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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.

Morning COVID-19 report: 1,524 new Missouri cases, hospitals report strain on services

By: - October 20, 2020

Missouri recorded 1,524 new cases and 25 additional deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday, the sixth consecutive day with more than 1,000 new cases, as hospitalizations remained at near record levels. The morning update from the Department of Health and Senior Services showed there was at least one new case in 102 of the 117 local health […]

Missouri highway patrol investigating hoax text claiming Rowden quitting politics

By: - October 20, 2020

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a hoax text message sent Saturday night claiming state Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, was quitting his re-election campaign. The text, sent from a telephone with a 573 area code, began “Dear Voter” and reported that “family matters” that required “my immediate and undivided attention” were forcing […]

Missouri budget bouncing back from COVID, but experts warn economic weakness remains

By: - October 20, 2020

When a drug store customer selects a promotional package offering a free toothbrush with a new tube of toothpaste or two extra razors in a bag of shavers, there’s a good chance the sale display was assembled in a sheltered workshop. Located throughout the state, the 87 workshops employ around 5,600 people with a developmental […]