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Public defenders chronically underfunded, overworked

September 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

St. Louis, Mo. —Missouri’s public defenders are chronically overworked and underfunded, and it’ll take a push by lawmakers for a major change. Missouri’s public defenders compare poorly, not only to other lawyers in Missouri, and rank dead last among Missouri’s 8 neighboring states in starting salary. An Assistant Public Defender […]

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Missouri hopes fishers act on Asian carp

September 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In early September, hundreds of dead Asian carp lined the lake at St. Louis County Park. Dozens more turned up dead right across the Mississippi River in Granite City, Illinois yesterday – but no one is upset about it. Asian carp are an invasive species brought […]

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Republic Services drops $70,000 into 2014

September 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — Republic Services, Inc. may be encountering friction with some local communities over the environmental hazards of the Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills, but the waste management company appears to be greasing the wheels of Missouri’s state lawmakers. Since August of this year, the company has dropped […]

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Standard-setting education workshops off to strained start

September 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This spring’s last week of legislative session in Missouri left the usage of common core as an education standard in Missouri off the table – but this last week’s education workshop had the controversial standards creeping back toward the surface. House Bill 1490 was passed during […]

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Missouri Right to Life release endorsements for general election

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee released their endorsements for the general election this weekend, less than 10 days after pro-life group’s victories at veto session to triple the mandatory waiting period for abortions to 72 hours and to increase tax credits for pregnancy resource […]

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Kander, Wallingford to slash Missouri business fees

September 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander and state Senator Wayne Wallingford (R – Cape Girardeau) are combining forces on legislation to make Missouri business fees the lowest in the nation. Kander’s office unveiled the plan in a brief press release. Kander’s goal is to make the various […]

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Campaign to mandate new civics test for all students

September 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — A new education initiative in Missouri would mandate all students in the state pass the same test administered to immigrants looking to become full U.S. citizens. The Missouri arm of the national Civics Education Initiative contracted Hemphill & Associates — a Jefferson City-based lobbying firm frequently […]

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Hummel looking to lead House Democrats in 2015

September 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Jacob Hummel served as House Minority leader for the past two years, and it would appear he has every intention of remaining in the position despite his new title with the Missouri AFL-CIO. “Jake has personally committed to me that he is running again and […]

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SB 656 controversy continues beyond veto session

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The recent veto override of SB 656 has led to emotional responses on both sides of the aisle. Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief that they have passed a tool to help protect children in schools, yet Democrats are more concerned. Constituent concerns continue to […]

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Study: Same-sex marriage ban hurts economy

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Saint Louis, Mo. — A study by a UCLA-based think tank says Missouri is missing out on about $36 million in economic activity for its ban on same-sex marriages. The Williams Institute, an independent think tank in California studying sexual orientation and gender identity, released the study. Estimating the Economic […]

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