Senators urge action to block drastic drug price hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two senators are urging Congress to block companies from cornering the market on old, off-patent drugs and hiking their prices many times over. Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri on Wednesday released findings from a year-long investigation into companies including Turing Pharmaceuticals, which generated national outrage after…

Greitens picks new Missouri Corrections Department director

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens is appointing a North Carolina corrections official to lead Missouri’s Department of Corrections. Greitens announced his pick Wednesday of North Carolina community supervision Director Anne Precythe. The Senate must confirm her appointment. Current Missouri prisons chief George Lombardi had applied to stay on when Greitens assumes…