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As the clock winds down for Missouri lawmakers to compromise on some of the most contentious bills of the legislative session, questions are being raised about closed-doors negotiations that allow a few key players to shape state policy out of the public's sight.Those behind-the-scenes deals played a prominent role in last week's passage of the state's $26 billion spending plan for next year. At issue was a proposal by lead budget writer and Columbia Republican Sen. Kurt...

Posted Apr 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM

A state audit released Wednesday shows that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has continued to use money meant for other agencies to pay for expensive in-state flights and staffing, despite lawmakers' efforts to stop the practice.If Nixon...

Updated Apr 22, 2015 at 12:51 PM

President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves.

Posted Apr 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM

A Missouri Senate bill initially proposing to move the state to a district attorney system is evolving into a more restricted option for counties to move to a multi-county prosecuting attorney.

Posted Apr 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM

A lake area state representative is chastising the Environmental Protection Agency for levying a $750,000 fine against the Missouri Department of Transportation for storm water violations.

Posted Apr 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM

From beef commodities and pesticide applicators to weight limits and foreign purchase of land, an agriculture omnibus bill sponsored by the state senator representing northeast Missouri became one of the first pieces of legislation signed into law...

Posted Apr 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM

An audit set for release Tuesday shows Missouri owes $34 million to the federal government for not complying with Medicaid regulations, a claim disputed by state officials.

Posted Apr 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Some Missouri lawmakers are rallying around a proposal to raise the gas tax by 2 cents to help forestall a transportation funding shortfall that officials have warned could jeopardize the state receiving federal dollars.

Posted Apr 15, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Police in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton said they have found nothing to suggest the death of former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who was running as a Republican candidate for governor in 2016, was anything other than a suicide. Newly released...

Posted Apr 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Advocates for a black inmate facing execution in Missouri said Monday that he was unfairly sentenced to death when African-Americans were excluded from the jury at his St Louis County trial.

Posted Apr 13, 2015 at 6:00 AM

In letter to legislators, Gov. Nixon outlines path to avoid the cuts to services for abused children, the elderly and the vulnerable proposed by the Missouri Senate while ensuring significant funding for education

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