The Cole County Courthouse in Jefferson City (Photo by Tessa Weinberg-Missouri Independent)

Judge rejects effort to add plaintiffs to Missouri Medicaid expansion lawsuit

(Missouri Independent) – A trial to determine whether Missouri must expand Medicaid coverage as mandated by a 2020 initiative will take place Friday as scheduled, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Tuesday. The ruling against adding new plaintiffs to the case came a day after Beetem heard arguments over whether two people who would become eligible for Medicaid […]

Governor Parson Signs SCR 7 and HB 574 into law

Audio: Governor Parson visits North Central Missouri College for bill signing

Governor Mike Parson signed a bill at the North Central Missouri College Barton Farm College of Trenton June 10th to prevent third parties from inspecting certain agriculture production facilities. House Bill 574 limits agriculture inspection authority to only those with statutory and regulatory reason to do so. Prior to signing House Bill 574, Parson stated […]

Street View Jefferson City Missouri State Capitol Building

Filibusted: Experts say the time has come to end Senate practice

(Missouri Independent) – Even the stuffy, florid name of the procedure, “filibuster” sounds like something conceived around a table of wig-wearing Founding Fathers. While the name has its roots in the 18th Century (with pirates nonetheless), the concept and practice in the United States Senate is much younger, not being implemented in a modern form until […]

Kevin Strickland Photo via Youtube Screen Capture

Audio: Missouri House Corrections Chair calls on Governor to release Kevin Strickland from prison

A key Missouri lawmaker who chairs the House Corrections Committee is calling on Governor Parson to grant an immediate release to an inmate that prosecutors say was wrongly convicted of murder 40 years ago. Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth has our report:     GOP State Representative Andrew McDaniel of southeast Missouri’s Deering tweeted that Thursday night […]

Graduation cap on hardhat (apprentice or education or school or jobs)

Biden infrastructure plan could boost apprenticeship programs

Apprenticeship programs at community colleges are poised for a big investment under President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. The plan includes $12 billion dollars for community colleges. At a recent congressional hearing, members from both parties expressed support for targeting some of those funds at apprenticeship programs within community colleges. Shalee Hodgson, associate dean for technology, applied […]

Dr. Randall Williams

Audio: Missouri House Health Committee Chairman says former DHSS Director Williams “Did a fine job”

Two key Missouri lawmakers from opposite parties view Tuesday’s resignation of state Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director, Dr. Randall Williams, very differently. Missouri House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Stephens (R-Bolivar) praises Dr. Williams, while House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) says the resignation was long overdue. Chairman Stephens says Williams […]

Trenton Convention and visitors bureau

Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau to investigate how other organizations operate; establish policies and procedures

The Trenton Convention and Visitors Bureau continued discussion on April 14th of how the organization will operate. The group agreed that it needed policies and procedures in addition to the ordinance. Group members are to check with other convention and visitors bureaus for reference as drafting begins. The policies and procedures will be shared with […]

Missouri State Highway Patrol Website New 2021 (MSHP)

Chicago man charged with money laundering in Harrison County after authorities find $28,000 cash in vehicle

A Chicago man has been charged in Harrison County with felony money laundering or attempted money laundering. Online court information shows an initial arraignment is scheduled for May 5th for 32-year-old Sydney Eghan. A probable cause statement from Highway Patrol Sergeant Jeffery Owen says $28,000-worth of currency was found in a plastic bag behind the […]

Unemployment Graphic

Audio: Missouri lawmakers in both parties grill state labor director again on unemployment overpayments

The chairman of a Missouri House oversight committee says the case of a bus driver who won his appeal with the state Department of Labor over unemployment overpayments will have large implications. Missouri House Special Committee on Government Oversight Chair Jered Taylor of Nixa tells the state labor director there are hundreds of cases just […]

Budget graphic

Audio: Jesus’ name invoked by both parties as Missouri House approves $34 billion budget, without Medicaid expansion

After a heated floor debate that included numerous biblical references, the Missouri House voted Thursday afternoon to give final approval to a $34.1 billion state operating budget. The House budget does not contain funding for Medicaid expansion. The operating budget now heads to the Missouri Senate, and Medicaid expansion supporters hope senators will include the […]

Garland Joey Nelson Booking Photo

Pre-trial conference set for May 2, murder trial set for June 6 in case involving death of Diemel brothers

Braymer resident Garland Joey Nelson will have his murder trial sooner than previously scheduled. At a hearing on Tuesday in Johnson County Circuit Court in Warrensburg, a three-week jury trial is now set to begin June 6, 2022. The trial was previously was listed for February of next year. Online information shows a case review […]

Gas Tax

Audio: Missouri’s Senate President Pro Tem praises Senate passage of gasoline tax legislation

Missouri’s Senate leader is praising senators in both parties for approving his legislation to increase the state’s gasoline tax by 12 cents per gallon, by 2025. Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (pronounced like shots) says the state transportation system has billions of dollars in maintenance needs.     The bill now heads to the […]

Absentee Voting

Audio: Livingston County Clerk testifies in Jefferson City on Bill relating to absentee ballots

Missouri lawmakers in both parties were surprised to learn Wednesday that absentee ballots cast by voters who later died should NOT have counted, under current state law.   The issue came up numerous times during a Missouri House elections committee hearing on Wednesday. Carrollton GOP State Representative Peggy McGaugh and her colleagues in both parties […]

Composite of Josh Hawley - Roy Blunt and - Eric Greitens

Who defines the Missouri GOP: Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley or Eric Greitens?

(Missouri Independent) – The eyes of the nation turned to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley over the holidays when he became the first senator to announce an objection to the certification of presidential electors. But the eyes of local politicos turned instead to his home-state colleague, Missouri’s senior senator. How would Roy Blunt — up for […]