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Nixon to read Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia

Nixon to read Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia

Next week marks the 240th anniversary of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, which for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon carries some personal significiance. His ancestor, Col. John Nixon, the sheriff of Philadelphia in 1776, was the first person to publicly read the document, on July 8 that year. To celebrate, Gov. Nixon

Wind Farm

Grain Belt Express Clean Line application submitted to PSC

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After receiving numerous endorsements and commitments over the past couple of weeks, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line took a step for final approval Thursday, filing an application with the Public Service Commission (PSC). Thursday’s application came with the announcement that several Fortune 500 companies that operate in Missouri would be


Clean Line project adds Nixon to list of endorsements

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Grain Belt Express Clean Line continued to pick up steam on its path to final approval when it gained the endorsement of Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday. The wind energy project has also received the endorsement of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce as it faces final approval from the Public

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Auditor gets more tools under bills signed by Nixon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri state auditor will have more authority to audit Community Improvement Districts and the process for auditing Transportation Development Districts was strengthened under two bills signed by Gov. Jay Nixon at Union Station on Wednesday afternoon. Under SB 1002, CID’s can be audited by the auditor in the same way


PSC denies Great Plains request for expedited answer on Westar deal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) unanimously approved four new orders at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday in addition to hearing a 20-minute presentation from Summit Natural Gas. The PSC first approved a request from Windstream Missouri, LLC, asking that it reverse a decision of the North American Numbering Plan Administrator,


Smith urges Koster to join lawsuit opposing transgender bathroom rule

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Chris Koster should join 11 other states in suing the federal government over its transgender bathroom guidance, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, wrote in a letter to Koster signed by the other five Republican members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation. Koster has said he opposes the federal mandate and will file an

Missouri Chamber frustrated by Nixon vetoes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has voiced its frustration about three of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes on Tuesday, including one that would have allowed company owners to sell their businesses to employees rather than close up shop or sell to a competitor. The other two vetoes that the chamber took issue

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Koster calls for legislature to get PDMP done

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In a scathing critique Tuesday, Chris Koster called on state lawmakers to “go beyond cheap words” and finally implement a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri to help put an end to the opioid epidemic that killed more than 1,000 people in the state last year. Koster, the state’s attorney general

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Nixon takes action on 15 bills, vetoing 8 and signing 7

Vetoes included bills affecting the Clean Water Commission, the expert witness rule and the collateral source rule. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon took action on several bills from the legislative session, signing seven and vetoing eight. Of the seven bills signed by the governor, he chose to highlight SB814, which allows Missouri residents

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Pine Lawn municipal court fails audit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Pine Lawn municipal court does not have complete and accurate files for some cases, including missing tickets, dockets and warrants, according to an audit released Tuesday by State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office. The audit also found about $14,000 in bond processing fees collected by the police department without authority under state