Alyse Pfeil

Alyse Pfeil

Alyse Pfeil is a state government reporter for the Columbia Missourian.

Missouri transportation officials present I-70 expansion roadmap to lawmakers

By: - September 15, 2023

“This time next year,” construction will begin on a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 70 that runs from U.S. 63 in Columbia to Kingdom City. That’s what Missouri Department of Transportation officials told state lawmakers at a committee hearing Wednesday at the Capitol. Eric Schroeter, assistant chief engineer, and Eric Kopinski, Improve I-70 program director, shared the […]

Despite animosity between legislature and MoDOT, I-70 funding moves forward

By: - April 21, 2023

Republican legislators have unblinkingly voiced displeasure with the Missouri Department of Transportation during this year’s legislative session. With billions of dollars of surplus funds in the state treasury, lawmakers are considering how — or whether — to use a billion of those dollars to expand Interstate 70 — a priority in Gov. Mike Parson’s budget proposal. But […]

Former mayor resigns from Missouri transportation board, citing appearance of conflict

By: - April 5, 2023

Former Columbia Mayor Brian Treece resigned from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission last week, according to an announcement at the commission meeting Wednesday morning. Treece was appointed to the commission by Gov. Mike Parson last August and sworn in just seven months ago, in September 2022. The six-member commission is split evenly between Republican and […]

Bill banning COVID vaccine requirements gets initial approval from Missouri House

By: - March 22, 2023

JEFFERSON CITY — More than three years since the designation of COVID-19 as a pandemic, Missouri House members spent part of Tuesday afternoon debating whether COVID-19 vaccines save lives. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Bill Hardwick, R-Waynesville, would prohibit public schools and public agencies from implementing COVID-19 vaccine requirements. The bill would require universities and […]