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Missouri Joins Investigation Into Facebook

Oct 23, 2019

Missouri is among 47 U.S. states forming a coalition aimed at investigating Facebook’s potential antitrust violations.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office’s participation in the multistate coalition Tuesday. The coalition plans to investigate whether Facebook has “harmed competition, raised prices for advertising, reduced the quality of consumer experiences, or misused consumer data,” according to a news release from Schmitt’s office.

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Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Join Anti-crime Effort

Apr 11, 2019

Five attorneys from the Missouri Attorney General's office are now turning their attention to violent crime in St. Louis, and a few more will soon take on similar tasks in Missouri's two other largest cities.

A swearing-in ceremony was Thursday for assistant attorneys general who will work as special assistant U.S. attorneys in St. Louis. It is part of the "Safer Streets Initiative," launched by Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen in January.

Republican Josh Hawley's campaign spent about $11 million to successfully unseat Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill despite the Democratic incumbent's significant financial advantage during their marquee U.S. Senate race, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.

A month after the key GOP win, records show that Hawley spent about $3.9 million between Oct. 18 and Nov. 26, the weeks just before and after the Nov. 6 election. He brought in about $1.5 million in donations during that same time period.

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Missouri is looking to hire a new chief financial officer. The State Treasurer’s office is one of the five executive positions up for grabs on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Three candidates are running for the treasurer’s office: Republican Eric Schmitt, Democrat Judy Baker and Libertarian Sean O'Toole.

Judy Baker is a former state representative. Her platform for state treasurer centers improving food security, access to banking services in underserved areas and cutting back on income inequality.

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Eric Schmitt, the GOP candidate for Missouri treasurer, joins St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies for the latest Politically Speaking podcast

Schmitt, a state senator from Glendale, faces Democrat Judy Baker on Nov. 8. Baker also has been featured on Politically Speaking.

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A proposal to limit Missouri's municipal court fines is facing some skepticism in the House after breezing through the Senate.

A fight is brewing over a Missouri proposal to allow beer-makers to lease coolers to stores to keep ales frosty.

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The Missouri Senate is advancing a proposed ban on state investments in companies with operations in countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism.

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The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a ban on traffic ticket quotas.

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A Republican state senator running for Missouri attorney general has received another big check from mega-donor Rex Sinquefield.

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Missouri gas stations will not be selling E-15 anytime soon.

A joint House-Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject a rule change sought by the State Agriculture Department that would have allowed sales of fuel containing 15 percent ethanol. Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County chairs the committee and said its vote had nothing to do with its opinion on increasing ethanol use in Missouri.

Dozens of new state laws take effect in Missouri on Wednesday.  

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Missouri senators have endorsed legislation creating new incentives for high-tech businesses and international exports while paring back existing tax credits.

The Missouri Senate spent several hours last night working on a wide-ranging tax credit bill, which they gave first-round approval to at around 3:30 this morning.


Senate Bill 120 would drastically cut incentives for Historic Preservation and low income housing.  Historic Preservation tax credits would be capped at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and low income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year.  Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D, St. Louis) criticized the move.

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Legislation that would tweak Missouri’s funding formula for public schools has stalled in the State Senate.  

Missouri businesses and businesses owners could start paying less in taxes under a bill moving through the state Senate.