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A sometimes controversial low income housing tax credits (LIHTC) program has helped provide thousands of affordable housing units for low income Missourians, but still could be improved, State Auditor Tom Schweich said Monday.
Sex offender program needs more facilities
State mental health officials and the Office of Administration are moving forward with planning and design for the Fulton State Hospital, even as state lawmakers still debate how to pay for it.
Less than half of tax credits money pays for housing construction
Former vice president suing for discrimination
Lawyers for both sides told Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem last week they’re still moving forward on plans to go to trial Sept. 29, on Annette Digby’s claim she was forced out of Lincoln University because she’s Caucasian.
State Sen. Brian Nieves doesn’t think lawyers or the courts have the only right to determine whether a federal law is constitutional. He wants Missouri voters in November to change the state Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
Ron Richard appears to be frustrated. After the state Senate spent about four hours Wednesday night discussing a bill about abortions — without taking any votes — the Senate’s floor leader said Thursday he’s thinking about using the “previous question” motion to force a vote.
Senator urges ‘letter grades’ for school district report cards
Many students know the letters: A means you’re a good student; B means you’re pretty good; C means you’re average; D means you’re in trouble. And F means you’re failing the class.
U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey this week dismissed the Jefferson City Public School District and two of its high school administrators as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed last summer.
Missouri’s prosecuting attorneys and representatives of several victims’ advocate groups spent Tuesday afternoon visiting with Missouri senators — urging them to support the proposed rewrite of the state’s entire criminal code.
3 area lawmakers pleased by release of funds for capital improvements
Three Mid-Missouri lawmakers are pleased with Gov. Jay Nixon’s release last Friday of $132.5 million in capital improvements money.
Perhaps you’ve seen a TV ad for a company willing to lend you money while the courts deal with your lawsuit for damages because of an accident?
Missouri senators are being asked to consider nearly 570 law changes, constitutional amendments and resolutions this session.
Released money includes Capitol repairs
Missouri state senators approved a bill Thursday that would require water testing before the Clean Water Commission could impose tougher sewer permit requirements.
State Sen. Brian Nieves wants lawmakers this year to pass a rewritten version of his law telling Missouri courts they can’t enforce foreign laws that don’t have the same rights as Missourians have under the state and U.S. constitutions.
It might have been called “Businesses vs. Attorneys” at a committee hearing this week on two bills intended to change the way that damages are awarded in lawsuits.
Six Mid-Missouri Republican incumbents, including all three Jefferson City lawmakers, drew no opposition on the first day of state candidate filings.
The court-ordered solution in three separate federal cases involving inmates’ marriage licenses could become part of Missouri law, under bills introduced in the Legislature this year.
For the second time in as many months, Jefferson City’s Firefighters Pension Board has urged lawmakers to let LAGERS — the state’s Local Government Employees Retirement System — take over management of older pension funds.
Because the U.S. Supreme Court last year said it’s unconstitutional to sentence juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole, Missouri lawmakers are looking at changing existing state law.
People who commit some voter fraud would face stiffer penalties under state Sen. Scott Sifton’s proposed law.
Taxes. That’s a major discussion topic each year at Missouri’s Capitol, with some arguing our current tax system needs to be tweaked, others saying it needs to be overhauled, and still others pushing to scrap it all together.
Three weeks from now, the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan expects to open a new health clinic — in the Truman State Office Building.
Mo. Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, thinks the General Assembly should ask voters to eliminate the income tax and raise the sales tax to a maximum of 7 percent for all state taxes, and no more than 10 percent for state and local taxes combined.
Three times this month, Cole County prosecutors have charged two teens with burglary, stealing and other charges for crimes dating back to last fall.
Will the 10th time be the “charm” for state Sen. Brad Lager’s plan to limit how much state government takes in each year?
Robert and Adlynn Harte of Leawood, Kan., told Missouri senators Wednesday they’ve spent $25,000 trying to learn why Johnson County, Kan., deputies raided their home nearly two years ago.
‘We all know it’s wrong — and it’s time we stopped it’
Missouri lawmakers need better guidelines on what their relationships with lobbyists can be, state Sen. Brad Lager told the Senate’s Rules, Joint Ruled and Elections Committee Tuesday afternoon.
Missourians would be asked in November to take judges out of the process of drawing new legislative districts, under a constitutional amendment proposed by state Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield.
State Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer thinks Missouri needs a stronger, more focused look at higher education to cut down program costs and duplication.
Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon will face his felony tampering with a motor vehicle charge in St. Louis County.
Teressa Klebba won’t be going to trial next week on accusations she stole from the Cole County Circuit Clerk's office where she worked, now that prosecutors dropped the case.
As the Missouri Senate debate began this week on Brian Nieves’ “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” St. Louis Democrat Jamilah Nasheed challenged its validity.
Throughout most of the state, school board members can sell goods and services to their districts, as long as they are the low bidder, but rules vary in some counties.
During his first seven months as Lincoln University’s president, Kevin Rome told the state Senate’s Appropriations Committee that he’s “made some significant changes” in university operations.
Schaefer renews effort to modify state Constitution’s right to bear arms language
Just like the U.S. Constitution, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer told the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Monday night, the state Constitution protects Missourians’ right to bear arms.
They often don’t agree on education policies, but groups representing school board members, administrators, teachers and parents presented a united front Monday on a plan to deal with failing school districts and the state law allowing students to transfer out of those troubled districts.
How Missouri’s blind and visually impaired citizens learn to read remains a key issue for members of the state’s National Federation of the Blind chapter.
Lawmaker: College presidents must justify their needs in Tuesday hearing
Missouri’s college and university presidents have a date with the state Senate’s Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.
Add Moniteau County to the list of Missouri counties with federal court orders about inmates and marriage licenses.
Lincoln University needs more supporters who love it “as one can love the University of Missouri or any other institution, that others love,” President Kevin Rome said.
Winston Rutledge elected board president
This year, Lincoln University will join two other Missouri four-year schools in offering a tuition break to graduates of Missouri A+ schools.
A Lake of the Ozarks area woman recently told state Sen. Dan Brown that “she’s scared to death” the state and federal regulators will require tougher standards for getting permits to discharge sewage into the lake.
Westinghouse pulling back from idea of small reactors
Missouri still must pursue a nuclear option for producing more electricity, even though Westinghouse Electric has said it’s backing off plans to produce “small modular reactors” that Missouri leaders had been supporting.
Twenty years ago this year, Secretary of State Judi Moriarty was accused of allowing her son to file as a candidate for state representative, even though he didn’t make the trip to Jefferson City to file in person as state law required.
State Sen. Brad Lager told a Senate committee Monday that a court ruling “a few years ago … dramatically changed the way that ‘whistle blower’ was interpreted in our state.”
When Lincoln University’s curators meet Thursday in Jefferson City, they still will be short one voting member — a vacancy that’s existed for a year, after some members of the Missouri Senate indicated they wouldn’t approve Gov. Jay Nixon’s nomination of former St. Charles Community College President John McGuire as an LU curator to succeed Rodney Boyd of St. Louis, whose term had expired Jan. 1, 2011.
Since January 2009, state government has eliminated more than 432,000 square feet of leased space and renegotiated contracts for leases on other spaces, saving taxpayers $6.7 million.
Funding was earmarked for Capitol repairs, address government’s space needs
Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday released $132.5 million in capital improvements funds lawmakers approved last May — the final part of a $400 million withholding he made last summer.
Four more initiative petition proposals were submitted to Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office this week, and have been released for public comments.