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Take part in Joplin's budget process >> Government l-onstot
Joplin taxpayers may be interested in attending one or several work sessions planned by the Joplin City Council as they begin their work on the 2016-17 budget. The first work session, scheduled ...more

Boost for generic drug development is sought >> Government jgrimald
WASHINGTON, DC - A newly proposed bill would make it easier for generic drug makers to produce affordable, lifesaving pharmaceuticals. And, the Association of Mature American Citizens is urging ...more

Score another for Monsanto >> Government staff
Thirteen days ago Bernie Sanders issued a plea for citizens to contact their senators to oppose federal legislation that he claimed Monsanto supported. The bill sponsored by Senators Pat Roberts ...more

Why Missouri governor needs to be a Democrat >> Government mariwinn
by Mari Winn Taylor Democrats gather at a local labor union hall in Springfield for good bar-b-cue, comraderie and to become acquainted with Democratic candidates on the August 2, 2016 ...more

Oklahoma governor's veto sticks >> Government staff
Doctors who perform abortions in Oklahoma won't be guilty of a felony after the state Senate adjourned for the year without trying to override Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a bill to make it ...more

Senator Richard discusses passed bills >> Government richard
Legislative NewsSenator Ron Richard (R-MO 32)Majority Floor Leader The 2016 legislative session has officially concluded. From day one, my Senate colleagues and I set out to tackle some of the ...more

Kiosk is set up to search for unclaimed property >> Government meghan
State treasurer Clint Zweifel is encouraging residents in and around Joplin to check for unclaimed property, five years after the devastating tornado struck the community. Missouri laws require ...more

Hubby Bill stumps for wife >> Government mariwinn
by Mari Winn Taylor Hello, Mr. President. A crowd, including members of the Greene County Democrats, overflowed the rather modest meeting room of the Teamster's Local No. 245 on East Division ...more

Missouri bill labeled union buster >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri State Senate approved a bill that puts union employees in control of their own paychecks. The "paycheck protection" measure was approved by a veto-proof majority (23-7) ...more

Internet access to remain tax-free >> Government bhart
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation he cosponsored to permanently ban state and ...more

Joplin Muni Court seen in need of oversight >> Government gena
JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Nicole Galloway on December 28, 2015, released an audit of the Joplin municipal court, highlighting the need for stronger oversight of clerks' actions and increased ...more

Missouri Senators say, no refugees in Missouri >> Government staff
After the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France over the weekend, 18 of the 34 Missouri Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard are urging Democratic Governor Jay Nixon to ...more

Auditor's report: Joplin mismanaged millions >> Government gena
Mismanagement and questionable business practices by local officials have earned the Joplin municipal government a "poor" rating, State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday. Auditor Galloway provided ...more

Blunt asked to support safe rental car act >> Government jbray
ST. LOUIS, Mo – The Consumers Council of Missouri announced yesterday that it is calling upon Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, to co-sponsor legislation to bar rental car companies from renting or selling ...more

Senate Bill 5 is signed by Gov. Nixon >> Government f-fite
Missouri Bar President Reuben Shelton of St. Louis commended Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing today (July 9, 2015) of legislation aimed at improving citizens’ experiences within Missouri’s municipal courts. ...more

Senator Richard comments on Supreme Court ruling >> Government lhieger
JEFFERSON CITY— Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced the latest in a series of opinions that expand the reach of the federal government into areas historically within the domain of individual ...more

Government workers to get market-based pay >> Government staff
Government workers in two of Missouri's largest cities--Kansas City and St. Louis-- will see a pay hike next January thanks to the efforts of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), ...more

Republican version of welfare reform goes to House >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation today (Feb. 23, 2015) sponsored by Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, that reforms Missouri’s welfare system, creates stronger ...more

Medicare coverage comes under fire >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced legislation recently to block a rationing tool known as "comparative effectiveness research" (CER) from denying or delaying coverage of ...more

Senator Richard's legislative news >> Government rrichard
Legislative NewsSenator Ron Richard (R-MO 32)Majority Floor Leader During the sixth week of session, we saw significant movement on a number of important pieces of legislation. On Wednesday ...more

Blunt supports Texans' policy on immigration >> Government royblunt
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) praised a move by a federal judge in Texas who issued a preliminary injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. In ...more

Marijuana proponents to circulate petition >> Government sfleming
MOST SOUGHT AFTER PLANT Jefferson City — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today (Feb. 9, 2015) announced that an initiative petition relating to legalizing marijuana met state standards ...more

Holder reforms violation of due process >> Government kgommel
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder announced recently a limit on local and state police use of federal law to render forfeitable money, cars, and other legal property without evidence that a ...more

Blunt gains control of purse strings >> Government royblunt
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) was chosen today to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related ...more

Shell companies violate Clean Air Act >> Government milbourn
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company to resolve Clean Air Act violations, including selling ...more

EPA proposes better response to oil spills >> Government rdeitz
Washington- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to improve the nation’s ...more

Fort Smith to clean up its sewer system >> Government colaizzi
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice and the state of Arkansas announced that the city of Fort Smith, will upgrade its sewer collection and ...more

Senators request delay in USPS consolidation >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Claire McCaskill (MO) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues on December 1, 2014, to demand a delay in the planned consolidation of up to 82 ...more

Who has the money? >> Government staff
A database of stocks currently held by members of congress and their immediate family has been launched by Maplight, a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded by individuals and ...more

Senate majority caucus selects leaders >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY — The majority caucus today endorsed once again Sen. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, to serve a second session as President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate for the 98th General Assembly. ...more

SSI benefits to increase 1.7% in 2015 >> Government llavelle
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today. The ...more

Blunt questions firearm application revision >> Government staff
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt (R), who co-chairs the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, sent a letter recently demanding answers from the Obama Administration surrounding reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, ...more

Major free speech court victory is made >> Government ssloan
In a major victory for free speech rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a ruling on August 21, 2014, denying the city of New York’s effort to dismiss the lawsuit ...more

Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program relocates >> Government l-onstot
The offices of the Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program (J-HAP) has relocated to 519 S. Main St., Joplin. Officially launched on August 10, 2013 with funding assistance from the U.S. Dept. of ...more

Pot sellers should get lighter sentences >> Government mgroob
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Sentencing Commission on July 18, 2014, approved an amendment that retroactively applies reduced sentencing guidelines to people who are currently serving time for select ...more

New process mandated for contesting No Fly Listing >> Government jbell
PORTLAND, OR – In a landmark ruling, a federal judge struck down as unconstitutional the government’s procedures for people on the No Fly List to challenge their inclusion. The decision came in an ...more

Actions are labeled, "beyond outrageous" >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance which is currently investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative groups, released ...more

EPA's new proposal generates partisanship >> Government mariwinn
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its Clean Power Plan proposal that as expected has created quite a furor, especially amongst Republican ranks. While the agency hopes the plan ...more

STL VA healthcare system falls short, say Senators >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent a letter to Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki and the VA St. Louis Health Care System this week to ...more

Nixon's tax-cut veto is overridden >> Government staff
The Missouri House today voted 109 to 46 to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of SB 509, a tax cut bill that in order to pay for it will force cuts in public education, cause higher tuition at state ...more

Missouri law proposed limiting e-cigarette sales >> Government jwasson
Commentary by Missouri State Senator Jay Wasson (R-20/Nixa)Majority Caucus Chairman E-cigarettes and nicotine vaporizers are battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine to create a vapor ...more

Flashing yellow arrows are coming >> Government jdmitch
Joplin/Duquesne - Southwest Missouri drivers soon will encounter a new type of traffic signal indication - flashing yellow left-turn arrows -- with the first installation in Joplin along Route 66 ...more

Senators consider bologna restrictions baloney >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), joined by Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and others, today fought attempts by the European Union (EU) to impair ...more

JPD has new crime reporting system online >> Government staff
The Joplin Police Department has announced a new online crime reporting system for the citizens of Joplin, according to Lt. Carla Geller. They have partnered with COPLOGIC to develop a comprehensive, ...more

Farm Bill passage: Compromise is criticized >> Government staff
The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) headquartered in Jefferson City has expressed concern for the estimated 850,000 U.S. households who will have an average of $90 less per month for ...more

Kansas Senator supports Obamacare challenges >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) has signed an amicus brief in support of the challenges by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties against Obamacare’s contraception mandate. ...more

Blunt/Carper bill adds to consumer protection >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of recent reports regarding several major data security breaches, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Tom Carper (DE) introduced the “Data Security Act of 2014” on January ...more

City of Joplin addresses NIST report findings >> Government l-onstot
After review of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report entitled “Technical Investigation of the May 22, 2011, Tornado in Joplin, Missouri” in which 16 recommendations for ...more

Changing school transfer law gets top priority >> Government lhieger
JEFFERSON CITY—The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly commenced at noon today (Jan. 8, 2014) with the school transfer issue and tax reform ranking high on the Senate Leader’s list of ...more

Cities want Internet sales tax law passed >> Government staff
Missouri cities will face several critical challenges in the New Year that need attention from citizens and legislators for communities to grow and offer a stronger quality of life. The National ...more

ACLU reports on Obama's commutation record >> Government mgroob
WASHINGTON – President Obama recently commuted the sentences of at least four people who were serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses. Prior to his announcement, Obama had only pardoned ...more

Lower income taxpayers are encouraged to save >> Government staff
ST LOUIS – The Internal Revenue Service wants you to know that saving for retirement for some people may make them eligible for a tax credit that can reduce the tax they owe. For 2013 this credit ...more

Kansas Senator questions security of Obamacare >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan) renewed his warning that the Obamacare exchanges are leaving applicants vulnerable by failing to safeguard private patient health and financial ...more

Gov. Nixon supports food stamp program >> Government joxford
Jefferson City – Members of Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) and other anti-hunger advocates throughout Missouri today (Oct. 24, 2013) celebrated the announced reversal of a rule ...more

Sen. Roberts blasts Sebelious >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC -- Eleven days after the disastrous launch of the Obamacare exchanges, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) yesterday, October 11, 2013, called on the Secretary of Health and Human ...more

EPA justifies climate control role >> Government staff
Commentary by Gina McCarthy In June, the President reaffirmed his commitment to reducing carbon pollution when he directed many federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, to ...more

Blunt fights to save coal from EPA requirements >> Government senblunt
Affordable energy is threatened WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), pictured, blasted the Obama Administration’s announcement today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...more

MotorScience found guilty of clean air violations >> Government dkemery
WASHINGTON – Two Los Angeles-based consulting firms, MotorScience Inc., and MotorScience Enterprise Inc., (MotorScience) and their owner, Chi Zheng, have agreed to settle alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) ...more

In support of consumers Gov. Nixon vetoes bill >> Government staff
ST. LOUIS – Consumers Council of Missouri (CCM) is commending Governor Jay Nixon today for his veto of Senate Bill 240, which relieves consumers from hundreds of millions of dollars more in ...more

EPA warns against propane refrigerant use >> Government dkemery
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of potential safety ...more

New Energy Star requirements are announced >> Government latosha
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised its Energy Star requirements for residential refrigerators and freezers. The updated requirements raise the bar for energy ...more

Verizon customer privacy is compromised >> Government mariwinn
It probably won't be before April 12, 2038, that the public will know why or what the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Security Agency (NSA) hope to gain from court-ordered ...more

Sunshine Law modifications are renewed >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed House Bill 256, which reinstates important public safety exemptions to Missouri's Sunshine Law. These exemptions, which expired at the end of 2012, ...more

MoDot primitivizes rest area >> Government staff
The eastbound and westbound Interstate 44 rest areas near Halltown (mile marker 50) between Springfield and Joplin, will close Wednesday, May 29, 2013, according to an announcement by the Missouri ...more

Lawmakers seek help in drafting compounding rules >> Government s-little
Washington, D.C. – Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), with Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and ...more

Death tax repeal succumbs to Democratic knife >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the ongoing Senate “vote-a-rama” debate recently, Democrats blocked an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) and co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt ...more

EPA releases vehicle fuel economy list >> Government jval
WASHINGTON – The EPA released its annual report today (March 15, 2013) that tracks the fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States, underscoring the major increases made in the efficiency of ...more

Blunt/Pryor amendment aims to save jobs >> Government blunt_pr
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Mark Pryor (AR) introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Continuing Resolution (CR) today to protect private sector jobs by solving a funding gap ...more

Senators ask to preserve food safety inspections >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, today (March 26, 2013) said that under law, USDA is obligated to perform meat and poultry ...more

Missouri House committee moves along voter ID bill >> Government rich-r
(Jefferson City) - Voting rights advocates are condemning last night’s action by the Missouri House of Representatives giving conditional approval to restrictive photo ID requirements. After more ...more

Missouri Reps submit anti-evolution bill again >> Government sbranch
House Bill 179, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 16, 2013, and not yet referred to a committee, is the latest anti-evolution bill in the Missouri state legislature. The ...more

ACLU reacts to President's gun control proposals >> Government staff
WASHINGTON — President Obama today announced 23 executive actions and proposed legislative action stemming from Vice President Biden’s Gun Task Force. They include: Closing background check ...more

Missourians may see debit card tax refunds >> Government meglewis
JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced recently that citizens have a new option to choose from when getting a tax refund from the state of Missouri. Taxpayers are now able to get a ...more

Tea Partyers lean on House Speaker Boehner >> Government zack
"Not one dime in new taxes, not one nickel in new spending, and for the love of God and the future of our country, not one red cent in new debt. Enough is enough." Washington D.C. - In light of ...more

Blunt supports ruling on contraceptives >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) applauded a decision recently by a district court judge in Washington, D.C. to stop the Obama administration from forcing the owners of a Christian ...more

Fiscal cliff could affect homebound Missourians >> Government staff
Jefferson City – Despite the fact that a new Congress was elected this past Tuesday the current Congress still has one major issue to deal with before they recess for the holidays. The issue is known ...more

Joplin's Richard is given leadership position >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY – State Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) was elected majority floor leader when lawmakers met yesterday (Nov. 8, 2012) with their respective caucuses at the Capitol to choose Senate ...more

New app is launched to check water quality >> Government jval
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across ...more

Money brings jobs >> Government jbowman
Lenders in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Springfield branch office area submitted and received SBA guarantees on 385 loans for $152.3 million in FY 2012, which ended September 30. These ...more

Obama issues executive order to end forced labor >> Government asimon
WASHINGTON – President Obama yesterday (Sept. 25, 2012) signed an executive order that would give better protections to vulnerable workers at U.S. military and diplomatic missions who are employed by ...more

Bats, birds and wind energy >> Government gparham
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks public input to conserve endangered species in the Midwest while encouraging clean energy The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading development of a ...more

Cybersecurity Act is dead >> Government aclu
WASHINGTON – The Senate today (August 2, 2012) voted against moving forward on cybersecurity legislation ending the bill’s chances at final passage. S. 3414, the Cybersecurity Act, was recently ...more

Are you being followed? >> Government sgosset
Missouri was one of 38 states that affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union recently sent requests to local police departments and state agencies demanding information on how they use license ...more

SB 611 protects MoDOT workers, changes permit rule >> Government mariwinn
Motorists will have to slow down or change lanes when approaching Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) vehicles parked on the side of the road with amber and white lights flashing. Gov. Jay ...more

Sen. Roberts dismisses medical marijuana expense >> Government candrian
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today (July 10, 2012) introduced a bill to prohibit the deduction ...more

Tornadic winds blew in more money >> Government mariwinn
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, pictured, brought great news to Joplin residents when he announced that the city had won a $12 million TIGER grant. A brief history...When Joplin City ...more

Showing you the money! >> Government jon-g
The office of the Missouri state treasurer claims to be holding about $700 million in unclaimed assets from more than 4.3 million owner accounts. Although 1 in 10 Missouri residents has unclaimed ...more

Social security records may be verified online >> Government staff
In less than two months’ time, one million people have gone online, created a My Social Security account and viewed their Social Security Statement, according to Michael J. Astrue, commissioner.  ...more

Not so sweet for Russell Stover Candies... >> Government dbryan
Russell Stover Candies, Inc., has agreed to pay a $585,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its facility in Iola, Kansas, the U.S. Department of Justice ...more

Cellphone nos. will be added to No Call List >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY – Legislation was signed into law this week by Gov. Jay Nixon that will allow cell phone users to block unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages. Co-sponsored by 154 ...more

EPA updates Clean Air Act rules for gas stations >> Government e-jones
Widespread use of advanced vehicle technologies capture harmful gasoline vapors when refueling, delivering more cost-effective emissions reductions WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection ...more

DOMA struck down again >> Government robyn
NEW YORK – A federal judge ruled on June 6, 2012, that a critical section of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) unconstitutionally discriminates against married same-sex couples. The ...more

Akin again seeks to protect citizen gun rights >> Government staylor
WASHINGTON- Congressman Todd Akin, (R-MO) has cosponsored legislation the Second Amendment Sovereignty Act of 2012. The bill, H.R. 5846, introduced by Representative Benjamin Quayle (R-AZ), protects ...more

No photo ID amendment on November ballot >> Government josh-s
With the end of the legislative session, the Missouri legislature failed to replace the language of a ballot measure for this November that would amend the state constitution to allow legislation to ...more

Access to Social Security records is now online >> Government staff
Michael J. Astrue, commissioner of Social Security, has announced an online version of the Social Security Statement is now available here. The new online statement provides eligible workers with ...more

Advertising on school buses bill passes House >> Government mkelley
JEFFERSON CITY – School districts struggling to afford the cost of transporting students to and from school would have the option to tap into a new source of revenue under legislation sponsored by ...more

Photo ID amendment language is struck down >> Government josh-s
Jefferson City – Cole County Circuit Court Judge Patricia S. Joyce ruled on March 27, 2012, in a legal challenge brought by the Advancement Project, Fair Elections Legal Network, American Civil ...more

ACLU applauds Obama contraception policies >> Government asimon
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on March 16, 2012, released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, taking the next step in making modifications to its contraceptive coverage policy. An open ...more

Speech fails to justify targeted killing program >> Government aclu
NEW YORK – In a speech today (March 5, 2012) at Northwestern University School of Law, Attorney General Eric Holder on national security issues addressed the government’s targeted killing ...more

Blunt amendment is tabled >> Government asimon
WASHINGTON – The Senate today voted to table a dangerous amendment [attached to a key highway bill] offered by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that would roll back access to birth control. The Blunt Amendment ...more

Ignorance or fraud, city audit will determine >> Government staff
The signatures on a petition filed by electors of the city of Miami, Oklahoma and through the efforts of Jay Calan of 5 Star Equipment Company, Greg Hiebert of Miami Dental Care and CPA and attorney ...more

Roberts lauds aviation bill passage >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) recently hailed the Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Transportation, Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, ...more

Citizens call for audit of Miami, OK finances >> Government staff
A group of citizens in Miami, Oklahoma are questioning how finances are handled by the city of Miami. On January 17, 2012, they gathered 1,000 signatures, well over the 645 needed by state law to ...more

Legislators honor AmeriCorps members >> Government m-brady
Jefferson City - The Missouri House of Representatives today (Jan. 31, 2012) passed a resolution honoring AmeriCorps members from across the country who have played an indispensable role in helping ...more

Richard's bill encourages amateur sports events >> Government comsec
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri is one step closer to hosting more amateur sporting events, thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Ron Richard(R-Joplin). The measure, Senate Bill 585, was heard Wednesday, ...more

Senator Richard joins Appropriations Committee >> Government staff
Southwest Missouri got a voice on the Missouri Legislature's Appropriations Committee recently when Senator Ron Richard (R-Joplin) became a member. His appointment was made by Senate Leader Robert N. ...more

Legislative session resumes focusing on Blueprint >> Government mkelley
Commentary byRep. Mike Kelley of Lamar,District 126 - Republican(serving the counties of Jasper, Barton, Dade and Polk) Yesterday, we began the 2nd regular session of the 97th General Assembly of ...more

Obama signs the NDAA >> Government m-simon
WASHINGTON – President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama ...more

Blunt weighs in on new EPA standards >> Government mariwinn
According to an annual report of enforcement and compliance results released earlier in December by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA enforcement actions led to more than 1.8 million ...more

New hours of service rule announced for truckers >> Government staff
WASHINGTON - Companies and truck drivers that commit egregious violations of a new rule that ensures that the drivers get the rest they need to operate safely while on the road could receive maximum ...more

EPA sets standards for 2012 >> Government staff
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 21, 2011, announced the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and air ...more

Half of Joplin owners file for permits >> Government s-anselm
As 2011 comes to a close and many begin to look forward to the New Year, Joplin has a reason to be hopeful. As of this week, 50% of property owners have secured permits to repair or rebuild homes ...more

Richard introduces 3 bills >> Government comsec
JEFFERSON CITY - To promote job growth and further economic development, Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) has prefiled legislation that would allow Missouri to benefit from the big business of amateur ...more

U.S. 71 continues to morph into I-49 >> Government staff
Projects completed by the Missouri Department of Transportation in 2011 are another step toward upgrading U.S. 71 in becoming Interstate 49 by the end of 2012. Five interchanges, two overpasses and ...more

E-mails from IRS are scam e-mails >> Government mtdevine
Because so many people prepare and e-file their taxes, many think the Internal Revenue Service uses e-mail to contact them about their taxes. The IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to alert ...more

Commission files redistricting plans/maps >> Government jwax
The Missouri Appellate Apportionment Commission has filed new state Senate and House of Representatives redistricting plans and maps with the Missouri Secretary of State. The Commission was appointed ...more

ESC offers free home repairs for Joplin residents >> Government myeakey
Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area (ESC) announced recently that they currently are seeking applicants for their home rehabilitation project in Joplin. Through the HOME Repair ...more

Poverty poor are not exempt from income tax >> Government tgleason
The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities released a report today (Nov. 15, 2011) indicating that Missouri was one of only a few states that tax working poor families with incomes below the poverty ...more

Kinder to request wage rule suspension >> Government jay-e
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder seeks to suspend prevailing wage rule for Joplin home construction. This issue was discussed at an informal agenda meeting mentioned here as well as at a special council ...more

Passing the farm bill sub rosa >> Government klogan
The Farm Bill is being written in secret by the leaders - not all the members - of the House and Senate agriculture committees. They intend to bypass even the members of their own agriculture ...more

COLA adjustment finally is made for SSI >> Government staff
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced yesterday ...more

EPA adds TCE final assessment to IRIS program >> Government latisha
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the final health assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) to the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database. IRIS ...more

EPA director defends agency's significance >> Government staff
By Lisa P. Jackson It is a priority of the EPA and of this Administration, to ensure that our regulatory system is guided by science and that it protects human health and the environment in a ...more

Technology turns around tornado devastated Joplin >> Government cast
Powerful winds reaching 250 mph blew in the windows of St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo, sending shattered glass on top of critically ill patients and sweeping up furniture, supplies ...more

Richards proposes aid for disaster re-building >> Government mariwinn
Jefferson City - Homeowners and developers affected by natural disasters may soon receive some help in rebuilding efforts thanks to an amendment proposed by Missouri Sen. Ron Richard ...more

Government raids Gibson factory >> Government staff
The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the ...more

Missouri SB 54 to be redefined >> Government kcrancer
JEFFERSON CITY —Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) issued the following statement on August 26, 2011, regarding SB 54, otherwise known as the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act,” which was passed ...more

55 miles per gallon fuel efficiency, a pipe dream? >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama recently announced a historic agreement with 13 major automakers to pursue the next phase in the administration’s national vehicle program, increasing fuel economy to ...more

Committee ponders harms of DOMA; ACLU testifies >> Government asimon
WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held the first congressional hearing on the harms of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) since the law’s passage in 1996. As a result of the ...more

Social Security to cut back on office hours >> Government staff
Effective August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices nationwide will close to the public 30 minutes earlier each day. For example, a field office that is usually open to the public Monday through ...more

Nixon vetoes bill to change voter rules >> Government comsec
State Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton) shares his disappointment over Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's veto of one of his top pieces of legislation from the 2011 legislative session. Senate Bill 3 was a ...more

Will Senate vote today end ethanol subsidies? >> Government staff
Political contributions from interest groups again has played a crucial role in support of SB 871, to repeal the ethanol tax earmark and tariff. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the ...more

Carnahan's staff to assist Joplin victims >> Government l-onstot
Jefferson City - Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that her office will send staff members to Joplin to assist victims of last month's tornado. Representatives from the ...more

Senator Leahy introduces ECPA legislation >> Government m-simon
WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on May 17, 2011, introduced important legislation that would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). ECPA was passed in ...more

Bill is considered to protect student athletes >> Government comsec
JEFFERSON CITY – Student athletes are one step closer to having to sit out of play after suffering a concussion until a doctor signs off on their return thanks to an awareness and prevention ...more

EPA launches new green strategy >> Government ryost
WASHINGTON -Kansas City, MO is one of 10 cities that will benefit from a new strategy launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote the use of green infrastructure and reduce ...more

Disaster mitigation is funded >> Government staff
Jasper County for its use and surrounding counties of Newton, McDonald and Barton has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant by way of the Harry S Truman Coordinating Council. The $111,150 ...more

FWS to declare Eastern cougar extinct >> Government gparham
Eastern cougar (illustration by Robert Savannah) Although the eastern cougar has been on the endangered species list since 1973, its existence has long been questioned. The U.S. Fish and ...more

EPA approves new coolant for car AC systems >> Government milbourn
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final approval for a new refrigerant for use in motor vehicle air conditioning systems that does not deplete the ozone layer, ...more

Joplin Council seeks to curtail meth labs >> Government mariwinn
Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts addresses the Joplin City Council in support of a bill to make methamphetamine precursor drugs prescription-only. He called Joplin the number one producer of meth ...more

Senate passes aviation legislation >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation spearheaded by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to eliminate a proposed user fee on Kansas’ general aviation industry passed the Senate late last night (Feb. 17, 2011), ...more

Obama cuts EPA funding for 2012 >> Government milbourn
WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration today (Feb. 14, 2011) proposed a FY 2012 budget of $8.973 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This proposal reflects President Obama's ...more

Bill seeks to end forced unionization >> Government comsec
JEFFERSON CITY - Fifty percent of manufacturers refuse to consider Missouri as a place to locate new jobs because Missouri law has no protection against forced unionization of their workers, ...more

Group hopes to protect petition rights >> Government staff
Jefferson City - Yesterday (Jan. 24, 2011), Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, certified the ballot title for a citizen's initiative petition. "The Petition Rights Protection Act" was ...more

Who is doing what in Missouri politics >> Government comsec
JEFFERSON CITY -Robert N. Mayer (R-Dexter), who had been unanimously elected Senate Leader, today announced 15 Senate committees that will be tasked with holding public hearings and drafting ...more

How to get Missouri road condition information >> Government sally-o
JEFFERSON CITY - It's snow time throughout the state. So, the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding travelers there are several easy ways to get road condition information and avoid ...more

Liaison chosen to funnel taxpayers' issues >> Government d-burton
A University of Missouri Extension specialist was recently selected by the treasury department to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). Panel members listen to taxpayers, identify ...more

Healthcare rationing is topic of senator's speech >> Government s-little
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today called attention to rationing already underway at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the leadership of Administrator Dr. Donald ...more

Blunt among 10 to request treaty delay >> Government bsnyder
WASHINGTON--Missouri Senator-elect Roy Blunt and nine other Senators-elect have requested that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reserve consideration of the "New START" Treaty between the United ...more

SSA to expand phone service >> Government lassiter
The Social Security Administration held a groundbreaking ceremony in Jackson, TN for their first new call center in more than a decade. Joining Michael J. Astrue, Social Security commissioner, were ...more

Bill to provide more congressional oversight >> Government m-simon
A provision that will increase congressional oversight of top secret programs passed the House late on September 29, 2010. The measure, included in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year ...more

New coinage will honor 5-star generals >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, DC – A bill that requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of five United States Army 5-star generals was unanimously passed in the Senate today (Sept. 29, ...more

Veto session: A time for goodbyes >> Government g-nodler
Comments by Sen. Gary Nodler Each year, legislators return to the Capitol in mid-September for the General Assembly’s annual veto session. A September veto session is required by the Missouri ...more

DHHS encourages state adoption programs with money >> Government aisha
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on September 15, 2010 awarded $510,180 to Missourifor increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. States use the funds from this ...more

EPA rejects claims of flawed climate science >> Government milbourn
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today denied 10 petitions challenging its 2009 determination that climate change is real, is occurring due to emissions of greenhouse gases ...more

Neosho city manager issues lay-offs >> Government staff
Neosho City Manager Harlan Moore has announced several personnel cuts that are effective immediately. These staff positions are slated for long term vacancy or elimination. Duties performed by each ...more

Nodler praises Court's decision on gun control >> Government staff
Jefferson City - Senator Gary Nodler (R-Joplin) today voiced his support of the US Supreme Court ruling, announced today, that strikes down the city of Chicago's gun laws. Senator Nodler signed on to ...more

MHIP participants are "SOL" >> Government g-nodler
NODLER'S NOTES: Commentary by Missouri State Senator Gary Nodler (R-32 representing the people of Newton, Jasper and Dade counties) Consequences of federal healthcare already is felt One ...more

Emery rebuts allegations against HB 2343 >> Government staff
The following is a rebuttal by Rep. Ed Emery (R-126) to remarks made by Kathleen Logan Smith, director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. Logan-Smith vehemently was opposing a bill in the ...more

HB 2343 is called a massive corporate giveaway >> Government staff
A monumental change in Missouri's electric utility regulation has just cleared the House Utilities Committee yesterday (April 27, 2010). HB 2343 proposed by Rep. Ed Emery (R-126) would allow ...more

EPA reconsiders saccharin's harm to health >> Government latisha
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule to remove saccharin and its salts from the agency's lists of hazardous wastes, hazardous constituents and hazardous ...more

Groups push for electronic privacy protection >> Government m-simon
WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union today (Mar. 30, 2010) joined with a broad coalition to urge Congress to make much-needed changes to the laws that protect the privacy of electronic ...more

Design for memorial to Eisenhower is approved >> Government staff
The design, illustrated above, for a national memorial to the 34th president of the US recently was approved by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission, according to Senator Pat Roberts ...more

EPA vetoes mountaintop coal mining >> Government staff
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its proposal under the Clean Water Act to significantly restrict or prohibit mountain top mining at the Spruce No. 1 ...more

Roy Blunt teams up with Sarah Steelman >> Government mariwinn
In the foreground Rep. Roy Blunt and Sarah Steelman, newly named chair of Small Businessmen and Women for Blunt, address a group of Joplin area entrepreneurs during one of Blunt's "Jobs for ...more

Lady Justice again bares her breast to Ashcroft >> Government staff
SEATTLE - The American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit charging that former Attorney General John Ashcroft is personally responsible for the wrongful detention of an innocent American, Abdullah ...more

Imperiled fish and wildlife programs are funded >> Government a.spratt
Fish and wildlife restoration programs in Missouri received $1,520,387 as part of approximately $13.4 million awarded in the midwest region through the State Wildlife Grant Program. The money is ...more

Contractors are subject to new EPA lead ruling >> Government dbryan
Beginning next month, federal law will require that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 ...more

Neosho offers more transparency for its citizens >> Government dfinnie
The city of Neosho has announced the debut of Tracker, a powerful tool that allows its citizens to communicate with the city at their convenience. The Request Tracker offers website visitors a method ...more

Are you eligible for earned income tax credit? >> Government mtdevine
St Louis - More than 38,000 Jasper, Newton and Greene County individuals and families received more than $51 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) last year. In Jasper County, almost ...more

Missouri Rep. Jerry Nolte redefines nuclear >> Government staff
Vote no on Missouri HB 1851 was the message. According to Erin Noble, a spokesperson for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, HB 1851 aims to derail investment in clean, renewable energy by ...more

Prez Day plea to free Hamedah Hasan made >> Government aclu
WASHINGTON - Hamedah Hasan, a mother and grandmother serving her 17th year of a 27-year federal prison sentence for a non-violent crime, asked President Obama on February 11, 2010 to commute her ...more

Justification of murder... >> Government aclu
NEW YORK - Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair acknowledged in a congressional hearing on February 3, 2010 that the U.S. may, with executive approval, deliberately target and kill U.S. ...more

H.B. 1804 to toughen drunk driving law >> Government fharris
ST. LOUIS - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) urged support of Missouri House Bill 1804 authored by Rep. Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves) requiring all first time convicted drunk drivers to use ...more

Electronic filing to speed up disability claims >> Government staff
Fifteen healthcare providers and networks have received $17.4 million in contract awards to provide electronic medical records to Social Security, according to an announcement today (Feb. 1, 2010) by ...more

Missouri park system needs your donation, says DNR >> Government mariwinn
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has its hand out. The agency that many believe has been underfunded in order not to thwart business interests disinterested in environmental protection, ...more

Nodler urges support for community banks >> Government g-nodler
NODLER'S NOTES: Commentary by Missouri State Senator Gary Nodler (R-32 representing the people of Newton, Jasper and Dade counties) Urging Congress towards commonsense regulatory ...more

Another use for beet juice >> Government staff
Joplin - MoDOT's Southwest District is using a new anti-icing product made from sugar beets to help keep state highways clear. Geomelt, a patented sugar beet by-product, is an organic de-icer used ...more

Missouri governor pushes for ethics reform >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY - The Governor detailed four key elements in a letter to end 2009 to members of the Missouri General Assembly that he believes should be the foundation of meaningful and comprehensive ...more

Loans for rural Americans are announced >> Government clements
The USDA Rural Development Agency has announced the availability of stimulus money to be used to fund loans to rural Americans for home purchases, improvements or refinancing. Income and location ...more

Rep. Gutierrez introduces immigration reform bill >> Government staff
Democratic Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4) yesterday (Dec. 15, 2009) introduced new legislation, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 to the US ...more

Counterterrorism efforts vs. the First Amendment >> Government aclu
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Civil Liberties Union testified on December 15, 2009 before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment. ...more

Joplin introduces new logo/tagline >> Government l-onstot
By Lynn Onstot, Joplin Public Information Officer Proud of our Past…Shaping our Future” This is more than a catchy phrase in Joplin these days. This tagline in the new Joplin logo espouses an ...more

Slow release of H1N1 vaccine seen as grave issue >> Government staff
Washington, D.C.-President Barack Obama declared H1N1 a national emergency this weekend, a status that will give the federal government greater flexibility and authority to contain the pandemic. But ...more

Stimulus funds to improve fishing at Beaver Lake >> Government pkloer
To restore the quality of trout fishing at Beaver Lake's Tailwater Habitat near Eureka Springs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded a $110,000 contract to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ...more

Appeal made to FSA to end CAFO loans >> Government staff
WASHINGTON, D.C - The Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment (CFFE) on October 20, 2009 delivered a letter with 25,323 signatures to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack calling for a ...more

SSA's guideline: no COLA increase in 2010 >> Government lassiter
With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 57 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2010. This will ...more

Passing JUSTICE Act is a priority >> Government m-simon
WASHINGTON - Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) recently introduced legislation that would narrow several provisions of the Patriot Act and other surveillance laws, including the FISA Amendments Act of ...more

The Public Option: a democratic right? >> Government hastings
When "Public Options" serve the public—and when they don't By Lawrence S. Wittner Currently, there is nothing more controversial in President Barack Obama's health care reform proposal than the ...more

USDA Rural Development loans reach record levels >> Government staff
With media reports of lagging economy, a program vital to rural America has reached new records in activity, according to a release by Gregory Bramwell, area specialist with the US Department of ...more

Funding is secured for Neosho hatchery >> Government a.spratt
The Neosho National Fish Hatchery will receive funding to support the construction of a two-story, 9,200 sq. ft., energy-efficient visitor center, according to an announcement by Ken Salazar, US ...more

H.R. 2454: higher electric bills for Missourians >> Government e-emery
Punishing the poorby Missouri Rep. Ed Emery (R-126 including the counties ofBarton, Dade, Jasper and Polk) "When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be ...more

Rupp blasts governor on accountability veto >> Government sen-com
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri taxpayers could be easy pickings for those who want to steal, defraud or abuse the federal stimulus dollars coming to our state, according to Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R-St. ...more

Gobbledygook of Missouri stream protection >> Government staff
Ever wonder what happened to all the photos requested by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that would demonstrate the recreational use of local streams and insure their protection?  ...more

Info needed on crayfish and cavefish populations >> Government staff
The U.S. Geological Survey and Missouri Department of Conservation, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Natural Resources, are conducting two studies ...more

Disaster Recovery Center opens in Joplin >> Government a.hunter
Editor's note: This office closes at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2009. To contact the agency use the phone numbers provided. The Federal and State Emergency Management Agencies (FEMA and SEMA) will ...more

DOR to regulate ignition interlock devices >> Government staff
"Imagine MU's Faurot Field packed to full capacity with 70,000 screaming black-and-gold clad football fans. Now imagine every single one of these fans has alcohol-related driving offenses." Sally ...more

Disaster relief tops $500,000 in Missouri >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY – More than $547,000 in disaster assistance has been approved in the seven days since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Missouri. The disaster declaration is a ...more

Fair Tax gains impetus and critics in Missouri >> Government staff
Recently the Committee on Tax Reform of the Missouri House of Representatives voted 7-5 to pass HJR 36, a constitutional amendment introduced by Rep. Ed Emery (R-126) which proposes dramatic changes ...more

MIAC offers retraction >> Government mariwinn
In a fax dated March 23, Missouri Department of Safety Director John Britt assured 2008 presidential candidates Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party), Bob Barr (Libertarian Party) and Representative Ron ...more

Senators consider 4-day school week option >> Government g-nodler
NODLER'S NOTES: Commentary by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-32) Exploring educational options With the economy on everyone’s minds, many citizens are looking closely at their budgets to see where ...more

The immigration issue; Martinez' role >> Government staff
St. Louis – Janet Renner of Missourians Against Illegal Immigration (MAII) filed another Sunshine request with Governor Jay Nixon's office this time requesting all of the e-mails of Chief of Staff ...more

The Census Bureau is hiring >> Government jyoung
Need a job? The U.S. Census Bureau is now hiring for the 2010 census. If you live in central and northern Missouri you could get a job working for the Census Bureau. Full and part time temporary ...more

One Democrat, 17 Republicans to head committees >> Government sen-com
JEFFERSON CITY - Senate leader Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) recently announced that 18 Senate committees that will be tasked with holding public hearings and drafting legislation on issues ...more

EPA discusses sea level rise >> Government roxanne
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with significant contributions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey, ...more

Planned Parenthood softens pro-choice stand >> Government staff
Planned Parenthood of Missouri offered congratulations on Missouri's Inauguration Day to Governor Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, state treasurer Clint Zweifel and Attorney General ...more

Earthquake is inevitable but insurance lags behind >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt and the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) last month released the findings of a task force report which ...more

Retire online: Social Security joins 21st century >> Government lassiter
Michael J. Astrue, commissioner of Social Security, and award-winning actress Patty Duke recently unveiled Social Security's new online retirement application, thereby launching the agency's Retire ...more

Missouri 95th General Assembly gets underway >> Government sen-com
JEFFERSON CITY - Naming three strategies of job creation, more health coverage, and education past high school as ways to make Missouri a better place to live, work, and raise a family, Senate leader ...more

Movement to protect secret ballots is launched >> Government mariwinn
Congress is a single vote away from passing H.R. 800, a.k.a the Employee Free Choice Act. The controversial bill, that was first introduced in January 2007 by California Congressman George Miller ...more

Blunt issues pardons, recommends parole hearing >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today announced his decision, with the unanimous recommendation of the Missouri Probation and Parole Board, to pardon Scott Flentge, Joy Howard Marshall, Sharo ...more

Political contributions and the auto bailout bill >> Government staff
Over the past five years (January 2003 - October 2008), auto manufacturers, auto dealers and labor unions gave an average of $74,100 in campaign contributions to each Representative voting in favor ...more

Hunters to be affected by proposed changes >> Government e-emery
Sportsman ALERTby Missouri Rep. Ed Emery (R-126 including the counties ofBarton, Dade, Jasper and Polk) "With the power given to government agencies to establish regulations, sometimes it ...more

New look for Missouri Governor's Mansion >> Government hfoster
Governor's ColumnBy Governor Matt Blunt Preserving the People's House The Missouri Governor's Mansion is unlike any other landmark in our state, acting as both a residence and a historic ...more

Bi-state governors sign water agreement >> Government hfoster
Gov. Matt Blunt of Missouri and Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas today signed an historic bi-state water agreement to help ensure a more proactive approach to protecting and preserving the waters that ...more

Missouri seeks homes for its foster children >> Government hfoster
Gov. Matt Blunt in proclaiming November Adoption Awareness Month is hoping to highlight the 2008 Missouri Adoption Heart Gallery that this year helped secure 61 Missouri children potential homes out ...more

Is the IRS looking for you? >> Government staff
One hundred and thirty one people from Jasper County are among almost five thousand in the state of Missouri who in all are missing refunds and stimulus payments worth more than $3 million. In ...more

Leaders chosen for 95th Missouri General Assembly >> Government staff
Subject to full Senate approval Senate Republicans today unanimously endorsed Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph) to serve in the top position as president pro tem of the 95th General Assembly beginning ...more

Alternative for Main Street blight found >> Government l-onstot
With the momentum of downtown revitalization evident, the city of Joplin is looking to cooperate with the state of Missouri in a project that will significantly accelerate the progress in the ...more

SSI benefits, deduction basis to increase in 2009 >> Government lassiter
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 55 million Americans will increase 5.8 percent in 2009, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 5.8 ...more

MoDot offers an e-update system >> Government staff
The Missouri Department of Transportation is promoting an e-update system they offer that delivers information via e-mail that could save a motorist time and money. Road closures, incidents on major ...more

Missouri Highway Patrol to scope out illegals >> Government hfoster
Gov. Blunt once again has taken aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration in Missouri. The governor, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Public Safety, ...more

MoRx website is enhanced >> Government robinson
JEFFERSON CITY - The ability to search for the cost of multiple drugs simultaneously and to specify a certain radius from a zip code in order locate them for purchase are two of the improvements that ...more

Are truck lanes feasible for I-70?--you decide >> Government bthoenen
JEFFERSON CITY - MoDOT is hosting an online public meeting about the possibility of truck-only lanes on Interstate 70 in Missouri. Along with information and video clips explaining the concept, the ...more

New law benefits property owners >> Government m-asmus
JEFFERSON CITY - A Senate bill protecting Missourians from tax increases caused by reassessments becomes law today. Senate Leader Mike Gibbons (R-Kirkwood) sponsored the property tax reform ...more

Think green, save green >> Government hfoster
If you are thinking about buying a new appliance--washer, dryer or refrigerator--, you might try to postpone the purchase until next spring. Gov. Matt Blunt recently signed SB 1181 sponsored by ...more

Missouri now boasts official dessert >> Government staff
Amazingly, it took more than six months for the legislation (SB 991) to pass the Missouri State Legislature. But with the National Ice Cream Day, July 20, 2008, just days away, Governor Matt Blunt ...more

Missouri rest areas provided with bird houses >> Government bthoenen
JEFFERSON CITY - Rest areas throughout Missouri will attract birds. Thanks to a donation from S&K Manufacturing, Inc. of O'Fallon, each of the 19 rest areas along Missouri interstate highways were ...more

Blunts says no to KC 10% ethanol waiver >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY - In a letter to area representatives today, Gov. Matt Blunt noted it is in Missouri's best interest to leave in place the state's E-10 standard in the Kansas City area. The renewable ...more

Supreme Court restores rule of law to Guantanomo >> Government staff
NEW YORK - In a stunning blow to the Bush administration's failed national security policies, the Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that the U.S. Constitution applies to the government's ...more

Handling the meth problem >> Government staff
Legislation in 2005 was passed that required that all products containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine be located behind pharmacy counters for resale. Thus, those who were consigned to buying the ...more

Submarine to be dubbed USS Missouri >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt recently announced the creation of the USS Missouri Commissioning Committee, a non-profit organization designed to raise awareness of the proud history of the ...more

Opening of CRP lands brings mixed reaction >> Government stpierre
The U.S.Department of Agriculture's announcement to open more than 24 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to haying and grazing later this summer has brought a mixed reaction to ...more

Debris disposal, including burning, are outlined >> Government l-onstot
With weather warming up and many people working in their yards, the city of Joplin reminds citizens about debris clean-up, disposal and the regulations of burning within city limits. In order to ...more

Ethan's Law passes Missouri legislature >> Government staff
Thanks to the efforts of John and Lauren Cory who lost their 6-year old son Ethan last July in a drowning at the Swimmin' Hole, legislation has been passed by the Missouri General Assembly to address ...more

Rep. Cooper is at it again >> Government staff
Missouri's House Bill 2554, introduced on April Fool's Day 2008 by Camdenton Republican Robert Wayne Cooper is a wolf in sheep's clothing, "protective coloration" that Darwin as a theorist would have ...more

Rape: a need for the death penalty? >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY - The U.S. Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments about a Louisiana law allowing the death penalty as an appropriate form of punishment for a criminal convicted of child rape. Last ...more

Corn growers gain another voice >> Government staff
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt recently made an appointment to the Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission. Michael D. Geske (R), 56 of Matthews (New Madrid County), a self-employed farm owner who ...more

Missourians will get the bird >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY – Omar Davis, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue, recently announced that the newly designed license plate that all Missourians had an opportunity to vote on and ...more

MoDot seeks improvements to rail service >> Government bthoenen
ST. LOUIS - While passenger rail is growing across the country, trains in Missouri are routinely late and ridership is declining. State and national officials said today that a legislative proposal ...more

DV programs fail to protect victims, report says >> Government rgrignol
WASHINGTON – Each year the federal government spends $1 billion for domestic violence programs. But according to a report released today, the agencies entrusted with managing these funds fail ...more

Stalking and harassment law re-visited >> Government staff
JEFFERSON CITY - Stiffer penalties and expanded provisions to strengthen Missouri's stalking and harassment laws to include cyber-related communications, proposed under legislation sponsored by Sen. ...more

EPA launches multimedia portal >> Government dtwomey
Washington, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched its new web multimedia portal, a one-stop location for environmental video, audio/podcasts, and photography. The portal, ...more

Blunt vows to keep tax rebates from illegals >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today asked Missouri's Congressional delegation to ensure illegal immigrants do not receive tax rebates as part of the proposed economic stimulus package being ...more

State picks up tab for drug enforcement >> Government robinson
PARK HILLS - Gov. Matt Blunt recently signed legislation saving the Missouri Sheriff's Methamphetamine Relief Teams (MoSMART) that were cut by the Congressional leadership in Washington. The ...more

Access the MoDot Minute every Tuesday >> Government bthoenen
JEFFERSON CITY - Looking for a quick way to find out what?'s going on in Missouri transportation? The Missouri Department of Transportation's website offers a one-minute broadcast that provides the ...more

Truth: an anathema to politcs >> Government mariwinn
"The gentleman from Florida is reminded to refrain from personal references toward the Vice President." This remark was not made by the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi during a House ...more

Missouri catalogs grants, loans and assistance >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt announced today that for the first time a catalog of all state grants, loans and assistance programs is now available online. The newest addition to state ...more

Blunt continues tough stance against illegals >> Government hfoster
SPRINGFIELD - Adding to his tough directives to fight illegal immigration in Missouri, Gov. Matt Blunt today announced he will seek legislation that bars the state from issuing Missouri driver ...more

Earthquake insurance, who really needs it? >> Government admin2
Gov. Matt Blunt just announced he is creating a Missouri Earthquake Insurance Task Force. So, are you asking, do we now have to add a major earthquake to all the other events to worry about? ...more

First Baby Boomer to file for Social Security >> Government admin2
Here's a bit of trivia for Baby Boomers out there. Kathleen Casey-Kirschling will be the nation's first Baby Boomer to file for Social Security retirement benefits, according to Michael J. Astrue, ...more

Task force created to ID rural Net access needs >> Government keithb
COLUMBIA – Gov. Matt Blunt today signed an executive order creating a new Rural High-Speed Internet Access Task Force that will identify opportunities to increase access to technology across ...more

Missouri retains S&P AAA rating >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt announced recently that Missouri is one of only six states continuing to receive Standard and Poor’s highest bond rating. He said Missouri maintained its ...more

Justifiable force defended in Missouri >> Government keithb
The legislation commonly referred to as the “Castle Doctrine” went into effect today (August 28, 2007) in Missouri. SB 62 removes the requirement from law that victims must attempt to ...more

Blunt continues to promote agri-conservation >> Government hfoster
Ford Escape Hybrid E85(Photo from KANSAS CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today announced that state government will continue promoting agriculture and conservation with a lease of the new ...more

AG files lawsuit against Police Protective Fund >> Government admin2
Jefferson City — A Hollywood, CA organization that claims to financially support law enforcement has repeatedly made false claims in its telemarketing calls and has used harassing and ...more

Accountability portal reveals tax dollars spent >> Government e-emery
It's Your Money - Making good use of the Intenetby Missouri Rep. Ed Emery (R-126 including the counties ofBarton, Dade, Jasper and Polk) Access to the Internet is becoming almost a necessity ...more

Social Security tax phased out but temporarily >> Government admin2
SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Matt Blunt on July 5, 2007, signed legislation that will end the tax on Social Security benefits many Missouri seniors by phasing in a state income tax exemption over six years. ...more

Applicants sought for boards and commissions >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY–Gov. Matt Blunt is asking Missourians to consider applying for appointments to Missouri’s boards and commissions. “I encourage Missourians to explore our ...more

Missouri's answer to high health insurance >> Government e-emery
Healthcare has become possibly the primary consideration in employment decisions, those who once considered salaries in choosing a position now ask first about health insurance… ...more

Minimum wage: up for some, down for others >> Government admin2
Under the Iraq War funding bill signed by President Bush on May 25, 2007, the federal minimum wage will increase to $5.85 an hour on July 24, 2007. It is slated to eventually reach $6.55 an hour by ...more

Court rules in favor of Missouri's death penalty >> Government hfoster
A ruling of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Taylor v. Crawford deemed that Missouri’s lethal injection procedure is not unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. Michael ...more

AMBER alert system supplemented by new program >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt today announced a new program designed to fill a void for those missing persons whose information surrounding their disappearances fails to meet the AMBER Alert ...more

Social Security Trust Funds: sick but not sicker >> Government lassiter
The Social Security Board of Trustees on April 23, 2007 released its annual report on the financial health of the Social Security Trust Funds. The 2007 Trustees Report shows slight improvement in the ...more

Right to bear arms in emergency becomes law >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt attended the National Rifle Association’s annual conference opening session on April 13, 2007, where he signed legislation securing Missourians’ ...more

Who may get Homestead Preservation Tax credits? >> Government g-nodler
NODLER'S NOTES: Commentary by Missouri State Senator Gary Nodler (R-32) Keeping the American Dream A home truly is a person’s castle, and Homestead Preservation Tax Credits are ...more

Expansion of cable services considered a priority >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today commended the Missouri General Assembly for supporting his call to enact statewide cable franchise agreements with the passage of SB 284. The legislation ...more

Take Jay Nixon's survey >> Government admin2
The office of Jay Nixon, Missouri Attorney General, is asking for assistance is determining priorities that affect the state's environment. While there is the inference that the survey they have ...more

Make sure to click on >> Government mtdevine
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has reminded taxpayers that the address of the official IRS government Web site is Taxpayers may be confused by the proliferation of ...more

Blunt ousts contractor who hired illegals >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY – Following a state employee’s tip that led to the detainment of dozens of suspected illegal immigrants, Gov. Matt Blunt recently ousted a state contractor who hired ...more

Snavely assumes Joplin human resources position >> Government l-onstot
Reba Snavely, at left, who recently served as the associate vice president for administration for the division of finance and administration at Webester University in St. Louis, now is filling the ...more

Both sides criticize McCaskill >> Government admin2
Little did Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), at left, know regarding the significance of the rubber stamp Dan Bell, southern director of the Missouri College Republicans, presented to her. It read ...more

Further No-Call legislation is proposed >> Government admin2
JEFFERSON CITY – Missourians apparently are one step closer to being able to add their cell phone numbers and fax numbers to the state’s No-Call List based on legislation sponsored by ...more

Pat down or x-ray, a passenger's choice >> Government admin2
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) soon will be testing its first X-ray backscatter technology. Calling the Backscatter "a voluntary option for passengers undergoing secondary ...more

MoRx benefits reinstated to many Missourians >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY– Gov. Matt Blunt announced today that the Missouri Rx (MoRx) program will begin open enrollment on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and will be extending benefits to as many as 60,000 more ...more

Law sets up good deal for charities and donors >> Government mariwinn
Blunt's Charitable Giving Act allows senior IRA savers to give tax free to favorite charities Welcoming the news presented by Congressman Roy A. Blunt (left of podium) of the passage of the ...more

Missouri to be nation's longest river trail >> Government keithb
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today announced that the State of Missouri will begin developing the nation’s longest river water trail in honor of famed explorers Lewis and ...more

Missouri schools to get NOAA radios >> Government terri-d
JEFFERSON CITY - Every Missouri public school in mid-Septeber will receive a Tone Alert Weather Radio as part of a national project distributing radios to 80,000 public schools by the U.S. ...more

Would history condemn immigration reform? >> Government e-emery
Immigration history by Missouri Rep. Ed Emery(R-126 including the counties of Barton, Dade, Jasper and Polk). Emery is chairman of the Special Committee on Immigration Reform. The safety of ...more

Call hotline to report school violence >> Government terri-d
JEFFERSON CITY - As another school year begins, Director of Public Safety Mark James urges parents, students and school administrators to utilize Missouri's statewide School Violence Hotline for the ...more

LiveScan replaces ink finger printing system >> Government terri-d
JEFFERSON CITY - Director of Public Safety Mark James announced Missouri used U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2005 Law Enforcement Terrorism Protection Program funds to purchase 125 LiveScan ...more

Toll bridge project gets OK from governor >> Government cjackson
JEFFERSON CITY -- Representatives from the Missouri Transportation Development Council (MTD) were on hand June 30, 2006, in St. Louis as Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law legislation that creates the ...more

Move over or face harsher penalties if caught >> Government hfoster
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today signed legislation increasing penalties for motorists who fail to comply with the state’s Move Over law. Senate Bill 872, sponsored by Sen. ...more

No compensation for drug-dismissed workers >> Government mariwinn
JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri’s unemployment system with the passage of House Bill 1456 establishes “zero tolerance” drug-free workplace policies as the standard employers can use to ...more

New code of conduct policy for Blunt's staff >> Government keithb
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt today issued a strict code of conduct policy as part of his employee manual prohibiting the governor’s office staff from accepting gifts from ...more

Emery supports removal of Planned Parenthood >> Government e-emery
Keeping the fox out of the schoolhouse by Missouri Rep. Ed Emery(R-126 including the counties of Barton, Dade, Jasper and Polk) This week the House took up and passed Representative ...more

Development of school emergency plans encouraged >> Government terri-d
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Blunt's Homeland Security Council joined efforts April 6, 2006 to help ensure schools have much needed public health emergency plans. "The Safe Schools initiative is an ...more

Missouri cattle rustlers beware, MIAC is there >> Government hfoster
Gov. Matt Blunt has announced a state and local partnership effort to combat a recent string of cattle thefts across Southwest and Central Missouri that have resulted in significant financial losses ...more

Missouri Secretary of State launches new website >> Government mariwinn
Jefferson City - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has recognized that every day more Missourians are doing business via the Internet and wanted her office to keep pace. She recently has announced ...more

Blunt schmoozes with pro-choice leaders et al >> Government kandu
As reported by dictionary publisher Merriam Webster, the most frequently looked up word by its seven million website readers in 2005 is "integrity." They define the word as having "firm adherence to ...more

Cope to head up Joplin building /code enforcement >> Government l-onstot
The City of Joplin is pleased to announce that Steve Cope has joined the City staff as the building and code enforcement supervisor. He will assume responsibilities on December 12, 2005. Cope has ...more

Press one for English...two for... >> Government e-emery
On Immigration and Safety Comentary by Missouri Rep. Ed Emery(R-126 including the counties of Barton, Dade, Jasper and Polk) In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who ...more

Blunt praises bill to end eminent domain abuses >> Government dan-w
WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip Roy Blunt today praised the passage of H.R. 4128, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2005, 376-38. The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and ...more

Sound science replaces fines for polluters >> Government dan-w
Ozark, MO - Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt secured fourth year funding for the South Missouri Water Quality Office in Ozark in the 2006 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which passed the ...more

Missouri mayors commit to combating global warming >> Government mariwinn
Mayor Kay Barnes of Kansas City and Mayor Mark Langston of Maplewood, MO were among 166 mayors nationwide to date who have signed an agreement that commits their governments to reducing greenhouse ...more

Seniors and disabled get expanded tax credit >> Government hfoster
CHESTERFIELD - Gov. Matt Blunt today signed H.B. 229 changing the application procedures and expanding eligibility for the Missouri Homestead Preservation Act for seniors and disabled ...more

Missouri officials encourage ethanol production >> Government hfoster
MALTA BEND- Gov. Matt Blunt helped celebrate Mid-Missouri Energy's (MME) grand opening and reiterated his commitment to help position Missouri as a national leader in ethanol production and ...more

Jobs creation program set to go in MO >> Government mariwinn
JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri Quality Jobs Act, sponsored by Sen. Matt Bartle (R-St. Joseph) and handled in the House by Rep. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) was sent to Gov. Matt Blunt for his signature. The ...more

Missouri Leadership grows online >> Government mleader
The Greene County Democrat: Southwest Missouri progressive organization adds new digital publication to their portfolio Missouri Leadership, a statewide political action committee formed by Greene ...more

IRS under scrutiny by members of Senate hearing >> Government shana
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kit Bond, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation-Treasury, has held a hearing on the fiscal year 2006 budget for the Internal Revenue Service.  ...more

Blunt names government reform advisors >> Government psloca

Embryonic stem cell research is immoral >> Government e-emery
Your Missouri Capitol presents an encouraging picture of those who have forged Missouri history and led government. Missourians did not hesitate to acknowledge a Biblical worldview and their need for ...more

Judiciary hinders will of the people >> Government e-emery
We have enjoyed a month free from campaign ads, polling statistics, political pundits, and reporters who see themselves as newsmakers rather than reporters. Approximately 2.7 million ...more

$1.2 million worth of pot heats up >> Government mariwinn
This article is a bit late. Hopefully, it had nothing to do with this reporter being down-wind from the smoke that whirled around with the currents. Rep. Roy Blunt lit a torch last Wednesday ...more

Committee tours SW MO recycling centers >> Government mariwinn
Mary Anne Phillips, recycling coordinator, demonstrates the operation of a Cram-a-lot trash compactor at the Joplin Recycling Center. Members of the Missouri General Assembly's Joint Committee on ...more

Judges continue to usurp legislative power >> Government e-emery
Times have changed. Judges have become the most dangerous branch by following former Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes' view that the law is "whatever the judges say it is." Judges cannot change the ...more

Entitlement mentality reflects today's morality >> Government e-emery
Over the last two or three generations, there have been dramatic shifts in what people think of as acceptable behavior. Today’s deteriorating culture merely reflects society’s shifting ...more

Rep. Ed Emery attacks judicial activism >> Government e-emery
We took a step closer this week to stopping judges who want to legislate from the bench. We also took a step forward to protect marriage from those who would pervert and destroy it as an ...more

State of Missouri renamed Methsouri >> Government mariwinn
Law enforcement personnel were shot down by local legislators when they attempted to ask for state monetary assistance in dealing with crime. At an annual Law Enforcement Legislative Round Table ...more

Missouri's Jay Nixon tough on No Call law >> Government attgen
Jefferson City— A Florida vacation company won’t be making any more telemarketing calls to Missourians under an agreement with Attorney General Jay Nixon. Family Trip Travel.Com, which ...more






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