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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.

Ann Wagner bucks Missouri GOP colleagues on electoral vote objections

By: - January 4, 2021

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner on Monday became the first Republican in the Missouri congressional delegation to say publicly that she will oppose attempts to object to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is leading efforts among Senators to keep President Donald Trump in office for a second […]

Missouri COVID counts remain high as vaccine rollout accelerates

By: - January 4, 2021

Missouri continues to report thousands of new COVID-19 cases as distribution of vaccines to health care workers and nursing home residents accelerates. And a look back at the course of the pandemic in Missouri during 2020 shows that no region was spared death and disease. While absolute numbers of cases and deaths were highest in […]

Lawmakers renew push for party registration, closed Missouri primaries

By: - January 4, 2021

For as long as Missouri has had voter registration, there has been no requirement that people choose a political party as part of the process. That means every primary is open to every voter. Every four years, it is possible to cast a ballot in one party’s presidential primary in the spring and another party’s […]

Missouri bills target school boards, county commissioners for recalls

By: - December 29, 2020

As public schools prepared to reopen last summer, local school boards chose between in-person learning, online instruction or a blend of the two. Many heard often from parents, who at times gathered to protest. Some wanted a delayed opening or virtual learning. Some demanded in-person classwork. The agitation didn’t stop as the year progressed. In […]

Missouri Supreme Court flushes sales tax case of Springfield potty provider

By: - December 23, 2020

Sometimes people feel like the government is dumping on them, and this week that person is Charlie Gott. For 35 years, Gott has been the answer to the call of nature for thousands of people on construction sites and outdoor events. His company, Gott’s To Go — slogan “Call on Charlie Gott when you’ve Gotts […]

Missouri exceeds 5,000 COVID-19 deaths as vaccine rollout continues

By: - December 22, 2020

Missouri surpassed 5,000 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday when the state Department of Health and Senior Services added 211 new fatalities, including 140 from a weekly review of death certificates. The state has now endured 5,158 deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus that has caused a worldwide pandemic. The weekly review of deaths to […]

Worth County last in Missouri to record a COVID-19 death

By: - December 21, 2020

Death from COVID-19 has visited every county in Missouri, the Department of Health and Senior Services reported this weekend. Tiny Worth County, with only about 2,000 people on the Iowa border, was the last of 117 local health jurisdictions to have a death recorded on the department’s coronavirus dashboard. The report, made Saturday, shows the […]

Missouri House Democrat accused of sex with intern defies calls for his resignation

By: - December 18, 2020

A Democratic state lawmaker from St. Louis facing censure by the Missouri House says he will not resign as legislative leaders begin imposing sanctions recommended by the House Ethics Committee. State Rep. Wiley Price IV told The Missouri Independent Friday that he did not intend to give up his seat in the House after the […]

House ethics panel seeks censure of Missouri Democrat accused of having sex with intern

By: - December 16, 2020

A St. Louis lawmaker should be censured, stripped of his committee assignments and pay the costs of an investigation that concluded he had sex with an intern and retaliated against an employee who reported it, the Missouri House Ethics stated in a report issued Wednesday. The report — which was unanimously approved by the bipartisan […]

Missouri PSC will not order a moratorium on utility shut offs

By: - December 16, 2020

There will be no state-ordered moratorium on utility shut offs this winter, the Missouri Public Service Commission decided Wednesday in a unanimous vote. The five-member commission rejected a call from the Consumers Council of Missouri for a moratorium through March 31 and staff analysis that it had the legal authority to issue a moratorium order. […]

Missouri vaccine rollout continues as counties face deadline for spending COVID funds

By: - December 16, 2020

Rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccine continued in Missouri on Tuesday with a veteran who will celebrate his 100th birthday on Christmas getting a shot and the University of Missouri receiving its first shipment. The rush to get the vaccine to frontline caregivers and high-risk individuals isn’t the only thing accelerating as the end of […]

After testy debate, Missouri GOP bill casting doubt on Joe Biden’s victory likely dead

By: - December 14, 2020

A Democratic state representative on Monday accused Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani of lying to overturn the presidential election. The former New York City mayor responded by calling the lawmaker dangerous to democracy. The exchange came during a House Special Committee on Government Oversight hearing on a resolution asking Congress to reject the electoral votes of […]