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Mike Parson, R-Bolivar / Missouri State Senate Website

  Missouri's crowded Republican primary for governor is losing a candidate.

State Senator Mike Parson announced Saturday that he is dropping out of the governor's race and instead will run for lieutenant governor in 2016.

The switch comes just three months after Parson declared his candidacy.

Parson told The Associated Press he feared his message would have gotten lost in what was shaping up to be a seven-way Republican primary for governor.

(Updated, 9:40 p.m. Thursday, April 30)

In a move long expected, Missouri Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, announced today that he’s running for Missouri governor in 2016.

And his top issue, he said in his kickoff address, "will be about protecting and fighting to expand the number one industry in our state - agriculture."

His entry also is expected to kick off a likely parade of rural GOP rivals.

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One of the state’s most aggressive groups when it comes to recording Missouri Senate hearings has had enough with some senators saying no.

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  An executive at the Missouri Cattlemen's Association says Republican state Sen. Mike Parson is running for governor in 2016.

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  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.

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Missouri senators have endorsed a plan that could help finance hundreds of millions of dollars of improvements to state buildings.

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Missouri is curtailing inspections aimed at people who may illegally use farm diesel fuel in their over-the-road vehicles.

In response to concerns from lawmakers, acting Revenue Department Director John Mollenkamp said Wednesday that his agency would stop proactively looking for violations of the diesel fuel law and only respond to requests from law enforcement officials.

Missouri imposes a 17-cent tax on diesel fuel. But that tax is not charged on diesel used only for farming purposes. To distinguish between the two uses, farm diesel fuel is mixed with a dye.

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Missouri senators are calling on Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate a recent spike in propane prices.

Sen. Mike Parson, of Bolivar, said Friday that companies are sending more propane overseas, leading to a shortage throughout the Midwest. He says the shortage causes prices to rise and gives big profits to corporations.

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Buying an older car could become more economical in Missouri.

A state senator filed a bill Thursday that would exempt decade-old cars from sales taxes on the titling of the motor vehicle. Under the bill, a 2004 model bought in 2014 would be exempted from sales taxes.

Newscast for February 8, 2012

Feb 8, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon explains why he waited to add money to the state's higher education budget.
  • Missouri state Sen. Mike Parson introduces legislation to move back candidate filing deadlines.
  • Alyssa Bustamante is sentenced to life without parole for second-degree murder.
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A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.