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Ground broken on housing development with help of MHDC tax credits

Ground broken on housing development with help of MHDC tax credits

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Last week, a group of organizers in Kansas City broke ground on a new housing development that will cater specifically to homeless families. Nonprofit aiming to end homelessness in Kansas City, reStart and Affordable Housing of Kansas City, the brains behind the Rose Hill Townhomes, hope the project will serve a demographic

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Public-private partnership driving STL NGA-West HQ bid

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft Environmental Impact State this morning on the four potential sites for the new headquarters for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). NGA is headquartered in Springfield, Va. and has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo. The NGA’s new facility would expand its current

First hearing for human trafficking task force takes place in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, helmed the first hearing of a human trafficking task force Thursday at Union Station in Kansas City where members of the task force heard public testimony from one survivor of the crime. In the coming weeks, the task force will hold more hearings where they hope to

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Senate releases official portrait of newly elected President Pro Tem Ron Richard

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate has released the official portrait of the newly elected President Pro Tem, Ron Richard, R-Joplin. Sen. Richard was elected by the body on Sept. 16, 2015 to serve as President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate for the remainder of the 98th General Assembly. The President Pro Tem is

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Body camera recommendations absent in Ferguson Commission Report

ST. LOUIS – When the Ferguson Commission Report came out Sept. 14, it recommended various strategies to curb police overreach, lift a community out of poverty and work to mitigate racial tension after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in August 2014. However, the report leaves out a significant change activists clamored for

Black calls for community action regarding ASARCO settlement

IRONTON, Mo. – Rep. Linda Black, R-Park Hills, is calling for public comment regarding the allocation and use of settlement funds related to the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District (SEMOLMD) from a lawsuit against lead smelter ASARCO. Black writes that the State, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture held

House leaders call on Nixon to raise state employee wages

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Prominent House Republicans have called for Gov. Jay Nixon to work with the legislature to raise wages for state employees. House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, and House Budget Chairman Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, both asked the governor for a bipartisan arrangement effort to find revenue streams already existing within the state


Missouri Right to Life defends Schaefer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Right to Life (MRL), one of the largest and oldest grassroots networks in Missouri, was quick to defend Sen. Kurt Schaefer, chairman of the Sanctity of Life committee, after hundreds of of Planned Parenthood supporters gathered at the University of Missouri, shaming the university for cutting ties with the embroiled

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Planned Parenthood supporters look to turn the tide of the national conversation

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Protest signs floated like flat ships on a sea of pink as guest speakers shouted into a microphone that recent attempts by the University of Missouri to distance itself from Planned Parenthood would not stand. No one was more vocal than Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri’s President and CEO Laura McQuade.