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Parson wants clean politics

Challenges lawmakers, officials to change political process

State Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar and a former Polk County sheriff, urged Missouri lawmakers to change the political process in the wake of State Auditor Tom Schweich’s death last week.

St. Louis judge: August amendment means some felons can carry weapons

Just two days after Missouri’s Supreme Court was asked to order a new election on an amendment that voters approved last August because of challenges to its ballot title, a St. Louis City circuit judge ruled Friday that the amendment changed the state’s law prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms.

Bonds pushed as way to fund more projects

What would you build or repair if you had an extra $200 million available for projects? That’s a question raised last week in the Missouri Senate.

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Capitol remembers Schweich in brief prayer service

About 15 minutes after Auditor Tom Schweich’s office announced his death early Thursday afternoon, Gov. Jay Nixon, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, lawmakers from both parties and both houses, Capitol staff and some lobbyists gathered in the House chamber for a brief prayer service.

Governor to fill vacancy in auditor’s office

State Auditor Tom Schweich’s death Thursday means Gov. Jay Nixon soon will be naming a new auditor.

Scrambled California law hurts Missouri farmers

Kehoe resolution would send message to California, HSUS

State Sen. Mike Kehoe wants to send a message to the state of California and the Humane Society of the United States: Missourians don’t like your new regulations.

Missouri's farming, gun rights challenged

Supreme Court asked to order new elections on 2 amendments passed last August

Missouri’s Supreme Court judges were asked Wednesday to order new elections, with new ballot language, for two constitutional amendments voters approved last August.

Appeals court ruling explains prison release calculations

Missouri state probation officials must make different calculations for determining when an inmate is eligible for conditional release or parole from a prison sentence, the state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Green blocks state Common Core payments to consortium

Missouri government cannot make any payments to the California-based Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) because it is “an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented,” Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled Tuesday.

Senate committee hears 2 proposals on sentencing juvenile killers

Nearly everyone agrees that, when it comes to sentencing teens convicted of first-degree murder, Missouri’s sentencing law is unconstitutional, because of a couple of U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

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