Associated Press

david_shane / flickr

  The Missouri Senate has given approval to a bill to prevent lawmakers from becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving office.

Senators voted 32-2 Monday in favor of Majority Leader Ron Richard's ethics bill, which would increase reporting requirements for lobbyist spending and set a two-year cooling-off period before legislators can lobby.

MBK (Marjie) / Flickr

  A law school lecture by St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch is drawing criticism from some Saint Louis University students and professors who object to his handling of the fatal Ferguson police shooting investigation.

missouri capitol
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

  Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would require public school districts to sell certain vacant buildings to charter schools that request them.

Republican Rep. David Wood of Versailles on Monday discussed the measure, which is part of an effort to revamp the state's student transfer law.

  Effective safe-driving campaigns and increase in suicides have pushed firearm deaths ahead of car crashes as the leading nonmedical cause of deaths in Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports 880 people were killed by guns in Missouri in 2013, the most recent federal data available, while 781 died in car crashes.

Paul Sableman

Missouri lawmakers are trying to change a Department of Revenue practice of awarding certain contracts partially based on how much money is promised to come back to the state.

Democratic state Senator Gina Walsh said Thursday it's a "pay-to-play scheme"

Caleb Rowden
File Photo / KBIA

A Missouri Republican wants to ban local laws that raise the minimum wage, require employers to offer paid sick leave or other benefits or prohibit employers from asking about criminal convictions early in the job application process.

Rep. Caleb Rowden, of Columbia, introduced a bill Thursday that he said will ensure businesses don't have to deal with confusing and complex regulations that vary across the state.

j. stephenconn / Flickr

  Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate seem to be more concerned about being ethical or at least appearing that way, according to one political expert. 

Old prison
File Photo / KBIA

  The oldest man on death row in Missouri is scheduled for execution next month for killing a deputy sheriff in 1996.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday set an execution date of March 17 for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton.

Missouri Department of Transportation

Missouri's director of transportation Dave Nichols will step down at the beginning of May.

Missouri Governor's office

The Senate has approved Governor Jay Nixon's appointment of Nia Ray as director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. 

As police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson seek alternatives to the sort of lethal force that led to Michael Brown's death, they're testing a new device that attaches to a handgun barrel and turns a bullet into a projectile intended to stun but not kill.

Paul Sableman

The Missouri House is a step closer to debating a bill forbidding employers from requiring workers to pay dues to a union.

The House Workforce Standards and Development Committee on Wednesday approved three right-to-work bills, marking an early start on a measure that failed to pass the full chamber last year.

Jay Nixon
File Photo / KBIA

Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup.

Gov. Jay Nixon says Ford's decision to add jobs at the Kansas City Assembly Plant shows the growth of the state's automotive manufacturing industry.

missouri capitol
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

  Missouri representatives are closer to limiting the length of jobless benefits to as few as 13 weeks, based on the overall rate of unemployment in the state.

The Missouri House gave initial approval to a measure linking weeks of benefits for fired employees to the state's unemployment rate Tuesday.

selbstfotografiert / Wikimedia Common

  Missouri's revenues are up nearly 5 percent so far this year over last year's collections, and the state's budget chief says that's on pace with Gov. Jay Nixon's spending freezes.

Revenue figures reported Tuesday show net general revenues for January are up 4.1 percent compared with the previous year.

Shardayyy / Flickr

 

  An audit finds Missouri overpaid for some Early Head Start programs that were serving fewer children than agreed to in a state contract and was billed twice for some home visit programs.

Auditor Tom Schweich's (shwykz) report on Tuesday gives the lowest possible rating to a state fund designated for early childhood programs. It cites lax controls and inefficient use of the money.

The audit says the Department of Social Services overpaid $1.5 million for Early Head Start programs that served fewer children than stipulated in their state contracts for most of the year.

selbstfotografiert / Wikimedia Common

  Two north St. Louis County communities damaged in the aftermath of the Michael Brown grand jury announcement will receive $500,000 to help clean up and repair burned-out businesses.

KSDK-TV reports that Dellwood and Ferguson will receive the money from St. Louis County and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

County Executive Steve Stenger says the county will work with businesses owners to determine if structures need to be demolished.

LancerenoK / Flickr

 

  A group working to legalize marijuana in Missouri says that nearly half of the state's 25 drug task forces declined to turn over public records sought under state law.

A new report from Show-Me Cannabis says that 10 of the multi-jurisdictional task forces didn't respond to its request for copies of quarterly status reports to the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The regional task forces receive state funding as well as federal Department of Justice grants.

Ed Martin
KBIA

  The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party is leaving to take a leadership position with a conservative interest group.

Chairman Ed Martin said Monday that he has accepted an offer to become president of the Eagle Forum, an organization founded by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

File Photo / KBIA

  Members of a Missouri House committee say they support changes to the state's ethics laws but further clarification is needed.

State representatives pointed out potential problems with some ethics bills at a committee hearing Monday.

Lawmakers say blanket limits on lobbyist gifts need to have a clear time frame or other parameters. They also say it may create problems for lobbyists married to lawmakers or staff members.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

  Governor Nixon says high quality preschool programs are a great investment for the state, but continues to hold back money he asked for last year.

Nixon said holding those increases he proposed in January of last year is necessary to keep the budget balanced.

St louis
paparutzi / Flickr

  A majority of elected officials in St. Louis are backing a bill to form a civilian oversight board for the St. Louis police department.

missouri capitol
Jacob Fenston / KBIA

State representatives and other officials from Kansas and Missouri are announcing legislation aimed at reducing gun and domestic violence in both states. 

Eric Durban / Harvest Public Media

A bill to create incentives for Missouri's dairy farmers has won approval from state senators. 

Null Value / Flickr

  St. Louis officials want to spend nearly $10 million to hire and train 160 additional police officers in response to a recent spate of violent crime that the mayor and police chief blame on a "Ferguson effect." 

Michael Alden speaking
Karen Mitchell / KBIA

According to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon, Mike Alden is stepping down as the University of Missouri’s Director of Athletics.

"After several months of contemplation, I have decided that it is time for a change, both for me and for the University that I so dearly love," Alden said in a press release.

Photo courtesy of the Mo. Auditor's Office

  Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he is running for governor in 2016.

Schweich announced his candidacy Wednesday at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. It sets up the potential for a high-profile Republican primary against Catherine Hanaway, a former Missouri House speaker and U.S. attorney.

File Photo / KBIA

  Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials likely will be getting a pay raise.

Legislative efforts to prevent the raise stalled Wednesday after a filibuster by some state Senate Democrats, who say the current $35,915 a year isn't enough considering the amount of work by lawmakers.

Missouri's attorney general says police should wear body cameras more frequently but that the public and media shouldn't have unfettered access to the recordings.

Attorney General Chris Koster said in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday that concerns about individual privacy made current public records laws unsuitable for widespread use of body cameras.

Jefferson City aerial view
/ Missouri Department of Tourism

The Missouri House is putting an end to committee meetings at country clubs and restaurants.

House Speaker John Diehl said Wednesday that, effective immediately, all House committee meetings will be held at the Capitol.

Pages