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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.

Federal judge dismisses Missouri AG Eric Schmitt lawsuit blaming China for COVID-19

By: - July 8, 2022

Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit blaming China for COVID-19 was dismissed Friday when a federal judge ruled his court has no jurisdiction over foreign governments. U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh, in a 38-page ruling, wrote that a federal law setting rules for when a sovereign foreign entity could be sued in U.S. courts doesn’t allow […]

TV ad spending approaches $10 million in Missouri U.S. Senate primary

By: - July 7, 2022

In late March, a poll from Trafalgar Group showed the Republican Senate primary in a dead heat. U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, with 24.9%, held a slight edge over former Gov. Eric Greitens, with Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt just behind but all within the 3% margin of error. Three months later, after nearly $10 million […]

Eric Greitens’ attorney objects to deposition ahead of hearing over abuse allegations

By: - July 6, 2022

An effort to get former Gov. Eric Greitens on the record about allegations of child and spousal abuse before a public trial next week may not succeed. Greitens is in a dispute with his former wife, Sheena Greitens, over jurisdiction of their child custody arrangement. She wants it moved to Texas, where she lives now, […]

Trudy Busch Valentine reports up to $215M in wealth, $30M in income on federal filing

By: - July 5, 2022

Trudy Busch Valentine, heir to a share of the Busch family beer fortune, confirmed in a federal disclosure filing Sunday that she is not personally a billionaire. But she is, by far, the wealthiest candidate for Missouri’s open Senate seat. Valentine reported assets between $67.5 million and $214.7 million in the 38-page personal financial disclosure […]

Missouri governor proposes special session to cut taxes after vetoing rebate plan

By: - July 1, 2022

Missouri would have a flat income tax that exempts many lower income earners under a proposal floated Friday by Gov. Mike Parson after he vetoed a tax rebate plan overwhelmingly approved by lawmakers. Parson vetoed four bills in all, including a bill extending a variety of tax incentives important to farmers and rural businesses, such […]

Missouri governor vetoes tax rebate plan from record $49 billion state budget

By: - June 30, 2022

An avalanche of tax revenue is bulging Missouri’s treasury, but tax rebates approved by lawmakers won’t be coming to taxpayer bank accounts. The record surplus does, however, mean schools get more for transportation, college students get more money in scholarships and many Medicaid providers will see a rate increase in the fiscal year that begins […]

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 […]