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Missouri Lt Gov Kinder wants to receive daily allowance

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is asking lawmakers to give him a daily expense allowance for working at the state Capitol.

Jay Ashcroft announces run for Missouri secretary of state

Republican Jay Ashcroft announced his candidacy for secretary of state Thursday, setting up a GOP primary battle for the office that oversees Missouri’s elections and business registrations.

Missouri Senate passes cutoff for changes to ballot measures

Missouri ballot measures would need to be finalized earlier if legislation passed by the Senate on Thursday is signed into law, potentially saving on reprinting ballots that last year cost the state nearly $700,000.

Democrat Kander to challenge GOP US Sen. Blunt in Missouri

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander launched a Democratic challenge Thursday to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, criticizing the Republican’s long political career and asserting “it’s time for a new generation of leaders” in Washington.

St. Louis seeks to expand homeless services

With the New Life Evangelistic Center shelter expected to close this spring, St. Louis officials are seeking to add more than 225 beds of year-round emergency overnight shelter for the homeless.

Missouri Lt Gov Kinder wants to receive daily allowance

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder wants more money for doing his job.

Ferguson attracts large pool of applicants to police jobs

The city of Ferguson is attracting a large pool of applicants to police jobs, including minority candidates seeking the position left vacant by the resignation of Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, the mayor said.

Ferguson man accused of looting 2 businesses

A Ferguson resident is facing charges for allegedly looting two businesses on the November night of the announcement that a grand jury would not indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Sale of $38.5M in bonds for University of Missouri approved

A Missouri state board has approved the public sale of $38.5 million in bonds to pay to renovate a University of Missouri-Columbia hall.

Missouri Senate panel considers restricting police video

Law enforcement groups urged Missouri lawmakers to restrict public access to videos from police body cameras Wednesday while citizen activists and media groups warned keeping the videos secret could erode the public’s trust.

Auditor: Spending by St. Joseph schools ‘staggering’

The St. Joseph School District has handed out at least $25 million in unapproved stipends to administrators in the last eight years, according to a scathing audit listing 17 areas of concern that led to the district receiving the first “poor” ranking given to a Missouri school district since 2011.

Missouri House endorses voter photo ID requirements

The Missouri House is once again pushing forward with a Republican priority to require photo identification at the polls, after similar measures were stymied by the Senate or courts in recent years.

Missouri Senate prepared to OK change in courts’ handling of ballot issue cases

The Missouri Senate could vote today on a bill requiring the courts to speed up work on challenges to ballot issues.

Missouri Senate panel considers restricting police video

Law enforcement groups say public access and retention of footage from police cameras should be limited to protect privacy and contain costs.

Ethics out of the Senate, into the House

A Senate bill with many issues regarding ethics reform has passed the Missouri Senate and gone to the committee stage in the House, but may soon be ready for its third and final reading.

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Holder says he expects to finish Ferguson probes soon

Attorney General Eric Holder says he expects the Justice Department to announce before he leaves office the result of separate federal investigations into the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.

Missouri House panel approves added state emergency funds

A Missouri House panel endorsed additional emergency spending authority Tuesday to account for funds depleted by the Highway Patrol and National Guard responses in Ferguson and also authorized additional funding for other disaster relief.

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Senators: Next round of US-Cuba talks next week

A new round of negotiations to restore full diplomatic ties with Cuba will take place next week in Washington and a delegation of U.S. senators said Tuesday they were hopeful the two sides would reach a deal soon.

Gates Bar-B-Q restaurant in Independence burns to the ground

A Gates Bar-B-Q restaurant near the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City has burned to the ground.

Missouri Senate OKs bill to free data centers from sales tax

The Missouri Senate has approved legislation that would exempt new or expanding data centers from sales taxes.