Latest Missouri state government News

Missouri wants to keep outsourcing unemployment call center

Nov. 28, 2021 12:13 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials want to continue having a private company handle calls about jobless benefits in the state even though the unemployment rate has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state Department...

Missouri man exonerated in 3 killings, free after 4 decades

Nov. 24, 2021 02:25 AM EST

A Kansas City man who was jailed for more than 40 years for three murders was released from prison Tuesday after a judge ruled that he was wrongfully convicted in 1979. Kevin Strickland, 62, has always maintained that he was home watching television and had nothing to do...

Missouri Gov. Parson plans trade mission to Israel, Greece

Nov. 23, 2021 18:06 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and the first lady next month will travel to Israel and Greece for a trade mission, the governor's office announced Tuesday. Parson will be overseas Dec. 2-11 for his third trade mission since taking office. He had...

EXPLAINER: The Missouri law that led to Strickland decision

Nov. 23, 2021 13:37 PM EST

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A judge's decision on Tuesday to release longtime inmate Kevin Strickland, of Kansas City, was made possible by a new Missouri law intended to free people who were imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit. Strickland, 62, was convicted in 1979 of a...

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Nov. 23, 2021 12:30 PM EST

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 22, 2021. Editorial: Kroenke twists in the wind as St. Louis’ case against the NFL heats up Ever since Rams owner Stan Kroenke decided to publicly trash St. Louis as he moved his team to Los Angeles in 2016, the...

Missouri police chiefs want changes to new gun law

Nov. 22, 2021 15:14 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police chiefs have called on state lawmakers to change a new law banning local police from enforcing federal gun laws, which law enforcement officials say is making it harder to fight crime. The Missouri Police Chiefs Association wrote a...

Partisan tensions flare on Missouri redistricting panels

Nov. 20, 2021 11:43 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Partisan tensions have been flaring on a pair of commissions in charge of redrawing Missouri's state House and Senate districts, with Democrats and Republicans at odds over their interactions with the public. The disagreements have raised...

Missouri opens coronavirus vaccine booster to all adults

Nov. 20, 2021 11:07 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — All adults in Missouri are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster, the state health department announced Friday. All adults in Missouri now can receive a booster shot within six months of their last Pfizer or Moderna dose. Johnson...

McCloskeys say they waved guns because of 'violent' mob

Nov. 19, 2021 15:38 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained fame after waving guns at protesters near their home in 2020 are seeking to keep their law licenses by arguing their actions were justified because they were defending their property from a violent and threatening mob. Mark...

Two Missouri highway workers killed, one injured by vehicle

Nov. 18, 2021 16:46 PM EST

MEHLVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Two state Department of Transportation workers were killed and another was seriously injured Thursday after they were hit by a car on an interstate ramp in eastern Missouri, authorities said. The collision occurred as the workers were repainting...