Judge rules man imprisoned decades for 2 murders is innocent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man imprisoned more than 20 years for a double murder is innocent and should either be released or retried, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Galloway takes first step to run for Missouri governor
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has taken a first, official step toward running for governor next year, setting up a potential challenge to Republican Gov....
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The chairman of a committee that oversees Missouri's Medicaid program was replaced amid a steep drop in people receiving health care through the program.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Judge George Draper is set to be the Missouri Supreme Court's next chief justice.
Draper will take the reins Monday. His term is set to end in 2021.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic on Tuesday asked a state panel for an extension to continue providing abortions after its license is set to expire Friday.
Bill could force sale of state park in southern Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House has endorsed a measure that could force the state to sell a new state park in southern Missouri.
Court says Missouri lawmakers wrongly cut judge’s salary
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers violated the state constitution when they eliminated funding for the salary of an administrative law judge who was accused of discrimination and...
Galloway sworn in for another term as Missouri auditor
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says she's creating a public corruption team now she's been sworn in for another term.
The 36-year-old Democrat took the oath of office Monday at a ceremony in the Missouri Capitol Rotunda.
This will be her first full term in office. She was originally appointed to the position by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in 2015 after former Auditor Tom Schweich killed himself.
Hawley doesn’t use email while doing attorney general’s work
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who promotes himself during his Senate campaign as a proponent of transparent government, refuses to use email while conducting state business.
Critics say that means he is not creating public records of his work.
University of Central Missouri president leaving
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — The president of the University of Central Missouri is leaving to become CEO and president of an education nonprofit.
Charles "Chuck" Ambrose told the UCM Board of Governors on Friday that he will begin at KnowledgeWorks in Cincinnati on Sept. 1. The organization's website says it has created opportunities for more than 135,000 students in 20 states through competency-based learning and early college.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson has named a county prosecutor as general counsel to the governor's office.
Parson on Friday announced he picked Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Limbaugh for the job.
Former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Limbaugh to be prosecutor in the southeast Missouri county in 2012.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri environmental group is suing to overturn a law that lengthens the process the Department of Natural Resources must use to buy land.
Missouri to return $575 park money to federal government
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to give $575,000 originally earmarked for two new state parks back to the federal government.
The money intended for Jay Nixon State Park and Eleven Point State Park is now going back to the U.S. Department of Interior, the Springfield News-Leader reported .
Missouri will return $575,000 in parks money to feds
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to return $575,000 it received for two new state parks to the federal government.
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.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Stymied by state regulators, a renewable energy company seeking to build one of the nation's longest power lines across a large swath of the Midwest has turned to a prominent politician in an attempt to revive its $2.3 billion project.
Bill would bar domestic abusers from having guns
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — People with misdemeanor convictions of domestic violence would be barred from having access to guns under proposed legislation.
Missouri not considering selling 4 closed state parks
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials say the state is not currently planning to sell four new state parks.
Former Gov. Jay Nixon's administration bought the four parks but they haven't been opened. The possibility of selling the parks was mentioned in the Legislature and the park division, as Missouri tries to solve a $200 million maintenance backlog at its other parks.
Missouri governor facing allegations had fast political rise
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL whose victory in his first run for public office made him a rising Republican political figure, has acknowledged an extramarital relationship in 2015, but is denying an allegation that he blackmailed the woman.
Audit: Missouri increasingly late on income tax refunds
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri delayed paying income tax refunds last year largely because it was short on cash, state Auditor Nicole Galloway said Monday.
Galloway, a Democrat, released an audit of the state's management of taxpayer refunds despite what she called unprecedented attempts by the administration of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to obstruct it. The governor's office called the audit a politically motivated "cheap ploy."
Missouri lawmakers honor ex-governor with portrait
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Missouri are honoring former Gov. Jay Nixon with an official portrait at the Capitol.
The News Tribune reports that Nixon was at the state Senate Lounge on Thursday as bipartisan lawmakers first presented his portrait to the public.
Lawmaker: Missouri dept. fails to report welfare cut effects
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The impact of Republican-backed welfare benefit cuts can't be analyzed because an annual report on the changes has not been produced as required, a Democratic lawmaker has said.
Former state worker gets $1.1 million in settlement
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The state of Missouri will pay $1.1 million to settle two sex and age discrimination lawsuits filed by a former state employee.
The Columbia Tribune on Wednesday obtained a copy of the settlement finalized this week on behalf of Cindy Guthrie.
Guthrie and former Missouri Division of Employment Security director Gracia Backer filed suit in 2014 naming former Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations director Larry Rebman, then-Gov. Jay Nixon and others.
Missouri transportation commission back to full strength
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed two new members to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.
The appointees announced Friday mean the six-member commission is back to a full slate for the first time since early this year.
Greitens appointed northwest Missouri farmer Terry Ecker to replace commissioner Mary Nelson, who had remained on the board after her term expired in March.
Republican attorney says he’ll run for Missouri auditor
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis attorney and former University of Missouri curator on Tuesday announced he's running as a Republican for Missouri auditor.
Certified public accountant David Wasinger's announcement comes days after Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson, previously the most prominent GOP candidate who had publicly stated interest in the race, said he won't run for Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway's seat in 2018.
Missouri House speaker says he’s not running for auditor
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson says he's not running for state auditor.
Richardson said in a statement dated Wednesday that he'll instead focus on work leading the House.
Richardson had said he was considering a 2018 bid for the office now held by Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway.
Future of 4 state parks announced last year is unclear
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four new Missouri state parks announced late in former Gov. Jay Nixon's tenure are either closed or never opened, and some environmentalists worry that now-protected land will be sold to private developers.
St. Louis Public Radio reports that all four park sites, scattered across the Ozarks, are near active mining operations.
House speaker taking ‘hard look’ at Missouri auditor’s race
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson says he's considering running for state auditor.
Richardson told The Associated Press Thursday at the Missouri State Fair that he's "taking a hard look at the race" but hasn't made a final decision.
Current Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway is up for re-election in 2018. She was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to serve the remainder of Republican Tom Schweich's term after Schweich fatally shot himself in 2015.
Fact check of Democratic ad on Hawley spending
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democrats recently launched digital ads against Republican Josh Hawley, accusing the potential U.S. Senate candidate of trying to expand his office budget as attorney general during a tight state budget year.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Gov. Jay Nixon spent millions of dollars more on his office than what lawmakers budgeted and used taxpayer dollars for personal food and security costs, according to a report by Missouri Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway's office released Monday.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a top Express Scripts official and a former Mizzou basketball star to the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
Greitens on Monday announced the choices of Express Scripts Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Julia Brncic (BURN'-sik) and former basketball player Jon Sundvold to help lead the four-campus University of Missouri system.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A business consultant who sold Missouri on a sweetener manufacturing project that never materialized will be released from prison next year.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2sQIllr ) Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman David Owen said Tuesday that Bruce Cole will be released next June.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — New data show it's unlikely Missouri revenues will grow enough to fully fund the budget passed by lawmakers last year.
State Budget Director Dan Haug on Friday announced state revenues grew 2.6 percent through May compared to the same period last fiscal year.
That's well under the 7 percent needed to fully fund spending outlined in this year's budget and the 3.4 percent legislators originally estimated.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials say the nearly all state tax refunds should be delivered by June 30.
The Missouri Department of Revenue said Thursday the only unpaid returns should be those that were flagged for various reasons.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Harvard University is convening four former governors at a forum to discuss their states' experiences grappling with the opioid addiction crisis and the impacts of actions being taken in Washington.
The panel discussion Friday features Ted Strickland of Ohio, Linda Lingle of Hawaii, Jay Nixon of Missouri and Steven Beshear (buh-SHEER') of Kentucky. Beshear is the school's Menschel senior fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health this year.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri lawmakers are so concerned about stricter driver's license requirements mandated by the federal government that they're determined to defy the standards, risking new hassles next year for residents trying to fly or enter military installations.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri tax revenues have grown about 3.1 percent since last fiscal year, which is not enough to fund this year's budget.
State Budget Director Dan Haug said Wednesday that net general revenues through April stood at $7.6 billion, up from $7.4 billion at the same point last year.
Missouri's 2017 fiscal year began last July and runs through the end of June.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he intends to appoint Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to the Council of Governors.
A White House news release Monday said Trump wants to appoint Greitens and six other governors from Oklahoma, Connecticut, Montana, Minnesota, Alaska and Florida to the 10-member council.
Greitens is the only newly-elected governor on the list. But he frequently touts connections and conversations with the president and Vice President Mike Pence on social media.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's new Republican Gov. Eric Greitens in his first 100 days in office has made good on a top campaign promise to sign a right-to-work law, although another pledge to strengthen ethics laws remains unfulfilled.
New St. Louis mayor appoints racial equity adviser
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' new mayor has hired a woman active in reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, to oversee racial equity.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has released a nearly 90-page booklet detailing his time in office in his official last act as leader of the state.
The News Tribune (http://bit.ly/2pK3FmG ) reports that Missouri law requires the governor to give the Legislature a report at the end of each session and at the close of his term of office.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri tax revenues are still growing, but not by enough to meet the state budget.
Figures released Tuesday by the state Office of Administration show net general revenues were up 4.3 percent through the first three-quarters of the fiscal year compared to the same point last year.
That growth rate has fallen back a bit since February. And it remains shy of the roughly 7 percent growth needed to fully fund the 2017 budget.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Members of Missouri's House Budget Committee want to make records of elected officials' flights on the state airplane easily accessible by the public.
Members added the requirement for state airplane use to be recorded on sites such as FlightAware to budget proposals debated Tuesday.
Kansas City Democratic Rep. Greg Razer says his goal is to ensure citizens know when the plane is used and where it's headed.
Greitens to sign Missouri expert witness bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is signing a bill to change the standard for vetting expert witnesses in jury trials.
Greitens says he'll sign the measure Tuesday at a Jefferson City trucking company.
Report: Missouri program helped no one in 5 years
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new report shows that withheld funding and lack of follow-through effectively killed a program aimed at allowing Missouri residents receiving child support to accept wage hikes without losing state assistance.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tax breaks for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rental housing would go away under legislation a panel of Missouri lawmakers voted to advance Wednesday as the state deals with a budget crunch.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, who leads the House Budget Committee, said eliminating the roughly $55-million-a-year tax break could spare proposed cuts to services for those groups.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri spent about $50,000 on state airplane flights for former Gov. Jay Nixon during his final two months in office.
Flight records provided Friday to The Associated Press show many of those trips were between Jefferson City and St. Louis, where the Democrat bought a home before leaving office.
Nixon was succeeded Jan. 9 by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new report shows Missouri's revenues were up nearly 5 percent through the first two-thirds of its fiscal year.
The figures released Thursday by the state Office of Administration show improvement over previous months but are still short of the roughly 7 percent growth needed to fully fund the 2017 budget.
Missouri governor puts 2 land purchases on hold
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is holding off on two land purchases, marking a shift in policy after eight years of park expansion under former Gov. Jay Nixon.
Missouri public defenders seek more money from lawmakers
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri public defender system made its case to a House Budget Committee on Monday about why it needs more money to provide lawyers to people too poor to hire private attorneys.
The director of the system, Michael Barrett, said Gov. Eric Greitens' proposal to restore $2.5 million of a $3.5 million cut to this year's budget wouldn't be enough to fund a system grappling with high turnover and low attorney pay.