The Daily Dish-March 8

Senate bill authorizing tolls on I-70 hits roadblock by Dan Burley, The Columbia Missourian.

Deteriorating conditions on what is widely heralded as America’s “first interstate highway” apparently aren’t enough for the Missouri Senate to consider charging a toll that would pay for repairs. The Senate Transportation Committee appears to favor an option that would increase fuel and sales taxes to accumulate the estimated $2 billion to $4 billion project. Committee Chairman Sen. Bill Stoufer, R-Napton, called the bill to establish a toll road “a wild dream to me,” but said he has faith the committee will be able to find a solution to fund repairs of I-70 and other public roads in Missouri in dire need of improvements.

MU students lobby against Limbaugh honor by Rudi Keller, Columbia Daily Tribune.

Several MU students headed to the state capitol building on Thursday to discuss the planned enshrining of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians. House Speaker Rep. Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, was not dissuaded by the arguments of the female students, who questioned the designation in part because of statements made last week criticizing a Georgetown University law student for requesting government subsidies for contraception. Tilley called Limbaugh an “entertainer” whose views don’t always coincide with his own. The Hall of Famous Missourians includes actress and singer Ginger Rogers, professional baseball legend Stan Musial and 33rd President Harry S. Truman, among others.

Mo. redistricting panel considers testimony on map by The Associated Press.

Members of the Senate redistricting panel questioned a lawyer for more than two hours Thursday about a challenge to Missouri’s redrawn 34 state Senate districts. The panel has tentatively approved a plan following January’s ruling by the state Supreme Court to throw out the districts drawn by a previous commission. That move has caused concern about candidate’s filing for offices for the upcoming election.




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