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House speaker resigning after intern text messages

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said Thursday that he is resigning from the Legislature after acknowledging that he exchanged sexually charged text messages with a college student serving as a Capitol intern.

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Medicaid expansion advocates decry shameful politics

March ends, but fight continues

As more than a hundred advocates walked down the road leading to Missouri's Capitol, it marked the end of a 150-mile march for some members who traveled from Kansas City and St. Louis.

Senate Democrats make good on pledge to stall bills in session’s final days

State of inaction

With only three days to go before the end this year’s General Assembly, state senators on Wednesday took no votes on any bills.

Parson changes recording rules for his committee

For the entire legislative session, state Sen. Mike Parson has prohibited people from using cameras or audio recorders at meetings of the Small Business, Industry and Insurance Committee he chairs.

Kansas City schools leader taking Atlanta-area district job

The superintendent who was at the helm when the Kansas City school district shed its unaccredited label said Wednesday he’s leaving for a job leading an Atlanta-area district that is seeking to put its troubled past behind.

St. Louis County cities face challenges if bill becomes law

Several St. Louis County cities worry how they’ll plug a monetary hole if a bill reducing how much they can use from municipal court revenues becomes state law.

House speaker apologizes after report about intern

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl apologized Wednesday for his "poor judgment" following a newspaper report that he had exchanged sexually charged text messages with a college student who was serving as a Capitol intern.

"Right-to-work" passes, headed to governor

Missouri Republicans have used their large majorities to send a "right-to-work" measure to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon but appear to lack the support to override an expected veto.

Mountain lion struck by car in Missouri, euthanized

A mountain lion has been euthanized after it was struck by a car in southwest Missouri.

Joint committee rejects proposed home care pay rule

Missouri’s Health and Senior Services department doesn’t have the authority to propose raising the base wage home health attendants are paid in the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) Program, members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) said Tuesday.

Missouri Senate Republicans force 'right-to-work' passage

Missouri Senate Republicans used a rare procedural motion Tuesday to shut down debate and pass a "right-to-work" measure.

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Missouri House overrides Nixon's veto on unemployment cuts

Attempt now in senators' hands

Missouri's Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to override the Democratic governor's veto of legislation that would reduce the weeks of available jobless benefits to one of the shortest periods in the nation.

A look at key bills from Missouri’s legislative session

The Missouri Legislature began its final week on Monday. Here’s a look at where some of the major issues stand before Friday’s deadline to pass bills:

Senate Committee endorses right-to-work bill

Issue could be debated today

State Senate Floor Leader Ron Richard said last week debating a right-to-work bill was a top priority for this, the General Assembly’s last week.

$50K donation keeps curtains open for school show

Budget woes in the Ferguson-Florissant School District left an annual show put on by elementary and middle school students in limbo, but the performance will go on thanks to a $50,000 donation from a crowdfunding website.

Government groups work across state lines in Kansas City

Efforts by the four largest government units in the Kansas City metropolitan area to work together have improved relationships across the Kansas-Missouri border after years of mostly contentious dealings, group members say.

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Sassy signs for safety

MoDOT uses clever signs to encourage safer driving

If you suspect Missouri’s highways are speaking to you with sassy quips like “Unbuckled? Seriously?” or “Leave the buzz for the bees. Drive sober,” you haven’t lost your mind.

Crews make progress battling Mark Twain blaze

Weekend rainfall has helped firefighters make progress battling a blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest.

New State Historical Society headquarters included in bill

A new $35 million headquarters for the State Historical Society of Missouri is included in a bill awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature.

Missouri lawmakers face Friday deadline for bill passage

Missouri’s Republican-controlled Legislature already has powered through many GOP priorities as lawmakers approach a Friday deadline to pass bills, and legislative leaders said that means the final days of session will be spent tackling what could be some of the most contested legislation of the session: so-called right to work and voter photo identification requirements.