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Missouri attorney general launches investigation of intoxicating hemp products

2 days ago

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey launched an investigation into four companies Wednesday as part of an effort to crack down on intoxicating hemp products. The problem, according to Bailey, is the products in question — such Delta-8 edibles and vape pens — are not clearly labeled to indicate that they’ll get you high. “When purchasing […]

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Rebecca Rivas

Full jury selected in Trump’s criminal trial on hush-money charges

2 days ago

The New York state court trying former President Donald Trump on criminal charges empaneled a full 12-person jury on the third day of the trial Thursday, according to reports. The trial approached the end of its first phase Thursday afternoon as one of six alternate jurors was also selected. Selection of more alternates will continue Friday. […]

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Jacob Fischler

Biden administration to roll back the Betsy DeVos Title IX rules

2 days ago

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced a final rule that will update Title IX regulations governing how schools respond to sexual misconduct, undoing changes made under the Trump administration and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. “For more than 50 years, Title IX has promised an equal opportunity to learn and thrive […]

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Ariana Figueroa

Missouri bill would let private contractors assist in child abuse investigations

2 days 1 hour ago

A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to ease backlogs in child abuse and neglect investigations by allowing Missouri’s social services agency to outsource some work involving child abuse and neglect investigations to private contractors. Sponsored by Republican state Sen. Mary Elizabeth Coleman of Arnold, the bill was voted out of committee unanimously […]

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Clara Bates

Missouri House gives initial OK to bill protecting pesticide-makers

2 days 1 hour ago

The Missouri House gave initial approval this week to a bill that could protect pesticide manufacturers from some cancer lawsuits. The debate on the House floor wasn’t split along party lines however, as several Republicans cautioned against the risk of cancers caused by pesticides. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dane Diehl, a Republican from Butler, would […]

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Quinn Coffman

U.S. House speaker gains Dem backing for foreign aid plan, as far-right Republicans seethe

2 days 15 hours ago

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats on Thursday began coalescing behind Republican Speaker Mike Johnson’s plan to provide assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan through a series of three bills, though far-right members of his own party grew increasingly frustrated with the Louisianan’s bipartisan streak. Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is leading an effort […]

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Jennifer Shutt

Legislation designed to kill Kansas City landfill clears hurdle in Senate, nears final passage

2 days 18 hours ago

Legislation pivotal to killing a proposed landfill project in south Kansas City took a huge step forward this week in the Missouri Senate and is now just one step away from the governor’s desk.  Missouri senators passed the legislation, which would prohibit a landfill from being built in Kansas City within a mile of its […]

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Allison Kite

Missouri House narrowly sends private-school tax credit, charter expansion to governor’s desk

2 days 18 hours ago

A massive education bill that expands a private school scholarship program and opens up Boone County to charter schools squeaked out of the Missouri House and to the governor’s desk on Thursday, winning the bare minimum number of votes needed for passage.  The 153-page bill, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Andrew Koenig of Manchester, is […]

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Annelise Hanshaw

Challengers outraise incumbents in Missouri races for Senate, 1st Congressional District

2 days 20 hours ago

With one seat in Congress up for grabs, an incumbent facing a serious challenge and a former publisher and media personality taking on a long-time officeholder, this year’s federal elections in Missouri promise an interesting summer and fall. Add to that  the U.S. Senate race, where both likely fall contenders have more money already than […]

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Rudi Keller

National privacy standard eyed by Congress for data harvested by big tech companies

3 days 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON — U.S. House members tasked with addressing what happens to loads of user data collected by big tech companies see a “long overdue” opportunity for a national privacy standard, particularly for children and teens. Lawmakers on a subpanel of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce met Wednesday to hear from advocates and online […]

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Ashley Murray

SCOTUS to consider whether local governments can make it a crime to sleep outside

3 days 1 hour ago

On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could radically change how cities respond to the growing problem of homelessness. It also could significantly worsen the nation’s racial justice gap. City of Grants Pass v. Johnson began when a small city in Oregon with just one homeless shelter began enforcing a […]

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Clare Pastore

Missouri Senate amends House bill to ease passage of K-12 tax credit expansion

3 days 10 hours ago

The Missouri Senate voted Wednesday night to ensure homeschool families are allowed to own firearms. On a 27-4 vote, lawmakers approved legislation that originally was focused on cleaning up issues with Missouri’s virtual school program.  But over the course of a five-hour recess in the Senate Wednesday, Republicans turned that legislation into a catch-all measure […]

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Annelise Hanshaw

Senate rejects two impeachment articles against DHS Secretary Mayorkas

3 days 14 hours ago

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday dismissed two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The Democrat-controlled chamber voted, 51-49 along party lines, to adjourn the impeachment trial after finding that the impeachment articles accusing Mayorkas of not complying with federal immigration law and breaching the public trust did not rise to […]

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Ariana Figueroa

U.S. House GOP rolls out aid for Ukraine, Israel; votes planned on TikTok, border security

3 days 16 hours ago

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans unveiled three bills Wednesday that would provide $95 billion overall in assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, instead of voting on a similar bipartisan Senate-approved package that’s been waiting around for months. The Ukraine bill would provide $60.84 billion, the Israel bill would appropriate $26.38 billion and the Indo-Pacific bill […]

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Jennifer Shutt

Missouri Senate sends bill for Texas border deployment to Gov. Parson

3 days 16 hours ago

A bill dedicating $2.2 million to support deployment of Missouri National Guard soldiers and State Highway Patrol troopers to Texas for border security on Wednesday became the first bill sent this year to Gov. MIke Parson. In February, Parson announced he would send 200 soldiers and 11 troopers to work with Texas law enforcement at […]

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Rudi Keller

Missouri initiative campaigns confident of achieving signature goals

3 days 18 hours ago

Three initiative campaigns say they are on track to submit signatures that would put measures to legalize abortion and sports wagering, and to increase the minimum wage, on Missouri’s ballot this year. Campaign finance reports filed this week show more than $10 million, much of it from out-of-state organizations, has been raised to fuel the […]

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Rudi Keller

KC-area politicians pick between war on drugs or treatment when spending opioid settlement

3 days 22 hours ago

Johnson County spent the biggest piece of its opioid settlement windfall so far cracking down on drugs. Jackson County chose to put its dollars into treatment. In both cases, the money came from massive legal settlements with opioid makers, distributors and retailers. The counties’ choices illustrate opposite approaches to tackling opioid addiction, which kills an […]

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Suzanne King

Dean Plocher delayed ethics investigation he publicly complained dragged on too long

4 days 1 hour ago

Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher and his allies complained for weeks that the ethics investigation into his alleged misconduct was dragging out unnecessarily. As it turns out, the biggest reason for the delay may have been Dean Plocher himself.  The Republican from Des Peres for three months refused to speak to an attorney hired by […]

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Jason Hancock

Missouri Republicans build cash advantage over Democrats as primary races heat up

4 days 17 hours ago

Missouri’s statewide Republican candidates have a huge cash advantage over Democrats, while Democratic candidates reverse that edge in contested state Senate seats. Quarterly financial reports were due from all campaigns Monday, providing the last financial snapshot of upcoming primary battles until just a few weeks before Missourians vote on Aug. 6.  This year’s ballot includes […]

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Rudi Keller

Divided U.S. Supreme Court wrestles with case of Pennsylvania man who joined Jan. 6 mob

4 days 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a Jan. 6, 2021, case that could potentially upend convictions for a mass of Capitol riot defendants and slash some election interference charges against former President Donald Trump. The case, Fischer v. United States, centers on whether former Pennsylvania police officer and Jan. 6 defendant Joseph […]

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Ashley Murray