Associated Press

jay nixon
File Photo / KBIA

  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is stopping in the United Arab Emirates during an upcoming economic development trip.

Nixon announced Friday that he'll pitch Missouri exports to government officials and businesses in the country later this month.

Nixon also plans to speak with officials at the American embassy.

He'll start the trade trip Nov. 15 in Israel, head to Germany on Nov. 17 and then arrive in the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 18.

Nixon will be back in the United States on Nov. 22.

j.stephenconn / flickr

Republicans have completed a 15-year rise to power in Missouri.

Led by President-elect Donald Trump, GOP candidates rolled to victory in all of Missouri's major offices Tuesday.

When the newly elected officials begin work in January, Republicans will hold the Missouri governor's office, nearly all of its other statewide executive offices and supermajorities in both legislative chambers.

That means Republicans can enact virtually any measure they want, so long as they work together.

vote here sign
KBIA file photo

Missouri's voter turnout is slightly up from the 2012 elections but didn't meet record-breaking predictions by election officials.

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Wednesday announced the unofficial turnout in Tuesday's election was a little less than 67 percent. More than 2.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the state.

Those numbers don't include provisional and overseas absentee ballots.

KBIA / Kristofor Husted

Voters are finding long lines around Missouri while turning out for an election that will reshape the state's political landscape. Missouri election officials had predicted record turnout even before voters began heading to the polls Tuesday.

In St. Louis, lines formed before dawn. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that some voters arrived an hour before the polls opened. Across the state, The Kansas City Star reports unusually long lines in some areas. Fifty-six-year-old Jim Duff says the line he encountered at a south Kansas City church is the longest he's ever experienced.

roy blunt
TalkMediaNews / Flickr

In eight previous elections for federal office, Roy Blunt has never had a close race. He appears to be facing one now.

Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide if Blunt, a Republican who was elected seven times to the House before easily winning election to the Senate in 2010, can fend off Democratic challenger Jason Kander.

Eric Greitens
Dave Ingraham / Flickr

Two former party-switchers are running to become Missouri's next governor, but that's where the similarities end in the race between Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.

The race to succeed Jay Nixon and lead state government is coming down to a vivid choice between experience and a fresh start.

ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

A former consultant for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens is complying with a subpoena as part of an investigation involving Greitens' campaign and a charity he founded.

Michael Hafner appeared at the Missouri Ethics Commission office Thursday in Jefferson City in response to a subpoena. He says he is "complying fully with their investigation."

Missouri Capitol
j.stephenconn / Flickr

Political ads in the Missouri governor's race vary from city to city and sometimes appear to portray conflicting messages.

Radio ads for Democratic candidate Chris Koster in urban areas such as St. Louis tout his support to expand health care, while an ad in Hannibal and other rural areas boasts he "stood up against Obamacare's insurance mandate" as attorney general.

Missouri Capitol
j.stephenconn / Flickr

A campaign committee for Missouri's Republican senators is promising breakfast or dinner with top lawmakers in exchange for donations.

In a pitch for contributions, the Missouri Senate Campaign Committee says sponsors of an upcoming caucus retreat who pay $5,000 get dinner with GOP Senate leaders.

Chipping in $2,500 gets contributors breakfast during the first two weeks of the legislative session with the Senate president pro tem and majority floor leader.

File / KBIA

  Four Columbia police officers involved in a fight with a man during an arrest have been cleared of violating the man's constitutional rights.

A federal judge last week cleared the officers of five accusations of civil rights violations and dismissed five other claims against them.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey also ruled in favor of police Chief Ken Burton and the city of Columbia on one count.

Adam Procter / Flickr

  The University of Missouri says four students have confirmed cases of mumps and five other students are being tested.

The university said in a news release Wednesday that none of the students live in university housing.

Some of the students who have been tested are still contagious and the university has recommended that they stay home for now.

Susan Even, executive director of the Student Health Center, says all of the students had received required doses of the vaccine to prevent mumps.

Columbia Police Department

An attorney for Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea says in a court filing that Columbia police violated state and federal laws when an officer made a video recording of a phone conversation between Healea and his attorney.

The officer, whose name has not been released, recorded the conversation after Healea was arrested in October 2014 when he backed his pickup truck into Addison's restaurant in Columbia, injuring four people.

Sudipto_Sarkar / flickr

Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation tobacco tax will rise if either of two ballot measures passes Nov. 8.

Amendment 3 would add 60 cents to Missouri's 17-cent-per-pack tobacco tax, with the money going to early childhood education. Proposition A would raise the tobacco tax 23 cents for transportation projects.

Kirk Kittell / flickr

Several wind power companies are suing the Clinton County Commission and the Clinton County Planning and Zoning Commission for barring them from building wind turbines as part of a larger project.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Osborn Wind Energy, Osborn Wind II, Boulevard Associates, and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources are seeking unspecified damages.

The zoning board and commission voted in September to adopt a recommendation to ban construction of certain wind turbines in the county.

caution tape
Derek Bridges / Flickr

Crews in Columbia have recovered a man's body from a lake.

Columbia Assistant Fire Chief Brad Fraizer told The Columbia Daily Tribune that the man's body was recovered Saturday evening in Swan Lake.

He said the man, Cole Bradley of Gladstone, jumped into the lake from a restaurant deck and apparently tried to swim about 75 feet to a floating fountain. The victim's body was found about three hours later.

Marjie Kennedy / Flickr

  Missouri voters will be the first in the nation to decide whether to amend their state constitution to prohibit sales taxes from being expanded to services.

The proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot is a backlash against efforts in various states to extend sales taxes from consumer goods to services such as auto repairs, haircuts, legal work or financial accounting.

If the Missouri measure passes, supporters hope that it could become a national model.

An analysis for The Associated Press shows Missouri consumers next year will have dramatically fewer choices in health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's overhaul launched in 2014.

The analysis by Avalere Health finds Missouri among just eight states with only one participating insurer in most of its counties.

Missouri Supreme Court
Americasroof / Wikimedia Commons

The Missouri Supreme Court has disbarred a Columbia attorney accused of misusing client trust accounts.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Michael Blum was disbarred Tuesday and fined $2,000. Blum was found to have violated rules for attorney conduct 17 times, including 14 violations of misusing trust accounts at the firm Blum and Ray.

Money is placed into trust accounts in advance of services and is meant to be withdrawn as the firm works for a client.

ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Democratic Party says it will ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to review a mysterious donation to Republican Eric Greitens' campaign for governor to determine if it violated "pay to play" rules.

Democratic state chairman Roy Temple slammed the donation Wednesday during a teleconference with reporters, and the party said in a statement that it would send a letter to the SEC calling for an investigation.

At issue is a $1.9 million gift to Greitens' campaign from political action committee SEALs for Truth.

ume-y / flickr

  Three Missouri rural electric projects are getting $108 million in federal loans to expand and modernize their infrastructure.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment Wednesday during a news conference in Savannah in northwest Missouri's Andrew County.

That's where Vilsack says United Electric Cooperative will get a $28 million loan to build or enhance 164 miles of line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $3.5 million for next-generation power transmission efforts known as smart grid.

ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

  Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens says he wants Missouri to change the way it selects judges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Greitens supports a Tennessee procedure that gives the governor and Legislature more influence in picking judges. He believes the current system gives trial lawyers too much influence on judicial appointments.

St. Charles County

A special prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a Missouri House candidate who was accused of sexual assault by an incoming lawmaker.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said Tuesday that not enough credible evidence exists to charge Steven Roberts Jr., of St. Louis. Cora Faith Walker, of Ferguson, alleged in October that Roberts had sexually assaulted her. Both Democrats are running unopposed in their bids to serve in the Missouri House.

Wikimedia Commons

The second phase of Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis will feature a 29-story luxury apartment building, along with office, retail, restaurants and entertainment space.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced the $220 project Tuesday. Construction is expected to start late next year and be completed in 2019.

The team is asking the city to amend its current development agreement to add a sales tax within Ballpark Village, and to issue bonds for the revenue generated by the project. The first phase of Ballpark Village opened in 2014 and includes restaurants, bars and the Cardinals Hall of Fame.

Lance Cheung / USDA

A nonprofit says drought and population growth may put a strain on water sources in southwest Missouri.

The Joplin Globe reports that Tri-State Water Resource Coalition has initialed a number of studies over the years to examine water sources as well as demand throughout a 16-county region in southwest Missouri. The coalition is a nonprofit that aims to find and secure reliable water supplies in the Ozarks.

Much of the region sits atop the Ozark aquifer, which is the main source of water for most of the region's communities.

Marjie Kennedy / Flickr

St. Louis County prosecutors and the FBI are investigating allegations of absentee ballot vote fraud involving the mayor of Berkeley.

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the investigation of Mayor Theodore Hoskins and alleged interference with the absentee ballot process during the April mayoral race was revealed in emails and other documents obtained by the newspaper. The FBI declined to comment on the allegations.

execution gurney
California Department of Corrections / Wikimedia Commons

  Missouri said the U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee a reporter or anyone else a right to see executions.

The state is pressing a federal judge to throw out Buzzfeed News reporter Christopher McDaniel's lawsuit over Missouri's decision to exclude him from witnessing executions. Missouri also says in court documents last week that it has legal immunity from such lawsuits.

Missouri has received $8.7 million from Volkswagen as part of a multibillion-dollar national settlement over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office transferred the money to the state's general revenue fund on Thursday.

The money comes after Gov. Jay Nixon so far this fiscal year cut about $174 million in funding for Missouri's schools, roads and a variety of other programs. He says the cuts were needed to balance the budget.

A Nixon spokesman didn't immediately respond to Associated Press requests for comment Thursday.

Ryan Ferguson
Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

  A federal appeals court has ordered a judge to revisit her refusal to throw out a $100 million lawsuit by a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after his nearly a decade in prison.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided Wednesday with six Columbia police officers Ryan Ferguson alleges fabricated evidence, coerced witnesses and ignored other suspects.

ALEX HEUER / St. Louis Public Radio

  The Missouri Democratic Party chairman is claiming that Republican Eric Greitens broke campaign finance laws by using a list of charity donors to raise money in his campaign for governor.

Roy Temple filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer who founded a veterans' charity called The Mission Continues.

The complaint is in response to an Associated Press report that a Greitens staffer had a list of Missouri Continues donors. AP found overlap between charity and campaign donors.

Karen Mitchell / KBIA Sports Extra



  The University of Missouri has received an $8 million gift for its proposed football facility project at Memorial Stadium.

The university's athletic department said Wednesday the donor wished to remain anonymous. Missouri has raised about $67 million of the estimated $75 million needed for the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex near the stadium's south end zone.