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Jason Hancock

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Columbia, MO, United States

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Past articles by Jason:

Parson rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

Critics are calling into question Gov. Mike Parson's explanation for the removal of an LGBTQ exhibit from the Missouri Capitol. → Read More

Lawsuit alleges university leaked confidential records to undermine Title IX bill

A lawsuit alleges Washington University leaked confidential information about a student expelled for sexual assault under Title IX. → Read More

Former Missouri Gov. Greitens’ use of Confide didn’t violate Sunshine Law, judge says

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens didn’t violate the sunshine law when he and his staff deleted text messages by using an app called Confide, according to a ruling Monday by a Cole County judge. → Read More

‘Affordable housing crisis’: Future of Missouri low-income tax credit still in flux

Missouri Gov. Parson is willing to call a special session to restart the embattled low-income housing tax credit program. But lingering impact of former Gov. Greitens’ downfall continues to hamper reform efforts. → Read More

Former Kansas City Chiefs player joins 2020 Senate campaign in Kansas

David Lindstrom played eight seasons as defense end for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now he’s running for the open Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. → Read More

Saga of Missouri Title IX bills shows sway of lobbyists, dark money in state government

The Missouri Title IX bills fell short in the Missouri House and Senate after The Star revealed they were pushed by Richard McIntosh, whose son was expelled through Washington University Title IX. → Read More

Missouri’s new abortion ban has Nicole Galloway leaning toward campaign for governor

Democratic Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway is considering a run against Gov. Mike Parson in 2020 after the new law criminalizing abortion after 8 weeks of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape and incest. → Read More

Neither pushover nor agitator: How Jolie Justus would govern as Kansas City mayor

Councilwoman Jolie Justus, who faces Quinton Lucas in Kansas City mayoral election, says she has a history of tackling big issues. She talks about her work on KCI, neighborhoods and in the Missouri Senate. → Read More

Greitens controversy triggers Navy review of how to handle misconduct allegations

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ return to military services has triggered a review of how the U.S. Navy handles allegations of personal misconduct. → Read More

St. Louis judge blocks scheduled closure of Missouri’s lone abortion clinic

A St. Louis judge blocked Friday’s scheduled closure of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis. State regulators had refused to renew the clinic’s license, which expires at midnight. → Read More

Three arrested for stolen property charges after Jefferson City tornado, police say

Jefferson City Police have arrested three people related to theft and stolen property in the days after a tornado wrecked the town. Two men had motorcycles stolen in Kansas City. → Read More

Missouri Gov. Parson signs bill that criminalizes abortion after 8 weeks of pregnancy

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill Friday criminalizing abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, forgoing a public event and instead ratifying the new law in a private ceremony in his Capitol office. → Read More

‘We were all shaking’: Jefferson City tornado leaves dozens injured, 100 in shelters

As of 11 a.m. in Jefferson City and surrounding Cole County, the number injured stood at 25, Jefferson City police Lt. David Williams said at a morning news conference. About 100 people were in shelters after a tornado hit the Missouri state capital Wednesday night. → Read More

Eric Greitens to return to military service — but not as an elite SEAL, Navy confirms

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is returning to service, but he won’t be an elite Navy SEAL. The Navy did not provide an explanation, but the news of Greitens’ return did bring criticism onto the Navy. → Read More

Republican mega-donor demands Missouri Gov. Parson veto eight-week abortion ban

Republican mega-donor David Humphreys has called on Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to veto the sweeping anti-abortion bill. pa If Parson does not, a source says, Humphreys will bankroll an effort to repeal it. → Read More

Greitens says he’s making his return ... to the Navy, sources tell The Star

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has told friends and supporters in recent weeks that he plans to deploy with the Navy to the Middle East this fall and hopes his fourth book will be published later this year. → Read More

Missouri AG will take no action over Greitens social media use, closes investigation

After more than a year investigating whether former Gov. Eric Greitens used taxpayer-funded staff for his campaign’s social media, the Missouri attorney general’s office said Friday no action would be taken. → Read More

Parson may restart Missouri low-income housing tax credit program without legislature

Lawmakers are at odds over the best way to revamp Missouri’s low-income housing tax credit program. So Gov. MIke Parson may take matters into his own hands. → Read More

Sweeping Missouri abortion ban headed for passage in House and Gov. Parson’s signature

The Missouri House is expected Friday to pass and send to Gov. Mike Parson the sweeping anti-abortion bill that would ban procedure after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. → Read More

Missouri, joining Alabama and Georgia, passes near-total abortion ban

The Missouri Senate voted early Thursday to ban abortions eight weeks into pregnancy, even in cases of rape, incest or human trafficking, with criminal penalties for doctors that could send them to prison for up to 15 years. → Read More