The Public Service Commission and state courts have approved the Grain Belt transmission line project across northern Missouri, but lawmakers want to stop the lines from running across private property. The House gave initial approval to a bill yesterday to block the utility company from using eminent domain. Deb Lavender of St. Louis County supports […]
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An argument in a St. Louis nursing home results in a homicide investigation. Ryan Hart has details.
The state’s top judge laid out the needs of the court system for the Missouri Legislature yesterday in the annual State of the Judiciary Address. Justice George Draper thanked lawmakers for the money spent on the technology to automate the case management system and he says they need more. Draper noted that this is the […]
Missouri Department of Transportation Director Patrick McKenna says MoDOT is experiencing a historic 13% annual turnover rate. During a Missouri House subcommittee hearing, McKenna says well over 700 employees could leave during the current fiscal year. McKenna says the turnover rate is generational, but indicates pay is also part of the problem.
The Missouri Department of Revenue’s virtual assistant, called DORA, has already had about 65,000-70,000 inquiries so far. During a House subcommittee hearing today Director Ken Zellers says DORA has resolved about 90 percent of the questions it receives. The number one question – where’s my refund? State Auditor Nicole Galloway has been critical of Governor […]
Missouri Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says the move to four-day school weeks has almost doubled in the last year in the state. During a House subcommittee hearing, she says the switch to shortened weeks started about one decade ago. Missouri currently has nearly 60 districts or charter schools using the four-day model. In 2011, former […]
Retired St. Louis Judge and Bipartisan Group of Missouri Lawmakers Call for Clemency in Bobby Bostic Case
A retired St. Louis judge who sentenced a St. Louis teen to 241 years in prison in 1997 says her sentence should be overturned. 41-year-old Bobby Bostic was convicted of robbery and armed criminal action, but his supporters note his crime did not cause death or serious injuries to victims. Retired Judge Evelyn Baker supports […]
A state Senator wants to make sure companies who get state money to provide broadband to rural Missouri actually deliver high speed internet or give the money back. Rolla Senator Justin Brown says the new state grants to make it easier to deliver broadband should have consequences if that internet is not delivered. Brown’s bill […]