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Audio: Missouri Senator McCaskill says Republican tax plan riddled with problems

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill thinks the Republican tax plan moving through her chamber is shrouded in darkness. She wouldn’t say if she would vote for it during a conference call with reporters Wednesday, but McCaskill did express frustration that Republican are withholding the details of their proposal.     Missouri’s Republican Senator Roy Blunt […]

University Of Missouri

Audio: Mizzou unveils new scholarships to attract more out-of-state students

Two new scholarships for out-of-state students have been unveiled at Mizzou. During a press conference on Wednesday, Chancellor Alexander Cartwright says one is a $7,500 scholarship for out-of-state students with an ACT score of 25 or 26, whose parents are MU graduates. The other is a $2,500 award for students from a bordering state.   […]

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High school students earn top honors in statewide finals of 2017 Constitution Project

The Supreme Court of Missouri has recognized the winners of the 2017 statewide finals of Missouri’s Constitution Project, an intensive, experiential competition in which high school students gain experience in the fields of journalism, crime scene investigation and trial advocacy. Individuals from twelve schools earned awards in this statewide competition, now in its fifth year, […]

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Missouri state rep. will introduce bill to outlaw hand held devices behind the wheel

House Republican Galen Higdon of St. Joseph is planning to introduce a bill in the next session to ban all use of handheld devices behind the wheel. The former 30-year law enforcement officer says although it’s important to do away with texting and handling cell phones while driving, he’s happy to see hands free technology […]

Flakka the Zombie drug

Flakka: The drug that causes bizzarre behavior found in Eastern Missouri community of Sullivan

Police in the community of Sullivan in eastern Missouri report they responded to multiple reports of bizarre human behavior last weekend. KMOV-TV reports the behavior is likely the result of the ‘Flakka,’ a synthetic drug known to cause crazy behavior. Sullivan Police say they responded to reports of people barking like dogs, running nude, and […]

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Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, November 13-19

Every minute of everyday emergency responders across Missouri work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents.  Across the country every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding.  The Federal Highway Administration has declared […]

Health News

House panel seeks solutions to cost spikes in state’s health care markets

A Missouri House panel seeking to fix problems in Missouri’s health care markets gathered Wednesday.  Among the options it’s considering is adopting a plan by the Trump administration to let states opt out of some of the 10 essential health benefits required under Obamacare. Chris Molendorp with the Missouri Hospital Association says the advantage or […]

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Audio: Missouri Congressman says GOP tax plan would be $900 billion tax increase

Eastern Missouri Democratic Congressman Lacy Clay says the GOP tax plan is reckless and would repeal the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes. The plan currently under consideration in the House also includes eliminating a deduction that helps seniors cover high medical costs, an adoption tax credit and forces professional teams to […]

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Poverty edges downward in Missouri, but progress is in jeopardy

Missouri is making progress in its fight against poverty, but some of the programs that have helped make those gains possible are in jeopardy.  That’s the overall finding of a new report released today by Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs. Missouri’s poverty rate stood at 14 percent in 2016, down from 14.6 […]

USDA invests nearly $119 million in Missouri rural electric infrastructure

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that USDA is investing $2.5 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements to help create jobs and support economic development in 27 states. Of these investments, nearly $119 million was invested in Missouri. “These significant investments will help develop and maintain modern, reliable electric infrastructure that businesses and rural communities […]

Minimum Wage

Audio: Missouri State Representative Ellington wants to increase state minimum wage to $15 an hour

A Missouri lawmaker says the average person who works a minimum wage job is living in poverty. Brian Hauswirth from the MissouriNet has the story.     The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says the state minimum wage for 2017 is $7.70 per hour. Ellington filed similar legislation in January. His bill was […]

Baby Crime

St. Joseph teen sentenced to probation in baby’s death

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A St. Joseph teenager whose infant died after she fell asleep with the child has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation. Eighteen-year-old Kyla Watson was sentenced Tuesday for endangering the welfare of a child. The St. Joseph News-Press reports Watson admitted in September that on June 1 she used Xanax […]

Missouri Attorney General expands opioid investigation to include three distributors

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to widen his fight against the ongoing opioid crisis announcing the issuance of civil investigative demands to three major opioid distributors. These investigative demands, the equivalent of a subpoena, require the distributors to provide documents and information relevant to the Attorney General Office’s ongoing investigation into the pharmaceutical industry’s […]

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Audio: Missouri Legislature will be asked to legalize needle exchange programs

State Rep. Holly Rehder wants to make it legal for organizations to provide clean needles and syringes to drug users. She is proposing again next year to create so-called needle exchange programs that would make the organizations exempt from drug paraphernalia laws.     One argument raised is that addicts could be more likely to […]

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway

Missouri State Auditor releases monthly reports on local government and special district financial information

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued monthly reports detailing the compliance of local governments and other political subdivisions with financial reporting laws. One report includes cities, towns, and villages while the other lists political subdivisions such as water, fire protection and taxing districts.  These entities are required to file annual financial reports with the State […]