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New Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) addresses the media at the close of the legislative session on May 15, 2015 (Tim Bommel photo)

Analysis: Mo. Legislative Session Ends in Chaos

AP takes look back at what passed & what led up to Todd Richardson becoming House Speaker

05/16/2015

The dome shines brightly on the Missouri State Capitol as the sun begins to set in Jefferson City, Missouri on March 22, 2011.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Senate Quits Early, Killing Numerous Bills

Senate Democrats briefly relented Friday from a weeklong blockade to allow final approval of a bill reauthorizing $3.6 billion of annual health care provider taxes for the state’s Medicaid program. But that was the only bill they let come to a vote.

05/15/2015

Rep. Mark Richardson being sworn in as House Speaker (Provided by Tim Bommel, Photojournalist, Missouri State Capitol)

Missouri House Elects Speaker After Resignation Over Texts

The Missouri House unanimously elected Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber’s top spot on Friday following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl, who acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a Capitol intern.

05/15/2015

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Missouri House Approves Change to Standard for Deadly Force

The House’s vote Friday sends the bill to the Senate, where activity has been stalled this week. Legislators face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to give final approval to bills.

05/15/2015

Chief Sam Dotson (KMOX/file photo)

Search On for Police Civilian Review Board Panelists Who Don’t Have Ax to Grind

Some aldermen say they want panel members who don’t have a bias – for or against – the police.

05/15/2015

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Intern in Sexting Scandal Breaks Silence

Katie Graham, of Joplin, Mo., and a student at Missouri Southern State University, sent out a statement late Thursday evening.

05/15/2015

(Courtesy of Todd Richardson Official Twitter page)

Missouri Republicans Choose Richardson as Next House Speaker

Missouri Republicans have chosen House Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber’s top spot following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl.

05/14/2015

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon listens to residents and faith and community leaders as they discuss unrest in the town of Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown during a forum held at Christ the King UCC Church on Aug. 14, 2014 in Florissant, Mo. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Right-to-Work Supporters Prepare for Possible Veto

Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Mehan says if Gov. Nixon does veto the measure, they will try to receive enough votes to override his veto.

05/14/2015

John Diehl (Provided by Tim Bommel, Photojournalist, Missouri State Capitol)

Missouri House Speaker Resigns After Intern Text Messages

Diehl on Thursday said he is resigning both from his House speaker’s position and from his elected job as a Republican representative from suburban St. Louis.

05/14/2015

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl (Courtesy of @johndiehljr Twitter profile)

Diehl: ‘It Was a Stupid Thing To Do, and I’m Sorry’

A screenshot of sexual text messages exchanged between Missouri House Speaker John Diehl and a Capitol intern has been released by the Kansas City Star.

05/14/2015

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Gov. Nixon’s 2015 State of the State Address

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon implored lawmakers to embrace policies that “foster healing and hope” Wednesday as he delivered his first State of the State address since the unrest that erupted over the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson.

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