

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Wessels looks to continue strong service in 81st district

ST. LOUIS — Among legislators entering the House this year, Fred Wessels might have some of the biggest shoes to fill. The St. Louis Democrat will replace termed-out Minority Floor Leader Jake Hummel. But as the long-time alderman said, Hummel was Wessels’ constituent before he represented him in Jefferson City. And Wessels said he’d bring

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in 2011. (Courtesy of Gage Skidmore)

Trump comments deterring few in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last Friday, the veritable bombshell of Donald Trump’s comments from 2005 that he could freely grope women because of his celebrity status stunned the political world. Politicians on both sides of the aisle denounced his words and a sea of Republican lawmakers asked for Trump to step down as they rescinded

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Ludeman founds Concordance Academy to solve the Big Problem

ST. LOUIS – Three years ago, Danny Ludeman (featured) received a letter from Candace O’Connor, a chairwoman of an organization called Project COPE. Ludeman had just retired after decades of work in the financial sector, including 15 years as the CEO of Wells Fargo Advisors. He stepped away from his professional life to do devote

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TWMP: Lester Turilli, the Washington University debate and Greitens’ surge

On Sunday’s episode of This Week in Missouri Politics, Lester Turilli Jr. talks about his independent candidacy for governor with host Scott Faughn, his status as the only person in the race with pro-life beliefs, his support for SJR 39 and his hopes to reach out to socially conservative voters. “I’m honest I’m very bold