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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.

Hopes fading for Missouri sports wagering bill to pass this year

By: - April 29, 2022

The odds are growing longer on whether Missourians will be able to bet on Kansas City Chiefs games from within the state this year.  And if Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signs a sports wagering bill passed early Friday, the odds of the Chiefs jumping the state line to a new stadium will grow shorter. Wednesday […]

KC police investigating whether officers violated law by allowing Greitens ride-along

By: - April 27, 2022

The Kansas City Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation of the Friday ride-along by former Gov. Eric Greitens as a possible violation of a 1940s law enacted to root out political corruption linked to notorious political boss Tom Pendergast. All the department’s records surrounding the ride-along are closed because they are now part of […]

Missouri Senate approves record budget, adds $1.2B to House spending

By: - April 26, 2022

Supporters of the only attempt to add money to the state’s record operating budget during Senate debate Tuesday also complained loudest that the state is spending too much. As the chamber worked through 13 bills spending $45.1 billion in the coming fiscal year, members of the conservative caucus often voted against the bills but offered […]

Attorney calls Eric Greitens subpoenas ‘a fishing expedition’ during Boone County hearing

By: - April 26, 2022

A Boone County judge will rule soon, perhaps by this week, whether former Gov. Eric Greitens will get access to his ex-wife Sheena Greitens’ telephone records as he attempts to prove his political enemies are behind explosive allegations of spousal and child abuse. Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider said at the end of a hearing […]

Tending pea patches: Senators add dozens of small items for districts to Missouri state budget

By: - April 25, 2022

Conservative Cassville Republican Emory Melton, a state senator from 1973 to 1997, didn’t like it when new programs with ongoing costs ended up in Missouri’s budget.  “There’s nothing that approaches eternal life on this earth like a government program,” he told an oral history interviewer in 1996. But when fellow Missouri lawmakers tapped the treasury […]

Kansas City police feel heat after Eric Greitens posts campaign video showing ride along

By: - April 25, 2022

After former Gov. Eric Greitens used its facilities as a prop for a campaign video, the Kansas City Police Department this weekend tried to blunt criticism it is playing political favoritism. On Friday afternoon, Greitens tweeted a 15-second video telling followers that he was getting ready for a ride along with Kansas City Police Department […]

Missouri Senate committee cuts attorney general’s budget over COVID lawsuits

By: - April 20, 2022

A Southwest Missouri Republican upset with Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s aggressive campaign of lawsuits against local governments and school districts cut $500,000 from Schmitt’s budget on Wednesday. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, won committee support for cutting money added by the Missouri House. The extra funds would have allowed Schmitt to hire […]

Missouri offering $49.5M to settle overtime claims for corrections officers

By: - April 20, 2022

Missouri is offering Department of Corrections employees routinely shorted on their pay a $49.5 million settlement to drop a lawsuit scheduled for trial in June. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the money Tuesday as a budget amendment from Gov. Mike Parson’s administration. The budget will also include ongoing funds to pay officers for the time […]

Record Missouri budget grows as Senate adds spending, House works on $1B tax credit plan

By: - April 20, 2022

Missouri would pay its full share of public school transportation costs for the first time in more than 20 years under a budget proposal approved Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The committee added $214 million for school transportation to the $114 million included in the record-setting $46.5 billion budget plan approved by the Missouri […]

In Senate race full of millionaires, Missouri must wait to see finances of newest entrant

By: - April 15, 2022

There are several millionaires seeking Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat, financial disclosure reports show. But voters won’t see the finances of the only likely billionaire in the race until July. Trudy Busch Valentine, a Democrat and Anheuser Busch beer heiress who jumped into the race during the final days of filing, on Monday filed for […]

Senate committee approves bill that could overturn Missouri Medicaid expansion

By: - April 13, 2022

A constitutional amendment asking Missourians to let lawmakers decide year-to-year whether the state will offer Medicaid to working-age adults moved closer to passage on Wednesday. By an 8-5 vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent the House-passed proposal to the full Senate for debate. Only Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield, voted with Democrats to oppose the measure, […]

Missouri House leaders reveal $1 billion tax credit plan to spend down record surplus

By: - April 12, 2022

As the annual income tax filing deadline approaches on Friday, Republican legislative leaders have announced a plan to use $1 billion from the state’s historic surplus for tax rebates. Under a bill introduced Monday, single income tax filers would receive a $500 credit and married couples a $1,000 credit if they lived in the state […]