Associated Press

prison cell
mikecogh / Flickr

Six federal inmates serving time in Missouri-related drug cases are getting their sentences shortened by President Barack Obama, and three others got pardons.

The commutations were among 153 announced yesterday by the White House, along with 78 pardons. That's the largest number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president.

Obama issued pardons to Bob Edward Bone of St. Louis and Larry Wayne Childress of Williamsville in methamphetamine conspiracy cases, and Emmanuel Gabriel Leeper of Plano, Texas, for a marijuana-possession conviction.

22860 / flickr

Advocates for domestic violence victims and the National Rifle Association are working with lawmakers to keep firearms out of the hands of batterers.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the issue is with a new law that allows Missourians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The concern is that law enforcement officers will no longer be able to use the permitting process to ensure guns don't fall into the wrong hands when the law takes effect Jan. 1.

Karen Blaha / flickr

The dangerous wintry mix that settled over Missouri during the weekend is gone, but bitter cold on Monday forced dozens of schools to call off classes and made venturing outdoors miserable.

Parts of the state awoke to temperatures below zero Monday morning, and readings most everywhere else were in single digits. Schools remained closed in many places because it was too dangerously cold for the kids to get out.

Nearly 40 water main breaks in the St. Louis area were blamed on the frigid conditions.

ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

A newspaper reports that members of Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens' transition team have agreed to not publicly discuss their activities.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says documents obtained through the state's open-records law show members of the transition team are required to pledge in writing that they won't discuss the group's inner workings.

That "Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement" notes that not complying with its 17 requirements may result in the offender's ouster from the transition team, and "other sanctions" deemed appropriate.

Via Flickr user Gage Skidmore

Missouri's electors who voted for President-elect Donald Trump have received a mixed response from onlookers.

Supporters in the Capitol clapped and cheered when the state's 10 electors all cast their ballots for Trump.

An opponent in the crowded Senate Lounge called out "justice for all" after the vote took place. A woman in response told the man to "get over it."

The votes for Trump were expected, although opponents looking to block the president-elect from taking office had hoped some electors would change their minds.

marijuana
LancerenoK / Flickr

The homeless are proving to be especially susceptible to the latest version of synthetic marijuana, a man-made hallucinogen that experts say is far more dangerous and unpredictable than the real thing.

Nearly 300 homeless people became ill last month in St. Louis. Other outbreaks have occurred in New York City, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.

Experts say synthetic marijuana is popular among the homeless for several reasons: It's cheap. It's difficult to detect in a drug test. And it's a fast escape from reality.

David Shane / Flickr

 Missouri's Republican electors soon will gather to cast their votes for the next president of the United States.

The state's 10 GOP electors are set to vote this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Capitol.

Eight electors interviewed by The Associated Press said they'll vote for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. AP was unable to interview the two other electors.

The voting process has lasted mere minutes in past Missouri elections.

But this year it's being closely watched following an outpouring of pressure from those hoping to stop Trump from taking office.

Temperatures plummeted in Missouri after freezing rain blanketed roads with ice, causing scores of accidents including some fatalities. At least three deaths in Missouri were blamed on icy roads Friday after a treacherous mix of snow and freezing rain blasted much of the state.

Freezing drizzle and low temperatures hit sections of Missouri, making travel icy and treacherous.

I-70, Stadium Boulevard, and many other major roadways were at a near standstill Friday afternoon. 

Columbia Public Works says it put about 25 peices of equipment on Columbia streets, priority routes, starting at 10:30 am Friday to spread salt. The crews will continue to work overnight.

Via Flickr user Gage Skidmore

A Mexican-American elector says he's sticking with his pledge to vote for Missouri's winning candidate, Donald Trump.

Hector Maldonado told The Associated Press he won't change his mind Monday in what's shaping up to be an unusually controversial Electoral College vote.

The child of a migrant worker, Maldonado moved to the U.S. at about age 5 and became a citizen in 1995.

ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens is picking Kansas City attorney Lucinda Luetkemeyer to be his general counsel.

Greitens' transition team leader Austin Chambers told The Associated Press on Thursday that Luetkemeyer also is serving as the transition team's general counsel.

Luetkemeyer works at the Kansas City law firm of Graves Garrett.

Missouri Department of Corrections

Missouri's Department of Corrections director says he's withdrawing his application to continue heading the agency under the next governor following calls for him to leave.

Director George Lombardi in Thursday emails obtained by The Associated Press announced plans to leave when Gov. Jay Nixon's term ends. He says he'll go with as much dignity as he can muster.

prison cell
mikecogh / Flickr

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Missouri Department of Corrections alleging inmates did not receive proper hepatitis C treatment.

The ACLU and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis filed the federal lawsuit for the inmates Thursday.

Inmates in the lawsuit claim they didn't receive treatment for hepatitis C, which can cause liver damage. The lawsuit says that's discriminatory and unconstitutional.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office says that office has not yet received the lawsuit.

Flickr

  Officials in two dozen states are asking President-elect Donald Trump to issue an executive order on his first day in office declaring President Barack Obama's plan to curb planet-warming carbon emissions illegal.

The letter sent to Trump and congressional leaders today is signed by Republican officials from 22 states and Democrats from the coal-producing states of Kentucky and Missouri.

Michael Coghlan via Flickr

  Following reports of harassment and employee lawsuits, Missouri's Department of Corrections director has said that he'll retire or resign.

Director George Lombardi in an email obtained by The Associated Press announced his decision to employees Thursday. Lombardi didn't say when he plans to leave.

The alternative weekly paper The Pitch first reported that Missouri between 2012 and 2016 paid more than $7.5 million on settlements and judgments related to those alleging harassment and retaliation.

Investigators have declared a building fire at the Missouri University of Science and Technology accidental.

The Rolla Daily News reports that the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue made the announcement Tuesday in a news release. An air conditioning unit on the roof of Emerson Hall caught fire last week, leading the school to evacuate the building. No injuries were reported. Power to surrounding buildings also was shut off as a precaution.

Adam Procter / flickr

The number of confirmed and probable mumps cases at the University of Missouri has grown to 228.

The University of Missouri released the latest numbers Wednesday as students take finals before heading home for winter break.

Health officials say they plan to continue monitoring cases over the break and through January. The school also is recommending that students receive a third dose of a vaccine that protects against mumps, as well as measles and rubella.

The school says most of the sickened students have recovered, with at least 190 of them no longer infectious.

U.S. Department of Justice

St. Louis County's family court and the U.S. government have reached a deal meant to resolve allegations that black youth are treated more harshly than whites and that juveniles often are deprived of constitutional rights.

Wednesday's announcement came after more than a year of bargaining to resolve what the U.S. Department of Justice called its "findings of serious and systemic violations of juvenile due process and equal protection rights."

ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

  Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens wants former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves to lead the Missouri Republican Party as its chairman.

Greitens announced his support for Graves late Tuesday.

While the governor-elect can endorse a slate of leadership for the state party, it's up to the Republican State Committee to vote on its next chairman. A vote is scheduled for January.

A replacement is needed because current chairman John Hancock said last month that he will step down to return to political consulting.

Lincolnu.edu

Lincoln University in Jefferson City says several faculty members will be out of jobs by the end of the school year.

University president Kevin Rome tells the Jefferson City News-Tribune that the layoffs are a part of program eliminations. It is unclear how many teachers are being laid off.

Lincoln University officials decided in July to decertify the school's history degree and cancel two music degrees as well as a two-year early education degree.

Photo courtesy of the Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

 A new maximum-security psychiatric building in Fulton, Missouri will be named after outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon.

A three-person board composed of Nixon, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Attorney General Chris Koster approved the naming during a Wednesday meeting at the governor's Capitol office.

Nixon abstained from the vote.

Construction of the new facility is underway at Fulton State Hospital, which was built in 1851.

During the meeting, state officials also named a St. Louis state office building on Chouteau Avenue after Michael Keathley, who died in 2008.

Wikimedia Commons

Boeing Co. will move the headquarters for its defense unit from St. Louis to the Washington, D.C., area.

The move announced Tuesday by Chicago-based Boeing affects about a dozen top executives and some support staff. It will not impact the day-to-day operations for defense workers in St. Louis.

A Boeing spokesman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the move reflects the company's desire to be closer to those in power in Washington, and is unrelated to recent criticism from President-elect Donald Trump over the potential cost of the Air Force One presidential jet program. 

  

cubicles
Tim Patterson / Flickr

  Jobs are on the rise and unemployment continues to decline in Missouri.

 

The state Department of Economic Development on Tuesday announced seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment grew by 1,900 jobs in November.

 

Jobs again hit a record high, with a total of more than 2.8 million in the state. The state gained about 57,000 jobs in the past year, which is a growth of a little more than 2 percent.

 

The most job growth last month occurred in the accommodation and food services industry.

A former St. Louis police sergeant has been ordered to spend a year and a day in federal prison for stealing more than $80,000 from the organization for black police officers that he once led.

Forty-two-year-old Darren Randal Wilson was sentenced Monday in St. Louis. That's where he pleaded guilty in September to nine counts of wire fraud.

Wilson was the Ethical Society of Police's president in 2013 and 2014, giving him access to bank account funds made up primarily of members' dues.

David Shane / Flickr

A Missouri lawmaker says President-elect Donald trump's promise to slash corporate income taxes could create momentum to eliminate those taxes completely in the state.

Republican state Sen. Will Kraus is proposing phasing out Missouri's 6.25 percent corporate income tax by 2019. Kraus told The Associated Press that the goal is to attract companies and increase jobs.

Missouri would be one of only three states without a corporate income tax or other business tax. Missouri's flat corporate income tax already is lower than the top rate in most surrounding states.

David Shane / Flickr

A Missouri lawmaker says President-elect Donald trump's promise to slash corporate income taxes could create momentum to eliminate those taxes completely in the state.

Republican state Sen. Will Kraus is proposing phasing out Missouri's 6.25 percent corporate income tax by 2019. Kraus told The Associated Press that the goal is to attract companies and increase jobs.

Missouri would be one of only three states without a corporate income tax or other business tax. Missouri's flat corporate income tax already is lower than the top rate in most surrounding states.

gavel
Flickr / steakpinball

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a law that denies bail to criminal defendants who cannot prove they are legally present in the U.S.

The unanimous decision Thursday comes in the case of a man who was charged with a felony for possessing a forged Social Security card. Faustino Lopez-Matias has been in jail since Sept. 3.

He was denied bail by a state judge, who cited a Missouri law prohibiting bail for defendants believed to be in the U.S. without legal permission.

jay nixon
File Photo / KBIA

 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is blocking millions of dollars of planned Medicaid spending in a budget-balancing move near the end of his term.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday that he was restricting $51 million of budgeted spending, including nearly $43 million for the Medicaid health care program and nearly $9 million in bonding authority. In both cases, Nixon said the budgeted spending wasn't needed because of savings achieved by his administration.

He also cited declining corporate tax revenues as a reason for the cuts.

gavel
Flickr / steakpinball

  Opponents are suing to stop a new Missouri constitutional amendment to limit political giving.

Missouri Electric Cooperatives and Legends Bank on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the amendment, which takes effect Thursday.

Voters in November approved capping direct contributions to candidates at $2,600 per election. Donations are limited to $25,000 for political parties.

Attorney Chuck Hatfield said he plans to ask the court to temporarily block the amendment as the court case plays out.

The attorney general's office did not immediately comment.

sheena greitens
Greitens for Missouri

Three teenagers are in custody in the armed robbery of the wife of Missouri Gov.-Elect Eric Greitens, who says it's a good thing police got to them before he did.

Eric and Sheena Greitens spoke at a brief news conference Tuesday. Sheena Greitens was robbed at gunpoint Monday while in her car outside a coffee shop in St. Louis. She was unharmed.

Pages