Finance

Trenton Finance Committee trims proposed budget; deficit reduced to $115,693

Using a combination of adding some revenue and reducing some spending has resulted in an adjustment of over $42,000 on the proposed city of Trenton budget for the one year period beginning the 1st of May. Revisions are recommended in several line item categories as Trenton Finance Committee members and department heads agreed upon reductions. […]

Democratic Party

Audio: Outnumbered Democrats in Missouri legislature to defend progressive ballot victories, seek bipartisan criminal justice changes

Minority leaders in the Missouri legislature believe they’re taking a realistic approach to the upcoming session. New House Democratic Leader Crystal Quade of Springfield says her party will focus on defending progressive ballot measures passed by voters, noting the new laws are already under threat.     Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh of Bellefontaine Neighbors […]

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Audio: Missouri farmers differ on ballot measure to limit political money, redraw voting districts

There’s disagreement among farmers over the Clean Missouri ballot measure to redraw voting districts. The Missouri Farm Bureau opposes the proposal, claiming it would weaken the power of rural voters. Mid-Missouri cattle rancher Susan Williams says Cooper County where she lives is already disenfranchised because it’s divided into four legislative districts.     Former Missouri […]

Voter ID

2017 lawsuit against Missouri voter ID law to proceed after appeals court decision

A Missouri appeals court has reversed a lower bench ruling and will allow a 2017 lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law to move forward. Tony Rothert with the ACLU, which brought the case, notes it’ll be unnecessary litigation if another more recent lawsuit is upheld.     The ACLU’s Tony Rothert notes the court […]

You Decide

Audio: Missouri farmers differ on ballot measure to limit political money, redraw voting districts

Missouri farmers have taken positions on Clean Missouri, the ballot measure that changes the way voting districts are drawn up and limits campaign contributions and lobbyist gifts. Rick Oswald, a former president of the Missouri Farmers Union, favors the measure because he thinks lawmakers have been swayed by the influence of big money.     […]

Southern Rust

First report of southern rust in U.S. this season reported in west-central Missouri

The University of Missouri Extension confirmed the growing season’s first case of southern rust corn disease in the U.S. on July 10. The MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic confirmed that southern rust was present in a sample collected from west-central Missouri. This common corn disease usually shows up in neighboring southern states before appearing in Missouri […]

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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 […]