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Sanctity of Life Committee hears testimony from MU Chancellor

Sanctity of Life Committee hears testimony from MU Chancellor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate Sanctity of Life Committee reconvened Tuesday after a 12 day recess to continue their interrogation of Gail Vasterling, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services while also calling on other witnesses to testify, including University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. Loftin testified to the conditions


Rowden formally kicks off state senate campaign

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Rep. Caleb Rowden officially kicked off his campaign for the 19th state senate district today with a press release and campaign video. Rowden, so far the only Republican in the race, will be running against Democrat Stephen Webber, a fellow House member with the state party’s endorsement. Rowden’s formal announcement comes weeks

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Vasterling responds to Schaefer, Sanctity of Life Committee inquiry

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services Gail Vasterling responded Friday to a request made by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, the chair of the Sanctity of Life Committee. The two came to a verbal, but heated, disagreement earlier this month when Vasterling refused to name the hospital that had an agreement


Sen. Pro Tem candidate Romine comes out against stadium funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington announced Friday that he will come out against Gov. Jay Nixon’s funding plan for a new football stadium in St. Louis. Nixon plans to use bonds issued to the Edward Jones Dome and extend them, along with state tax credits and NFL funds, to build a new stadium.

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Wallingford pens editorial asking voters their thoughts on ‘Missouri Promise’ tax increase

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, asked constituents Wednesday for their thoughts on a possible cigarette tax increase to help fund the “Missouri Promise” program. The request came in an editorial published by the Southeast Missourian. The program, a brainchild of Treasurer Clint Zweifel, Attorney General Chris Koster and the University of

MU chancellor responds to Schaefer, has “refer and follow” with Planned Parenthood

COLUMBIA, Mo. – R. Bowen Loftin, the Chancellor at the University of Missouri, responded Tuesday to Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s, R- Columbia, request for a written agreement between the University and Planned Parenthood, stating that there was not such an agreement. “MU Health Care does not have an agreement with Dr. [Colleen] McNicholas, Planned Parenthood of Kansas


Libla talks transportation with STL Regional Chamber

St. Louis — The state lawmaker that championed an increase in the gas tax to fund Missouri’s roads was invited to the St. Louis Regional Chamber Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting today to discuss continuing efforts to funnel more money into MoDOT. Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, spoke to the chamber today as one of

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Schaefer asks UM Chancellor for documents linking Mizzou to Planned Parenthood

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, sent an open letter to University of Missouri Chancellor Bowen Loftin Monday asking for the release of any possible agreement between the University of Missouri and the Columbia Planned Parenthood affiliate. Schaefer and the other members of the Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life have been

Emery loses vision in right eye; doctors trying to determine cause

LAMAR, Mo. – State Sen. Ed Emery lost vision in his right eye over the weekend. According to his chief of staff Josh Foster, doctors are unsure of the cause of Emery’s loss of eyesight, but they conducted tests Saturday and continued testing on Monday to determine the cause. In Emery’s first term in 2013,

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Schaefer, Vasterling clash in Sanctity of Life Committee hearing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first substantive hearing of the Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life ended Thursday afternoon with heated debate between committee chair Sen. Kurt Schaefer and the executive director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Gail Vasterling. While some discussion focused on the video accusations made by