• Missouri Democrats sue over Lt. Governor appointment Posted on 19 June 2018 at 12:10pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Democratic Party is suing to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor.

    The suit, announced in a press release Tuesday, reopens a longstanding legal debate over whether the governor has the power to appoint someone to the second-ranking executive position. The two offices are elected separately in the state, and the constitution isn’t clear on succession.

  • Missouri senators push back on border family separation Posted on 19 June 2018 at 8:58am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Trump administration policy to force separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border is facing pushback from Missouri's U.S. senators.

    Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a Monday statement said she'll work to stop what she described as a misguided policy. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said that separating families doesn't "meet the standard of who we are as a country."

  • Local programs help pay utility bills during summer months Posted on 19 June 2018 at 6:54am

    COLUMBIA - Monday began Summer Safety Week and local programs are helping those in danger of not being able to pay their utility bills.

    With record-high temperatures early in the summer, more households are running the air conditioner. The Boone County/Columbia Department of Public Health and Human Services and Central Missouri Community Action have programs to provide funding for individuals and families’ utility bills.

  • Democratic ad slams Hawley over allegations against donor Posted on 19 June 2018 at 5:22am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Democratic political action committee is targeting Republican Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley for not investigating allegations of corruption involving a past top donor to Hawley's attorney general campaign, although his authority to take action is limited.

    A Senate Majority PAC ad claims Hawley is "refusing to investigate an allegedly illegal pay-to-play scheme involving a donor who gave Hawley's campaign nearly $3 million." Pay-to-play in political circles means when someone donates money to a campaign or an elected official and in return receives government favors.

  • Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force' Posted on 18 June 2018 at 8:08pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command.

    While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a space unit, he seemed to take those musings one step further, specifically ordering the Pentagon to begin the creation of a sixth branch of the American armed forces.

  • Democrats call on Governor Parson to fire COO, cancel multi-million dollar contract Posted on 18 June 2018 at 7:49pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri democrats want Governor Mike Parson fire his chief operating officer and cancel a contract awarded to the COO's former employer. 

    Former Governor Eric Greitens created a COO position early in his administration and hired Andrew Erdmann.

  • Intense heat creates a rush for air conditioning repair shops Posted on 18 June 2018 at 6:16pm

    COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri air conditioning companies are facing the busiest time of year amid a four-day heat advisory.

    Craig Nieder, who manages a local heating and cooling store and repair service, said overtime for workers is necessary at this time of year.

  • Judge asked to dismiss security guard from suit in Anthony Warren killing Posted on 18 June 2018 at 4:12pm

    COLUMBIA – The attorney representing the security guard who shot Anthony Warren at a Waffle House on New Year's Day has asked a  judge to dismiss her client from a wrongful death lawsuit. At hearing Monday, attorneys for members of Warren's family said the judge should refuse.

    Defense attorney Patricia Keck said security guard Robert Moses acted in self-defense while doing his job and Missouri statute requires he not be included in the suit.

  • Collapsing retaining wall in Jefferson City prompts road closures Posted on 18 June 2018 at 3:20pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The 600 block of Monroe Street will be closed until Friday. Construction crews are removing a retaining wall along Monroe Street.

    The Jefferson City Operations Director for Public Works, Britt Smith, said they have been evaluating the leaning retaining wall for a number of months. 

  • GOP state senator appointed Missouri lieutenant governor Posted on 18 June 2018 at 2:15pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new lieutenant governor on Monday, despite some legal uncertainty about whether he has the authority to fill the position.

    Missouri's constitution isn't clear on whether a governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, which is the state's second-ranking executive position. Historically, some governors have claimed the right to do so, but legislators have argued that the position must be filled by voters, since the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately.