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Hummel headed to the Senate

Hummel headed to the Senate

Staff Reports ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Rep. Jake Hummel is heading to the Senate after being tapped by committee Democrats in the 4th Senate District to succeed Sen. Joe Keaveny who resigned to take  a judgeship. “I appreciate the support I received today from local Democratic leaders in being chosen as our party’s nominee in

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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

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Schaefer named ‘Senator of the Year’ by Sheriffs

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sen. Kurt Schaefer has been named Senator of the Year by the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association, his campaign for attorney general announced Thursday. Running for the top law enforcement position in the state, this is Schaefer’s second time receiving the award. Schaefer previously received the award in 2012. “It has always been a privilege to

The University of Missouri Review Commission's first meeting

Sinquefield, Forsee leading UM Review Commission

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The recently appointed members of the University of Missouri Review Commission met Friday for the first time to elect leadership and chart their path in examining the University of Missouri System. House Chief Clerk Adam Crumbliss guided the commission through introductions of staff and resources at the Commission’s disposal, which is


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

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Legislation banning ticket quotas signed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Among the bills signed by Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday morning was SB 765, which prohibits municipalities from having ticket quotas. Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, sponsored the legislation that was inspired in part by a St. Louis County municipality that reminded police officers that their pay checks were depended on how

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Hegeman fears MoDOT could stop using sheltered workplaces

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a letter to the state’s transportation authorities, Sen. Dan Hegeman expressed concern over a Request for Proposal by the Department of Transportation that he fears could end the state’s use of sheltered workshops to maintain rest areas. In the letter, sent last month and addressed to MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna


Nixon signs bill to update Missouri’s use-of-force statute

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon signed seven bills that change the judicial system and law enforcement Wednesday, including a measure to update the state’s use-of-force statute. Updating the state’s use-of-force statute has been a priority for many of those who wish to see progress in policing after Ferguson when the U.S. Justice Department found in their

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What’s next for Uber in Missouri?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Depending on who you talk to, ride-hailing (or ridesharing) is the next essential technology for urban and suburban areas. Just download an app, call for a ride, and a certified, nearby Uber driver will pick you up and take you to the location of their choice. However, Missouri and its two


CON meeting sees over $300 million approved for projects

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved $108.7 million in funding for new projects at one of their six yearly Certificate of Need meetings Monday morning. Among those new projects were a 72-bed psychiatric hospital in Columbia and a 94-bed assisted living facility in Wildwood in St. Louis County. The psychiatric hospital,