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Former Gov. Eric Greitens speaks with Army members.
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A special prosecutor tasked with determining if attorneys for former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens threatened St. Louis' top prosecutor said in a report released Thursday that he found no evidence that the attorneys committed a crime.

Boone County Associate Circuit Judge Michael Bradley wrote that although Greitens' attorneys made aggressive statements to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, there was no evidence they tried to "harass, intimidate or threaten" her.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says it's premature be discussing the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump before hearings are conducted, calling it "a lot of political hype."

Parson said Friday during the Missouri Press Association Meeting in Kansas City that the training he received while serving in the Army was that the commander in chief is the military's highest-ranking officerHe says that, "to a certain degree, whether you like the president or not, is not as important as the fact that he is the president."

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A Missouri judge ruled former Gov. Eric Greitens’ use of the disappearing chat app Confide did not violate the state’s Sunshine Law because it functions similarly to a telephone. But does it?

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Some black activists say there's an unfair racial component to criticism of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner over her hiring of a man who led the investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and who now faces perjury charges.

About a dozen black activists gathered Tuesday outside of a downtown courthouse to defend Gardner and the investigator, William Tisaby, who are both black.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson hasn't announced whether he will seek a full term in 2020, but his fundraising outpaces that of those who were seeking the GOP nomination at this point in the 2016 race.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Parson has $3 million spread across two campaign accounts.

The Missouri Senate is backing an effort that would make it harder to impeach and remove top officials, less than a year after the governor resigned while facing potential impeachment.

The proposed constitutional amendment would abolish the grounds for which House members had been weighing whether to impeach former Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

Maybe it’s time to retire the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Michelle Wolf’s 15-minute act has many in our profession questioning the mission and purpose of the annual gala, and whether it’s time to put an end to it.

With two weeks to go before Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is scheduled to go to trial on felony invasion of privacy, his attorneys are asking a judge to prohibit testimony from the pivotal witness — the woman involved in an affair with him.

Greitens is accused of taking a nonconsensual photo of the woman while she was at least partially nude in 2015, before he was elected. His trial begins May 14 in St. Louis.

Bracing for Greitens Report, All Remaining House Activities are Canceled for the Week

Apr 11, 2018
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The Missouri House of Representatives canceled most of its business on Wednesday and all activities scheduled for Thursday as it prepared to release an investigative report on Gov. Eric Greitens.

No announcement was made as to why, but multiple lawmakers said the action was likely taken because of the report's release, scheduled for 5 p.m. A special committee has been investigating questions surrounding Greitens' 2015 extramarital affair with his hairdresser.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' lawyers have asked state lawmakers to delay releasing the results of their investigation into the Republican governor as a related criminal trial plays out over allegations that he took a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an extramarital affair.

Attorneys for Greitens sent a letter to the House investigatory committee asking it to wait until the May criminal trial against Greitens is over. They voiced concerns about tainting the jury pool and said it's "unreasonable" to ask Greitens to testify to the committee before then.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill on Gov. Eric Greitens' desk would limit how much money insurance companies would have to pay after accidents.

The proposal affects cases where multiple people are owed money from an insurance company, such as after a car accident that leaves multiple people injured. If Greitens signs the bill, the driver's insurance company could not be obligated to pay more money than whatever is listed in its policy contract. The funds could be handed over to a court, which would determine how to distribute it to victims.

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Kylie Jenner sent one tweet about a change in her Snapchat use and the company’s stock lost $1.3 billion in value. What did she say to cause investors to lose faith in the ephemeral platform? 

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Just before Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon left office he announced the purchase of thousands of acres of land to be made into state parks. These parks –– Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, Ozark Mountain and Jay Nixon State Park –– are spread out across the state. You can’t visit any of these parks though. They’re closed indefinitely.

After the election of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, Jay Nixon State Park in Reynolds County was closed and the others never opened.


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At least one Republican lawmaker is calling for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following reports of an extramarital affair. Greitens denies details in a KMOV-TV report that he photographed the woman without her consent and used them to blackmail her. The station’s reporting is salacious and scandalous, but it is news? Does the public’s right to know about their elected officials’ behavior outweigh an individual’s right to privacy? 

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be bracing for a fight to preserve his political life after admitting to an extramarital affair but denying anything more.

Greitens met Thursday with Cabinet members and placed calls to rally support while his attorney issued firm denials to a smattering of allegations related to the affair. Among other things, Greitens' attorney is denying any violence, revealing photos or attempted blackmail.

A few weeks ago, our political reporters caught wind of rumors about Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and an extramarital affair. We pursued the issue, but, without reliable sources to verify the rumors, we felt we couldn’t run the story.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ admission late Wednesday that he had an extramarital affair before he was governor bumped his second State of the State address out of the headlines. 

Just after the speech Wednesday evening, Greitens and his wife, Sheena Greitens, issued a statement saying “there was a time when he was unfaithful” in their marriage. The admission came as KMOV-TV prepared to air a report about the affair, featuring the man who said he was the ex-husband of the woman in question. 

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is headed to the United Kingdom and Switzerland on his second trade mission.

Greitens is leaving Monday on a trip that will include meetings with government officials, business executives and workforce development leaders. In a news release, Greitens' office said he chose the nations because he sees an opportunity to increase trade, investment and educational and cultural ties. Spokesman Parker Briden said Department of Economic Development acting director Rob Dixon and other staff members will accompany the governor.

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A third person appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens to the state board of education won't serve on the board.

Two current board members criticized the governor after Springfield resident Heidi Crane's declined to accept the appointment. They say the governor has been incompetent in his efforts to remake the board with his own people in an effort to replace current Education Commission Margie Vandeven.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed two executives who gave him political donations to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Appointees announced this week include Investa Management owner Carl Bolm, who gave the Republican $75,000 for his campaign for governor.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says the state is adding six more counties to the number being assessed for damage linked to recent flooding and severe weather.

Greitens said in a statement the expanded survey comes as he prepares to make a request for a federal major disaster declaration.

The latest counties in which preliminary assessments will be conducted for individual assistance involving damaged homes and personal property are Franklin, Iron, Laclede, St. Louis and Wayne.

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Missouri's new governor is going to a luxury resort owned by President Donald Trump for a Republican Governors Association event.

The Kansas City Star reports Eric Greitens is among Republican governors attending the two-day corporate policy summit at the Trump National Doral golf course in Miami. The event begins Tuesday and is closed to the media.

The resort was the site of multiple fundraisers for Trump during his 2016 campaign.

Disaster specialists are assessing flood and storm damage across Missouri in the wake of storms and severe flooding.

Gov. Eric Greitens said Wednesday that local, state and federal disaster specialists are working to determine the size and scope of the damage as part of the state's application seeking a federal disaster declaration.

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Two-year-old Ryan Lennon Fines is sitting on his family’s couch flipping through a picture book of emergency vehicles. He’s looking for the motorcycle, but first he stops on the page with an airplane.

“That’s an air ambulance,” his father Scott Fines tells him, “you’ve been on one of those.”

When Ryan was born on Christmas day 2014, his mouth wasn’t connected to his stomach. It’s a condition known as esophageal atresia. After three months in a NICU in St. Louis the family flew to Boston, where Ryan had surgery.

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Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has agreed to pay a penalty to the state Ethics Commission for failing to report that his gubernatorial campaign got a donor list from a charity he founded.

Greitens' campaign adviser Austin Chambers said Saturday that the violation was a "simple campaign finance matter — not a major ethics matter."

The Ethics Commission imposed a $1,000 fee, most of which would be waived if Greitens pays $100 and commits no other violations in the next two years.

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