Pressure is heating up on Kansas City area State Senator Paul LeVota now that a second former intern has come forward with incriminating texts between the two. A report produced by a Senate committee on Wednesday detailed one interns claims against LeVota…which LeVota denied. In the wake of the second intern’s information, Governor Nixon and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill have both issued statements saying that LeVota should step down.
You might just want to double – check that contractor’s references before you let him do your remodeling job. The Attorney Generals Office’s Joe Bindbeutel says even the best intentioned firms can end up in the ‘red’ …
He adds the red flag should be when a contractor loses his line of credit at the bank or when suppliers cut them off.
The Callaway Nuclear plant is shut down this morning following a steam leak yesterday afternoon. A spokesman for Ameren-Missouri says the leak was minor and no danger to workers or the public. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission classifies the event as non-emergency. The Callaway Plant also shut down in December due to an electrical equipment failure.
State employees at the Truman Building spent about an hour outside Wednesday afternoon, after somebody phoned in a bomb threat. Missouri Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O’Connell says the threat came in about 2 oh-clock Wednesday afternoon. The building was cleared and State Capitol Police brought in their K-9 unit. O’Connell says nothing unusual was found. Workers were allowed back into the building a little before three.
Jefferson City officials and residents of the Sue Drive area aren’t sure what the weird substance is…but Unilever has told the city it shouldn’t be flowing through area creeks near the plant. Residents say the jelly like substance is accompanied by bubbles that can reach a height of 12 feet. The chemical is released occasionally…and Unilever tells the city they are working to fix the problem by Friday.
A State Senator says he’s been exonerated by a report from a committee that looked into charges he sexually harassed and then disciplined a female intern in his office. The intern from the University of Central Missouri filed a complaint against Paul LeVota in April. The intern claims LeVota sent her inappropriate texts and made suggestive statements to her when she went to his Jefferson City home following a night of drinking at a Jefferson City reception. The intern told investigators she no longer has the phone that contained the text messages…and LeVota claims the intern never came to his duplex.
The Missouri Supreme Court rules that a Mid-Missouri man serving prison time for killing two members of a Russellville family in a drunk driving accident should stay right where he is. The court overruling a Cole County judge who last summer ordered Larry Welch to be set free. Welch is serving a 20 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter for the 2007 car crash that killed Jean and Toby Olsen on Route C just outside of Russellville. Two other members of the family were also seriously injured. The high court saying in its ruling that Cole County judge Dan Green didn’t have the power to reduce Welch’s sentence and set him free.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced an investigation Tuesday into whether Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri violated state law.
Koster’s investigation comes a week after the release of undercover video showing a Planned Parenthood staff member discussing the conveying of fetal body parts.
The video shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), talking about the conveying of fetal tissue. In the heavily-edited eight minute video, Nucatola discusses prices with people posing as representatives of a “fetal tissue procurement company”. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion group which shot the video, claims PPFA illegally profits from such transfers.
Planned Parenthood denies that claim and said the edited eight-minute video twists and distorts what is said in the full two hour and forty two minute raw video. The group said the costs discussed in the video are typical of legal fetal tissue donations for research purposes, and cover costs of transport and storage.