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Lawmakers call for more government transparency during Sunshine Week

Lawmakers call for more government transparency during Sunshine Week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The calls for more government transparency continue to ring out through the Missouri Capitol as the state recognizes Sunshine Week. The annual nationwide initiative seeks to remind lawmakers and government officials to renew their commitments to the state’s open records and government transparency laws. “Missourians have long agreed that government should operate

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Jay Wasson: The Most Influential Senator?

In a body where, in theory, every senator is equal at the end of each session, some senators have a greater influence on legislation. Many say Sen. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, may, in fact, be the most influential state senator in Missouri. Sen. Wasson gave The Missouri Times an open-ended amount of time in his office

Eric Greitens celebrates with supporters after winning the gubernatorial race for Missouri on November 8, 2016. BEN PETERS/MISSOURI TIMES

Greitens announces pre-inauguration thank you tour

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a show of appreciation for his supporters, Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has announced that he will hold a four-day, statewide “thank you” tour Jan. 3. The tour will take Greitens through eight Missouri towns and cities in the week before he will officially be inaugurated as the 56th governor of the

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Koster responds to new line of attack from Greitens about Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – Republican gubernatorial nominee Eric Greitens has attacked Democrat Chris Koster for his reaction to Ferguson. While Greitens accused Koster of wanting to immediately fire Darren Wilson when he arrived at the city, an investigation by the Missouri Times found that people in both parties who worked with Koster during the unrest rebuked


$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

Pre-filed bill targets prevailing wage in disaster areas

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One of the shorter pre-filed bills submitted so far calls for a prohibition on prevailing hourly wage to be paid for a tax credit funded project in a disaster area. Rep. Bill White, R-Joplin, filed HB 1406, which “prohibits the Missouri Housing Development Commission from requiring a prevailing hourly wage to be


Nixon names former Joplin Police Chief as new Director of Public Safety

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon announced in a press release that he was naming former Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts as his new nominee to direct the Department of Public Safety. The nomination of Lane comes a few weeks after the abrupt departure of DPS Director Dan Isom, who held the post for

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Blunt files amendment to protect midsize TV markets from FCC

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt introduced an amendment to protect local television broadcasters with Joint Sales Agreements (JSAs) that had already been approved before the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) new rule in March. Blunt called the new rule, called a “blatant overreach of the Obama Administration,” which would restrict JSAs