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Bond joins federal lobbying effort for Parents as Teachers

Bond joins federal lobbying effort for Parents as Teachers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Missouri Auditor, Governor and Senator Kit Bond is urging D.C. lawmakers to renew funding for a program that directly benefits the Parents as Teachers, a program founded in Missouri under his time as governor. The Missouri General Assembly passed the Early Childhood Education Act to establish Parents as Teachers as a

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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


Following Liberty attack, House weighs anti-bullying bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers may set new standards for the way public schools craft their anti-bullying policies after the story of an attack on an autistic child by a bully in Liberty, Missouri, went viral. In February, 12-year-old Blake Kitchen was badly beaten by a fellow student in his school’s cafeteria. Shortly after


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


Can Missouri make the case for medical marijuana?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A concentrated lobbying effort, new polls, and some help from the Surgeon General may just make Missouri the 24th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, despite Republican supermajorities in both chambers. Bills permitting medical pot usage or legalizing the drug altogether have floated around the Missouri legislature for years, rarely


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


Several options to serve as Auditor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the political world begins to move forward after the tragic death of State Auditor Tom Schweich, there is a lengthy list of potential candidates Governor Nixon could chose to fill the term, which runs through 2018. Nixon’s former Chief of Staff, John Watson, is currently in the role as a


Brownback touts Kansas success in address to Missouri lawmakers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback came to Jefferson City today to address lawmakers in a private event to tout the economic success of Kansas. Grow Missouri, a conservative think tank and Rex Sinquefield operation, invited Brownback to address more than 100 Missouri lawmakers. The group largely advocates for reduced income taxes, and