Latest Missouri State General Assembly News

Missouri governor calls lawmakers back to work on virus aid

Oct. 21, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday called lawmakers back to work for a special session to give his administration the authority to dole out additional federal coronavirus aid funding. Parson said the session is necessary to allow the state to hand out federal money for school...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 photo, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., speaks during a news conference in Town and Country, Mo. Wagner of Missouri's 2nd District is facing a challenge from Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri House candidates spar in key congressional district

Oct. 19, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Candidates in one of the nation’s most closely watched congressional races used a joint virtual forum appearance Monday to push back against attack ads in the bitterly fought campaign. The St. Louis Regional Chamber hosted the Missouri 2nd Congressional District forum on Zoom....

Kelsey Detter, left, embraces her father James Detter outside the scene of a fire in De Soto, Mo., on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Four people killed in an eastern Missouri house fire included a married couple, their daughter and a granddaughter, the victims' family members said. Those killed in the early Sunday fire were Joe Detter, 76, and his wife, Frances Detter, 74, as well as their 37-year-old daughter Sherri Detter and 18-year-old granddaughter Kari Detter, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.(Christine Tannous/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Family identifies 4 killed in eastern Missouri house fire

Oct. 12, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

DESOTO, Mo. (AP) — Four people killed in an eastern Missouri house fire included a married couple, their daughter and a granddaughter, the victims' family members said. Those killed in the early Sunday fire were Joe Detter, 76, and his wife, Frances Detter, 74, as well as their 37-year-old daughter Sherri...

Missouri house fire kills 4, badly burns 2 others

Oct. 11, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

DESOTO, Mo. (AP) — An early Sunday morning house fire left four people dead and two others seriously burned in small community of De Soto, Missouri. Firefighters got the 911 call shortly after 2 a.m. from a person who was on the second floor of the home. Fire crews arriving on the scene were met by two...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2020 file photo, Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Gov. Parson, a former sheriff running for reelection on a law-and-order platform against Nicole Galloway, Missouri's state auditor. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Conservative PAC draws charges of racism in Missouri

Oct. 11, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A conservative political action committee in Missouri is facing accusations of racism after posting a website that uses images of violent protests and photos of Black politicians to attack the Democratic candidate for governor on her support for police. Nicole Galloway,...

Top bills fail in Missouri governor's special crime session

Sep. 16, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson's contested proposal to give the Missouri attorney general the power to intervene in St. Louis homicide cases failed Wednesday when the GOP-led House finished a special session focused on curbing violent crime without taking action on the bill. The bill...

Senate passes bill targeting Black St. Louis prosecutor

Sep. 3, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A faction of Republican lawmakers forced a bill through the Senate early Thursday morning that would give the Missouri attorney general power to prosecute St. Louis homicides, a move widely seen as a rebuke of the city's first Black prosecutor. Senators voted 22-8 to pass the bill,...

Police say child younger than 10 shot in Kansas City

Sep. 3, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in were investigating the shooting of a young child near Oak Park in Kansas City. The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday, when a girl younger than 10 was shot in the leg as she was getting out of a car to play in the park, police said in a news release. Police said the...

Missouri bill would end St. Louis police residency rule

Sep. 3, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis police, firefighters and other first responders no longer would have to live in that city under a bill headed to Gov. Mike Parson's desk. Senators on Wednesday voted 25-5 to pass the measure, which would end a decades-long requirement that police live in St. Louis. St. Louis...

Bill to allow police to live outside St. Louis advances

Sep. 1, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A panel of Missouri senators on Tuesday advanced a bill that would temporarily end a decades-long requirement that St. Louis police live in the city. The Senate's public safety committee voted 5-2 in favor of the measure, which would lift the residency requirement for police,...