Articles by David A. Lieb

Missouri Voters Reject Attempt to Weaken Labor Unions

The steady march of new “right-to-work” laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups poured millions of dollars into the campaign …

Joplin School District Still Haggling with FEMA over Cost of Tornado Repairs

More than six years after a deadly tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, the heavily damaged local school district has rebuilt. Exactly how much of those costs the district will have to shoulder remains up in the air. The district is …

Common Reasons FEMA Denies Disaster Funds

Local governments and nonprofits trying to recover from major disasters have sometimes learned the hard way that money spent on protective measures, cleanup and rebuilding is not always reimbursed by the U.S. government. The Associated Press analyzed more than 900 …

Costly Business Disruptor: Aging U.S. Infrastructure

When a train jumped the tracks this past week at New York’s Penn Station, the seemingly minor accident led to a cascade of exasperating delays for hundreds of thousands of commuters. When a flood forced authorities to condemn a one-lane, …

Missouri Lawmakers Override Veto, Loosen Gun Laws

Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature has used its supermajority to significantly loosen the state’s gun laws and potentially tighten its voting requirements as lawmakers overrode numerous vetoes of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. The sweeping guns legislation would allow most adults to carry …

Settlement Reached in Missouri Traffic Camera Lawsuits

Hundreds of thousands of people who got tickets when their vehicles were photographed running red lights in Missouri could be in line to get some money back, under a proposed legal settlement announced on Sept. 26. Attorneys for ticketed drivers …

Missouri Voters Deny Highway Funding; Officials Fear Rise in Fatalities

Missouri transportation officials warned of a potential rise in traffic fatalities and bridge closures, after voters defeated a sales tax hike that would have funded hundreds of highway and transportation projects across the state. The three-quarters cent sales tax had …

‘Drafting Error’ Leads to Veto of Missouri Health Insurance Navigator Bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would have limited who could work in the state as a health insurance guide and blamed a national conservative group for injecting an error into the model legislation. The vetoed bill would have …

Missouri Housed Endorses Bill Limiting Medical Malpractice Awards

Seeking to sidestep a court ruling, the Missouri House endorsed legislation that attempts to reinstate limits on the amount of money people can receive from medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill given initial approval seeks to re-impose a $350,000 cap on …

Workers’ Comp Costs Could Rise for Missouri Businesses

Missouri businesses could face significantly higher costs for workers’ compensation insurance next year, due partly to a new law that seeks to shore up a financially troubled state fund for disabled workers. Workers’ comp insurers in Missouri are likely to …