The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

January 6, 2013

Susan Redden: Both Missouri senators now on Armed Services Committee

JOPLIN, Mo. — Missouri now has two U.S. senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The office of Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, last week announced that he had been appointed to the panel, which has jurisdiction over matters relating to the military and national defense policies.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, has been a member of the committee since her first term in 2007, and she will advance in seniority this year.

She also is chairwoman of the subcommittee on military contracting and oversight, which drafted a contracting reform measure that was included in the National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate last week. In addition to service on the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Committee on Aging, McCaskill is chairwoman of a subcommittee established in 2009 that investigates contracting abuses throughout the federal government.

Blunt stepped down from the Senate Intelligence Committee to accept the Armed Services Committee post. He will keep his positions on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Rules and Administration Committee.

In the announcement, Blunt noted that Missouri is home to almost 18,000 active duty servicemen and women, nearly 10,000 civilian employees, 25,000 reservists and members of the National Guard, and almost 29,000 additional military-related personnel.

“The Senate Armed Services Committee will be faced with a number of critical challenges and responsibilities this year, including dealing with the sequestration cuts,” Blunt said. “We must rein in Washington’s out-of-control spending, but these cuts should be targeted in a way that does not jeopardize our national security or military readiness.”

Session starts

Joplin area lawmakers will be headed back to Jefferson City this week. New and re-elected members of the Missouri General Assembly will be sworn into office in ceremonies set for noon Wednesday.

Inauguration festivities will follow on Monday, Jan. 14, with a parade at 10 a.m. and the inauguration of Gov. Jay Nixon and oaths of office for other statewide officials during a midday ceremony, followed by receptions and the inaugural ball.

New GOP chairman

Members of the Republican State Committee on Saturday elected Ed Martin as the new party chairman.

Martin, of St. Louis, won the seat on a 34-32 vote, edging out David Cole, a Cassville attorney who has held the post since January 2009.

Martin was the Republican candidate for attorney general in November, losing to incumbent Democrat Chris Koster. Martin formerly was chief of staff to Gov. Matt Blunt, chairman of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners and a GOP candidate for Congress.

Chief deputy

After taking office Jan. 1, Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser has tabbed a member of the criminal justice faculty at Missouri Southern State University as his chief deputy.

Kaiser said Tim Wilson, an assistant professor at MSSU, started Jan. 2 as his second in command. Wilson previously worked for the Neosho Police Department, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department and the Joplin Police Department.

“He’s got an extensive background in law enforcement in the area, and he’s close to completing his doctorate,” Kaiser said.

Wilson holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri.

Kelly Stephens, who had served as chief deputy under former Sheriff Archie Dunn, retired last month, Kaiser said.

SUSAN REDDEN is a staff writer for the Globe. She can be reached at sredden@joplinglobe.com or 417-623-3480, ext. 7258. Follow her on Twitter @Susan_Redden.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Embezzler from Joplin car dealerships sent to prison

    A federal judge has sentenced Kathryn M. Stayton to 13 months in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from Frank Fletcher Ford and Credit Cars of Joplin. U.S. District Judge Greg Kays assessed the 36-year-old Joplin woman the prison term at a sentencing hearing this week in federal court in Springfield. The judge also ordered the former controller at both car dealerships to pay restitution totaling $121,249. 51.

    April 18, 2014

  • Screening of MSSU presidential applicants to wrap by end of April

    The Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University could be in a position to name a president as early as the end of June, according to a timeline presented Friday by the co-chair of the presidential search committee.

    April 18, 2014

  • Teams from Carl Junction, Diamond advance in Destination Imagination

    Student teams from Carl Junction and Diamond will be traveling to Destination Imagination finals May 20-24 in Knoxville, Tenn., after being top finishers in competition this month at Missouri Southern State University.

    April 18, 2014

  • Neosho Dogwood Tour reset, after false start

    The 53rd annual Neosho Dogwood Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27. The event, presented by the Neosho Rotary Club and the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, originally was scheduled for Sunday, April 13.

    April 18, 2014

  • r041814capbus4.jpg Funding shortfall could hinder public transportation in Southeast Kansas

    For the past two years, Pittsburg State University sophomore Travis Cook has been using public transportation to get to and from his classes. He began using the bus his freshman year, when he didn’t have a vehicle to drive even to the grocery store — which is said to be the case for many who use the service.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bruner denied change of venue for murder trial

    Circuit Judge Gayle Crane has denied a change of venue for a defendant charged with fatally shooting an assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University. The attorney for Jeffrey Bruner claimed pretrial publicity as the reason for seeking a change of venue in Jasper County Circuit Court.

    April 18, 2014

  • Russell family sues city, Joplin police

    Family members of a teenage girl whose suicide a year ago brought them into conflict with police officers and emergency medical technicians are suing the city and the Joplin Police Department. Kevin and Julissa Russell and their son, Brant Russell, are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. The action filed on the Russells’ behalf by Kansas City attorney Andrew Protzman names the city, the Police Department and Officers Austin Wolf and Tyler Christensen as defendants.

    April 18, 2014

  • Kansas Regents stick with social media policy

    After directing a committee to study a controversial social media policy and make recommended changes, the Kansas Board of Regents appears to not be changing the policy at all. It’s left some in academia baffled by why it appointed the work group in the first place.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pittsburg Farmer's Market to open in new building, new location

    The official market season in Pittsburg, Kan., will kick off in the market’s new pavilion-style building at a new address, 11th and Broadway, on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Market hours will continue throughout the season on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon, with some Wednesdays or other special days throughout the season as announced.

    April 18, 2014

  • 041714 School safe rooms4_72.jpg Joplin school district readies community safe rooms for storm season

    Thousands of Joplin residents will soon be able to stay safe during storms in some of the region’s newest shelters. Community safe rooms at Cecil Floyd, Stapleton, McKinley and Eastmorland elementary schools, which double as gymnasiums, and Junge Field, which will double as a field house, are expected to be open within the next few weeks, according to Mike Johnson, the school district’s director of construction.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. The proposed constitutional amendment passed the House earlier this month. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would head to the November ballot for voter approval. Would you vote in favor of it?

Yes.
No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter