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Pearce celebrates “home run” higher education bill

Pearce celebrates “home run” higher education bill

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The outgoing Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, held a ceremony Friday with leaders from the University of Missouri, Moberly Area Community College and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) to celebrate the signing of SB 997 by Gov. Jay Nixon last week. The bill covers multiple areas of higher education, becoming something of

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Nixon signs four bills, including ride-sharing insurance requirements

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon signed four bills into law on Thursday, including one that creates insurance coverage requirements for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. SB 947, which was sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, creates insurance coverage requirements between a so-called transportation network company and its drivers who use personal

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Nixon vetoes omnibus bill for dispute over fees

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Thursday that had a wide range of provisions relating to everything from sheltered workshops, fire protection, property managers, and the consolidation of road districts to nuisance abatement ordinances, the taxation of bed and breakfasts, museum district petitions. His official reason for the veto? SB 867 would allow

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Nixon signs Haahr’s bill to combat human trafficking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A bill to expand the crime of sex trafficking to include the advertisement of minors and non-consenting adults for prostitution or pornography was signed by Gov. Jay Nixon at a ceremony in Kansas City Wednesday. Nixon was joined by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, and


Nixon signs bill increasing access to opiate treatment drug

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB 1568 Tuesday, which will expand access to the drug naloxone, a drug designed to block the effects of opioid use and overdose. Naloxone may also be viable as a way to treat addiction to opiates like heroin and some prescription pain pills. “Increasing access to naloxone is a proven,


Solar Energy in Missouri: The Impending Insurgency of Clean Electricity

Global concerns about how electricity and energy are generated has led to increased scrutiny on fossil fuel sources and enhanced the focus on creating sustainable renewable forms of energy in the last few decades. While some interpret this shift towards as the the writing on the wall signaling the beginning of the end of fossil fuels, others like

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Schaefer visits recipients of first responder funding

COLUMBIA, Mo. – State Sen. Kurt Schaefer visited the Boone County Fire Protection District Tuesday morning to tour the facility which houses Missouri Task Force One, a rapid response team designed to assist in search and rescue operations and other functions after natural disasters and large-scale terror attacks. “It’s great to be here today to tour this

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Hulshof sees role of UM Review Commission as ‘huge undertaking’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When Renee Hulshof was asked to accept a position with the newly formed University of Missouri Review Commission, a flurry of thoughts went through her mind. Among the first, said Hulshof, the conservative co-host of a popular AM talk show in Columbia, Mo., was that the commission was being asked to


$262 million going to Missouri colleges and universities

JOPLIN, Mo. – Two pieces of legislation signed by Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday in Joplin, Mo., will set aside $262 million that is to be invested in Missouri’s colleges and universities, including more than $16 million in upgrades at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Nixon said the improvements will be made through the

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Richard announces appointments to UM system review commission

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, announced on Thursday four appointments to the newly created University of Missouri System Review Commission that has been tasked with taking a look at the system’s policies and administrative structure. The commission was created by Missouri lawmakers last month after the university came under fire for