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Former Missouri lawmaker arrested at Phoenix protest

Aug. 11, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Activist and former Missouri Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. was among eight people arrested at a protest in Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports that the arrests happened Sunday after a group breached a barricade in front of Phoenix Police headquarters. Police also fired less-lethal rounds...

FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks in the White House in Washington. Parson on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, said he will ask state lawmakers meeting in a special session to give state Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office authority to intervene in homicide cases in St. Louis that he said are not being prosecuted quickly enough. Parson's request that Schmitt be given “concurrent” jurisdiction in some St. Louis homicide cases was widely seen as a criticism of Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, although the governor and Schmitt both insisted during a news conference the goal was to reduce a skyrocketing murder rate crime in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Parson wants state to intervene in St. Louis murder cases

Aug. 10, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson on Monday said he will ask state lawmakers meeting in a special session to give state Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office authority to intervene in homicide cases in St. Louis that he said are not being prosecuted quickly enough. Parson's request that Schmitt be...

Missouri Senate passes crime bill, which now heads to House

Aug. 7, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State senators on Friday passed a bill proposed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson to address a surge in violent crime in Missouri's cities. The bill would temporarily lift a requirement that St. Louis police live in the city, which Sen. Doug Libla — a Poplar Bluff Republican...

Missouri Senate OKs compromise crime bill

Aug. 7, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators on Thursday advanced a bill to temporarily lift a requirement that St. Louis police live in that city and allow judges to try some children as adults for felony crimes. Republican Gov. Mike Parson called for those changes in response to a surge in murders in...

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in St. Louis. Officials announced St. Louis has been added to the list of cities that will receive assistance from Operation Legend, a federal anti-crime program launched to help city police in their effort to reduce violent crime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Federal anti-crime program to send 50 agents to St. Louis

Aug. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — State and federal governments announced steps aimed at reining in violent crime in St. Louis Thursday, prompting Black leaders to question why police reform isn’t part of the conversation. Fifty Department of Homeland Security agents will be sent to St. Louis under Operation...

Man whose children say has bigoted views wins Missouri race

Aug. 6, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Republican whose children urged people not to vote for him because of what they say are his racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views narrowly won his primary for a Missouri House seat, just as he did two years ago before losing the general election. Steve West...

A dinosaur replica wears a mask outside Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The dinosaur is promoting a Dinosaur Road Trip exhibit. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

4 test positive for virus as Missouri lawmakers resume work

Aug. 5, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four people tested positive for the coronavirus following open testing at the Capitol in advance of lawmakers returning to work, the state health department announced Wednesday. The agency offered free testing to lawmakers, staffers and others who work at the Capitol at the request of...

Missouri lawmakers advance crime bill

Aug. 5, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A committee on Wednesday advanced a bill aimed at curbing violent crime in Missouri to be debated in the state Senate. Republican Gov. Mike Parson called lawmakers back to work this summer to pass the legislation, which he said is needed to address a surge in murders in the...

Cori Bush is photographed outside her campaign headquarters in Northwoods, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug.  5, 2020.  Bush pulled a stunning political upset, beating 20-year incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay in Missouri’s 1st District Democratic primary. The district that covers St. Louis and north St. Louis County is overwhelmingly Democratic and Bush is heavily favored in November. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Bush latest Ferguson protester with political success

Aug. 5, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Cori Bush earned a reputation as a fierce activist on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Come January, she’ll almost certainly be representing the St. Louis suburb in Congress, making her the most prominent of many Ferguson protesters who have turned to politics. On Tuesday,...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway speaks in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri voters are set to decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults. A proposal to amend the state Constitution to expand eligibility for Medicaid is on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020s' ballot. Galloway's office estimated that expanding Medicaid could cost the state at least $200 million or save as much as $1 billion annually by 2026. Republican opponents cite the potential costs as a reason to oppose the ballot initiative. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)

Missouri Democrat says she's best suited to expand Medicaid

Aug. 5, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Democrat Nicole Galloway said she's the best candidate for Missouri governor to enact Medicaid expansion after voters narrowly approved the measure. Voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to expand eligibility for the government health care program to thousands more low-income...