Missouri

EPA regs threaten to close coal-fired power plants, but states push back

By   /  June 2, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Issues, Kansas, Missouri, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

COAL NO MORE: New EPA regulations might force existing coal power plants, like the Silver Lake Power Plant in Rochester, MN, to shut down.

For 60 years, the power plant on the outskirts of the tiny Missouri hamlet of Chamois turned mountains of coal into cheap electricity.

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Missourians can fight electronic government spying at ballot box

By   /  May 19, 2014  /  Missouri, News, Spying, Technology  /  No Comments

HANDS OFF: A new piece of legislation before Kansas lawmakers is intended to keep state and local government entities from using NSA-like spying techniques on law-abiding citizens, but opponents of the measure say it's too broad and could have a laundry list of unintended consequences.

By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org

Missouri residents will have the chance Nov. 4 to fight back against government electronic spying by amending their state constitution.

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Study: State tax giveaways to big business don’t really bring jobs

By   /  April 25, 2014  /  Kansas, Missouri, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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By the time the McQueeny Group signed up for tax breaks through Kansas’ primary economic development engine, vice president Rod Slump said the business was already looking to make a move.

Tax breaks provided through Promoting Employment Across Kansas were just icing on the cake.

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Missouri mayor resigns after revealing anti-Semitic beliefs

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  First Amendment, Missouri, National, News  /  No Comments

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Mayor Dan Clevenger resigned Tuesday after he enraged his constituents by claiming in a televised interview last week that he “kind of agreed with” the views of Frazier Glenn Cross (Miller), the former Klansman who murdered three people outside two Jewish facilities last week.

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Kansas outpacing surrounding states for brighter economic future

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Economy, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Kansas has a better future than any other surrounding state, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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Police spying could become constitutional issue for states

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Missouri, National, News, Spying, Technology, Tennessee  /  No Comments

YES, NO, MAYBE: The city of Sunrise, Fla., and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement may have violated the state's open government laws for failing to sufficiently respond to the ACLU's public records requests.

A ban against law enforcement’s warrantless electronic surveillance could soon make its way into Missouri’s state constitution.

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