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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley is making a 100-stop tour of Missouri businesses.

Hawley's next stops are Friday in Springfield and Conway. He says the goal is to highlight workers and what he described as the "collapse of the middle class."

Hawley is running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat in a race that could determine party control of the U.S. Senate.

McCaskill last year held more than 50 town halls across Missouri.

 

The Missouri House committee that had been investigating former Gov. Eric Greitens has dropped an attempt to get records related to a nonprofit group that supported him.

A Cole County judge had scheduled a hearing Thursday on whether to still enforce a House subpoena for records from Greitens' campaign and a pro-Greitens group called A New Missouri in light of his resignation last Friday.

But that hearing was canceled after a House attorney notified the judge Wednesday that it's withdrawing its request to enforce the subpoena.

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A second lawsuit has been filed against a guard at a Missouri women's prison alleging sexual assault of an inmate.

The Kansas City Star reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Chillicothe Correctional Center officer Edward Bearden of sexually assaulting an inmate. The lawsuit also names two of Bearden's superiors and the Missouri Department of Corrections official responsible for preventing prison rape.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to disposing of a gun that was pulled before a guard fatally shot a man on New Year's Day at a Columbia restaurant.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 20-year-old Jaylon Freelon, of Columbia, was sentenced Monday to five months in jail for evidence tampering and given credit for time served.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he's keeping his predecessor Eric Greitens' ban on lobbyist gifts to executive staffers.

That means Parson also is now banned from accepting meals and other gifts. Parson previously served as lieutenant governor but was elevated to the state's top executive office when Greitens resigned amid personal and political scandal Friday.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a former Columbia Public Schools teacher has been charged with having sexual contact with a student.

Court records show the felony was filed Tuesday against Sean Diestel. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the probable cause statement says he is a former laser technology and vocational technology instructor at the Columbia Area Career Center, and is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student who was enrolled in his class last year.

The fate of a Missouri death row inmate whose execution was halted last year after DNA evidence raised questions about his case is on hold as a result of former Gov. Eric Greitens' resignation.

Marcellus Williams, 49, was hours away from being put to death in August when Greitens halted the execution. Williams was convicted of fatally stabbing former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a 1998 burglary at her suburban St. Louis home, but DNA evidence found on the murder weapon matched another unknown person.

A Columbia man who told authorities he accidentally kicked his 6-month-old daughter to death has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 20-year-old Cortavia Smith was arraigned Monday on the charge. The indictment, which was returned Friday, said his daughter died of blunt-force trauma to the head. His attorney didn't immediately return a phone message.

Authorities say an officer has fatally shot a man after he fired at police in a Springfield neighborhood.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the man was identified Tuesday as 40-year-old Joshua Stanford. Police said in a news release that Stanford shot at officers Monday at a neighborhood intersection while they were responding to a report that a package had been stolen from a front porch.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — New Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Monday that he wants to work with the "good team" of cabinet members selected by former Gov. Eric Greitens.

Parson, who was lieutenant governor and assumed leadership when Greitens chose to step down Friday rather than continue fighting possible impeachment and allegations of personal and political misconduct, met with cabinet members Monday morning.

The longtime city manager in Salina, Kansas, will take over the top administrative job in the city of Springfield, Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the selection of Jason Gage as city manager was announced Friday. Gage will be paid $220,000 annually to lead Springfield, a city of 167,000 residents.

Gage has been city manager in Salina for 13 years. Before that he was city manager in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and De Soto, Missouri.

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An attorney for groups supporting Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens wants a judge to reverse his order to turn over documents to a House investigatory committee.

Attorney Catherine Hanaway filed a court motion Friday asserting that the House panel created to look into allegations against the Republican governor no longer has authority to demand documents because Greitens is resigning at 5 p.m. Friday.

Hours before he was to leave office, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Friday signed into law a measure that makes it a crime to try to blackmail a person using a private sexual image — the same allegation that led to his downfall.

The new "revenge porn" law makes it a felony to threaten the nonconsensual dissemination of such an image by coercing another person to refrain from an action.

Eric Greitens' planned resignation as Missouri governor has elevated another Republican military veteran to the office, but one with more experience in working with state lawmakers.

Mike Parson will automatically rise from lieutenant governor to governor on Friday when Greitens steps down. Greitens had faced possibly being impeached by the state House over investigations of his political and personal life.

Eric Greitens' planned resignation as Missouri governor has elevated another Republican military veteran to the office, but one with more experience in working with state lawmakers.

Mike Parson will automatically rise from lieutenant governor to governor on Friday when Greitens steps down. Greitens had faced possibly being impeached by the state House over investigations of his political and personal life.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri forward Jontay Porter has withdrawn his name from NBA draft and will return for his sophomore season.

The school announced Porter's decision on Wednesday, the final day the 6-foot-11 forward could remove his name from the draft and return to the Tigers for next season. Porter followed the lead of his brother, Michael Porter Jr., in declaring for the draft last month, but he didn't hire an agent.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors agreed to drop one of two felony criminal cases against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens after the governor's attorneys said he would resign if the allegations were dismissed, a spokeswoman for St. Louis' top prosecutor said Wednesday.

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New legislation passed in Missouri means that as early as next year, public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade could have the option of taking online courses for free.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri House and Senate in May approved what's been dubbed the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program. If Gov. Eric Greitens signs it, the law could become effective next summer.

Missouri lawmakers have subpoenaed Gov. Eric Greitens to testify before a special panel considering whether to try to impeach and remove him from office.

The chairman of the House investigatory panel announced Friday that it has subpoenaed Greitens to appear before the committee on June 4.

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Eric Greitens has officially moved the date for a public vote on whether to ban mandatory union fees in the state from November to Aug. 7.

The change was approved Thursday when Greitens signed a resolution previously passed by lawmakers.

A right-to-work bill was signed into law last year, but it never took effect because union supporters gathered enough signatures to give voters the option of overturning the policy. The petition called for a vote during the November midterms, but right-to-work supporters wanted the vote moved to August.

Federal investigators have been briefed on allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

During a legislative hearing Thursday, chairman Rep. Jay Barnes says he spoke to the FBI this year about the testimony of a former Greitens' campaign aide who described attempts to conceal donors to Greitens' campaign.

A Missouri judge is weighing whether a secretive nonprofit group that supports Gov. Eric Greitens' agenda should have to comply with a subpoena from lawmakers.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem heard arguments Wednesday as a special Missouri House committee continued its investigation into the Republican governor.

Attorney Catherine Hanaway argued that the subpoena for information about the group called A New Missouri is outside the scope of the House investigation because it is a separate entity from Greitens.

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CALIFORNIA, Mo. (AP) — A former central Missouri police chief has been charged with purchasing weapons with city money and then pocketing the cash he got from selling them.

Forty-seven-year-old Michael Ward was charged Wednesday with two counts of stealing and one count of forgery.

He is the former police chief of the 4,200-person town of California. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign is launching a television ad to bolster support as lawmakers consider whether to try to impeach him.

The ad cites a criminal charge against the Republican governor that was dropped and calls on people to "stand with Navy SEAL Eric Greitens."

Federal Communications Commission records show Greitens' campaign is spending more than $72,000 in the St. Louis market. The ad buy comes as a Missouri House panel is investigating Greitens and working to recommend whether lawmakers should try to impeach him.

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A Missouri environmental group is suing to overturn a law that lengthens the process the Department of Natural Resources must use to buy land.

The case was filed Thursday by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and a Phelps County resident named Thomas Sager. It argues that a law passed last year that requires the department to notify local officials, post newspaper notices and hold public hearings before it can purchase large tracts is unconstitutional because it doesn't apply to other departments.

Like actors rehearsing a script, Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday publicly read aloud the previously secret criminal case transcripts of a woman who accused Gov. Eric Greitens of sexual misconduct and asserted that his attorney suggested she should deny it.

The unusual scene played out in a Capitol committee room, livestreamed for the public, as a special Missouri House investigatory panel gathers evidence for an eventual decision on whether to try to impeach the Republican governor in an attempt to remove him from office.

A St. Louis judge on Monday appointed the prosecutor in Jackson County as the special prosecutor who will decide whether to refile an invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison recused the St. Louis circuit attorney's office from the felony case and appointed Jean Peters Baker, the prosecutor for Jackson County, where Kansas City is located. The ruling gives Baker discretion to consider not only the invasion-of-privacy charge but "other incidents involving the same victim" that occurred from March 21, 2015, to Sept. 1, 2015.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — It will be up to a special prosecutor if the invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will move forward.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Monday agreed with a request from the city circuit attorney's office to recuse itself from the case.

Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for the circuit attorney's office, says that means that a special prosecutor will decide if the charge would be refiled.

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri University of Science and Technology student has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the shooting death of her fiancé who was just a week away from graduating from the Rolla school with an engineering degree.

Meghan Werner was sentenced Friday for a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter in the December 2015 killing of 22-year-old Curt Marzolf in the home they shared in Rolla. She originally was charged with second-degree murder.

Advocacy groups suing Missouri for allegedly not following federal voter registration laws are asking a judge to intervene before upcoming elections.

The groups asked U.S. Western District Court Judge Brian Wimes Friday to direct the state to change its practices before the November general election.

At issue is a federal lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Missouri and local chapters of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, an AFL-CIO constituency.

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