The Downtown Columbia Leadership Council formed a task force at their meeting Tuesday night. Its goal is to help City Council find the most appropriate way to fund necessary infrastructure improvements in downtown Columbia. While City Council will take the advice into account, they are feeling the pressure to make decisions now.
The city of Mountain View has a new approach for saving taxpayer money on jail expenses. On Monday they adopted a plan that would add a two dollar surcharge onto the court fees for the defendant criminal cases in Howell County. The money will go towards housing and identifying prisoners. Police Chief Jamie Perkins, who originally proposed the plan to the city council, believes the program could work well even in a larger city like Columbia.
A Missouri Republican is proposing legislation intended to speed executions of those who kidnapped their murder victims.
The legislation would limit extensions for appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court would need to hear arguments in a case within six months of submission of the last written argument. The high court would have another six months to issue its decision.
The measure also would require the court to issue a warrant to carry out the execution no more than 10 days after the defendant's state and federal appeals have ended.
A Missouri House panel is considering legislation to give lawmakers oversight over the state's execution procedures.
Republican Rep. Eric Burlison said Wednesday that his bill would make Missouri's lethal injection method more transparent and accountable to the public.
The measure would require the state Corrections Department to submit a formal outline of an execution procedure to a legislative panel. The panel could then conduct hearings and take public comment on the proposed execution method. The full Legislature would also be able to veto the proposed method.
Lt. Bruce Britt is only the second member of the Columbia Fire Department to die in the line of duty. Britt succumbed to injuries sustained early Saturday morning while responding to a structural collapse at University Village apartments. The complex is run my MU's Department of Residential Life.
And, as a community prepares to say goodbye, the university is trying to determine what caused a concrete walkway to collapse -- and is working to prevent another incident.
Missouri voters would be required to show photo identification before casting ballots under legislation endorsed by the Missouri House today.
The House gave first-round approval to two measures that would enact the requirement. One is a state constitutional amendment that would require a photo ID during elections. The other bill would actually implement this requirement.
A Missouri House panel endorsed legislation today that would move the state's presidential primary from February to March of 2016.
Sponsoring member Tony Dugger says keeping the earlier date could cause Missouri to lose delegates at the 2016 national party conventions.
He says moving the date to March would avoid a repeat of 2012, when the state held a non-binding presidential primary. Faced with losing delegates, state Republican officials later decided to select convention representatives with a caucus system that year.
Advocates for felons’ rights recently gained significant support from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder asked states to repeal laws prohibiting convicted felons from voting after serving their prison sentences. University of Missouri Law Professor S. David Mitchell said many of the states’ current voting restrictions on felons contradict the goal for these individuals once they are released from prison.
Missouri congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider newly proposed regulations for wood-burning stoves.
Luetkemeyer sent a letter to the EPA Tuesday saying the proposed regulations could increase the costs of manufacturing wood-burning heaters. He said that could make them unaffordable to many people and drive some small manufacturers out of business.
Gov. Jay Nixon and members of the House are butting heads over how to fund renovations and upgrades to Fulton State Hospital. The hospital, which is the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi, is in major need of a fix up and has become a hazard to employees and patients. In fact, one of every three employees at Fulton State Hospital has to go to the hospital for workplace related injuries.
Missouri senators have adopted a resolution asking the state's congressional delegation to block the federal government's proposed management plan of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
The National Park Service is in the midst of changing the management plan for the southeastern Missouri park along the spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers. The system's preferred option would close 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and unauthorized stream crossings, and add restrictions on the use of motorized boats.
Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:02 am
Although the state's previous drug supplier says it will not supply for the next execution, Missouri says it's found another willing pharmacy.
On Monday, the Apothecary Shoppe in Oklahoma reached a settlement with an inmate who had sued the pharmacy. Although the terms were confidential, the pharmacy agreed to not sell to Missouri for its upcoming execution.
In a court filing Wednesday evening, the state said inmate Michael Taylor was trying to cut off the supply of the state's execution drug.