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Planned Parenthood in Columbia suspends abortion services

Planned Parenthood in Columbia suspends abortion services

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Planned Parenthood affiliate in Columbia stopped offering medical abortion services Monday. After the University of Missouri Hospital revoked the “refer and follow” privileges of Dr. Colleen McNicholas who performed the abortions, apparently the organization and/or McNicholas declined to reapply for different medical or surgical privileges with the hospital. Without those privileges, the organization nor McNicholas could


DNR directed to identify projects to be funded with ASARCO funds

BONNE TERRE, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon was in St. Francois County Tuesday touring former lead mining areas. The tour comes with a directive toward the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to identify local projects that would benefit from ASARCO settlement funds. “My administration is committed to moving forward on restoration projects that will benefit

Nasheed plans to pre-file ‘ban the box’ legislation

ST. LOUIS – One senator will look to bring the nationwide campaign to “ban the box” in Missouri again. In an email sent out Tuesday, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, implored her supporters to sign a petition asking Gov. Jay Nixon to stop the practice of asking state employee applicants to check a box about whether or not

Photos updating construction at the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium taken on August 11, 2014.

National Car Rental Field: not the first time Missouri financed a football stadium

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – With debate raging over the funding for a potential new football stadium in St. Louis, some legislators have questioned Gov. Jay Nixon’s plan to use public funds to finance part of that new facility. A similar debate took place last decade only with some of the loudest voices opposing a new

Missouri Chamber honors top legislators

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced 27 legislators that received a 100 percent voting record from their organization last week. The chamber selects what it considers the most important legislation pertaining to education, taxes, workers’ compensation, economic development and labor policy and grades each legislator based on how they voted

House Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard Announce Joint Hearing to Examine Funding for Refugee Assistance Programs

  JEFFERSON CITY— House Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard today announced a joint hearing that will thoroughly examine the various programs the governor could utilize to provide assistance to refugees. The House Budget Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold the hearing Monday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. in

Newman pens letter to Nixon on refugee crisis, speaks of her family’s past as refugees

ST. LOUIS – Rep. Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis, is well-known as one of the most outspoken and liberal elected officials in the state. She sent a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday asking him to not make the same stand as many of the states surrounding Missouri have in refusing Syrian refugees from entering their state,

Schmitt, Nasheed, Cornejo respond to lawsuit against SB 5

ST. LOUIS – When SB 5 passed last spring with bipartisan support, it showed an effort by bill sponsor Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and the rest of the legislature to curtail abuses of authority by small municipalities across the state, but particularly in the St. Louis metro area. Officials from two of those municipalities, Normandy and

Pension committee proceeds despite lack of quorum, increased security

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Joint Committee on Public Employment Retirement met Wednesday under two unusual circumstances. The committee did not reach a quorum, and an extra officer patrolled outside House Hearing Room 4, representing heightened security from Capitol Police. Yesterday, Rep. Mike Leara, the committee chair, asked for increased security after Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia,