Petro America Corporation hasn't exactly lived up to its tagline, "The People's Company." Instead, the sham company -- led by Kansas City, Kansas, man Owen Hawkins -- appears to have cleaned out thousands of investors of their hard-earned cash (read the full story of Petro America here).
The company's goodwill with investors understandably took a hit. So how did Elaine Murphy, who runs the company's shareholders relations department, try to keep her investors' trust? By accusing them of stalking!
Sometimes a story is just too big for one feature, and in the case of this week's cover story on the quest to build a biker rally in Urich, Missouri, ("Field of Dirty Dreams") there were some things I just didn't have the space for. There were some things you shouldn't know about.
Then there was Big Guns, the rally's musical headliner, and a tribute to the greatest active rock and roll band in the world, AC/DC. When I was destroying myself in the middle of nowhere to bring you the story, they offered me shelter on their tour bus to talk tribute band groupies, the pressures of being someone else on stage and why everyone loves AC/DC.
Day in the Right to Life").
The list -- compiled by Life Decisions International in Front Royal, Virginia -- was supposed to tell me every company that supported Planned Parenthood. It turns out, that's a lot of companies. There were so many names on the 16-page list that it would've been impossible to list them all in the story. So here's the list. Shop smart, folks.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill outlawing nude dancing and alcohol sales inside the Show-Me State's strip clubs, according to a tweet from St. Louis Post-Dispatch political reporter Tony Messenger.
The new restrictions have club owners saying they could be forced out of business.
The legislation goes into effect August 28. But as we reported in this week's feature story, "Exit Boobies," strip club and adult video store owners are ready to for a legal battle.
Adult industry attorney Dick Bryant says the suit should be filed between July 12 and 15th at latest.
Before state representatives passed legislation that would criminalize unregulated nipples, Democratic state Rep. Curt Dougherty filed papers, called reps and did everything short of beg for a fiscal review to see how much killing strip clubs would cost the state. The Republican leadership just ignored him. But as we note in this week's feature, "Exit Boobies," that sneering dismissal could cost them in court.
In his quest to outlaw naked breasts in Missouri, Republican state Sen. Matt Bartle characterized strip-club employees as women forced into prostitution and drug addiction against their will. If he reads this week's feature story, "Exit Boobies," he might be surprised to learn that one of those employees is his own flesh and blood, and that she's not happy about his attempts to put her out of work.
A biologist with Missouri's Department of Conservation suffered year-long complications from E. coli poisoning after participating in a stream cleaning event, according to the testimony of an environmental advocate at a Missouri Clean Water Commission meeting in Jefferson City.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials blame state Sen. Brad Lager (R-Maryville) for terminating the department's ability to collect fees for State Operating Permits that fund the state's Water Protection Program for 2011. The bill that would have extended those funds was expected to pass on the last day of the legislative session in May, but Lager sent it to the Fiscal Oversight Committee for further review instead.
Love Courtney! Nice pick Justin!
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