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Past articles by Jon:

Report: Racial disparities in Springfield police stops persist

Police chief says its important to note difference between disparities and discrimination. → Read More

McCaskill touts veterans survey, benefits for mustard gas survivors during Springfield visit

During Springfield visit, the U.S. Senator also discussed Trump and legislation to aid veterans affected by mustard gas → Read More

Nixon announces money for improvements at Springfield veterans' cemetary

Governor also touts dollars for new veterans' home → Read More

Nixon tells DOR to hurry up on tax returns

Governor says he appreciates concerns over fraud but wants Missourians to get their tax refunds → Read More

District director: Long's committee assignments based on merit, not donations

Long has given $133,000 to NRCC so far this election cycle → Read More

Waiting on your tax refund? You're not alone.

Missouri Department of Revenue says many tax refunds will be delayed eight to 10 weeks to protect against fraud. → Read More

Kander touts coalition of veteran supporters in U.S. Senate race

Supporter of U.S. Sen Roy Blunt says incumbent also cares about veterans → Read More

Local lawmakers reflect on struggles to push legislation into law

Many local legislators spend years in office without seeing a bill they sponsored passed into law. → Read More

Experts: If "stand your ground" becomes Missouri law, courts may decide what it means

Law would also allow for permit-less concealed carry and lower criminal penalties for carrying guns in restricted places → Read More

Lawmakers pass sales tax break for gyms, anti-trafficking bill

Missouri lawmakers also approved a "Narcan" bill to combat drug overdoses. → Read More

Plenty to be decided in final week of legislative session

Bills related to local early education programs, abortion and juvenile crime are among those awaiting action. → Read More

High-speed hurdle? Proposed Missouri law would restrict municipal broadband networks

Measure must survive review by conference committee as legislators reconcile competing bills → Read More

Anti-abortion legislation clears House, heads to Senate

Legislation's sponsor Rep. Mike Moon evokes infamous Dred Scott decision in floor speech → Read More

Time served? Senate passes bill to allow criminal records to be cleared with less delay

Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, calls his legislation a "jobs bill" that would help people find work after serving time → Read More

What will become of photo voter ID debate in the Missouri Capitol?

A so-called "personhood" bill and prescription drug monitoring also are expected to be debated this week. → Read More

Gas tax, gun, murder and beer bills advance in the statehouse

With two weeks left in the legislative session, lawmakers are running out of time to pass legislation. → Read More

Hough slips early education measure into court reform bill

Springfield lawmaker says amendment to popular bill improves chances for local early education measure → Read More

Controversial religious freedom bill dies in House committee in tie vote

JEFFERSON CITY — In a tie 6-6 vote, a Missouri House panel Wednesday downed SJR 39, the contentious legislation that would prevent the state from penalizing some organizations and people who deny services to gay couples. After putting off a vote on the measure for more than a week, the House Emerging Issues Committee voted on the controversial measure — which had caused a 37-hour filibuster… → Read More

Prescription drug monitoring bills compete in Missouri Senate

One bill would call on doctors to monitor for abuse, another would require state officials to monitor → Read More

Ozarks lawmaker, top Democrats don't see eye-to-eye on proposed education fix

Gov. Jay Nixon and Democratic gubernatorial candidate have called out Sen. Jay Wasson's proposal to fix the state's education formula → Read More