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Audit: Protect statehouse whistleblowers

Published Aug. 30 2016

The Missouri House and Senate need improved personnel policies and better definitions of which records are open to the public...

Audit: Missouri's House and Senate need better personnel, records policies

Published Aug. 29 2016

State Auditor Nicole Galloway's staff said both the Missouri House and Senate need improved personnel policies as well as better...

Public defenders' funding battles with Nixon continue

Published Aug. 28 2016

Missouri's Public Defender Commission this weekend welcomed the three new members Gov. Jay Nixon named Friday afternoon.

Nixon names three public defender commissioners

Published Aug. 27 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday filled two vacancies on the state Public Defender Commission and replaced one member whose term...

Joyce keeps campaign contributions on ballot

Published Aug. 25 2016

A proposed constitutional amendment to reimpose campaign finance limits in Missouri will stay on the Nov. 8 election ballot, Cole...

Missouri tobacco tax hike proposal survives court challenge

Published Aug. 23 2016

A judge has ruled that a ballot measure to raise cigarette taxes to benefit early childhood programs can stay on...

Both presidential campaigns set up Missouri offices

Published Aug. 23 2016

Campaign officials for both presidential candidates — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — announced Monday they will have Missouri offices.

Magazine ranks state economy 32nd in US

Published Aug. 23 2016

Missouri's economy ranks 32nd among the states, Governing Magazine reported Monday.

Medicaid 22 guilty of trespassing

Published Aug. 18 2016

A Cole County jury will be back in court this morning to debate and recommend a punishment after finding 22...

'Medicaid 23' go on trial today

Published Aug. 16 2016

A six-man, eight-woman jury, including two alternates, will begin hearing evidence this morning in the case of 22 religious leaders...

Audit questions court automation security

Published Aug. 11 2016

The State Courts Administrator (OSCA) and the Missouri Court Automation Committee need to do a better job of managing and...

Luetkemeyer, Cleaver pleased with housing changes bill

Published Aug. 9 2016

A bill modifying the way public housing operates in the United States was launched by two Missouri congressmen early last...

Life experiences spark NAACP leadership roles

Published Aug. 8 2016

Rod Chapel remembers it like it was yesterday — a conversation with his father, a small contractor.

Missouri State Fair always looking to improve

Published Aug. 7 2016

The 116th Missouri State Fair begins Thursday in Sedalia and runs through Aug. 21. "We're still a reasonable cost," Fair...

Kander holds opioid roundtable

Published Aug. 5 2016

Missouri is the last state in the nation without a prescription drug monitoring (PDMP) bill.

Beetem upholds assessor's value for Ameren gas properties

Published Aug. 3 2016

Ameren Missouri's natural gas property was assessed properly for 2013, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Monday.

2 hurt, 1 arrested in Eugene shooting Friday

Published Jul. 31 2016

One man was being held Saturday in the Cole County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges in a Friday...

Missouri releases salary, benefits study for state employees

Published Jul. 29 2016

Missouri's state government workers already know they're the worst-paid state workers, on average, among all 50 states.

State buildings not spared in power outage

Published Jul. 29 2016

A half-dozen state office buildings in and near downtown Jefferson City lost power Wednesday when a natural gas leak forced...

Jason Kander's bus tour swings into Mid-Missouri

Published Jul. 27 2016

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander wants to replace Roy Blunt in the U.S. Senate.