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Romine and Fitzwater look to change name of Jay Nixon State Park

Romine and Fitzwater look to change name of Jay Nixon State Park

Jay Nixon State Park may lose its controversial moniker thanks to a new piece of legislation. Both Sen. Gary Romine and Rep. Paul Fitzwater filed bills in their respective chambers Thursday to rename the former governor’s namesake state park to “Profitt Mountain State Park.” Currently, the park, located in Reynolds County near Taum Sauk Mountain,

Governor Greitens activates Missouri State Emergency Operations Center

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from late Thursday night through Saturday for much of Missouri – a wide swath of the Interstate 44 corridor from Joplin to St. Louis. Significant ice accumulations could down trees and power lines leading to power outages. The weather service continues to refine its forecast

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Sater’s plan to cut Medicaid costs questioned by health care groups

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The American health care system is on the precipice of massive change, and Sen. David Sater believes he has a bill capable of helping Missouri get ahead of the curve. SB 28 would require the Department of Social Services to apply for a global waiver for MO HealthNet, the state’s health

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Brown presents labor reform bills to General Laws

Rehder’s right-to-work bill moves out of House committee JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After a House Committee heard Rep. Holly Rehder’s right-to-work bill Tuesday afternoon, it was the Senate’s turn to debate labor reform Wednesday. Sen. Dan Brown presented two bills to the Senate General Laws Committee: a right-to-work bill and a bill establishing “paycheck protection”

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Ameren Missouri to update Bagnell Dam with $52 million project

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — The Bagnell Dam is set to undergo major construction this spring as part of a new $52 million project by Ameren Missouri. The Bagnell Dam and Osage Energy Center will install 68 new anchors and concrete on the downstream side of the dam. “This project is about keeping this vital asset

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Ridesharing services bill passes through first committee hearing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – App-based transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft are one step closer to operating in the Show Me State. The House Committee on General Laws voted to approve a bill that would create statewide regulations for the companies on Tuesday night. The night clearly belonged to supporters of Uber and Lyft,

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New report shows decrease in nationwide crime, increase in Missouri incarceration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows a nationwide decline in crime and the rate of imprisonment. Over the five-year period of 2010-2015, figures released by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics show the nation’s imprisonment rate fell 8.4 percent. The FBI reports the combined violent

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Falling Behind: TNC situation highlights pros and cons of markets acting before government

The grievances between Uber and Lyft and the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission are no secret. After the MTC launched new rules on vehicles-for-hire in Sept. 2015, which included provisions that would apply to rideshare drivers, Uber took the MTC to court in an antitrust case while the commission promised to cite St. Louis Uber

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Shareholders supporting Ameren, KCPL energy efficiency goals

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Regardless of the global warming debate, new pressure from investors and government rule makers may have benefits for Missouri utilities and consumers. Ameren Missouri and Kansas City Power & Light are two such companies in Missouri under pressure to make the transition to more efficient energy. Both companies have not only spent time researching the

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Ameren, business leaders stress grid modernization at symposium

ST. LOUIS – When Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, the director of Lambert St. Louis International Airport spoke at a symposium on grid modernization Thursday, she recalled the Good Friday Tornado of 2011 that damaged the main terminal of the airport and left thousands without power in North St. Louis County. Power crews from Ameren worked through the

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