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8:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

More Questions Over Mo. Highway Patrol's $5.6M Airplane Purchase

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 9:22 am

Lawmakers in the Missouri House and Senate continue to grill members of Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration as to why it was necessary to spend $5.6 million on a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told Senate budget writers on Wednesday that he made the call to buy the King Air 250.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Mo. Highway Patrol head answers questions about $5.6M state airplane

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 2:57 pm

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is defending the agency’s purchase of a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft.  More than one committee member asked him about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th.  Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.

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