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Auditor report finds risks in municipal courts

Auditor report finds risks in municipal courts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Auditor Nicole Galloway highlighted five high-risk areas in municipal court practices and financial activity in a report released Wednesday. The report, based on audit findings from 18 municipal courts, identifies areas that affect court efficiency and violate state law. “Municipal courts are charged with ensuring citizens follow the law, and

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Initiative petitions come into the home stretch to become ballot measures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At 5 p.m. July 26 a very important deadline will expire for the five initiative petitions that were submitted to Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office May 8. Today marked the final day that local election authorities could turn in their verified signature lists for certification by Kander’s office. Kander and

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Sifton calls for Missouri Veterans Commission Director to step down

ST. LOUIS – Sen. Scott Sifton, D-St. Louis, asked that Missouri Veterans Commission Director Larry Kay step down from his position after Kay and the commission lost a 2.875 million jury verdict in a sexual discrimination and harassment case Thursday. “The Missouri Veterans Commission cannot countenance discrimination or harassment. The Commission’s employees provide vital services to


PSC tackles DSIMs, denies rehearing application

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) approved six orders Wednesday ranging from transferring property, raising rider charges, and denying a water company’s rehearing application. The first order, an order to South Central MCN granting a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, will transfer ownership of 10 miles of line connecting a plant in

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Galloway gives Sparta second lowest ranking in audit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Auditor Nicole Galloway released the findings of an audit on the municipal court of Sparta, a small town outside Springfield, and the results were less than flattering. Galloway found that the court in Sparta improperly tracked its activities, if it tracked them at all, and does not meet the legal

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Governor’s Conference on Economic Development to focus on successful Missouri companies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – At their annual conference, the Department of Economic Development will encourage business owners and municipal leaders to examine what made successful Missouri companies… well, successful. This September, the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will examine certain industries that have seen a lot of growth recently and how interested parties can integrate their own


NRA grades lead to (more) fights on Twitter in governor race

With National Rifle Association grades starting to leak out over the weekend, Missouri Republican governor candidates took the opportunity to fight for differentiation again. According to reports, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder received an A+, former Speaker Catherine Hanaway received an A, and John Brunner and Eric Greitens both received AQ ratings. Brunner has also been

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Ardini appointed to Western District Court of Appeals

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Edward R. (Ted) Ardini has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District created by the retirement of Judge Joseph M. Ellis, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday. Ardini has served as Counsel to the Governor since January 2009 where his roles included conducting legal reviews

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Supreme Court decision leaves Kander with unprecedented decision

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Secretary of State Jason Kander faces an unprecedented decision after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a judge’s decision to rewrite the Early Childhood Health and Education Amendment. For the first time in Missouri history, a secretary of state must decide whether to certify signatures for an initiative


Landlord-tenant and ‘Lucile Bluford Day’ among final bills signed by Nixon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.–  On the last day to take action on bills passed during the 2016 legislative session, Gov. Jay Nixon signed four bills, including a bill clarifying landlord-tenant law and another designating July 1st as “Lucile Bluford Day.” HB 1862, sponsored by Rep. Gary Cross, R-Lee’s Summit, specifies that for the purpose of restoring