State and Regional News

'Tough' or 'smart' on crime? GOP approach to criminal justice has evolved

By Ian Nickens, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — “Don’t say I’m not tough on crime,” Gov. Mike Parson said to a group of journalists during a meeting at the governor’s mansion.
But Parson and some of his fellow Republicans have proposed a series of criminal justice reforms that could leave some Missourians wondering.

New task force fights for $238 million Missouri River bridge near Rocheport

By Emily Catherine Adams, Columbia Missourian
City, county, state and MU officials are scrambling to fund a new Interstate 70 bridge near Rocheport to avoid six- to eight-hour traffic delays, according to information presented at a news conference Friday at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Title IX legislation finds support from UM curator, NAACP chapter

By Natasha Vyhovsky, Missouri News Network
Proposed Title IX legislation is dividing some in the university community, while the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP has called for the bill’s passage.
University of Missouri System Board of Curators member David Steelman wrote a letter last month — addressed to the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, and state Rep. Dean Dohrman, R-LaMonte, and copying some university officials — proposing changes to the legislation and urging the administration to work with lawmakers.

Voters approved Clean Missouri, but lawmakers want them to reconsider

By Galen Bacharier, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — Last November, 62 percent of Missourians voted to pass Amendment 1, the “Clean Missouri” proposal that included measures to limit the power of lobbyists, reduce campaign finance contributions and create a new redistricting process.

Missouri Supreme Court rules against debtors prisons

By Galen Bacharier, Missouri News Network
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state courts cannot threaten further jail time for unpaid prison debts.
The court overturned a circuit court decision that George Richey, an Appleton City resident, could be sent back to jail for an inability to pay “board bills,” or debts incurred from imprisonment.