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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Democratic political action committee is targeting Republican Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley over allegations of corruption by a past top donor. The Senate Majority PAC ad claims Hawley is "refusing to investigate" as attorney general. Hawley says he doesn't have the authority to bring charges.

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) - A center in eastern Missouri says it would give up its chimpanzees and other primates to settle a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Lawyers for the Missouri Primate Foundation in Festus told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday that say its owner, Connie Braun Casey, has cared for the chimps for decades and considers them part of her family. PETA had accused the center of keeping the animals in filthy, mostly barren enclosures with inadequate space to roam.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the lieutenant governor. The move announced Monday carries some legal uncertainty because Missouri's constitution isn't clear on whether a governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor. Kehoe is a businessman who has represented parts of central Missouri in the state Senate since 2011.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Trump administration policy to force separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border is facing pushback from Missouri's U.S. senators. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she'll work to stop what she described as a misguided policy. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said that separating families doesn't "meet the standard of who we are as a country." President Donald Trump is digging in despite bipartisan criticism.

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