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PSC looks ahead to busy April

PSC looks ahead to busy April

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) met today for their regularly scheduled agenda meeting. The meeting was short and light with a few jokes made, but scheduling showed a busy month upcoming. Evidentiary hearings for the Empire Electric case start on April 8. The case, ER-2014-0351, regards Empire Electric’s authority to


Koster responds to state audit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General and presumptive Democratic nominee for governor in 2016, Chris Koster, responded to an audit released today by the State Auditor’s office that was critical of the AGO’s conflict of interest policies. It all began a few months ago, when a New York Times article featuring several Attorneys General


GOP donor signs affidavit against MRP Chairman

St. Louis, Mo. — A prominent Republican Party donor released a sworn affidavit today stating Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock made remarks to him about State Auditor Tom Schweich’s religion, which he took to be derogatory. David Humphreys, CEO of Tamko in Joplin, Missouri, released an affidavit stating that Hancock told him in a


Nixon names former Joplin Police Chief as new Director of Public Safety

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon announced in a press release that he was naming former Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts as his new nominee to direct the Department of Public Safety. The nomination of Lane comes a few weeks after the abrupt departure of DPS Director Dan Isom, who held the post for


Governor’s office tells librarians to ‘shhh’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Public Library Executive Director Crosby Kemper took to Facebook today to share that he and his fellow library-supporting activists were “thrown out” of Governor Jay Nixon’s office for “being too loud.” “We were just thrown out of Governor Nixon’s office,” wrote Kemper. “We were respectful and polite and had


Nixon nearing decision on auditor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Governor Jay Nixon prepares to leave on a trade mission to Europe, he told KWMU that he is “into the process now, pretty heavily” of selecting the next permanent State Auditor. The list of contenders seems to be fluctuating with some pretty wild speculations. Here is a list of most


Lawmakers speeding up budget process to pressure Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are aiming to have the state’s $26 billion budget on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk earlier than ever before this year in an effort to give them time to override any line-item vetoes Nixon might normally make at the end of the legislative session. After receiving the budget, Nixon has

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Noranda, OPC file new compromise in rate case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In an effort to end the months of wrangling, the Office of Public Counsel filed a compromise settlement in the Ameren rate case Tuesday that has the support of most of Missouri’s consumer groups, including Noranda Aluminum, the massive aluminum smelter in southeastern Missouri. The proposed stipulation must be approved by the Public


Maryland Heights firefighters earn favorable MEC judgment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Ethics Commission ruled that a mailer distributed just ahead of a vote on a $19 million bond for Maryland Heights Fire Protection District violated Missouri election laws. Last August, Maryland Heights voters were asked to consider a $19 million bond issue for their fire protection district. The money was


Lone known source to Schweich on Hancock claim never spoke directly to Hancock

St. Louis, MO – The man who, so far, is the only person to be identified as hearing the anti-Semitic “whisper campaign” that State Auditor Tom Schweich alleged Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock was perpetrating against him before his death, told The Missouri Times that he has never personally spoken to John Hancock, but