The city of Columbia could be changing the way it picks up trash next year. The city will currently pick up trash bags left on residential street, but a new proposal would change the method to only collecting trash from bins provided to residents by the city.
The proposal would reduce the number of trash collectors, but Columbia Solid Waste Utility Manager Richard Wieman says those positions would be transitioned to another part of waste collection.
No Kansas Jayhawks will be appearing on Show-Me State license plates — at least unless Missouri lawmakers say it is OK.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law Thursday a broader higher education measure that would require state lawmakers to approve specialty license plates for colleges and universities. State lawmakers were seeking to impede possible efforts by fans to have the University of Kansas featured on a Missouri license plate.
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is breaking her silence on the Supreme Court’s health care ruling. The Democrat told supporters Thursday at a party campaign office in St. Charles that she stands firm in her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. She also says the solutions for fixing health care offered by her Republican opponents would be burden seniors.
Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is once again filing suit against a health care measure. He and some other Republican lawmakers have announced plans to challenge the secretary of state’s office on newly issued ballot language for a health care measure that’s slated to appear on the November ballot.
Missouri expects to save about $44 million this year by refinancing some of its debt at lower interest rates.
Two separate boards of state officials gave preliminary authorization this week to the bond refinancing.
That action had been anticipated for some time. Gov. Jay Nixon had proposed to refinance more than $500 million of bonds as part of the budget plan he outlined in January. Lawmakers also had calculated the savings into the budget for the 2013 fiscal year that began this past Sunday.
The Jefferson City Fire Department is asking voters to fund the plan that would purchase new equipment and trucks, cover technical upgrades, and pay for firefighter training. Captain Scott Spencer says unfortunately, a lot of the department’s equipment is getting old.
“This fire department improvement plan is for the community. It all transcends down to the end user, the taxpayer, the customer that might be relying on us for emergency medical services, which we’re going to be upgrading," said Spencer.