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Samuel King


Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Samuel:

Watch Live: Gov. Abbott Issues Order Outlining How To Reopen Texas Economy

Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to announce the initial process of loosening restrictions on businesses, a step that some say would signal a "reopening → Read More

Watch Live: Gov. Abbott Issues Order Outlining How To Reopen Texas Economy

Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to announce the initial process of loosening restrictions on businesses, a step that some say would signal a "reopening → Read More

Struck By EF4 Tornado, Lawrence Farm Gets By With A Little Help From Its Friends

A direct hit from last Tuesday's EF4 tornado didn't stop Pendleton's Kaw Valley Country Market from making its usual weekend appearance at → Read More

Missouri Corrections Department To Counties: The Check's In The Mail For Housing Inmates, Eventually

Counties across Missouri hoped this was the year that the Department of Corrections would make headway on the $20-$30 million they’re owed for housing inmates who eventually go to state prisons. But legislators allocated only $1.75 million more to address the backlog. Missouri's practice of reimbursing counties in this way is unique in the United States, and local sheriffs and county leaders say… → Read More

Politically Speaking: Breaking Down The Ups And Downs Of The 2019 Missouri General Assembly

On a special edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio links up with KCUR’s Statehouse Blend to review the ins and outs of the 2019 session → Read More

Missouri House Votes To Roll Back Redistricting Changes Approved By Voters In November

The Missouri House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Monday to advance a joint resolution that would have voters decide whether to make changes to → Read More

Higher Ed, Transportation Among Things Missouri Lawmakers Must Hash Out To Pass State's Budget

The Missouri House and Senate have approved their versions of the $29 billion budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. But there’s still work to be done ahead → Read More

'Dark Money' Groups Spent Millions To Influence Missouri Voters, Report Finds

Research from a California-based nonprofit finds Missouri voters are often kept in the dark about campaign spending.The report from Maplight found → Read More

Projections Show Supply Of Medical Marijuana In Missouri Will Outpace Demand

When Missouri’s medical marijuana program is fully underway, there may be more of the drug produced than consumed. That’s according to researchers at the → Read More

Missouri Lawmakers Seek To Shield The Emails That Voters Said Should Be Public

Any member of the public can go to the debates in Missouri House or Senate. And in November, voters said the discussions about legislation and strategy that lawmakers have in emails and other documents should be public knowledge, too. But some legislators are looking to once again shield those records from public view, a move that opponents say is a step backward for government openness and… → Read More

New Missouri Highway Patrol Superintendent Brings Crime-Fighting Background To Post

The acting head of the Missouri State Highway Patrol may soon have the job permanently. Governor Mike Parson appointed Lt. Colonel Eric Olson as → Read More

Missouri House Approves Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill

The Missouri House of Representatives voted 117-39 Wednesday to approve a bill that would effectively ban abortions in Missouri except for medical → Read More

Missouri House Votes To Limit The State's Open Records Laws, Passes Ethics Changes

The majority of Missouri state representatives decided Thursday to subject local officials to the same lobbying and campaign contribution limits that state → Read More

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Yet Again A Sticking Point For Missouri Legislators

Missouri remains the only state without a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, though it is a step closer. Again. The House debated the bill, → Read More

Costs To Missouri Add Up As State Workers Seeking Better Pay Quit Their Jobs

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s budget plan includes a raise for all state employees, who on average are the lowest-paid in the nation. “We're going to invest in the state workforce,” state budget director Dan Haug said. “We have had some studies done and we had employees below what the market minimums were, so we're going to try to get almost all of our employees up to that.” If the state doesn’t,… → Read More

Under Investigation: Sen.-Elect Josh Hawley For His Conduct As Missouri Attorney General

Updated at 7:20 p.m. Dec. 10 with a response to the investigation from the Office of the Attorney General. Updated at 2:10 p.m. Dec. 10 with secretary of → Read More

Now Under Investigation: Senator-Elect And Outgoing Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is under investigation for possibly using "public funds" in his bid for U.S. Senate, the Secretary of State → Read More

Missouri's Next Attorney General Will Be State Treasurer Eric Schmitt

Gov. Mike Parson appointed state Treasurer Eric Schmitt as Missouri’s next attorney general Tuesday morning, filling the office that will be vacated by → Read More

Missouri's McCaskill, Hawley Clash In Final Debate Before Election

Democratic U.S Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, faced off in their final debate Thursday at the → Read More

Savvy Political Campaigns In Kansas, Missouri Target Cord-Cutters With Ads

The same technology that allows you to stream your favorite team or show from anywhere also allows political groups from either side of the aisle to find you and subject you to a glut of political ads for congressional races in Kansas, Missouri and all over the country. Television is still the biggest force in political advertising, with research firm Borrell Associates estimating $8.9 billion… → Read More