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Political novice Josh Hawley has toppled Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer in the hotly contested Republican primary race for attorney general.

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Two Republicans vying to become their party's nominee for Missouri attorney general are waging one of the state's most hotly-contested primary campaigns.

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An ad by a Missouri attorney general candidate that's drawing criticism accuses fellow Republican contender Josh Hawley of working for terrorists. 

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Missouri's two Republican candidates for attorney general say the Obama administration is overstepping its bounds through a directive for bathroom access for transgender students.

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  The Missouri Legislature has authorized nearly $1 billion for maintaining state property and constructing new buildings.

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How does it feel to be the core focus of a small but impassioned protest?

Senator Kurt Schaefer—who was the subject of Friday’s protest against his visit to the MU College Republicans—believes it shows that he’s making an impact. “When you’re not effective, people don’t pay any attention to you, and when you are effective, they do. And that’s just how it works,” Schaefer said Friday.

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A Missouri Senate panel has begun making changes to the House's version of the state budget, but many of the most contentious issues remain unresolved.

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JEFFERSON CITY - A state senator running for attorney general wants Missouri to expand its "stand your ground" laws to make it easier for people to use deadly force in self-defense.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer told a senate panel Wednesday that people should be able to do whatever it takes to defend themselves without worrying about a lawsuit afterward.

A Missouri Senate committee is weighing legislation that would eliminate the 1 percent earnings tax in both St. Louis and Kansas City, effective Dec. 31, 2017.

Republican Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, who's also running for attorney general, brought his bill before the Senate committee on ways and means Thursday.  He said that a similar tax in Maryland was ruled unconstitutional, and it could cost Missouri millions of dollars if the same thing happens here.

A group of Republican lawmakers submitted letters Monday to the administration of the University of Missouri calling for the “immediate termination” of Assistant Professor Melissa Click, who was filmed calling for “muscle” to block press during demonstrations at the university last November.

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A Missouri Planned Parenthood branch is refusing to give records related to abortions to the Republican-led state Senate.

Kansas City civic and business leaders say a Missouri lawmaker's effort to eliminate the city's earning tax would decimate the city's budget if it succeeds.

Ann Covington Resigns from UM Board of Curators

Nov 19, 2015

Tuesday morning, the University of Missouri Board of Curators announced the resignation of Ann Covington effective immediately. This decision is a result of personal reasons including her husband’s death, her hip replacement surgery and her granddaughter’s major surgeries.

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The Missouri Statehouse office of Republican state Sen. Kurt Schaefer is closed until further notice because of a death threat the lawmaker says he received by telephone last weekend.

Missouri Politicians Talk About Syrian Refugees

Nov 17, 2015
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President Obama announced a plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US over the next year. However, after the terror attacks in France, many states are speaking out in opposition to the president’s plan. According to CNN, over half of the nation’s governors are refusing to welcome refugees into their states. Missouri, however, is not one of them.

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 Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer has raised objections to a study seeking to understand why a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is effective.

Schaefer, who's seeking the GOP nomination for Missouri attorney general, is accusing the University of Missouri of violating a state law making it illegal to "encourage or counsel a woman to have an abortion not necessary to save her life."

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 Missouri's attorney general race is heating up as major donors pick sides in an expected Republican primary.

 

Talking Politics - Planned Parenthood

Sep 29, 2015
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Last Thursday, the University of Missouri Health Care System announced it would be eliminating "refer and follow" privileges.

On the heels of this decision, Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday the results of his office's investigation into the St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic and its handling of fetal tissue.  

Marshall Griffin has the story.


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The medical abortion services at the Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic have been available since August – for the first time since 2012 – but following an announcement made by the University of Missouri Health Care system on Thursday, this may not be the case for much longer.

MU Health Care announced they would be eliminating the “refer and follow” privileges that had been granted to the doctor at Columbia’s Planned Parenthood clinic and one other provider. This decision will be effective December 1, 2015.


The last time the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life met, members threatened to hold a Nixon administration official in contempt unless she produced documents identifying which hospital had a working relationship with Columbia's Planned Parenthood clinic.

That became a moot point when Department of Health and Senior Services Director Gail Vasterling sent the committee a letter stating that Colleen McNicholas, M.D., had received admitting privileges from University of Missouri Health Care.

A Missouri Senate committee is threatening legal sanctions against a member of Gov. Jay Nixon's cabinet after the first day of hearings into the operations of Planned Parenthood in Missouri.

Committee chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, on Thursday asked Department of Health and Senior Services Director Gail Vasterling to disclose the name of the hospital that has a working agreement with Planned Parenthood's Columbia clinic.  Vasterling refused.

Democrat and former county prosecutor Teresa Hensley says she's running for Missouri attorney general.

  A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to last year's Ferguson protests has met just twice since December.

MU officials and politicians gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony after Governor Nixon approved $38.5 million to renovate the 1935 and 1944 sections of MU’s Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall.

After taking a walk through the building MU chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said he was appalled at the condition of this section of the building. Loftin said that equipment and desks were covered in plastic because rain would come into the building.

Stephen Webber Announces 2016 Run for State Senate

Apr 10, 2015
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Democrat Stephen Webber announced Thursday he will be running for State Senate in the 2016 election. A former Marine, Webber is currently on his second term as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives.

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a budget plan that its chairman says will constrain the state's fastest-growing costs. 

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A Senate bill could put an end to a study conducted by the city of Columbia. The study has been ongoing for several months, and the city was completing the study with Internet service providers in order to expand its Internet network.

Nixon plans improvements to veterans' services

Jan 27, 2015
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  Governor Jay Nixon told a packed room of Missouri veterans that he's working to make sure the state's veterans’ homes will continue to serve their needs.

The governor said he's not only committed to renovating four of the state's existing veterans homes but also wants to secure funds to build a new home for those still looking for care.

"For every veteran receiving quality medical care and services at one of our veterans' homes, there's a veteran on a waiting list because there's not enough space," Nixon said.

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  St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman says he is running for attorney general in 2016.

Zimmerman announced his candidacy Tuesday, setting up a potential Democratic primary against state Sen. Scott Sifton of St. Louis County, who already has entered the race.

The Missouri attorney general's office will be open next year because Democratic incumbent Chris Koster is running for governor.

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Governor Jay Nixon's budget request for more money both this year and next faces big hurdles from lawmakers.

Republican lawmakers this week raised concerns about approving new spending for this year at the same time the governor is withholding money from some priorities.

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