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Patrick McKenna provides informational testimony which supports Libla's bill. (Travis Zimpfer/The Missouri Times)

Department of Transportation joins in on paid family leave policy

Department of Transportation joins in on paid family leave policy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Earlier this week, Gov. Eric Greitens signed a new executive order instituting a paid parental leave policy for employees working in the departments of the executive branch Greitens’ orders apply to. The Department of Transportation is not included in those agencies, but Patrick McKenna, the director of the department, announced Thursday, that MoDOT would

Gov. Eric Greitens holds a press conference before Winter Storm Jupiter at SEMA headquarters Jan. 12, 2016. (Travis Zimpfer/ THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Greitens declares State of Emergency; faces first major test as governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Eric Greitens will face one of the first big challenges during his term in office as the state braces for a heavy winter storm this weekend. Meteorologists anticipate the storm will bring up to an inch of ice to some parts of the state. With almost the entire state under


MoDOT passes financial audit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation is celebrating the return of another clean audit. Every year, the department has independent auditors review their finances, and once again, the report has been unmodified. The audit was conducted by RubinBrown, the same firm that handled the previous year’s audit. “In our opinion, the financial

Next governor will have to address transportation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Amid all the talk of “corrupt” politicians, gun rights and television ads, there hasn’t been much discussion during the governor’s race of a subject that directly affects most Missourians every day and will likely be a crucial element of the next governor’s tenure: transportation infrastructure. The state ranks 7th in the

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Huzzah! Westbound Highway 54/63 bridge to reopen in November

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – That sound you just heard around the state from legislators, lobbyists, politicos and Jefferson City residents was a cheer that an end is on the horizon for the nightmare that has plagued the state’s capital for months. The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it would reopen the westbound Route 54/63

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Amid contentious week, Koster and Greitens attend first head-to-head forum

BRANSON, Mo. – A governor candidate’s forum held by the Missouri Press Association in Branson provided the first in-person confrontation between Democrat Chris Koster and Republican Eric Greitens after a week of head-to-head conflict. Leading up to the debate, polls from The Missouri Times have shown Greitens falling farther behind the attorney general. Greitens went on


MoDOT clashes with Senate appropriations on questionable expenditures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Transportation offered testimony to the Senate Appropriations committee Thursday morning that featured tense scrutiny into the spending habits of the steward of state’s roads and bridges. The hearing proceeded smoothly for MoDOT to start. Director Patrick McKenna reported that the funding crisis that had gripped the department had gone


MoDOT, House leadership kick off transportation conference

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Missouri Conference on Transportation Thursday at the Capitol Plaza. The conference was opened with speeches from Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chairman Stephen Miller and Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna, who spoke on the problems and solutions facing transportation infrastructure. “Ordinarily, we

Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, presents his gas tax increase bill to the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Jan. 13, 2016. TRAVIS ZIMPFER/THE MISSOURI TIMES

Gas tax bill gets first committee hearing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee heard a bill which again proposes the first gas tax increase since 1996. Sen. Doug Libla’s SB 623, similar to 2015’s SB 540, would alter the gas tax by 1.5 cents per gallon on gasoline and 3.5 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. The

Nixon addresses Missouri floods, reports 10 have died

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon held a press conference Monday alongside members of state recovery units to detail the response from the executive branch to widespread flooding across Missouri. He declared a state of emergency Sunday, Dec. 27. Nixon noted that while the National Guard was being updated on the situation, the Missouri Department