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Missouri Attorney General files suit against Biden administration to reinstate Migrant Protection Protocols enacted by Trump

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against President Joe Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and several other members of President Biden’s administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) enacted by President Trump and work toward combating migrant trafficking, securing the border, and ending the border […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson grants 17 pardons and commutes one sentence

Governor Mike Parson granted 17 pardons and approved one commutation pursuant to Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Missouri. Official pardon documents have been filed with the appropriate government agencies and are being sent to the individuals. In the interest of privacy, the Governor’s Office will not immediately release the names […]

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Missouri Attorney General files suit against Treasury Department over provision in American Rescue Plan concerning state tax cuts

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of the Treasury and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen over the interpretation of a mandate in the American Rescue Plan Act that would force states to choose between accepting COVID-19 relief funds or exercising their sovereignty over state tax policy. “As a […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 15-years in federal prison for child pornography found on lost phone at truck stop

A Missouri man whose lost cell phone containing child pornography was found at a truck stop was sentenced in federal court. Christopher Lee Caven, 40, of Belton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Caven to 12 years of supervised release […]

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Missouri Attorney General files suit against Jefferson County contractor

Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has filed a civil lawsuit against Jason Soetebier and Soetebier Contracting LLC of Jefferson County, Missouri. The suit alleges that Soetebier agreed to complete interior and exterior construction projects for various customers in exchange for full or partial upfront payments. In each instance, Soetebier failed to start […]

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Individuals granted pardons and commutations by Governor Parson identified

On Friday, February 26, 2021, Governor Mike Parson granted 15 pardons and two commutations pursuant to Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Missouri. Official clemency documents have been filed with the appropriate government agencies and are being sent to the individuals. Governor Parson has instructed his legal team to continue reviewing clemency files […]

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“Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest” now open for entries

The beginning of the “Focus on Missouri Agriculture Photo Contest” is underway with photos of Missouri agriculture and rural life eligible for the contest. Last year, more than 1,000 entries were received showcasing Missourians’ passion for and commitment to the state’s No. 1 industry, agriculture. The contest is open to any amateur photographer with a […]

Missouri Attorney General: Not enough evidence for murder charges in Tory Sanders case

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has announced his office’s findings after reviewing all available existing evidence and any available new evidence in the Tory Sanders case. Consistent with the findings of then-Attorney General Josh Hawley and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who also consulted with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the Attorney General’s […]

Pardon and-or clemency

Governor Parson grants 15 pardons, commutes two sentences

Governor Mike Parson granted 15 pardons and two commutations pursuant to Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Missouri. Official pardon documents have been filed with the appropriate government agencies and are being sent to the individuals. In the interest of privacy, the Governor’s Office will not immediately release the individuals’ […]

Child Sex Crimes

Milan man charged in Adair County with “Enticement of a Child”

A Milan man has been charged in Adair County after an investigation into tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to social media profiles suspected of sending child pornography. Thirty-eight-year-old Billy Schrepfer faces felony enticement or attempted enticement of a child. The Kirksville Police Department reports a Kirksville Police/Kirksville Regional […]

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Audio: Missouri House Majority Floor Leader Plocher files pre-existing condition legislation

You could be voting in 2022 on a proposed constitutional amendment in Missouri, requiring health insurers to cover preexisting conditions. The proposal is sponsored by GOP House Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher of Des Peres, who thinks the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the Affordable Care Act this year,     Plocher describes his proposal […]

Gas Tax

Audio: Missouri House Transportation Committee Chair files gas tax legislation, modeled after South Carolina

The Missouri House Transportation Committee chairwoman has filed gas tax legislation that has a new aspect: a possible rebate.     Festus GOP State Representative Becky Ruth has filed a bill to raise Missouri’s gas tax by two cents annually for five years. Missouri’s 17-cent gasoline tax has stayed the same since 1996. Under her […]

Gas Tax

Audio: Missouri GOP Senate President Pro Tem pushing gasoline tax increase

Missouri’s GOP Senate leader says it’s time to increase the state’s gasoline tax. Brian Hauswirth files this report.     Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz (pronounced like shots) of Sullivan will testify before the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday. He’ll present his bill, which would increase Missouri’s gasoline tax by two cents per […]