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Economic development amendment would add boot heel support for SB 190

Economic development amendment would add boot heel support for SB 190

NEW MADRID, Mo. – SB 190 seeks to provide the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) new options to rehabilitate the state’s aging electric grid. The bill has already spent several hours on the Senate floor being debated, and now has a new economic development amendment being proposed that could lead to 500-600 jobs being created

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Tanksley hitting the ground running at MFB

The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation’s new director for state and legislative affairs is getting his feet wet quickly, but B.J. Tanksley says the pressure doesn’t bother him much. That’s because he comes to the position with a stellar resume in the legislative process. Tanksley’s journey into the political realm began in college, where he majored


TWMP: Veto session, the gun bill and the 2016 Governor’s race

On This Week in Missouri Politics, host Scott Faughn talks with Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, to talk about the passage of the controversial “gun bill,” the agricultural disaster bill, and the photo voter ID bill during Wednesday’s veto session. They also discuss the governor’s race and his thoughts on Eric Greitens’ statements on “corruption” by

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Hubrecht determined to keep SEMO afloat after Noranda bankruptcy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Southeast Missouri is suffering. In February, when the Noranda aluminum smelter in New Madrid closed, it sent shockwaves through the state, but the biggest impact occurred in and around the bootheel. Nearly 900 people will lose their jobs as a result of its bankruptcy. For Rep. Tila Hubrecht, R-Dexter, that quake


Oregon County land sale bill perfected in House

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House voted Tuesday to perfect Rep. Robert Ross’, R-Yukon, to sell the lands acquired by the executive branch to build a new state park in Oregon County using funds acquired in the ASARCO settlement. The settlement money was supposed to be used to restore land in the effected area in

State representatives pledge support for Noranda

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the news that Noranda Aluminum had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, members of the bootheel legislative delegation pledged their support to finding policy solutions that would help keep one of the area’s largest job creators in business. State Reps. Tila Hubrecht, Andrew McDaniel, Holly Rehder, and Don Rone said they are working

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TWMP Preview: Congressman Jason Smith, medical marijuana and the STL earnings tax

On Sunday’s This Week in Missouri Politics, U.S. Congressman Jason Smith from Southeast Missouri joins host Scott Faughn as the week’s featured guest. Smith talks about his time and efforts so far in Washington D.C., including his participation in the steering committee, the fight against a possible state park in Oregon County, and why Smith

House committee begins investigation of state park land purchase in Oregon County

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The executive director of the Department of Natural Resources and House Republicans clashed at the inaugural hearing of the Interim Investigative Committee on State Park Creation Monday. The committee was quickly formed to respond to the uproar surrounding a decision to use some of the money granted in a settlement in

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Noranda CEO buys $99k in NOR stock after PSC rate case

NEW MADRID, Mo. – Noranda Aluminum CEO Kip Smith bought $100,000 worth of shares of NOR last week, in what legislators are calling a “statement” in light of the company’ recent rate case compromise before the Public Service Commission. Noranda owns and operates an aluminum smelter in New Madrid that employs approximately 900 and accounts

Romine, Parson, Libla, and Wallingford at Parson's campaign kickoff in Bolivar

Parson racks up campaign support across state

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Sen. Mike Parson has started his first summer as a gubernatorial candidate building upon early momentum from key endorsements, early fundraising success, and legislative recognition. Sens. Gary Romine (R-Farmington), Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff), and Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) announced their endorsement of Parson’s campaign for governor to local supporters at the Common Pleas Courthouse