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More than double the number of black drivers than white drivers were stopped in St. Louis in 2018.
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The Missouri House has approved a measure that would end residency requirements for police officers throughout the state. 

State Rep. Ron Hicks, R-Dardenne Prairie, is sponsoring the legislation that would allow officers to live anywhere within a one-hour response time to their precinct. The proposal passed the House 105-41 Monday. On the House floor before the vote, Hicks held up a stack of printouts of emails his office received from law enforcement around the state in favor of the proposal. 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks to news reporters on the last day of the legislative session in Jefferson City.
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Leaders of the Missouri Black Caucus met with Gov. Mike Parson to talk about gun violence but left without much hope for stricter gun control.

The topic was discussed Tuesday, but state Rep. Ashley Bland Manlove, D-Kansas City, said the governor did not see legislative interest in making changes. 

State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley, D-St. Louis
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State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley is the latest guest on the Politically Speaking podcast. The St. Louis Democrat spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum about her first year as a member of the Missouri House.

Bosley represents the 79th District, which takes in portions of north, central and south St. Louis. She was first elected to her seat in 2018.

Gov. Mike Parson delivers his first State of the State address Jan. 16, 2019.
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As the Missouri General Assembly hits its week-long spring break, lawmakers are mulling over what they’ve accomplished so far — and bracing for an array of items that haven’t reached the legislative finish line.

While lawmakers in both the House and Senate have been able to tackle issues that have historically stalled, such as curtailing the low-income housing tax-credit program, priorities that Gov. Mike Parson holds near and dear have run into opposition from his own party.