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Audio: Missouri U.S. Senators sign letter to address rural broadband coverage

Both Missouri Senators have signed a letter asking for more time to organize efforts to get financing to expand rural broadband service.     The letter seeks more time for state, local, and Tribal governments to challenge an eligibility map for federal money to expand broadband over the next 10 years. The Senators want additional […]

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Cover crop field guide now available as mobile app

The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) recently reformatted its popular field guide as an app for smartphones and tablets. The Midwest Cover Crop Field Scout app lets farmers, crop adviser, and conservation professionals access vital cover crop information from mobile devices. The app improves on the printed guide by providing additional photos and links to […]

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Missouri Public Service Commission approves merger of utility companies

The Missouri Public Service Commission has unanimously approved the merger of Great Plains Energy Incorporated and Westar Energy Incorporated. The Commission determined the merger will benefit shareholders, ratepayers, and the general public. Great Plains Energy is the holding company for Kansas City Power and Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company stock. KCP&L and […]

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United States Senator calls for federal investigation into billing at Putnam County Memorial Hospital

United States Senator Claire McCaskill has called for a federal investigation of questionable billing practices at Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville. McCaskill wrote a letter requesting the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services examine billing that occurred when management company Hospital Partners used the hospital as a pass-through for millions […]

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Watchdog groups say massive utility bill just passed in Missouri favors corporate utilities

A far-reaching utility bill just passed by the state legislature calls on Missouri power companies to pass the savings they’re getting from corporate tax cuts on to customers. David Woodsmall with the Midwest Energy Consumers Group contends the stipulation has an out clause for the utilities. He says it allows them to delay the savings […]

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Misssouri Legislature passes bill that would bar companies from labeling fake meat as the real deal

The Missouri Legislature has endorsed a massive agriculture bill that would include putting restrictions on the way imitation meat products can be marketed. During House debate, Olivette Democrat Tracy McCreery and Martinsburg Republican Jay Houghton had a lengthy exchange about making manufacturers use different labeling if their meat does not come from a cow, turkey, […]

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Lawmakers investigating Greitens go to court to get more answers

Lawmakers investigating the governor are going to court to get more answers and Alisa Nelson files this report.     A House committee investigating the governor has filed a civil lawsuit in Cole County Circuit Court against the governor’s political action and candidate committees. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that the lawmakers want a […]

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Audio: Missouri House speaker proposes contentious pro-Israel bill

House Speaker Todd Richardson wants to ban state and local governments in Missouri from doing business with companies who boycott Israel. The only bill the Republican from Poplar Bluff is offering this session would follow 24 other states who have taken this pro-Israel business stance.     One opposing view is that a virtually identical […]

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Learn all about the tax issue: Trenton Fire Tax “Sparks” interest

A Trenton committee promoting the city sales tax issue for the fire department points out home and business owners could see lower insurance premiums once a proposed fire training facility is established at Trenton.  Part of the revenue generated by a one-quarter of a cent sales tax is earmarked for firefighter training locally and from […]