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MU professor, AG candidate argues his emails are not public record

An MU law professor and candidate for Missouri's attorney general pushed back against a lawsuit filed against him over an open records request.

Josh Hawley won the Republican nomination for the spot earlier this month, amidst a contentious race against state Sen. Kurt Schaefer by more than 30 points. He will face former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley in the November primary. Continue…

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Court rules Missouri Senate may block the recording of public meetings

A liberal advocacy group has no right to record public meetings of Missouri Senate committees, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Progress Missouri that argued the state Senate violated the Sunshine Law when it repeatedly blocked the group from recording public committee hearings. Continue…

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The Missourian’s DEAR READER: Report on MU grad student health insurance shows the importance of open records

By now, we all know that canceling health insurance subsidies to MU graduate student employees in August was a mistake of momentous proportions.

As Julia Roberts said in “Pretty Woman:”

“Big mistake. Big.

“Huge!”   Continue…

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Missouri Supreme Court considers right to record Senate committee meetings

The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing a lawsuit that accuses state senators of violating the Sunshine Law. Progress Missouri filed suit after being kicked out of Senate hearings on multiple occasions while videotaping proceedings.

The group's appeal to the state Supreme Court comes after the circuit judge of Cole County sided with the Senate. The high court heard arguments from both sides on Wednesday. 

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Missouri Governmental boards training to be offered

There will be a training series called “Serving on Public Boards” that will be held on Jan. 19 and Jan. 21 (one program, 2 nights) from 6 to 9 p.m. in five locations.

Locations include: Advanced Technology Center Room 167 in Mexico (2900 Doreli Lane), Putnam County High School, Brookfield Area Career Center, Grand River Technical School in Chillicothe and Scotland County High School.  Continue…

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