Claire McKaskill and Josh Hawley

Audio: Missouri Senator McCaskill and Attorney General Hawley on Post Office privatization

(Missourinet) – Missouri’s senior senator AND her GOP opponent in November both oppose privatizing the United States Postal Service. Senator Claire McCaskill, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, tells Missourinet she’s worked hard on this issue.     McCaskill and her GOP challenger are BOTH critical of a proposal […]

Eric Greitens

Audio: Missouri Ethics Commission subpoenas for Greitens’ non-profit bank records

(Missourinet) – The Missouri Ethics Commission wants all bank records from former Governor Eric Greitens’ political non-profit organization. Brian Hauswirth from the Missourinet files this report.     The Commission has subpoenaed Carrollton Bank for all bank records from Greitens’ political non-profit organization – A New Missouri. It wants to examine the information to learn […]

Missouri state capitol

Audio: Nine new faces will be present in the next Missouri State Senate after last weeks primary

(Missourinet) – The Missouri Senate will have nine new faces in the next legislative session in January. One will be in Northern Missouri’s 18th District where Shelbina businesswoman Cindy O’Laughlin beat three state Republican House members in last week’s primary. One of them, Lindell Shumake of Canton says the outcome wasn’t a shock.     […]

Eric Schmidt Missouri FIRST Initiative

Missouri FIRST initiative results in 136% increase in agriculture investments

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt has announced his Missouri FIRST initiative has increased agriculture investments through the state’s linked deposit program by 136%. Since the launch of Missouri FIRST in March, the total volume of active agriculture linked deposits has risen from $29.3 million to $69.3 million. Schmitt will visit the State Fair in Sedalia today […]

Fatal Crash

Three dead, ten injured when church van crashes north of Bolivar

Three teenagers from the Kansas side of the Kansas City area were killed and ten others hurt when a church van had a tire blow-out and crashed north of Bolivar in southwest Missouri. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 14-year-old girl from Louisburg, Kansas, a 16-year-old boy from Olathe, Kansas, and a 17-year-old […]

Minimum Wage

Audio: Efforts to raise Missouri’s minimum wage on ballot in November general election

(Missourinet) – Business owners supporting a ballot measure to raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023 are speaking out. Stacy Jurado-Miller heads the Vecino  Group in Springfield, which is a real estate development firm that specializes in low-income housing. She says taxpayers end up footing the bill for workers with low paying […]

Right To Work

Audio: Missouri unions win major victory in failure of Right-to-work measure

(Missourinet) – The move by Republicans in the Missouri Legislature to switch Proposition A from November to August in hopes of a favorable turnout has backfired. Right-to-work opponents, including Jack Cardetti, have strongly defeated the measure that would have banned forced union membership or dues as a condition of employment.     Dan Mehan with […]

Claire McKaskill and Josh Hawley

Audio: McCaskill, Hawley exchange barbs while securing U.S. Senate nominations

(Missourinet) – After Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley won their U.S. Senate primaries last night, both challenged each other to debates. McCaskill noted Hawley had avoided debates with his primary opponents while pressuring her to have one before he became the nominee.     McCaskill attacked Hawley at a campaign stop earlier for […]

Right To Work

Audio: Opposition thought to have advantage in Tuesday’s Right to Work vote in Missouri

Voters will determine if Missouri becomes a right to work state in Tuesday’s election. Matt Panik with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, which supports the measure, says his side is being vastly outspent by pro-union organizations who oppose the proposal. He estimates opposition groups have spent $17 million while proponents have raised only $2 million […]

Election 2018

Audio: Missouri midterm primary election offers intrigue on several levels

(Missourinet) – Tuesday’s midterm election in Missouri features one big statewide issue, Congressional primaries, and some intriguing local votes.     The most high-profile vote is the Proposition A ballot measure to decide if Missouri becomes a right to work state. It’s a referendum on a 2017 law passed by the legislature that would prohibit […]

Driver's License

Audio: You can still vote if you don’t have a photo ID

(Missourinet) – Missouri’s primary election is underway. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the state’s registered voters without a government-issued photo ID can still cast a ballot today.     Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the state’s voter ID law was designed to make the experience easy for citizens casting their ballot. […]

Typical pen style CAFO ( Photo by Darrell Hoemann - Investigate Midwest)

Audio: Mid-Missouri county to vote on massive animal feeding operations

Voters in mid-Missouri’s Howard County decide Tuesday whether to retain a health ordinance putting animal headcount and manure handling restrictions on massive animal feeding operations known as CAFOS. Presiding Commissioner Sam Stroupe say the ordinance on the ballot imposes restrictions beyond those from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.     Howard County cattle producer […]

Missouri State Fair 2018

Audio: 2018 Missouri State Fair opens Thursday in Sedalia

(Missourinet) – Thousands of people are expected to travel Thursday to west-central Missouri’s Sedalia for the opening of the 2018 State Fair. Governor Mike Parson is expected to speak at Thursday’s noon opening ceremony, on the fairgrounds. State Fair Director Mark Wolfe says one of the biggest changes involves SIX nights of fireworks, which are being […]

Prius Car

EPA’s reduction in fuel standards concerns Missouri leaders

Missouri’s air quality could take a hit in future years if a reduction in fuel-efficiency standards announced on Thursday by the EPA is allowed to take effect.  The proposal would freeze fuel-economy standards to hold them to 2020 levels. It rolls back an Obama administration requirement to increase the fuel standard to 54 miles per gallon by […]

Right To Work

Environmentalists step up to oppose “Right To Work”

Voters will decide in less than a week whether Missouri will become a right-to-work state, potentially weakening unions. It isn’t just union members and labor groups opposing Proposition A: Environmentalists are standing against the right-to-work proposition as well.  Dennis Roach, a former engineer, and union member and a current member of the Sierra Club said unions […]

Election 2018

Audio: Missouri Secretary of State says no chance of hacking in Tuesday’s election

(Missourinet) – Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says federal authorities have told him Russians did not interfere with any votes or voter rolls in 2016, and he does not expect that to happen in 2018.     Ashcroft says his office and a separate commission certify every voting machine. There’s a paper trail connected to […]

Medical Marijuana

Five ballot measures, three for medical marijuana, certified for November ballot

(Missourinet) – Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certified five ballot measures that will NOT be part of Tuesday’s primary but WILL be on the November     Three of them would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes while a fourth would hike the minimum wage and the fifth would change redistricting procedures […]