Latest Missouri state government News

FILE - In this March 31, 2016, file photo, State Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, left, works at his desk in the Senate chamber in Jefferson City, Mo. Onder, a Missouri lawmaker pitching a tough-on-crime bill, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, directed blame for a surge in violence in the state's biggest cities at factors including the sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and St. Louis' prosecutor. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri lawmakers spar over how to handle spike in violence

Jan. 21, 2020 8:53 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker pitching a tough-on-crime bill Tuesday directed blame for a surge in violence in the state's biggest cities at factors including the sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and St. Louis' prosecutor. Suburban St. Louis Republican Sen. Bob Onder told a panel of...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, Jan. 18 A new report by the Centers for Disease Control shows the mortality rate of mothers has dramatically increased. Missouri is much worse than the average — our state has one of the highest rates of death during and after pregnancies. Our state ranks 44th in the...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo medical marijuana dispensary owner Chance Gilbert displays some of the marijuana he's grown at the Oklahoma Roots dispensary in Shawnee, Okla. Legislators in neighboring Kansas expect to have their most serious debate so far on legalizing marijuana for medical uses, partly because conservative Missouri and Oklahoma already have approved it. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy, File)

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

Jan. 17, 2020 1:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a bill...

Austin Peay wins 5th straight, beats SE Missouri 84-59

Jan. 16, 2020 11:47 PM EST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Terry Taylor had 24 points as Austin Peay routed Southeast Missouri 84-59 on Thursday night. Carlos Paez had 15 points and eight assists for Austin Peay (11-7, 5-0 Ohio Valley Conference), which earned its fifth consecutive win. Jordyn Adams added 11 points. Austin Peay posted a...

Missouri Senate confirms 2 Democratic colleagues to new jobs

Jan. 16, 2020 1:17 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators from Kansas City are leaving to take executive branch jobs. The Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointments of Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls to the state Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and Sen. Jason Holsman to the Missouri...

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Missouri governor pitches plan to address violent crime

Jan. 15, 2020 6:37 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday called for a new state savings fund and reaffirmed his support for gun rights in face of a spike in violence in the state's biggest cities. Parson identified both as top goals for the year in a State of the State speech to the...

University of Missouri ending ties with Confucius Institute

Jan. 15, 2020 6:00 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri will end a nine-year partnership with the Confucius Institute in August because of changing federal guidelines for the program, university officials announced Wednesday. The institute, which is mostly funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education, hosts...

Rep. Cleaver's opponent apologizes for Cosby-related tweet

Jan. 15, 2020 3:33 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri in this year's primary has apologized for incorrectly accusing the incumbent of having a picture of disgraced comedian Bill Cosby under his desk. Maite Salazar, of Kansas City, last week retweeted a post that showed a...

Missouri court permanently blocks key part of voter photo ID

Jan. 14, 2020 5:44 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday permanently blocked a central portion of a 2016 voter identification law that it said had required a “misleading” and “contradictory” sworn statement from people lacking a photo ID. The 5-2 ruling upholds a...

Republicans seek to undo new Missouri redistricting model

Jan. 14, 2020 2:47 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican senators rolled out a plan Tuesday to ask Missouri voters to undo key parts of a nationally unique redistricting model that directs a demographer to draw new legislative districts with “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" as top criteria. The...