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Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona ‘audit’

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing Thursday to probe the so-called election “audit” in Arizona, the CEO of the company hired to conduct that controversial review will be absent. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, was asked to testify but told committee officials ahead of the hearing that he […]

Roadblocks facing Kevin Strickland’s innocence claim nothing new for Missouri

BY: - September 3, 2021

Kevin Strickland was hopeful Thursday was going to be his first step towards freedom after 40 years in prison. A new law that went into effect Aug. 28 gave Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker a legal avenue to free Strickland, who she says is innocent and wrongly incarcerated. But opposition from the Missouri attorney […]

Spire claims ‘fatal consequences’ if feds allow St. Louis pipeline to be shut down

BY: - July 29, 2021

The largest natural gas utility in Missouri claims its customers could face “potentially fatal consequences” if it is not allowed to continue operating a pipeline in St. Louis while a federal commission reconsiders its earlier approval.  The Spire STL Pipeline, an affiliate of Spire Missouri, petitioned energy regulators earlier this week for a temporary emergency […]

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My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID

BY: - July 20, 2021

On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo or the […]

Parson signs bill helping utilities shutter coal plants, transition to renewable power

BY: - July 6, 2021

Missouri utilities will be able to shutter more coal plants, speeding their transition to renewable energy, under a bill signed by Gov. Mike Parson Tuesday.  Parson, a Republican, signed into law a policy known as “securitization,” which allows utility companies to refinance debt they issued to build coal plants and close the facilities early without […]

Endangered fish, leaching ash ponds: Environmental groups oppose Missouri coal plant permit

BY: - July 2, 2021

For years, Lisa Zerbe said she biked, rode horses and ran near Ameren Missouri’s largest coal-fired power plant in Franklin County because she “naively believed” state environmental regulators were protecting citizens from pollution.  Now, she won’t.  “It is truly a disheartening feeling of betrayal from an agency in my younger years I would have imagined […]

Some of Missouri’s largest CAFOs are seeking less stringent state regulation

BY: - June 23, 2021

Eleven of Missouri’s largest concentrated animal feeding operations are working to reduce the state’s oversight of their hog facilities despite a record of manure spills and clean water violations.  Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has 11 CAFOs seeking new state permits.  The facilities, dotted across northern Missouri, combined are capable of raising more […]

Missouri, Kansas utilities may use loophole to charge customers for fossil fuel lobbying

BY: - June 7, 2021

KANSAS CITY — Missouri and Kansas residents’ utility bills may be helping to bankroll energy sector lobbying against policies aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Federal and state rules prohibit utility companies from passing their lobbying costs on to customers through bills. But in both Kansas and Missouri, utilities like Evergy, Ameren and Spire can […]

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Push for disclosure of Missouri medical marijuana records runs into veto threat

BY: - May 13, 2021

An effort by lawmakers to require disclosure of ownership information for businesses granted medical marijuana licenses was derailed on Thursday, when state regulators suggested a possible gubernatorial veto.  On Tuesday, the Missouri House voted to require the Department of Health and Senior Services provide legislative oversight committees with records regarding who owns the businesses licensed […]

Are Missouri Republicans pushing to change primary elections because of Eric Greitens?

BY: - May 13, 2021

Missouri Republicans are pushing for changes in the state’s primary elections to require a runoff if no candidate garners more than 50% of the vote.  And some think they know what inspired the change. “We are changing the way we are doing elections in Missouri for one person,” said Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence. […]

Schmitt joins Republican AGs taking aim at ‘social cost of carbon’ emissions

BY: - April 27, 2021

The attorneys general in Missouri and Kansas have joined their Republican counterparts in 20 states demanding that the federal government not consider the social cost of carbon emissions when determining whether to approve new natural gas pipelines.  Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Derek Schmidt of Kansas filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Monday […]

Grain Belt transmission line forges ahead amid landowner, lawmaker pushback

BY: - April 19, 2021

On the heels of a historic cold snap that left thousands across the Midwest without power, Kansas and Missouri residents could soon reap the benefits of a massive high-powered transmission line delivering renewable energy.  Grain Belt Express, a project a decade in the making, is starting to acquire land along its route spanning across nearly […]