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Rudi Keller

Rudi Keller

Rudi Keller covers the state budget, energy and the legislature. He’s spent 22 of his 30 years in journalism covering Missouri government and politics, most recently as the news editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Keller has won awards for spot news and investigative reporting.

Sheena Greitens documented abuse allegations against ex-husband in 2018

By: - June 23, 2022

It was 10 days since her husband, Eric Greitens, resigned as governor and Sheena Greitens was terrified. In that period, she wrote to a family lawyer in a June 14, 2018, email, Eric Greitens had been violent twice to one of his sons, lost his temper repeatedly and refused to admit his actions were a […]

Eric Greitens ‘RINO-hunting’ video incited threats to his ex-wife, lawyer says in court

By: - June 23, 2022

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Sheena Greitens’ attorney asked a judge Thursday to direct her ex-husband Eric Greitens to issue a public statement denouncing threats made since his Senate campaign published a video depicting him toting a gun and hunting his political opponents. Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider was presented with printouts of two threats.  One was […]

Eric Greitens calls mounting criticism of RINO-hunting video ‘faux outrage’

By: - June 21, 2022

Eric Greitens defended his “RINO Hunting” video during a Tuesday morning radio interview, saying critics who see it as a call to kill political opponents are “snowflakes” expressing “faux outrage.” In an appearance in KCMO’s “Pete Mundo in the Morning” show, Greitens said the video had been seen by 3.5 million people, generated thousands of […]

Eric Greitens ad touts ‘hunting permit’ for GOP rivals in Missouri U.S Senate race

By: - June 20, 2022

In a video posted Monday of a fake no-knock home raid, former Gov. Eric Greitens — flanked by extras in body armor, using flash grenades and carrying firearms — promoted a fundraising program offering a “RINO Hunting Permit” to supporters of his U.S. Senate campaign. RINO stands for “Republican in Name Only.” The video drew […]

Missouri Supreme Court ‘renounces’ use of photo with judges to promote Schmitt

By: - June 17, 2022

The Missouri Supreme Court on Friday said it had reported the use of an officially produced photo of three court judges with Attorney General Eric Schmitt for possible ethics violations after it showed up in a campaign mailer promoting him for U.S. Senate. The statement from the court, stating it “renounces the use” of the […]

‘No live controversy exists’: Judge rules against Schmitt in Columbia schools mask case

By: - June 16, 2022

Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Thursday lost on almost every point raised to prevent dismissal of his office’s lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools over its mask mandate. Circuit Judge Josh Devine, in a ruling in one of the highest-profile mask cases, wrote that the district had not required students to wear masks for more than […]

Ranked-choice voting proposal may miss Missouri ballot, campaign says

By: - June 16, 2022

A proposal that would bring ranked-choice voting to Missouri as part of the biggest change in state elections since the introduction of the partisan primary may not have enough signatures to make the November ballot. The constitutional amendment proposed by Better Elections needed at least 171,592 signatures, properly distributed among six of the state’s eight […]

Group of Missouri Republican state lawmakers push Blunt to oppose Senate gun deal

By: - June 16, 2022

More than four dozen Republican state lawmakers – including nine seeking higher office – want U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt to reverse his position and oppose the U.S. Senate gun control deal he helped negotiate. Blunt was part of a bipartisan group of 20 senators who crafted a bill that would give incentives to states to […]

Lesser-known candidates struggle for spotlight in Missouri Senate primaries

By: - June 13, 2022

You know Eric and Eric and David and Billy, Mark and Lucas and Trudy and Vicky. But do you recall the rest of the field at all? If not, it might be surprising to find out that Missouri’s Senate race this year drew 34 entrants. Only four will make it to the general election, including […]

Eric Greitens’ ex-wife seeks records from governor’s office detailing ‘abusive’ behavior

By: - June 8, 2022

Sheena Greitens’ attorney thinks the governor’s office may have proof to bolster claims that her client’s ex-husband, Eric Greitens, was prone to violence.  As part of the couple’s child custody battle in Boone County court, attorney Helen Wade filed a records request with the governor’s office asking for documents regarding Eric Greitens losing access to […]

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson backing Kalena Bruce in crowded 4th District GOP primary

By: - June 7, 2022

SEDALIA – Gov. Mike Parson waded into the crowded 4th Congressional District Republican primary Monday, citing long-time family friendship and past political support for backing Kalena Bruce. Bruce, an accountant and cattle farmer from Stockton, is making her first bid for public office, and the help from Parson will boost her profile in the seven-candidate […]

‘A piece of history for your house’: Missouri auctions stone salvaged from Capitol Building

By: - June 3, 2022

On Friday morning, stones quarried more than 100 years ago performed one last service for Missouri. Until recently, the dense white Burlington limestone pieces were part of the state Capitol Building completed in 1917. They provided surfaces for sidewalks and staircases, and formed rims for the three fountains that have attracted thousands of art students […]