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It looks like railroad strike won’t happen

(AP) — President Joe Biden says that a tentative railway labor agreement has been reached, averting a potentially devastating strike before the pivotal midterm elections. Railroads and union representatives had been in negotiations for 20 hours at the Labor Department on Wednesday to hammer out a deal, as there was a …

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How long will lawmakers spend on the special session?

(AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday returned to the Capitol for a special session aimed at cutting taxes. Republican Gov. Mike Parson called on lawmakers to cut the top income tax rate from 5.3% to 4.8%. He also wants the GOP-led Legislature to increase the standard deduction by $2,000 for …

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Missouri’s commodity groups backing special session call

Missouri’s commodity groups backing special session call

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (right) and Missouri Pork Association executive vice president Don Nikodim (center) speak to a farmer in Columbia on August 25, 2022 (file photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page) The Missouri House will gavel-in Wednesday afternoon at 1 in Jefferson City to begin the special session …

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Missouri’s veto session begins at noon in Jefferson City

Missouri’s veto session begins at noon in Jefferson City

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) presides over the Missouri Senate in Jefferson City on January 28, 2021 (file photo courtesy of Harrison Sweazea at Senate Communications) Missouri lawmakers are returning to Jefferson City today (Wednesday) morning for their annual veto session, which is required under the state Constitution. Both …

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What will a railroad strike do to products on the shelves?

(AP) — Missouri business and government officials are bracing for the possibility of a nationwide rail strike at the end of this week while talks carry on between the largest U.S. freight railroads and their unions. The railroads have already started to curtail shipments of hazardous materials and have announced …

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Blair Oaks deals with transgender debate

The transgender policy for the Wardsville school is dropped. The Blair Oaks Board removed the policy at last night’s meeting. It allowed students to pick a name and dress according to their gender status. They were also able to choose which bathroom they could use. The board hired a search …

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High Court won’t take up Missouri marijuana ballot issue

(AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court won’t take up a lawsuit challenging a ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana. Supreme Court judges on Tuesday refused to take up a case seeking to knock the issue off the Nov. 8 ballot. The proposal would allow those age 21 and older to …

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Emotional first day in Columbia kidnapping and sexual assault trial

Emotional first day in Columbia kidnapping and sexual assault trial

Boone County prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Xavier Blake Gee with 11 felonies, including kidnapping and four counts of sodomy or attempted sodomy (2022 photo courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department website) A Boone County jury has heard graphic opening statements from prosecutors in the trial of a Columbia man …

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