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Crime
4:23 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Appeals court agrees with decision to throw out George Allen murder conviction

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A Missouri appeals court has refused to overturn an order that freed a St. Louis man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for the 1982 slaying of a St. Louis woman.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Nixon had $414,000 left over from campaign

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Governor Jay Nixon spent $15.5 million on his re-election campaign and still has hundreds of thousands of dollars left over.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Attorney general candidate Ed Martin lays out his to-do list [video]

Republican attorney general candidate Ed Martin
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Missouri attorney general candidate Ed Martin recently joined us in studio for a conversation with KBIA’s Janet Saidi. Martin is the Republican nominee challenging current state Attorney General Chris Koster, the Democrat incumbent. The job description, as described by the Associated Press, includes: defending the state’s laws and policies in court, assisting county prosecutors, investigating consumer fraud cases and looking into violations of the state’s open meetings and records laws.

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Politics
5:56 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Fundraising criticized in Mo. AG race

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Republican Missouri attorney general candidate Ed Martin is criticizing a campaign contribution received by Democratic incumbent Chris Koster.

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Business
5:52 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Sweetener company CEO headed back to Missouri

Last month, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested in California
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Missouri officials say the former head of an artificial sweetener company has agreed to return from California to face charges of theft and securities fraud stemming from a failed factory project.

Bruce Cole was chairman and CEO of Mamtek U.S. Inc., which received $39 million of industrial development bonds from the city of Moberly to build a sweetener plant.

Cole is charged in Missouri with using bond revenues to avoid foreclosure on his Beverley Hills home and misleading investors about his company's financial health.

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PM Newscasts
6:02 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Newscast for October 1, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Jefferson City building Missouri's first high school academy
  • NRA endorsing Attorney General Chris Koster
  • Washington-based group suing for MU records
Politics
4:50 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

NRA endorsing Attorney General Chris Koster

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is touting an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue September 18, 2012

UPDATE: Former CEO of Mamtek arrested, faces criminal charges

With the old Mamtek site in Moberly, Mo., as a backdrop, Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested this morning in California.
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UPDATE: 3:00 pm, Tuesday September 18:

Former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was arrested at his home in Dana Point, California on Tuesday after the Missouri Attorney General charged him with theft and fraud.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster told reporters that Bruce Cole -- the former CEO of the now defunct company Mamtek -- has been charged with stealing and four counts of securities fraud.

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Politics
9:28 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Koster won't file appeal for Carnahan on health ins. exchange ballot language

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Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:55 pm

There will be no challenge to the new language inserted onto a ballot initiative by a Cole County judge regarding health insurance exchanges.


The version initially approved by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) had asked if state law should, “deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care,” unless the people or the legislature created an exchange.  In a statement, Carnahan says Attorney General Chris Koster (D) refused to file an appeal on her office’s behalf.  Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) filed suit against Carnahan over that language.  He applauded the Democratic Attorney General’s move.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Appeal looks unlikely in health care ballot wording case

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster apparently has decided not to appeal a judge's decision rewriting the summary that voters will see for a ballot measure on health insurance exchanges.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Another candidate's late tax payments found; this time AG Koster

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Late personal property tax payments have emerged in another Missouri political campaign.

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Business
5:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Mo. Attorney General investigates price gouging among well drillers

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The Missouri attorney general's office is investigating reports that water well drillers may have been taking advantage of landowners hit hard by drought.

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Politics
8:16 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Scammers using gov. letterheads to steal money, Mo. AG says

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster
Attorney General's Office

The latest scam designed to separate Missouri residents from their money involves phony letters from the State Attorney General’s office, the IRS and other government agencies.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Mo. receives $38 million from national mortgage settlement

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The Missouri attorney general's office has deposited the state government's $38 million share of a national mortgage settlement.

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Politics
8:17 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Koster, Martin report fundraising for Mo. AG race

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster
Attorney General's Office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reports raising more than a half-million dollars during the past quarter for his re-election campaign.

Candidates filed reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission laying out their fundraising activities from April through the end of June.

Koster, a Democrat, reported that his campaign raised $572,000 during the past three months and had nearly $2.4 million in available cash at the start of July.

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Weather
8:43 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mo. AG reminds residents of hot weather rule

Attorney General Chris Koster
Attorney General's Office

Missouri residents are encouraged to call a state consumer hotline for help if their electricity is shut off during the current heat wave because they couldn't pay the bill.

The state's hot weather rule forbids utilities from disconnecting electrical services when temperatures are projected to be higher than 95 degrees, or the heat index is expected to exceed 100 degrees.

Temperatures above both thresholds are expected to continue through the weekend and much of the summer in the Midwest.

Politics
5:26 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Mo. to get nearly $32 million from drug settlement

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Missouri will receive nearly $32 million as its share of a nationwide settlement with British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Missouri no-call list extends to cellphones

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 5:16 pm

Missouri cellphone users can now register their numbers on the state’s no-call list under a bill signed by Governor Jay Nixon Thursday.

The law prohibits telemarketers from calling or texting those who sign up and gives the attorney general’s office the power to punish violators.  

Attorney General Chris Koster says the law expands Missouri’s no-call list enacted 12 years ago for land lines.   

“12 years ago the no-call list saved the dinner hour in this state," Koster said. "Today’s action extends that protection to a new technological era.”

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business
2:44 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Mo. AG Koster warns of 'smishing' scam targeting smart phones

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 5:43 pm

The Missouri Attorney General’s office is warning the public of a new scam that’s targeting smartphone and cellphone users.

The scam is known as "smishing," and it involves text messages telling recipients that they’ve won prizes or gift cards from big-name retailers such as Wal-Mart or Costco and instructs them to claim them by clicking on a link.  Attorney General Chris Koster (D) says clicking the link will infect phones with malware that gives identity thieves access to personal information.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Report finds racial disparity in Mo. vehicle stops

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An annual report released Friday by the attorney general found black drivers were 72 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2011. Black drivers were stopped 2.5 times more often than Hispanic drivers.

The report compares racial characteristics of Missouri's driving-age population to the racial composition of drivers in the roughly 1.7 million traffic stops, 129,000 searches and 81,000 arrests.

PM Newscasts
5:49 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Newscast for May 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A wrap of of the legislators' final actions of the 2012 Missouri legislative session
  • Attorney General Chris Koster puts pressure on the MO Supreme Court to schedule executions
Politics
8:16 am
Fri May 18, 2012

State Supreme Court urged to set dates for 19 death sentences

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 8:28 am

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is urging the State Supreme Court to set execution dates for 19 death sentences. Koster says no legal barrier is barring the high court from moving forward with the executions. 

Koster says 10 cases of capital punishment have already been awaiting execution dates for over 3 years. He gave the court an additional 9 names today and says there is no legal ground for delaying punishment.

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PM Newscasts
5:57 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Newscast for April 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Pretrial motions end in the Ryan Ferguson case.
  • The Missouri House passes a bill to change the state's workers' comp system.
  • Some state senators balk at changing gubernatorial election rules.
Politics
2:34 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Attorney General Koster reports raising more than $890,000

Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reports raising more than $890,000 for his re-election campaign during the past three months.
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Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reports raising more than $890,000 for his re-election campaign during the past three months.

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PM Newscasts
6:23 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Newscast for March 26, 2012

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri House yet to consider education bill
  • Attorney general holds town-hall meetings for homeowners
  • Conference brings renewable energy experts to Columbia
Politics
6:05 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Attorney general holds town-hall meetings for homeowners

Missouri Attorney General's Office

The Missouri Attorney General’s office is hosting 120 town hall-style meetings across the state this week to help homeowners affected by lending abuses and improper foreclosure procedures.

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Business
4:50 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Wal-Mart to pay for environmental damages

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to spend $1.25 million to settle claims over a southwest Missouri contractor's disposal of unsold products such as charcoal, potting soil, herbicides and pesticides.

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Politics
1:47 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Mo. GOP attorney general race gains another candidate

Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren will join Ed Martin as a GOP challenger to current Attorney General Chris Koster.
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The Republican race for Missouri's attorney general's office has gained a second candidate.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Koster to appeal for state science initiatives

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Mo. attorney general wants $3 million to remodel office

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate the Broadway State Office Building.
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Chris Koster's office is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate its space.

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