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Women make big gains in state capitols, but men still rule

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Following a record-setting election for women, state legislatures across the country are convening this year with at least 17 new women in top leadership roles. But those gains are offset by another reality: At least a...

 

Parson proposes $351M bond for bridges

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is proposing a $351 million bond to repair or replace 250 bridges across the state, a pitch he made to lawmakers Wednesday during his first State of the State speech since taking over when his pr...

 

US Supreme Court declines involvement in state egg law cases

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to get involved in a legal dispute in which 15 states are seeking to strike down laws in California and Massachusetts that require larger living areas for some farm animals. The...

 

Paying for Medicaid, schools will be priority for lawmakers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Some states will be...

 

Missouri to tax prepaid cellphone service to fund 911 calls

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The cost of prepaid cellphone service in Missouri slightly increased on Tuesday as the state joined most of the rest of the country in charging a tax to fund 911 emergency call centers. But not all customers will pay the...

 

Governors' races feature fight for party control in states

Republicans are in control more often than not in state capitols across the country, but Democrats are trying to pull a little closer in elections Tuesday for governor and state legislature. Among the headliners are closely contested open governor's...

 

Missouri gas tax hike backers hope to flip 'no' to 'yes'

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters have a long track record on proposed tax hikes best summarized by one word: No. Yet organizers of the "Yes on D" campaign to raise Missouri's gas tax by 10 cents a gallon believe this may be the year when...

 

Republican law limiting labor powers defeated in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The steady march of new "right-to-work" laws in Republican-led states hit a wall in Missouri, where voters resoundingly rejected a measure that could have weakened union finances after national and local labor groups...

 

Influence of organized labor gets big test in Missouri vote

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor's clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private...

 

Missouri court gives jolt of life to long Midwest power line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A proposal for a high-voltage power line carrying wind energy across the Midwest received a jolt of new life Tuesday as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that state regulators had wrongly rejected it. The ruling is a major...

 

Supreme Court could return abortion debate to the states

BOSTON (AP) — Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are searching for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett...

 
 By David A. Lieb    Regional    July 1, 2018

Trump's own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation's transportation infrastructure. He also wants to strengthen the U.S. steel industry through tariffs on imports. But that second goal could make it more costly to...

 

Republicans propose using sales tax money for new tax cuts

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling making it easier to collect online sales taxes could yield billions of dollars for state and local governments — if they decide to keep it. Rather than spend the windfall on schools, prisons...

 
 By David A. Lieb    Regional    June 1, 2018

Missouri governor quits in scandal, signs 'revenge porn' law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just hours before he left office Friday, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed scores of new laws, including a measure that makes it a crime to try to threaten a person using a private sexual image — the same allegation...

 
 By DAVID A. LIEB    Regional    May 30, 2018

Missouri governor resigns amid widening investigations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a sometimes brash political outsider whose unconventional resume as a Rhodes scholar and Navy SEAL officer made him a rising star in the Republican party, abruptly resigned Tuesday amid a...

 

Lawmakers press Missouri governor probe despite dropped case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens may have gained an argument against impeachment when a St. Louis prosecutor dropped a criminal charge against him, but the governor's "great victory" seems to have done little to slow...

 

Report indicates Greitens' campaign lied about donor list

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former campaign aide to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens testified that he was duped into taking the fall when the governor's campaign was trying to explain how it had gotten a list of top donors to a veterans' charity that...

 

Missouri governor could face charge for charity donor list

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, already facing a felony charge related to an extramarital affair, could soon face another felony count after the state's attorney general cited evidence Tuesday suggesting that Greitens' use...

 

Missouri governor mirrors Trump in quest to survive scandal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Facing mounting calls to resign following sexual misconduct allegations, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be taking a cue from President Donald Trump as he fights for his political survival amid a #MeToo movement th...

 

Report: Greitens was aggressor in unwanted sexual encounter

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with his hairdresser and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it, according to testimony from...

 

Legislatures being pressed to produce reports of misconduct

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Documenting sexual harassment complaints against state lawmakers and publicly releasing the outcomes can provide encouragement for people who might otherwise be hesitant to report allegations of inappropriate behavior....

 

Ex-Missouri governor urges court to allow wind-energy line

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's former governor, now arguing as a private attorney, urged the state's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a decision blocking a proposed 780-mile power line that would carry wind energy across the Midwest....

 

APNewsBreak: Greitens sent political invite on charity email

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens used an email address for a veterans charity he founded to arrange political meetings as he prepared to launch his first bid for public office, despite a federal ban on nonprofits...

 

Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — It didn't take long after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley, the presumed GOP front runner in Missouri's hotly...

 

More Republicans questioning if Greitens should stay

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A growing number of Republicans are questioning whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should remain in office and are backing a legislative investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings following the Republican governor's...

 

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