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Vogel, 60, is undergoing chemotherapy and has 'confidence' in his doctors
Five candidates seeking to win one of two Jefferson City school board seats faced and answered a dozen question over a two-hour period Tuesday night.
A state audit said Missouri’s attorney general needs a stronger conflict of interest policy when it comes to taking or rejecting campaign contributions from people or companies the office is dealing with.
Audit report includes comments on conflicts of interest and campaign donations
Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally are pleased with the progress made so far, in the General Assembly’s 2015 session.
Claims of ‘dreadful welfare system’
When it comes to welfare reform, the Chicago-based Heartland Institute said Thursday, Missouri earned four “F”s and two “D”s — and ranked last in the nation, down from 49th in the institute’s 2008 report.
Voters would be asked to protect choice in raising, schooling kids
It’s already a part of state law, but a Missouri senator wants the state’s voters to guarantee “the right and duty of parents to raise and educate their children” as they see fit.
‘Paid for by’ under attack
Like them or hate them, Missourians know who’s behind political ads and materials. But a businessman said in a federal lawsuit that the “paid for by” requirement violates his free speech right to back a candidate anonymously.
Former teacher Riddle helping lead push
Missouri students would be required to pass a civics test before they could graduate from high school or receive the equivalent General Education Degree (GED), under the terms of two bills discussed in the state Senate’s Education Committee Wednesday.
Missouri senators on Tuesday endorsed a bill giving the state’s Children’s Division more authority to investigate complaints that a juvenile has molested or abused another child.
Shelley Richter was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for her conviction of endangering the welfare of a child.
Although many people talk about technology leading us to a “paperless” society, freshman state Sen. Bob Onder wants to make sure our elections have plenty of paper.
This year’s Fiber Retreat is an annual festival that attracts people from throughout the Midwest, to learn more about knitting, weaving, spinning, crocheting, making dyes and soap, caning chairs and even basket weaving.
Now it’s the Senate’s turn to work on the Missouri government’s $26 billion state budget.
A group that supports liberal issues has threatened to sue the Missouri Senate if it’s not allowed to record proceedings in some state Senate committee hearings.
Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock not only has no plans to step aside from the job he won three weeks ago, but has promised to improve the party and its operations.
Missouri lawmakers say hopes pinned on Senate
State Rep. Jay Barnes voted against one of the 13 budget measures the House passed Thursday and sent to the Senate.
2 have announced plans to run for attorney general
Even before all the information was known about the early Thursday shootings of two police officers in Ferguson, before the officers had been released from the hospital, several Missouri state senators took debate time to talk about the shootings and their potential impact.
Missouri has appealed last month’s ruling that payments to the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium,” or SBAC, are unconstitutional.
About four dozen older Missourians walked the Capitol halls Wednesday, meeting with lawmakers and encouraging them to pass the five priorities of Missouri’s Silver Haired Legislature.
State government could save money and have safer technology access if it merged all data centers into one location, state Sen. Rob Schaaf told a Senate committee Wednesday.
A Cole County jury decided Tuesday that Lincoln University discriminated against Kenneth Ferguson when it terminated his job in August 2012 — and the Jefferson City school owes Ferguson $104,901.
Now-retired Senior Judge Byron Kinder didn’t make a mistake in December 2012 when he allowed the prosecutor to use screenshots of a cell phone’s call logs during Terrill Reynolds’ trial, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Former councilman says age discrimination led to dismissal
Lincoln University officials could begin presenting their case today, the second day of former Jefferson City councilman Kenneth Ferguson’s age discrimination lawsuit.
Missouri’s Senate this week will debate changes to the state’s civil lawsuits rules.
SSM Health intent on finding a buyer for hospital complex
At this time, SSM Health has no plans to tear down the old St. Mary’s Hospital facility.
Almost as soon as the word spread Feb. 26 that Tom Schweich had died, people began talking about why a man would kill himself only weeks after declaring himself to be a candidate for governor in next year’s elections. One of the reasons getting a lot of traction is an allegation some top Republican officials were trying to block his race for the chief executive’s job.
Although there are only a few problem courts in the state, Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday, the problems highlighted by the unrest after last summer’s killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and this week’s Department of Justice report on that North St. Louis County town show Missouri’s municipal court operations need some changing.
Conservative voice uses family story to set stage for fundraiser
Michelle Malkin - author, blogger and regular TV guest who “unapologetically” describes herself as a “conservative journalist” - was raised to be pro-life, she told about 200 Vitae Society supporters at a luncheon Thursday.
Bill gets support from JC firefighters group
With no negative votes, the Missouri Senate on Thursday sent the House a bill allowing local governments to ask the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) to take over older retirement plans.
More than four years ago, Becky Wekenborg’s daughter came to her and reported that a boy was “sticking his hands down her pants and touching her inappropriately.”
Four Missouri state senators think it’s time Congress calls a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Auditor Tom Schweich’s death Thursday means Gov. Jay Nixon soon will be naming a new auditor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a quick hearing Tuesday morning, when Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, presented his proposed resolution telling Attorney General Chris Koster to join in Texas’ lawsuit against the implementation of President Obama’s immigration executive order.
Just back from a special trip to Cuba, Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters Monday it’s time to end the United States’ half-century trade embargo with the Caribbean island nation.
The State Technical College of Missouri last week bought a half-interest in about 107 acres of farmland just east of the campus, a mile east of Linn.
A Missouri Senate committee heard almost an hour’s worth of testimony Monday about two bills that would allow the Legislature to require voters to show specific forms of photo identification before they could vote at the polls.
Like many other states, Missouri is trying to figure out how to pay for future road and bridge repairs and construction.
The Missouri Senate could vote today on a bill requiring the courts to speed up work on challenges to ballot issues.
Missouri lawmakers are being asked again this year to allow some local retirement plans to join Missouri’s Local Government Retirement System — if other employees of that local government already are covered by LAGERS.
At the bottom of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s news release are the words: “This release was sent by the office of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), and therefore paid for by taxpayer dollars.”