Chris Koster

Same-Sex Marriage
5:36 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Missouri's Rekindled Same-Sex Marriage Fight Highlights Political Shifts

Chris Koster pressed for gay rights at state Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner this month
Credit Bill Greenblatt/UPI

(Updated 11:40 a.m. Friday, June 27)

Just a few weeks ago, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster  was publicly exhorting Missouri Republicans to change their party’s platform, which endorses the state’s 10-year-old constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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More Testing
7:49 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Bridgeton Landfill Owner Agrees To New Measures To Monitor Underground Fire And Control Odors

The southeast corner of the Bridgeton Landfill, showing the plastic cap intended to keep gases from escaping.
Credit Missouri Department of Natural Resources

 UPDATED 6/20/14 to correct description of radioactivity testing along waste haul routes.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has reached a new agreement with Bridgeton Landfill owner Republic Services.

It includes additional measures that Republic must take to monitor the movement of an underground fire at the landfill and to control the foul odors ― and potentially toxic gases ― emanating from it.

Those measures include:

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Missouri Democratic Party
7:00 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Koster Takes Charge As He Gives $100,000 to Missouri Democratic Party

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster makes remarks at the Jefferson Jackson dinner in St. Louis.
Credit Bill Greenblatt, UPI

(Updated 10:50 p.m., Sat., June 7)

Seven years after leaving the Republican Party, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has in effect taken the reins of the Missouri Democratic Party. 

That point was underscored Saturday night when -- shortly before the Democrats' annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner --  Koster presented the state party chairman a check for $100,000.

That's the second such six-figure donation that Koster has given the state Democratic operation in the past year -- making him the largest single donor to the state party.

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Consumer Protection
5:05 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Koster Reaches Accord With Walgreens Over Mismarked Prices

Attorney General Chris Koster says the state's agreement with Walgreens will make sure the company stops overcharging consumers.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Attorney General Chris Koster reached an agreement with Walgreens regarding overcharging consumers. 

Koster sued the pharmacy giant last year, contending that stores around the state were charging more than the prices displayed on shelves. His office’s lawsuit stated that the company was violating the state’s consumer-protection laws by “engaging in false, misleading and deceptive advertising and pricing schemes.”

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Death Penalty
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Missouri Execution Secrecy

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

In a court hearing Wednesday, the Missouri attorney general's office defended the secrecy that just last week Attorney General Chris Koster expressed concerns over.

Inmate John Winfield is scheduled to be executed on June 18 for murdering two people in St. Louis County in 1996. His lawyer, Joe Luby, argued in the Cole County 19th Judicial Circuit Court that the Missouri Department of Corrections is violating the sunshine law by keeping secret the identity of the supplier of the execution drug.

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Missouri Elections
11:12 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Koster's Stance On Death Penalty May Boost Democrats' Election Chances

Chris Koster
Credit (Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says that his speech last Thursday to fellow lawyers, where he laid out the challenges facing Missouri and other states with the death penalty, had everything to do with policy, not politics.

“The purpose of the speech was to continue a serious public policy discussion regarding one aspect of perhaps the most profound act conducted by state government,”  Koster wrote in a statement Friday to St. Louis Public Radio.

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Death Penalty
3:27 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Expressing Concern Over Execution Secrecy, Koster Calls On State To Make Lethal Injection Drugs

Credit Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

In a speech Thursday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster expressed concern over the execution secrecy that his office has previously fought hard to defend. The Democrat is calling on the state to create a state-run laboratory to produce the lethal injection drugs itself.

Koster says the expanding secrecy surrounding Missouri’s lethal injection methods should "concern all of us deeply.”

The announcement comes at a time when there are few willing suppliers, which Koster admitted in his speech.

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Campaign Finance
1:22 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Koster Outraising, Outspending Likely 2016 GOP Rivals For Governor

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(Updated 5 p.m. Tues., April 15)

The latest campaign-finance reports show Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat running for governor in 2016, handily outpacing his potential Republican rivals when it comes to raising money – and banking it.

In reports due today, Koster had raised $539,364 so far this calendar year and had amassed just over $2 million in the bank.

That compares to $251,596 that state Auditor Tom Schweich reported raising since Jan. 1, with a bank account totaling $834,747 as of March 31.

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Wounded Warriors Project
12:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

St. Charles Man Charged With Falsely Soliciting Donations For Wounded Veterans

St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar (r) and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster are charging a man for scamming about $6,000 from people and claiming the money was for the Wounded Warriors Project.
Credit (Shula Neuman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today announced criminal charges against a St. Charles man accused of falsely collecting donations for the Wounded Warriors Project, a national nonprofit organization that assists wounded American veterans. 

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Labor Unions
7:08 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Union Workers Rally At Missouri Capitol Against 'Right To Work' Legislation

An estimate 1,000 union workers turned out on March 26, 2014, to oppose "right to work" efforts by Republican lawmakers.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Roughly a thousand labor union members crowded onto the south lawn of the state Capitol Wednesday to rally against legislation to turn Missouri into a "right-to-work" state.

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