US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

Budget Battle

Bitterly divided Congress careens fails to stave off government shutdown


Attorney general proposes changes to strengthen open records laws

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley proposed legislative changes Monday he said would help better enforce state records request and records retention laws. In December, Hawley announced his office would investigate potential violations of the state’s open records law after it was...


Greitens’ proposed budget cuts higher education funding again

JEFFERSON CITY — Higher education is under the chopping block again after Gov. Eric Greitens released his budget plan for the 2019 fiscal year Monday, where he proposed an almost $98 million cut, or 10.8 percent. While the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will gain almost $55...


Proposed bill would allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees

Community colleges across Missouri could offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in select programs instead of being limited to two-year associate degrees. A proposed bill would allow community colleges, through the Coordinating Board of Higher Education, to apply for baccalaureate degree programs if...


Senators strike a deal re-opening government after 69 hours

Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take...


As Gibson police probe continues, Utah DNR head remains supportive

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The DNR Executive Director said a $20-million flood-mitigation effort abutting property co-owned by Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson is rumored to be involved in a police investigation. He said he doesn’t believe any wrongdoing happened. 


White House official: President Donald Trump signs bill funding government through Feb. 8,

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House official: President Donald Trump signs bill funding government through Feb. 8, ending 69-hour shutdown.


A fresh GOP promise and a 'talking stick' help end shutdown

Budget Battle Inside the Room

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Senate called it quits late Sunday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared there still was no deal to end the federal government shutdown and address a standoff over immigration. On Monday morning, he and many of his fellow Democrats got to yes fast. Whether...


5 years after fall on ice, former aircraft mechanic still struggles

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Blake Halfacre says his goal in waging his battle for treatment is to get back to work, but the chances are looking slim as he exhausts all possibilities. 


The Latest: Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

Trump-Tariffs on Solar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Mexico says it regrets the United States’ decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels. It says it will “use all...


POLITICS ROUND-UP: A look at some key stories in state and local politics

With the state legislature in session and attention focused on news about Missouri’s governor, we offer a few key stories about state and local politics from the past week and a calendar of upcoming events. Governor says he will not resign In an interview with The Associated Press published...

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