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A Missouri prosecutor says he won't press charges related to allegations of conflicts of interest between state agencies and a trucking technology company.

The Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation fell under scrutiny because agency officials had served on the board of a company called HELP Inc. that for years received the only state contract to provide technology allowing truckers to bypass Missouri weigh stations.

But Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson on Thursday said he found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Supporters of a St. Louis man killed in a SWAT raid at his home 15 months ago are demanding answers about the internal police investigation of his death.

The police department's Force Investigation Unit launched an investigation shortly after the death of 21-year-old Isaiah Hammett on June 7, 2017, but has not disclosed its findings.

Gov. Mike Parson is considering changes to Missouri regulations to help address a shortage of long-haul truck drivers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports one possibility is changing a law that takes away driver's licenses or occupational licenses from people who haven't paid child support for three months.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley says Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is "another Washington liberal" for her decision to vote against President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

McCaskill on Wednesday announced she will vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh over his positions on "dark money" issues.

She also says that allegations raised by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were in high school are troubling and should be examined. But she said she didn't base her decision on that.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley says Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is "another Washington liberal" for her decision to vote against President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

McCaskill on Wednesday announced she will vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh over his positions on "dark money" issues.

She also says that allegations raised by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were in high school are troubling and should be examined. But she said she didn't base her decision on that.

The longtime superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has resigned after two former students alleged he acted inappropriately between 20 and 25 years ago.

Leon Witt, who has been superintendent of the schools for 15 years, resigned last week. The Springfield News-Leader reports the complaints came from one male and one female student while Witt was a teacher and principal at what is now known as St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Springfield.

The longtime superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has resigned after two former students alleged he acted inappropriately between 20 and 25 years ago.

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The search for Missouri's next top education official has begun.

The State Board of Education is accepting applications for the next education commissioner beginning Wednesday. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

The board fired former commissioner Margie Vandeven last year. That came after former Gov. Eric Greitens stacked the board with his appointees, who led her push out. Greitens wanted Vandeven replaced.

A former prosecutor and chairman of Missouri's Democratic Party who once was considered a potential candidate for statewide or national office was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in federal prison for misusing campaign funds for trips, fine wine and political activities.

Mike Sanders also was ordered to forfeit $40,000 after pleading guilty earlier this year conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors asked that he be barred from using any of the more than $400,000 in campaign donations still under his control to pay the fine.

The Salute to Veterans airshow will move from Columbia to Jefferson City for 2019.

The Jefferson City Council on Monday directed Mayor Carrie Tergin to sign an agreement between the city and Memorial Day Weekend-Salute to Veterans Corporation, a nonprofit that hosts the airshow.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports the airshow is moving from Columbia in 2019 because of anticipated construction at the Columbia Regional Airport.

The Kansas City Police Department has rescinded commendations given to two officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

The commendations were awarded after Ryan Stokes was shot to death in 2014. The certificates say the victim had a handgun but police have acknowledged since then that Stokes was not armed when he was shot.

The Board of Police Commissioners voted on Monday to rescind certificates given to officers William Thompson and Tamara Jones.

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Missouri's U.S. senators want a review of sexual misconduct allegations made against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt on Monday said the Senate Judiciary Committee should examine the claims before any further action is taken. The committee was set to vote Thursday.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she's "deeply troubled" by allegations raised by Christine Blasey Ford. Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were in high school. Kavanaugh denies the claims.

A Missouri rancher is suing a railroad over the deaths of more than 50 head of cattle after flooding.

Randy Hoover & Sons LLC alleges that BNSF failed to provide adequate drainage to the elevated berms on which its train tracks are built. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the lack of drainage caused water to dam up and overrun a farm near West Plains, wiping out fencing.

The suit says some cattle drowned and that others were struck by trains. BSNF has not formally replied to the allegations in federal court.

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says cities and counties skipped out on an extra $698,000 in fees that could have gone to domestic violence shelters last year.

According to an audit released Monday by Galloway, that's because state law doesn't require those court fees to be collected. 

But Galloway says the extra money could help victims of domestic violence who are denied services.

The families of some of the 17 people who died after a duck boat sank in Missouri say federal prosecutors might delay their efforts to get answers about the July 19 crash.

The Kansas City Star reports that federal prosecutors have asked a judge to halt the civil lawsuits related to the crash on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, until their criminal investigation is complete.

Attorney Gerald McGonagle says this motion would just delay the families' lawsuits. He is representing the daughters of a Higginsville couple who died.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly advanced the nomination of St. Louis lawyer Stephen Clark for a federal judgeship, suggesting his final confirmation could be close.

The committee voted 11-10 Thursday to approve Clark's nomination by President Donald Trump to be a judge in the Eastern District of Missouri. Clark was one of about a dozen judicial nominees approved Thursday.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and her Republican challenger, Josh Hawley, will meet in their first debate-style matchup in a race that has major national implications.

The two candidates will appear Friday at a forum during the Missouri Press Association convention in suburban St. Louis.

It is one of the nation's most closely watched races and among a handful expected to decide which party controls the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage.

The fate of a Missouri nail manufacturer suffering under President Donald Trump's steel tariffs has put Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley in a bind between his support for the president's trade strategy and a local plant that says it could be forced to close. 

A former executive of a Springfield charity has pleaded guilty to concealing a known felony in a scheme in which other charity executives diverted millions of dollars from the corporation.

Prosecutors say 68-year-old Keith Fraser Nobel, of Rogersville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Springfield.

Missouri's U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley have released their 2017 tax returns.

The candidates released their taxes Wednesday.

McCaskill filed separately from her husband, wealthy businessman Joseph Shepard. McCaskill's return shows she brought in a roughly $86,000 pension on top of her $174,000 salary. She also claimed about $89,000 in deductions, although she did not release an itemized list with further details.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley called for more transparency from his opponent, Sen. (D) Claire McCaskill during a campaign stop today. Hawley called for both candidates to release their tax returns. The visit was part of Hawley’s so-called “working tour” of campaign stops appealing to middle-class workers. 

 

Hawley said Missouri voters deserve to know how candidates manage their finances.

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The Missouri House has voted to override Gov. Mike Parson's vetoes of about $785,000 of budgeted expenditures for services benefiting hospitals, youth and the deaf.

The votes Wednesday marked the first step in the process of overriding vetoes. The Senate also would need to approve the veto overrides by a two-thirds vote for them to be accomplished.

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The Missouri Department of Revenue says the state has been given more time to comply with identification requirements under the Real ID Act.

The department announced Tuesday that the federal government has granted Missouri an extension through Jan. 21, 2019. The current extension ends Oct. 10.

During the extension, federal agencies will accept Missouri-issued driver's licenses and ID for official business, including domestic air travel.

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A judge has ruled that a case against the University of Missouri regarding its open records practices will go to trial.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Circuit Judge Jeff Harris on Friday rejected the university's request to end the 2016 lawsuit filed by Animal Rescue Media Education.

The university declined to comment on the judge's decision.

The operators of a Missouri duck boat that sank in July, killing 17 people, say in a court filing that a lawsuit from Missouri's attorney general is "irresponsible" and "littered with factual inaccuracies and innuendo."

The lawsuit accuses Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment Inc. of violating Missouri's consumer protection law and putting profits above safety. The suit seeks financial penalties. It also asks a judge to ban operation of the amphibious vehicle tours, though tours ceased after the July 19 accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson.

President Donald Trump is canceling a campaign rally in Missouri as a potentially catastrophic hurricane nears the East Coast.

Trump on Tuesday announced he's axing his planned visit to Cape Girardeau on Thursday. His campaign says that's the safest decision in light of the approaching hurricane.

Hurricane Florence is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday night.

Trump had planned to urge the defeat of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill at the rally. He's backing her Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.

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Missouri is asking for more time to comply with stricter identification requirements under the Real ID Act.

KMBC-TV reports that the current extension ends Oct. 10. At issue is a federal law with tougher proof-of-identity requirements needed at airports, some federal facilities and military bases.

Some Missouri lawmakers worried about privacy pushed back against compliance with the federal law for years. But a new Missouri law that took effect in August 2017 will give residents the option to get compliant driver's licenses or other ID cards.

A Missouri prison is struggling to recover from a riot and the following months-long lockdown.

The Kansas City Star reports that Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron is struggling to recover from the May 12 riot.

The prison is working to rebuild staff, ease its lockdown, restore suspended programs and reassure concerned lawmakers.

Officials say that some meals will soon be held outside of cells, recreation time will be increased and normal visiting schedules will be restored by Sept. 14.

Eight family members who survived a duck boat sinking in Missouri have filed a federal lawsuit against the owner and operators of the tourist attraction.

A judge has ruled that the University of Missouri's campus ban on concealed guns doesn't conflict with state law.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Circuit Judge Jeff Harris's ruling on Wednesday rejected arguments that the ban violates a law protecting state employees from prosecution for having concealed guns in their parked cars while on state property. But Harris left open whether the ban violates the Missouri Constitution.

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