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Alisha Shurr is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine. She joined the Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as a copy editor for her hometown newspaper in Southern Oregon. Alisha is a graduate of Kansas State University. Contact Alisha at alisha@themissouritimes.com.

ACLU files legal challenge to rejection of abortion bill referendum

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Within hours of the Secretary of State’ Office rejecting referendum petitions on a sweeping anti-abortion bill, the decision was challenged...
Jay Ashcroft speaks to reporters (ALISHA SHURR/THE MISSOURI TIMES).

Two abortion bill referendum petitions rejected, third still under review

Both filers plan to challenge decision in court JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two petitions filed seeking to give voters the final say on a sweeping anti-abortion...

Victor Callahan receives Senator Ronnie DePasco Public Service Award

Jackson County Democrats honored Victor Callahan with the 2019 Senator Ronnie DePasco Public Service Award over the weekend. On Saturday, the former lawmaker accepted the...
Scott Cupps is the Republican candidate for HD 158 (PROVIDED).

Republicans nominate Scott Cupps for vacant HD 158 seat

Republicans in Barry County and portions of Stone and Lawrence Counties have nominated a former FFA advisor who currently works on his family farm...

Revenue collections up 2.1 percent so far from 2018

Despite lagging figures earlier in the year, general revenue collections closed out May up 2.1 percent year-to-date compared to 2018. On Wednesday, State Budget Director...

Teresa Parson to give commencement address as inmates complete entrepreneurship program

10 female offenders will graduate from entrepreneurial training pilot program on Wednesday A women’s prison in eastern Missouri will graduate the inaugural class of an...

Missouri rolls out medical marijuana applications

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Folks seeking to be involved in Missouri’s budding medical cannabis industry — from patients to cultivators to sellers — can start...

Plocher announces bid for floor leader, looks to advance caucus

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After serving four years in the Missouri House, Rep. Dean Plocher is looking to serve his caucus in a leadership...
Clean Missouri turns in signatures for initiative petition (ALISHA SHURR/THE MISSOURI TIMES).

MEC advisory opinions clarify Clean Missouri amendment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A lawmaker accepting a ticket to a professional baseball game to throw the ceremonial first pitch? Legal. A lawmaker accepting an...

This Week in the Governor’s Office: Week of May 27, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Between activating the Missouri National Guard and promoting the cattle industry in the Show-Me State, Gov. Mike Parson waded into...