Latest Missouri state government News

Missouri House votes to legalize needle exchanges

May. 10, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Monday passed a bill to legalize needle-exchange programs and increase access to anti-HIV drugs. Needle-exchange programs allow drug users to trade used hypodermic needles for clean ones. The aim is to stop people from...

Prosecutors: Missouri man wrongly convicted of triple murder

May. 10, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors called for the release of a Missouri man who has spent more than 40 years in prison for a triple murder that the prosecutors concluded he didn't commit, a letter released Monday showed. The release of the letter, indicating...

Missouri in no rush to spend $2.7B of flexible pandemic aid

May. 10, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri will get nearly $2.7 billion of flexible federal aid under a coronavirus relief law, but it isn't in any rush to spend it. Under guidelines released Monday by the U.S. Treasury Department, states can start applying immediately for at...

Kansas City mayor says state should allow local gun rules

May. 09, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says a Missouri law that prevents cities from enacting their own gun control measures hamstrings his efforts to address the city's shootings and killings. The Kansas City Star reports that...

Missouri lawmakers OK $35B budget without Medicaid expansion

May. 07, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers approved a $35 billion budget on Friday that includes no funding for a Medicaid expansion approved by voters, putting Gov. Mike Parson's administration in a position to decide what to do next about the health care program for low-income...

GOP-led Missouri House votes to create 'Rush Limbaugh Day'

May. 06, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Thursday voted in favor of creating “Rush Limbaugh Day.” The GOP-led House tacked the provision on another bill, which then passed the chamber. The bill still needs Senate approval. The proposal...

Bill for limited Missouri school voucher program passes

May. 06, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to allow a tax credit program to pay for kids to go to private schools. The measure, approved 20-13 by the GOP-led Senate, would create a limited voucher system if signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson. ...

Deaths outpaced births in Missouri; COVID-19 played a role

May. 06, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More people in Missouri died in 2020 than were born, a rarity that was due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. A provisional report from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said the “natural decrease” was the first for a...

Longtime GOP consultant, lobbyist faces federal tax charge

May. 06, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

David Barklage, a political consultant and lobbyist whose clients have included several prominent Republicans in state government, has been indicted on a felony tax charge. The indictment handed up in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on April 28 and unsealed Thursday...

Missouri House votes to let college athletes cash in

May. 06, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The GOP-led Missouri House on Thursday passed a bill that would ensure colleges don’t stand in the way of athletes making money off their stardom. House members added the provision to another bill Thursday, a common tactic as lawmakers near...