Missouri Highway Patrol

Mo. State Highway Patrol
1:18 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Audit of Mo. Hwy. Patrol Criticizes $5.6M Airplane Purchase, Examines School Bus Inspections

(Courtesy Hawker Beechcraft)

A state audit released today sharply criticizes the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) for spending $5.6 million on a new airplane.

According to the audit, the state of Missouri operated 23 aircraft prior to the purchase of the King Air 250.  State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says that included five passenger airplanes. 

"There were 113 days in which none of the five existing planes flew, and there were no days in which all five of them flew," Schweich said.  "So that leads to the question about why do you need to spend $5.6 million on a new plane?"

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Winter Storm
5:04 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

St. Louis Area Wrestles Winter Storm Aftermath

A motorist is helped after encountering a snow drift on Highway 64 in Ladue, Mo. on February 21, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Last updated at 11:57 a.m. 2/22. Will be updated as more information becomes available.

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state airplane
5:31 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

More Questions Over Mo. Highway Patrol's $5.6M Airplane Purchase

MSHP Superintendent Col. Ron Replogle answers question from Senate budget writers about the $5.6M airplane purchase.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Lawmakers in the Missouri House and Senate continue to grill members of Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration as to why it was necessary to spend $5.6 million on a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told Senate budget writers on Wednesday that he made the call to buy the King Air 250.

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MSHP airplane
11:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Doug Nelson Confirmed As Mo. Commissioner Of Administration, Despite Airplane Concerns

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri senators have confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon's appointee to a key administrative post, despite concerns about his role in approving the purchase of a new $5.6 million airplane.


The Senate on Monday signed off on the appointment of Doug Nelson as Commissioner of Administration.


Nelson had been scheduled for confirmation last week. But that was delayed after lawmakers learned Nelson — as Acting Administration Commissioner — had approved the purchase of the plane by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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MSHP airplane
5:31 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Replogle Answers Questions About Mo. Hwy. Patrol's $5.6M Airplane

Mo. State Hwy. Patrol Col. Ron Replogle answers questions before the House Budget Committee regarding the Patrol's $5.6 million purchase of a new airplane.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is defending the agency’s purchase of a new airplane.

Colonel Ron Replogle told House budget writers that it was his idea to buy the $5.6 million aircraft.  More than one committee member asked him about the quick timetable on the plane’s purchase, as the bid went out around December 6th and was awarded on the 17th.  Replogle says Beechcraft was offering a discount on that particular King Air 250 because it was a year-old model.

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MSHP airplane
6:43 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Mo. Senate Delays Confirmation Of Nixon's O.A. Chief Over Airplane Purchase

An example of a King Air 250 airplane -- the same type of aircraft purchased by the MSHP in December.
(Courtesy Hawker Beechcraft)

Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) choice to head up his Office of Administration will have to wait a bit longer before permanently taking over.


Acting Commissioner Doug Nelson’s confirmation is being delayed in the Missouri Senate after news broke that the State Highway Patrol spent around $5.6 million on a new airplane, which has been designated for use by the Governor and other statewide officials.  State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R, Columbia), who sponsored Nelson’s nomination, first wants to know who made the decision to buy the plane, and why.

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MO Statehouse
1:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Concerns Raised Over Mo. Highway Patrol Purchase Of New $5.6M Plane

An example of a King Air 250 airplane - the same type of aircraft reported to have been purchased by the state in December.
(Courtesy Hawker Beechcraft)

Updated at 7:07 p.m. with comments from State Sen. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City).

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Morning Round-Up
9:07 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, September 10, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Mo. traffic fatalities continue climbing

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says traffic deaths are taking a troubling turn upward this year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says through Sept. 4, 554 people had died on Missouri roads, compared to 498 over the same period in 2011. Fatalities in 2011 reached their lowest total since the 1940s.

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Police crack down on distracted drivers
6:30 am
Mon May 28, 2012

State police out in force on Memorial Day

Lori Popejoy became emotional when describing her son Adam, who was killed in 2002 when he failed to pay attention behind the wheel.
(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Highway Patrol and the Illinois State Police are urging drivers to slow down, buckle up and eliminate possible distractions in their cars as they return home from the Memorial Day weekend.

"Inattentive driving is a big problem. We see not only texting on cell phones; we also see reading books and newspapers, putting on makeup, eating full meals in cars," said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

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Texting While Driving
10:05 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Mo. senator Wright-Jones wants texting ban as secondary offense

(via Flickr/MrJasonWeaver)

A proposed compromise to expand Missouri's texting-while-driving law appears to have fallen flat in a Senate committee.

The Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill by that would prohibit all drivers - not just those 21 and younger - from texting while driving. Because similar bills have failed in the past, Democratic Sen. Robin Wright-Jones of St. Louis proposed making texting a secondary offense - meaning police would have to pull motorists over for something else before they could write a ticket for texting.

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