chris koster http://kbia.org en Koster backs gay marriage but fights it in court http://kbia.org/post/koster-backs-gay-marriage-fights-it-court <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he personally supports gay marriage but will defend the state's constitutional ban against it.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:03 +0000 Associated Press 55233 at http://kbia.org Koster backs gay marriage but fights it in court Propane price spike not due to manipulation http://kbia.org/post/propane-price-spike-not-due-manipulation <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says market forces rather than manipulation drove this winter's spike in propane prices.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:36:13 +0000 Associated Press 54328 at http://kbia.org Propane price spike not due to manipulation Attorney General's opinion sought after proposed legislation seeks to nullify gun laws http://kbia.org/post/attorney-generals-opinion-sought-after-proposed-legislation-seeks-nullify-gun-laws <p>A Republican state senator wants to know the opinion of Missouri's top law enforcement official on legislation that seeks to nullify some federal gun laws.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:00:42 +0000 Associated Press 51712 at http://kbia.org Attorney General's opinion sought after proposed legislation seeks to nullify gun laws Execution law similar to Missouri's ruled unconstitutional http://kbia.org/post/execution-law-similar-missouris-ruled-unconstitutional <p>An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday ruled that the state's execution law is unconstitutional because it prevents inmates from finding out the source of the drugs used in executions.</p><p>The Missouri attorney general's office isn't commenting on any potential implications from a court ruling about Oklahoma's execution policies.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri's execution law remains in place, but the state has a similar privacy provision that state officials have cited while declining to release the identity of the business that supplies its execution drugs.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:16:56 +0000 Associated Press 50318 at http://kbia.org Execution law similar to Missouri's ruled unconstitutional Early Mo. gov's race new political norm http://kbia.org/post/early-mo-govs-race-new-political-norm <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">It's barely 2014. Candidates haven't even officially begun filing for this year's elections. Yet Missouri's 2016 gubernatorial campaign is in full swing.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:18:01 +0000 Associated Press 48275 at http://kbia.org Early Mo. gov's race new political norm Missouri AG challenges California egg law http://kbia.org/post/missouri-ag-challenges-california-egg-law <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri's attorney general is asking a federal judge to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:24:31 +0000 Associated Press 47677 at http://kbia.org Missouri AG challenges California egg law Nixon announces increased propane subsidy http://kbia.org/post/nixon-announces-increased-propane-subsidy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay Nixon is making $15 million available to help </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cope with rising propane prices.</span></p><p>Nixon says the money would allow low-income people to continue heating their homes even though gas prices have increased to more than $4 per gallon.</p><p>The funds would come from the federal government's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Nixon is also doubling the amount each household can receive for propane assistance.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:53:10 +0000 Associated Press 47597 at http://kbia.org Nixon announces increased propane subsidy Mo. attorney general investigating propane prices http://kbia.org/post/mo-attorney-general-investigating-propane-prices <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Missouri attorney general's office will investigate rising propane prices and a possible shortage of the gas.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:08:14 +0000 Associated Press 47261 at http://kbia.org Mo. attorney general investigating propane prices Attorney for Smulls seeks stay over drug concerns http://kbia.org/post/attorney-smulls-seeks-stay-over-drug-concerns <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:49:14 +0000 Associated Press 47004 at http://kbia.org Attorney for Smulls seeks stay over drug concerns Lawmakers call for Nicastro investigation http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-call-nicastro-investigation <p>A group of eight Missouri lawmakers are calling upon Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate concerns raised about Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.</p><p>The lawmakers made the request Wednesday following a The Kansas City Star report. The report disclosed emails that raised questions about the selection of CEE-Trust as a consultant. The Indianapolis-based firm's bid for developing an improvement plan for the Kansas City district and other struggling schools was nearly three times higher than the closest competitor.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:11:25 +0000 Associated Press 45141 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers call for Nicastro investigation Mo. waits for Supreme Court ruling on Nicklasson's execution http://kbia.org/post/mo-waits-supreme-court-ruling-nicklassons-execution <p>The state of Missouri is still awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether it can proceed with the execution of death row inmate Allen Nicklasson.</p><p>Nicklasson had been scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1994 murder of businessman Richard Drummond, who was shot to death after he stopped to help when a car carrying Nicklasson and two others stalled in central Missouri.</p><p>A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay over concerns about Nicklasson's legal representation.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:45:37 +0000 Associated Press 45139 at http://kbia.org Mo. waits for Supreme Court ruling on Nicklasson's execution Death row inmate Nicklasson remains optimistic http://kbia.org/post/death-row-inmate-nicklasson-remains-optimistic <p>Just hours away from his scheduled execution, Missouri death row inmate Allen Nicklasson is optimistic that his life will be spared.</p><p>Nicklasson is scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1994 murder of Richard Drummond, a businessman killed by Nicklasson and two other men after Drummond stopped to offer assistance when Nicklasson's car stalled on Interstate 70 in mid-Missouri.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:24:45 +0000 Person: Associated Press 45071 at http://kbia.org Death row inmate Nicklasson remains optimistic Candidates prepare for 2016 statewide elections http://kbia.org/post/candidates-prepare-2016-statewide-elections <div><p>While statewide elections are still three years away, with the exception of auditor whose term ends in 2014, many candidates have already announced their intention to run.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:15:37 +0000 George Varney 44674 at http://kbia.org Candidates prepare for 2016 statewide elections Mo. lawmaker wants AG opinion on gay tax policy http://kbia.org/post/mo-lawmaker-wants-ag-opinion-gay-tax-policy <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;attorney general's office says a tax policy for certain gay couples recently announced by Gov. Jay Nixon appears to comply with&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;law.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:08:53 +0000 Associated Press 43952 at http://kbia.org Mo. to receive $26M through drug settlement http://kbia.org/post/mo-receive-26m-through-drug-settlement <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Missouri's</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Medicaid</font>&nbsp;program will receive $26 million through a national settlement with a pharmaceutical company.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:49:20 +0000 Associated Press 43269 at http://kbia.org Mo. to receive $26M through drug settlement Mo. AG has limited prosecutorial powers http://kbia.org/post/mo-ag-has-limited-prosecutorial-powers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">As state attorney general, Chris Koster is sometimes referred to as&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri's&nbsp;</font>top prosecutor. But the nationally publicized case of an alleged teenage sexual assault has highlighted that&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri's</font>&nbsp;attorney general has only limited prosecutorial powers.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:10:31 +0000 Associated Press 42427 at http://kbia.org Schaefer calls on Koster to investigate Maryville case http://kbia.org/post/schaefer-calls-koster-investigate-maryville-case <p>State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who represents Boone and Cooper counties, suggests Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster could open an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in northwest Missouri.</p><p>Schaefer said Wednesday that an independent review of the evidence is needed after the Nodaway County prosecutor dropped charges against teenagers accused in a sexual assault of two younger girls.</p><p>Schaefer is a Republican running for attorney general in 2016. Koster is a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2016.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:05:13 +0000 Associated Press 42223 at http://kbia.org Schaefer calls on Koster to investigate Maryville case Schaefer to run for Attorney General http://kbia.org/post/schaefer-run-attorney-general <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator Kurt Schaefer has become the first big-name Republican to toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 Missouri Attorney General’s race.&nbsp;</span><font color="#222222" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px;">He is in his second and final term in the Missouri Senate. &nbsp;</span></font></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:33:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Julia Avery 40743 at http://kbia.org Schaefer to run for Attorney General Urban Crime Summit to feature law enforcement experts http://kbia.org/post/urban-crime-summit-feature-law-enforcement-experts <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Police chiefs, mayors and prosecutors from Kansas City and St. Louis will join with law enforcement experts this month for a four-day Urban Crime Summit.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:21:42 +0000 Associated Press 39852 at http://kbia.org Urban Crime Summit to feature law enforcement experts Newscast for August 29, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-august-29-2013 <p></p><p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Gov. Jay Nixon announces $3 million expansion of a Troy, Mo. auto part manufacturer</li><li>New Missouri state law to give military veterans higher education benefits</li><li>Attorney General Chris Koster&nbsp;has sided with Gov. Jay Nixon in a veteod tax bill determination</li><li>Strikes for better wages take place across the country, Columbia &nbsp; Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:03:59 +0000 George Varney 39686 at http://kbia.org AG Koster sides with Gov. Nixon on tax cut http://kbia.org/post/ag-koster-sides-gov-nixon-tax-cut <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Attorney General Chris </span>Koster<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has sided with </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon in determining that a vetoed tax cut bill could have applied retroactively.</span></p><p>At issue is a provision triggering an automatic one-half of a percent reduction in Missouri's income tax rates if the federal government makes it easier for states to collect taxes on online sales.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:22:18 +0000 Associated Press 39682 at http://kbia.org AG Koster sides with Gov. Nixon on tax cut Koster goes after over-the-counter pseudoephedrine http://kbia.org/post/koster-goes-after-over-counter-pseudoephedrine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Attorney General Chris </span>Koster<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is again calling on requiring a prescription for certain cold medicines containing </span>pseudoephedrine<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine.</span></p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:00:36 +0000 Scott Harvey 37961 at http://kbia.org Koster goes after over-the-counter pseudoephedrine Nixon shows no support for gas chamber execution method http://kbia.org/post/nixon-shows-no-support-gas-chamber-execution-method <p style="line-height: 200%; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:53:10 +0000 Associated Press 36826 at http://kbia.org Nixon shows no support for gas chamber execution method Mo. AG seeks to execute 2 men, cites drug shortage http://kbia.org/post/mo-ag-seeks-execute-2-men-cites-drug-shortage <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for two inmates before the state's supply of an execution drug expires.</p><p>Koster has renewed a request for execution dates to be set for Allen Nicklasson and Joseph Franklin. The state's highest court refused to do so last August, citing a legal challenge to the state's newly planned use of the drug propofol as its execution method.</p><p>The attorney general's office said Monday that the Department of Corrections has a limited supply of propofol and much of it will expire next spring.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Associated Press 36335 at http://kbia.org Mo. AG seeks to execute 2 men, cites drug shortage Koster wants to track ex-Mamtek CEO with GPS http://kbia.org/post/koster-wants-track-ex-mamtek-ceo-gps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri prosecutors want a judge to let them keep closer tabs on the former head of a failed artificial sweetener plant in </span>Moberly<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:24:57 +0000 Person: Associated Press 33892 at http://kbia.org Koster wants to track ex-Mamtek CEO with GPS Koster has more than $400,000 ready for gubernatorial race http://kbia.org/post/koster-has-more-400000-ready-gubernatorial-race <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has more than $400,000 in the bank as he makes plans for a 2016 gubernatorial race.</p><p>Koster filed a quarterly finance report Monday indicating he had $419,348 in his account as of the end of March. The Democratic attorney general confirmed last week that he is "making the necessary preparations" to run for governor.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:37:03 +0000 Associated Press 32135 at http://kbia.org Koster has more than $400,000 ready for gubernatorial race Koster requests clarification regarding contraception law http://kbia.org/post/koster-requests-clarification-regarding-contraception-law <p></p><div>Attorney General Chris Koster wants a federal judge to clarify a recent ruling that struck down a Missouri law exempting moral objectors from mandatory birth control insurance coverage.</div><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:09:47 +0000 Associated Press 31231 at http://kbia.org Koster requests clarification regarding contraception law Mo. House speaker urges birth control appeal http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-speaker-urges-birth-control-appeal <p>Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones wants the attorney general to appeal a judge's ruling striking down the state's contraception insurance exemption for people with moral objections. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:53:20 +0000 Associated Press 30746 at http://kbia.org Mo. House speaker urges birth control appeal Koster plans task force on urban violence http://kbia.org/post/koster-plans-task-force-urban-violence <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to create a new task force to focus on urban violence. The attorney general's office says the panel could start work in late spring with meetings in Kansas City and St. Louis.</p><p>Koster, a Democrat, won a second term this past November. During his re-election campaign, he said he was considering task forces to focus on urban crime and to evaluate the annual report on law enforcement traffic stops.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:03:49 +0000 Associated Press 27564 at http://kbia.org Koster plans task force on urban violence Koster wants flag desecration law reinstated http://kbia.org/post/koster-wants-flag-desecration-law-reinstated <p>Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate Missouri's law prohibiting desecration of the American flag, a law struck down by a federal judge last year. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 27337 at http://kbia.org Koster wants flag desecration law reinstated