The most recent articles on PolitiFact Missouri

Did Andrew Yang break the law? We may never know

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang surprised viewers of the Houston debate when he vowed to give 10 families $1,000 a month, every month, for a year. Would that even be legal?

Do pit bulls account for 30% to 50% of shelter dogs?

"Our shelters are full of pit bulls. Thirty to 50 percent of dogs in shelters are pit bulls," said one Missouri legislator. Is that correct?

Did the Jefferson County Port Authority release Rob Vescovo’s Social Security number and more?

The Missouri Legislature is challenging new Sunshine Law stipulations under Clean Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Tony Messenger examined the current challenges in a Jan. 20 column that attracted the attention of state Rep. Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold.

Has MU bent over backwards to increase faculty diversity?

Political commentators often point to the fall 2015 protests at MU as the beginning of a national trend of emboldened student activists making noise at institutions of higher education. In the case of writer David French and the National Review, MU is a cautionary tale about what happens when student activists are too loud — enrollment, finances and tradition suffer.  

Will medical marijuana users in Missouri be able to buy guns?

With the passage of Amendment 2, medical marijuana is on its way to Missouri. The state is the 33rd to legalize marijuana in some form, but there are still several questions regarding the practical implementation of the state constitutional amendment, especially where it runs up against federal law. A Nov. 12 tweet from the Missouri Libertarian Party raised the issue of legal gun purchasing for those who use medical marijuana.

How bad off will soybean farmers be this year?

Sen. Claire McCaskill doesn’t care for the president’s trade fight with China. She made that clear in her second debate against Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley on Oct. 18.

Claire McCaskill, Josh Hawley argue over immigration, taxes in final Senate debate

Sen. Claire McCaskill fended attacks on immigration and health care from her Republican challenger, Attorney General Josh Hawley, in the Senate debate Oct. 25, 2018. 

Fact-checking the first televised Missouri Senate debate between Josh Hawley, Claire McCaskill

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and state Attorney General Josh Hawley debated Oct. 18, 2018, at the Nine Network’s studio in St. Louis. Our class of fact-checkers at the University of Missouri weighed their claims and attacks.

Missouri informed consent laws found conflicting, controversial and inconclusive

During the summer of 2017, the Missouri legislature passed a bill that changed the state’s abortion laws. Exactly what it means is still in dispute.

Is Chappelle-Nadal right when she says 'radioactive waste is killing our residents?'

On Oct. 19, a group of residents from north St. Louis County met with the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss health concerns. The town of Bridgeton is also home to the West Lake Landfill, which has been getting a lot of attention from Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

Were Missouri protesters upset Paris attacks stole their spotlight?

Shortly after this month's deadly attacks in Paris, several articles from conservative blogs reported that protesters from the University of Missouri were angry that the terrorist attacks directed the national spotlight away from race relations and recent events at MU.

No proof tweets about Paris attacks came from Missouri student protesters

A website headlined a recent story, "Un-effing believable! Mizzou protesters are angry Paris terror attacks stole their media spotlight!!!" But is the account accurate? We took a closer look.

The Truth-O-Meter arrives in Missouri

We've got bad news for Missouri politicians prone to making outrageous or unsubstantiated claims: PolitiFact is now watching.