Koster, GOP Missouri gubernatorial hopefuls talk agriculture

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) – Democrat Chris Koster is touting experience as attorney general as he seeks to distinguish himself from four Republicans running for Missouri governor. The Missouri Farm Bureau gubernatorial forum Sunday in Osage Beach was the first time Koster spoke at a question-and-answer session alongside Republicans. Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner, former…

Promises of a positive Missouri governor’s race questioned

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Candidates and party insiders say they’re hopeful the Missouri governor’s race will be positive. But tensions recently flared between two Republican candidates, and some political scientists say a four-way Republican primary makes negative campaigning likely. Truman State University political scientist Randy Hagerty says it’s likely to get nasty. Candidates say…

Missouri Lt Gov Kinder says campaign money was misspent

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder says thousands of dollars of campaign funds were misspent by former aides and he has referred the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office. Kinder’s gubernatorial campaign released a statement Friday saying that an internal investigation found that former contractors had prepared incorrect reports to the…

Rauner signs bill to reduce unemployment insurance costs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at lowering the cost of unemployment insurance. The bill signed Friday was a compromise between business groups and labor unions. It tightens the definition of “misconduct” used to disqualify laid-off workers from receiving unemployment benefits. Under current law misconduct must be shown to…