Latest Missouri state government News

Treacherous driving in Missouri before another winter blast

Feb. 15, 2019 5:02 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another winter blast hit Missouri on Friday, causing more than 100 accidents, closing schools and leaving highway experts to warn motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. Several sections of Interstate 70 between Kansas City and Columbia were particularly treacherous....

Attorney seeks to quash subpoena seeking Hawley's testimony

Feb. 15, 2019 12:23 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's attorney is asking a court to quash a subpoena against the former Missouri attorney general in a lawsuit over an open records dispute. In motions filed Thursday, Attorney Lowell Pearson argued Hawley shouldn't be deposed because he is a "high-level public...

Abortion bill could cost Missouri $7B in Medicaid funding

Feb. 14, 2019 5:31 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr on Thursday called a bill to ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected a priority, but a Democratic leader cautioned that enacting it could blow a massive hole in Missouri's budget. An estimate by legislative researchers puts the...

Crime-fighting effort expanded to Springfield, Kansas City

Feb. 14, 2019 4:44 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — State and federal law enforcement officials are expanding an effort to fight violent crime to two more Missouri cities. After introducing the effort last month in St. Louis, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Tim Garrison, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri,...

Satanic Temple member loses fight on Missouri abortion law

Feb. 13, 2019 7:03 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a Satanic Temple member's religious challenge to a state law that requires one of the nation's longest waiting periods for abortion and mandates that women be offered an ultrasound first. At issue is Missouri's "informed consent"...

2 dead after kidnapping, police chase in Missouri, Illinois

Feb. 13, 2019 4:59 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping his girlfriend and their 10-year-old daughter then killing a man during an attempted carjacking was shot to death following a police chase through Missouri and Illinois, authorities said Wednesday. The chase began Tuesday evening in Jefferson City,...

Missouri agency says work ongoing to find cause of oil leak

Feb. 13, 2019 3:59 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says crews are still working to clean up and identify the cause of an oil pipeline leak in suburban St. Louis. Agency spokesman Brian Quinn said contractors for the pipeline company, TransCanada Corp., were assessing an excavated...

Senate bill would close some Missouri lawmaker records

Feb. 12, 2019 3:23 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill proposed by a Missouri state senator would close a number of lawmaker emails and other records from public access. Sen. Ed Emery on Tuesday pitched the bill to a Senate committee. The Lamar Republican's proposal comes after voters in November approved a constitutional...

Hawley subpoenaed in open records lawsuit

Feb. 12, 2019 12:59 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley has been subpoenaed to answer questions about his handling of Missouri's open records law while he was the state's attorney general. The Cole County Circuit Court issued the subpoena Monday as part of a lawsuit against Gov. Mike Parson's office. St. Louis attorney Elad...

Bill would tweak voter-approved Missouri redistricting plan

Feb. 12, 2019 11:54 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator is seeking to tweak a voter-approved redistricting measure by allowing the public to submit suggestions to a state demographer responsible for drawing new districts. The "Clean Missouri" constitutional amendment approved last November creates a new position of...