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Gov. Eric Greitens announced in late May that he would resign after facing months of political and legal scandals.The saga started in January, when KMOV released a recording of a woman saying Greitens took a compromising photo of her during a sexual encounter and threatened to blackmail her.A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens in February on felony invasion of privacy. The woman testified to lawmakers that Greitens sexually and physically abused her, spurring bipartisan calls for his resignation or impeachment.The invasion of privacy charge was eventually dropped by St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office following a series of prosecutorial missteps before the trial began. Greitens was also accused of illegally obtaining a donor list from the veterans non-profit he co-founded with his political campaign, but that charge, too, was dismissed as part a deal that led to his resignation as governor.

Politically Speaking: Is Eric Greitens Coming Back Into The Political Fray?

Gov. Eric Greitens walks away from reporters after making a statement outside the Circuit Court building. May 14, 2018
File photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio
Former Gov. Eric Greitens has returned to public view after a Missouri Ethics Commission decision that fined his campaign $178,000. That amount will likely be reduced to $38,000.

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking weekly news roundup, St. Louis Public Radio’s team of political reporters talks about the re-emergence of former Gov. Eric Greitens and efforts in Jefferson City to pass a prescription drug monitoring program.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie O’Donoghue, Jaclyn Driscoll and Jason Rosenbaum discussed how a PDMP once again passed the Missouri House despite loud opposition from some Republicans. It faces a tough reception in the Missouri Senate, where the program aimed at stamping out opioid abuse has failed to advance previously.

Here’s what else was discussed on this week’s show:

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Julie O’Donoghue on Twitter: @jsodonoghue

Follow Jaclyn Driscoll on Twitter: @DriscollNPR

Music: “Live Your Life” by T.I. and Rihanna 

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