One of the things that has always set the Missouri Southern State University newspaper, The Chart, apart from other college and university newspapers, has been its well-established tradition of sending a reporter to cover the Missouri State Legislature.
The Chart will not send anyone to Jefferson City, and it has nothing to do with the budget. It appears that no one wants to do it this year. The list of excellent reporters who covered the state capital for The Chart includes many who have gone on to journalism careers, including Joplin Daily Editor John Hacker.
At times over the years (many times, in fact) the coverage offered by The Chart was more extensive and of a better quality than that provided by the Globe.
Hopefully, this will just be a one-year break and once again The Chart will have a presence in Jefferson City for the 2007 legislative session.