State News

Leara chairing Missouri’s Gaming Commission

Gov. Mike Parson announced last week that former Rep. Mike Leara, of Concord, was appointed to and named chair of the Missouri Gaming Commission. Leara, a Republican who represented South County as a state legislator for eight years in the 96th District seat now held by Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills, has served as owner

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Missouri House passes the ‘strongest pro-life bill’ in United States

By Blythe Nebeker and Abigail Shaw  Columbia Missourian The “strongest pro-life bill” in the country, as many Republicans are calling it, received final approval from the Missouri House last week after hours of emotional and personal testimony from lawmakers. Democrats and Republicans told stories about miscarriages, sexual assault and their experiences with the births of

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Sunshine Law change is a ‘crisis to access’

By Ian Nickens, Gaelle Fournier and Kelsey Wu of the Columbia Missourian and Erin Achenbach of the Call Missouri House members approved changes in the state Sunshine Law last week that would make communications between public officials at all levels of government and their constituents largely immune to public-records requests. The changes, amended to a

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