We start the last month of the year with a lot of crops still in the fields and with renewal of an emergency declaration that could help get them to market. The state transportation department has extended until December 22nd its emergency trucking declaration so farmers can exceed regular limits to move their crops. [Read more…]
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The race for Missouri’s 4th District Congressional race is heating up beyond the campaigning. A Warrensburg man has filed complaints with both the Federal Election Commission and the Missouri Ethics Commission regarding the campaign practices of Republican candidate Bill Stouffer, a State Senator from Napton.
Central Missouri University political science major Chris Brockway of Warrensburg, who identifies himself as a Democrat and a supporter of Congressman Ike Skelton, had the complaints notarized and filed on Monday. He alleges several violations of federal and state election and ethics laws. Included in the allegations is a complaint that Stouffer’s state committee, Friends of Bill Stouffer, paid $7,500 in consulting fees to Axiom Strategies of Kansas City. Brockway contends the consulting work had nothing to do with a possible statewide political campaign by Stouffer, but was actually an effort to test the waters for a congressional run. [Read more…]
Two people were killed on Missouri roads over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull says that’s way down from the 14 deaths during last year’s holiday counting period, but that the two fatal crashes this year offer a sobering reminder… both victims were not wearing seatbelts.
Hull says in one of the accidents, the driver who was wearing a seatbelt survived, but the passenger who was not buckled in was killed. One fatal crash happened in Springfield … the other in West Central Missouri’s Benton County. [Read more…]
One of the most interesting of Missouri’s 2010 congressional races is the Republican contest in the 4th District, which stretches from mid-Missouri, south of the Missouri River, west to the Kansas border. While four Republicans – State Senator Bill Stouffer, former State Representative Vicky Hartzler, Brian Riley, and James Scholz – have announced their intentions to go after the GOP nomination to take on longtime Democratic Congressman Ike Skelton , only Stouffer and Hartzler had raised any money, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. [Read more…]
State Transportation Director Pete Rahn warns that highway construction will come to an end and some road maintenance work will go unmet if Missourians don’t approve higher taxes for transportation. He just won’t endorse any particular tax. [Read more…]
The No. 3 Lindenwood football team will travel to No. 2 Carroll on Saturday for a NAIA Football Championship Series Semifinal contest. The game will start at 1:07 p.m. central time. It’s a rematch of last year’s semifinal matchup, which Carroll won by a 38-37 score after stopping Lindenwood’s two-point conversion in the final minute of the game.
This Monday after Thanksgiving is yet another in a series of important shopping days prior to Christmas. It’s Cyber Monday – a day when so many Missourians and other Americans go online to look for gifts they learned – over the Thanksgiving weekend – that their loved ones hope to receive.
A dramatic drop-off in transportation funding is looming, but as state lawmakers consider their options they are hesitant to mention one word.
The word is “tax”. It’s a word that state lawmakers have been loathe to utter before the recession, let alone now.
State Transportation Director Pete Rahn has warned lawmakers that transportation funding will soon drop from $1.5 billion dollars to $421 million, which would end the ramped up construction the past few years which has vastly improved Missouri roads and bridges.
“What we are doing, we believe doing our job well prepares the ground well for something in the future,” Rahn has told members of the Joint Legislative Committee on Transportation.
Perhaps, a tax increase?
Sen. Wes Shoemyer (D-Clarence) tries to coax Rahn into campaigning for a tax increase.
“We’re just trying to see if you will do our jobs for us,” Shoemyer jokes when responding to Rahn. “You know, we don’t want to have to go out and do that. It’s not very popular.”
Rep. Tom McDonald (D-Independence) picks up the theme, only he does mention the word and suggests our gas tax isn’t high enough.
“I know that’s an unpopular topic with almost everybody in the state, but as technology comes along, higher mileage (vehicles) or even to the point where gasoline is not going to be a necessity, it seems to me that the (fuel) tax should be at least comparable to surrounding states,” McDonald tells Rahn.
Missouri has one of the lowest fuel taxes in the country. Of Missouri’s neighboring states, only Oklahoma has as low a fuel tax as Missouri, at 17 cents a gallon. All of the other surrounding states have higher gas taxes, some considerably higher. Missouri has been using money leveraged from Amendment Three approved by voters in November of 2004 and, lately, money from the federal economic stimulus act approved by Congress to finance road and bridge construction. The money generated from bonds issued from Amendment Three has nearly been spent. Federal stimulus money will soon end and even traditional federal highway funding is being reduced.
No one on the Joint Transportation Committee, though, seems ready to suggest a tax increase to keep road construction going, leaving the question Rahn poses in his annual report, “Where do we go from here?”, unanswered.
Brent Martin reports.
The Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks combined for 1,100 total yards of offense, but it was a three yard sack for a safety and a 27 yard field goal by sophomore Grant Ressel that will put this game in the books as one of the greatest MU-KU games as the Tigers rally to beat the Jayhawks 41-39 and win the Border Showdown at Arrowhead Stadium. CLICK HERE TO WATCH EXCLUSIVE POSTGAME VIDEO ON THE FIELD.
The Chargers converted four Chiefs turnovers into scores as the Chiefs came back down to earth a week after knocking off the Super Bowl Champion Steelers by losing 43-14. LaDainian Tomlinson scored two touchdowns and moved into 10th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list. Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Gates as the Chargers improved to 8-3. The Chiefs fall to 3-8.