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Public defenders chronically underfunded, overworked

September 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

St. Louis, Mo. —Missouri’s public defenders are chronically overworked and underfunded, and it’ll take a push by lawmakers for a major change. Missouri’s public defenders compare poorly, not only to other lawyers in Missouri, and rank dead last among Missouri’s 8 neighboring states in starting salary. An Assistant Public Defender […]

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Steelworkers, Smith come forward in support of Noranda compromise rehearing

September 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The International President of the United Steelworkers, Leo W. Gerard, and Congressman Jason Smith of the 8th District sent letters to the Missouri Public Commission (PSC) urging the Commission to consider the Office of Public Counsel’s (OPC) compromise stipulation in a rehearing. Gerard and Smith join the […]

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Missouri hopes fishers act on Asian carp

September 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In early September, hundreds of dead Asian carp lined the lake at St. Louis County Park. Dozens more turned up dead right across the Mississippi River in Granite City, Illinois yesterday – but no one is upset about it. Asian carp are an invasive species brought […]

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PSC discusses and denies Sunshine request

September 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission held a quiet meeting after a week off. Their agenda meeting was composed of 6 new orders, all of which were approved, and brief discussion on cases regarding Osage Water Company and Empire District Electric. Two matters were discussed amongst the […]

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Nixon orders audit of St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon is directing the state to wade into the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds Office and its scandal-ridden former head honcho, Sharon Carpenter. Carpenter resigned earlier this summer after coming under fire for hiring her great-nephew, a violation of Missouri’s anti-nepotism law. Carpenter […]

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Centennial events start to take shape for MSCC

September 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This is part of a series on the Missouri State Capitol Commission and their endeavors to repair, renovate, and restore the Missouri State Capitol.   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the last hours of veto session, HB 1359 failed to reach the senate floor after senate action halted following the abortion waiting period PQ. […]

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MHDC Meets to Assess Statewide Housing Needs, Avenues for Optimizing Returns

September 18, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) met Thursday Sept. 18 in an effort to appropriately allocate funds for affording housing and emergency relief in Missouri, as well as looking at a variety of ways to optimize funding and return for both the projects and the commission. Both […]

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Nicastro resignation ends contentious tenure

September 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro announced this week that she would resign at the end of the calendar year, ending her five-year run in a post marked by intense criticism and increasingly bitter public and private battles over how to reign in Missouri’s struggling public schools. […]

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Nine CONs approved by committee

September 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved 9 applications for new Certificates of Need (CON) and 4 CON extensions today, including replacing robotic surgery systems at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and 30 additional beds for Alzheimer’s patients in Sedalia, Mo. A certificate for over […]

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PSC drafts rule to prevent utility payments at payday loan facilities

September 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Public Service Commission met at the Missouri Western University Hearnes Center today for their regularly scheduled agenda meeting, approved three orders and discussed in depth a possible rule change to allowing utilities to use payday lending facilities as payment locations. Most utility companies in the […]

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