Politics

Missouri Governor Mike Parson
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January 16, 2019 - 3:40 pm
This is Parson's first time outlining a proposed budget and delivering a State of the State address to Missouri's Republican-led Legislature.
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Mike Parson, left, celebrates his election as Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, on November 8, 2016, at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.
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January 16, 2019 - 9:26 am
The 3 p.m. speech is the first time in 14 years the governor's annual speech isn't in the prime-time TV slot.
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Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker speaks during a round table discussion with high school students at a creative workspace for women on October 1, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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January 14, 2019 - 3:25 pm
Democrats have nearly unprecedented power at the Statehouse after four years of divided government only worsened the economic woes of a state billions of dollars in debt.
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Michael Calhoun
January 14, 2019 - 5:06 am
BALLWIN (KMOX) -- Is this West County town making a point about local control by throwing shade at the way others plow snow? Talk is heating up about a potential city-county merger. Leaks about the group Better Together's plan indicate it may aim for local municipal governments, like Ballwin, to...
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January 10, 2019 - 4:02 pm
Councilman Mark Harder told KMOX's Mark Reardon he thinks most people in the region don't want a merger -- though there are some efficiencies to be found.
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Michael Calhoun
January 10, 2019 - 5:00 am
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- It looks like a heavyweight is about to enter the St. Louis banking market. We found Chase Bank has applied to build a branch -- their first in the region -- at the corner of Skinker and Delmar in the Loop. Their design for that marquee intersection, however, will apparently...
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Illinois state capitol building
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January 09, 2019 - 7:09 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX/AP) -- A new Illinois legislative session got underway Wednesday with Democrats firmly in control but both parties pledging to turn the page on years of budget stalemates, government dysfunction and name-calling. Democrat Michael Madigan, already the longest-serving state...
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January 09, 2019 - 4:58 pm
Restaurants around the U.S. are trying to help the families struggling to make ends meet during this government shutdown.
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Michael Calhoun
January 09, 2019 - 4:17 am
CLAYTON (KMOX) -- St. Louis County's former police chief -- now, elected county councilman -- is making good on his promise to introduce legislation to restore millions of dollars that could fund two-officer patrols. It's $4.8 million cut from the general fund that would've gone for 50 new officers...
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St. Louis Country Prosecutor Wesley Bell unveils "The Bell Plan."
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Kevin Killeen
January 08, 2019 - 2:00 pm
CLAYTON, MO (KMOX) - St. Louis County's new prosecutor holds his first news conference, highlighting his plans to keep non-violent offenders out or prison, but ducking questions on other issues. "We're here to talk about The Bell Plan," Bell began, addressing a Justice Center rotunda crowded with...
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