President Trump signs executive order

Trump signs order to protect whistleblowers at VA Department

(UPI) — President Donald Trump took executive action Thursday to better protect whistleblowers in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a step in-line with the president’s repeated pledge to take care of American military veterans. The executive order, signed at the department Wednesday afternoon, establishes an Accountability and Whistleblower Protection office within the department that’s […]

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Arkansas executes fourth prisoner in eight days

(UPI) — Arkansas executed a convicted murderer late Thursday, wrapping up a stretch of putting to death four inmates in eight days before a lethal injection drug expires. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. Central time at Cummins prison in Grady, near Varner, where he also started serving a life sentence for […]

Crime

2 charged with helping to dispose of man’s body in Missouri

WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) – Two people have been charged with helping a Missouri woman dispose of the body of her estranged husband. The Sedalia Democrat (http://bit.ly/2p7AXPo ) reports that 50-year-old Ricky Armstrong and 60-year-old Margaret Heffernan are jailed in Johnson County in connection with the death of 31-year-old Javon Donahue, of Knob Noster. Their attorneys […]

Lawsuit

Transgender woman sues Columbia companies for harassment

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A transgender woman has filed a harassment lawsuit against two Missouri construction companies. The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/2qiU5YC ) reports that J. Aubrey Simonetti sued Columbia-based Keith Contracting and Grove Construction General Contracting on Tuesday. She alleges one company fired her over the issue of her 2015 transition, and the other […]

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Missouri House wants more information on state legal costs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit settlements and judgments. House members voted 150-1 on Thursday to pass legislation to require the attorney general and administration commissioner to update lawmakers and others monthly on state legal expenses. The bill comes after […]

University of Missouri

University of Missouri system proposes tuition increases

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The four-campus University of Missouri system is proposing raising tuition and required fees for in-state undergraduates by 2.1 percent for the fiscal year that begins in July. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2qd0Oqs ) reports that system officials consider the increases announced Thursday “modest” and say they’d generate $14.4 million in revenues. […]

Men working construction

Missouri lawmakers pass limits on public construction

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri local governments would no longer be able to require union working conditions for public construction projects under a bill passed Thursday by the Republican-led Legislature. Counties, cities, and other local governments currently have the option to issue bid requirements mandating union working conditions for contractors if less than half […]