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The Missouri House has passed a bill that would ban the state from working with companies boycotting Israel.

The proposal, approved in a 111-35 vote, would bar government entities from hiring businesses that are purposefully refusing to do business with Israel as a way to protest that country's policies toward Palestinians.

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A woman with whom Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledged having a consensual affair told prosecutors that Greitens coaxed her into unwanted sexual activity as she was crying "like a wounded little animal on the ground," according to a legislative report that accuses the governor of mischaracterizing the woman's testimony.

The brief, graphic report from a special House investigatory committee is intended as a rebuttal to Greitens, who had asserted that the video interview of the woman "undermined the narrative" of an earlier House report detailing the woman's allegations that Greitens had been physically aggressive toward her.

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.

A budget proposal to fund two additional investigators for a statewide prescription drug monitoring program is in limbo as some Missouri state senators still oppose the effort to respond to an increase in drug overdose deaths in the state.

Missouri remains the only state in the nation without a program that allows doctors or pharmacists to track a patient's prescription history, despite being among the 20 worst states for drug overdose deaths.

Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have asserted that a lengthy deposition of a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair would bolster his defense that their relationship was consensual not criminal.

Yet Greitens' attorneys apparently have been reluctant to allow a copy of the deposition to be turned over to a House investigatory committee weighing whether to try to impeach and remove Greitens from office.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show the House issued a subpoena for the women's deposition April 18.

Lawyers for a transgender student and a gay man argued before the Missouri Supreme Court Wednesday that state law protects LGBT rights even though sexual orientation or gender aren't mentioned in its human rights statute.

The court heard cases involving a transgender student kept from a boys' locker room and a gay man who said he was discriminated against as an employee of the Department of Social Services.

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Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley's spokeswoman says the campaign will return $1,000 from a former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Campaign finance records show Bob Packwood donated to Hawley last month. Packwood resigned in 1995 after the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel him. Women accused Packwood of unwanted sexual advances that included touching and kissing.

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A St. Louis judge is considering a request to disqualify St. Louis prosecutors from one of the two felony cases against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Defense attorney Jack Garvey on Tuesday told Judge Rex Burlison that investigatory misdeeds in the invasion of privacy case against Greitens have "permeated and corroded" the second case, a computer tampering charge filed Friday. Garvey asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor. Burlison took the request under advisement.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The legal battle between lawyers from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and St. Louis prosecutors is escalating, with a judge considering Tuesday a request to disqualify the circuit attorney's office from a felony case over Greitens' use of charity donor list for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

An attorney for the ex-husband of a woman who had an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been issued a subpoena by a legislative committee concerning $100,000 in anonymous payments to the attorney's firm.

Attorney Al Watkins on Tuesday confirmed he's received a subpoena. He expects to meet with the committee in early May. Watkins says he'll be "as cooperative as possible."

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for many patients.

The bill, approved Monday in a voice vote, would allow anyone over 18 dying of a terminal disease to access smokeless medical marijuana. People with cancer, Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress disorder and a variety of other conditions would also qualify.

Missouri lawmakers are dedicating $3 million to help address the state's backlog of sexual assault evidence kits.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Senate Appropriations Committee designated the federal funds to the Attorney General's Office Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Caleb Rowden of Columbia proposed the budget amendment. The budget will now go before the full Senate. The money for the testing would be obtained through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lab tests on an unknown substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker suggest it was pesticide.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell said Friday that lab results suggested that the green, granular substance leaking from an envelope may have been a pesticide sold over the counter to consumers.

A Cole County hazmat team was called Thursday after a staff member for Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Democrat of University City, spotted the envelope.

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The Missouri Senate's top budgeter is proposing giving public K-12 schools $48 million more next year, which would mean about $50 million less than what House lawmakers approved.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown on Wednesday said he wants to take the $50 million in savings and put half toward school busing and transportation.

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A St. Louis judge is set to rule on a request from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to dismiss a felony criminal indictment due to mistakes by the prosecutor and an investigator.

Circuit Judge Rex Burlison has said he will announce his ruling in a court session Thursday.

Missouri House members have passed legislation to cut the current income tax rates of 6.25 percent for businesses and 5.9 percent for most Missourians down to 5 percent.

The House voted 91-61 Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate.

The measure includes an earned income tax credit for low-income workers. It would eliminate a tax credit for low-income senior renters, increase vehicle fees and change how some multistate corporations can calculate their taxable income.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would beef up the state's open records law.

 

The proposal, passed Tuesday, would essentially give the attorney general's office subpoena power when investigating open records violations. Attorney General Josh Hawley has said his inability to subpoena witnesses tied his hands earlier this year when investigating Gov. Eric Greitens' office use of a message-destroying app. The bill would also increase penalties for violations. 

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Missouri lawmakers may face an unprecedented question as they decide whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens: Does it matter that the alleged actions occurred before he was in office?

There's no definitive answer because only one Missouri executive official has been ousted from office following impeachment and her offense was directly related to her job.

Greitens is accused of misbehavior during an extramarital affair in 2015, before he won election.

Missouri lawmakers head into the final weeks of this year's legislative session with allegations of sexual misconduct against Gov. Eric Greitens threatening to distract from Republicans' legislative agenda.

Lawmakers still must pass a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and Republicans are pursuing tax changes, new abortion restrictions and an end to special minimum wages now used for public construction projects. They have five weeks before their May 18 deadline to pass bills.

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Gov. Eric Greitens' two nominees to the Missouri Ethics Commission said they did not promise anything to anybody in exchange for their nominations.

The governor nominated former Democratic state representative Wayne Henke and Republican retired financial analyst Bill Birkes to the ethics commission Friday. Concern that their nominations came at a price stemmed from Greitens' decision last year to stack the state Board of Education with people willing to fire the education commissioner.

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A judge's ruling on a request to dismiss an invasion of privacy indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stemming from an extramarital affair won't happen before next week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison says he would not rule Friday or this weekend. Burlison says he will provide advance notice of any ruling and will make it in open court.

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 The Missouri Senate approved an amendment to the state constitution that would ban lobbyist gifts to lawmakers.

The measure, passed Wednesday in a 20-12 vote, would also change legislative term limits to allow lawmakers to serve more time in one chamber. If the amendment is approved by the House, it will go to voters.

The gift ban was a longtime priority of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who signed an executive order more than a year ago banning lobbyist gifts to his own employees.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley is joining in the call for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign.

Hawley issued a statement Wednesday night saying a special legislative committee's report contains "shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens."

Hawley is the state attorney general. He calls the Republican governor's conduct "impeachable" in his judgment. But he says the people of Missouri should not be put through an impeachment "ordeal" and the governor should step down.

Some Columbia high school students may be subject to sobriety tests at their upcoming prom.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that all Rock Bridge High School students attending prom on April 28 must take an alcohol breath test before entering the dance.

Missouri will receive more than $100 million in federal funds for disaster relief in response to severe flooding across the state during the past few years.

The money, announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is part of a Community Development Block Grant.

A little more than half of the money, $58.5 million, will go toward fixing bridges, roads and other rebuilding projects. More than $41 million will be used for preventative measures, such as demolishing structures that have repeatedly flooded.

Attorneys suing Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his top staff over the use of a message-deleting app have subpoenaed the company's headquarters.

St. Louis County attorney Mark Pedroli on Friday issued a subpoena to the New York City-based Confide headquarters. He is seeking account information tied to 15 phone numbers, Greitens' user name, his personal email and any information connected to governor.mo.gov.

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The Missouri Senate has passed a resolution calling for a national convention to amend the U.S. constitution to limit the time people can serve in Congress.

The proposal, approved Monday in a 22-9 vote, calls for what is known as an Article V Convention of the States in order to propose term limits to the U.S. House and Senate. 

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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The Missouri House has passed legislation to require parents receiving food stamps to comply with work requirements or face losing benefits.

Lawmakers voted 107-43 Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate.

The measure is aimed at requiring able-bodied parents aided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to seek work or job training.

Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday announced her office identified roughly $2 million in potential inaccuracies in Missouri's financial reports of its unemployment insurance program.

Galloway's office pointed to a new, more than $40 million tracking system for the program as the root of several financial reporting problems. According to the audit, the system was not fully developed or tested before it was put into place in November 2016.

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