After top executives with the Missouri Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems were found accepting free gas and staying at luxury hotels on taxpayers dollars, the PSRS/PEERS board added rigid policies on accepting gifts.
Republicans and Democrats chose their leaders for the 2009 session on Thursday.
Leonard Riggins, a 52-year-old St. Louis firefighter, was shot and killed after stopping to help at a crash scene in St. Louis County on Wednesday. He's the fifth emergency worker killed in the St. Louis area this year.
Just two days after the November election and after months of campaign stump speeches and rhetoric, a theme of bipartisan cooperation emerged in Jefferson City.
Democrat John Bowman was introduced Thursday as the chief of staff for Senator-elect Robin Wright-Jones, of St. Louis.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said she will ask the legislature next year to adopt early voting. Nationwide, an estimated one-third of voters cast ballots before Tuesday, which proponents said led to reduced lines and quicker vote counts.
Sixty-nine percent of registered Missouri voters turned out on Election Day, despite earlier projections from the Missouri secretary of state's office that projected a voter turnout of as high as 76 percent.
The governor's attorney says that the case, which is seeking access to Blunt's office's e-mail records, should be dismissed because of lack of evidence.
Political scientists point to evangelicals, rural voters as key constituencies in the state.
As Democrat Barack Obama assumes the position of president-elect in the U.S., many Missouri black leaders said this may open doors for a black politician to become a statewide elected official.
Missouri has never elected a black official to a statewide office.
The exit poll showed how much the state's mood has changed since 2004. When President George W. Bush carried Missouri four years ago, slightly more than half of voters said the economy was good.
McCain didn't win the election, but he has the lead in Missouri before counting provisional ballots.
Although Obama has won the presidency, McCain may collect Missouri's electoral votes; he leads Obama by 5,853 votes with about 7,000 provisional ballots to count.
It will take another month before gamblers can enjoy Missouri casinos without the loss limit in place.
Peter Kinder retained his seat as lieutenant governor while Chris Koster was elected attorney general.
Missourians passed all the intiatives and constitutional amendments on the ballot. They included an English-only amendment to the state Constitution, expanded options for stormwater bonds, established a home-care attendant council and increased required renewable energy sources for publicly owned utilities to 15 percent.
City voters approved a measure to issue $38.9 million in bonds to finance future renovations and additions to the city's water system over the next six years.
The Democrat was declared the winner by The Associated Press as soon as polls closed.
The 21-year-old man was charged with murder and assault after his father was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head and his stepmother was also found shot.