Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced MoDOT Director Kevin Keith's resignation today. Effective immediately, Chief Engineer Dave Nichols will serve as interim director.
Thursday afternoon, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced a change in leadership with the sudden resignation of MoDOT Director Kevin Keith who is taking medical leave immediately. MoDOT released details of the change in the following news release. The Missouri Department of Transportation will see a change in leadership as MoDOT Director Kevin Keith steps down and Chief Engineer Dave Nichols assumes the role of interim director for the department. Keith has submitted his resignation and will leave his role effective immediately, taking a medical leave of absence with plans to retire on July 1, 2013. Nichols will step in as interim MoDOT director for a minimum of one year, according to Missouri Highways and Transportation …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is kicking up enforcement this weekend searching for drunk drivers as St. Patrick's Day celebrations take place around the St. Louis area.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is warning drivers to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Troopers and other police departments around the St. Louis area will be taking place in enforcing the campaign as St. Patrick's Day festivities take place throughout the area. The MSHP made the announcement in a recent news release. During the period of March 14-17, police are cracking down on drunk driving by conducting DWI saturations in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the road. Impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri fatal traffic crashes, the release stated. Approximately 205 people were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver in 2012, according the the MSHP. The MSHP reminds drivers that the …
Monday, February 18, 2013
State Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, wants to move primaries from August to June, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri State Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue, wants to move primary elections for state and federal offices from August to June. The City of Creve Coeur is included in Lamping's district. Currently, Congress, the Legislature and many statewide offices hold party primaries on the Tuesday after the first Monday in August of even-numbered years. Lamping said his reason for the proposed change is because a June primary would give candidates more time to communicate with voters before the November general elections, the Post-Dispatch article stated. A Senate committee reportedly held a hearing on the proposal, but did not take any action, according to the Post. (Read the complete Post-Dispatch story here.)
Friday, January 25, 2013
Missouri's Governor was at Oak Brook Elementary School in Ballwin Thursday.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon reinforced some already-stated education policy goals Thursday in a St. Louis County visit ahead of Monday's State of The State address, and also discussed school security in a visit to Oak Brook Elementary School in the Parkway School District. After meeting with district administrators in private and then visiting an Early Education classroom, he talked in the school's library of creating a "seamless" path of education from Pre-K programs to college. Governor Nixon said he would request "additional resources" to fund early education programs, noting the connection between Pre-K and success later in life. He did not identify a dollar amount, but called it a "smart investment with a very big return." He …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
A campaign kicked off Wednesday to expand coverage to anyone making 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Advocates say the move would cover an additional 250,000 Missourians.
Grassroots leaders and organizations in St. Louis converged Wednesday to announce a campaign to expand Medicaid coverage in Missouri, a move they say is critical for the state's working poor. During a press conference at Kirkwood Baptist Church, faith leaders, advocates and Medicaid customers called for Missouri to adopt legislation that expands coverage to anyone making 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Under the current system, Missouri does not offer Medicaid to single adults, unless they are disabled, and parents or caretakers with dependent children must make 25 percent of the FPL to receive Medicaid. (See PDF for comparison of current eligibility requirements versus those under an expanded coverage system.) "Missouri …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Do you want your 2012 tax refund in the form of a debit card from the State of Missouri?
The debit card option is new for Missouri taxpayers this tax season, according to Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel. Zweifel's office released the details of the new option Friday in the following news release. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) announced today citizens have a new option to choose from when getting a tax refund from the State of Missouri. Taxpayers are now able to get a refund in the form of a debit card whether their return is filed on paper or electronically. The new refund option is for taxpayers who file individual income tax returns or Property Tax Credit (PTC) claims. This is the first year the Department of Revenue has offered the refund debit card. To receive the card, taxpayers will need to check the “…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Associated Press is reporting that two winning Powerball tickets were sold for last night's drawing.
No one has stepped forward yet, but the Associated Press is reporting that two winning tickets were sold for last night's Powerball lottery. The AP says the winning Powerball tickets came from Missouri and Arizona. The winning numbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 with the Powerball number of 6, according to the Powerball website. Missouri Lottery officials say the winning ticket came from the Kansas City area. An exact store location will be released later today, according to spokeswoman Susan Goedde. “It is so exciting to sell one of these Powerball tickets,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, in a press release. “In addition, we sold two tickets that matched all five white balls, which means they each win $1 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democratic incumbent Clint Zweifel gave his acceptance speech just before midnight Tuesday, after a night of number watching in a close race with Republican challenger Cole McNary.
Democratic incumbent Clint Zweifel and Republican challenger Rep. Cole McNary faced off in the Nov. 6 election for the position of Missouri State Treasurer. As results came in Tuesday night, both candidates gathered with friends and family at St. Louis area watch parties. Initially, it was a tight race, but ultimately Zweifel declared victory and thanked his supporters just before midnight. "I think a lot of this illustrates hard work and investment in each other," Zweifel said. With 100 percent of the precincts counted early Wednesday morning, Zweifel had 50.3 percent of the vote and McNary had 45.5 percent of the vote. Zweifel tells Patch McNary did call him and concede Tuesday night. Both parties tell Patch they knew it would be a …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Kevin Rejent says most issues at the polls are "very correctable,"
Among those hoping for smooth sailing when it comes to voters' election day experience and the count which ensues is a Creve Coeur man who would likely be called upon to help in the event something goes wrong. Kevin Rejent, of The Rejent Law Firm, specializes in election law, among other aspects. He started as a volunteer out of law school and has worked with Republican Party legal teams in the years since. In the past, he's also been involved with legal work tied to forming Political Action Committees and campaign compliance issues, although he said he's not affiliated with anything on Tuesday's ballot. He's ready to help if needed around St. Louis on election day, but noted that most of the issues that could pop up are "very …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Both campaigns are in full swing as Nov. 6 approaches. Sen. Claire McCaskill remains in St. Louis with her critically ill mother.
With only 12 days to go before Election Day, the campaigns of Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Todd Akin continue to duke it out for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat. Today, McCaskill's campaign released three new ads highlighting the difference between the two candidates on Medicare, minimum wage and the middle class. To view the ads, click on the links below. Meanwhile, Akin's camp released a statement blasting McCaskill for focusing on alcohol abuse and bar brawls in Afghanistan instead of investigating the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. Quoting Rick Tyler, a senior advisor to the Akin campaign, the release state: Claire McCaskill claims to believe in 'oversight' and 'transparency' but apparently doesn't think those should be required…