Gov. Jay Nixon has extended the suspension of Department of Natural Resources Director Mark Templeton until an internal investigation surrounding E.Coli-gate is complete -- something Republican Sen. Gary Nodler called for last week.
While Nodler said the entire controversy could "reach the level of a firing offense," the Joplin Republican said he does not want to see a "scapegoating process."
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"We don't need to be in the business of looking for some kind of satisfaction of our anger by chopping off someone's head," Nodler said last week. "I won't accept a firing as a resolution to the problem."
MEANWHILE: The Missouri Senator leading a review of the delayed E.Coli results is using stronger language. Sen. Brad Lager said Wednesday there's been an "organized cover-up" by the Department of Natural Resources and and outside investigation may be warranted.