The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t expect to be impeached

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump says he does not expect to be impeached, claiming Democrats have “absolutely nothing” incriminating, despite days of public testimony by witnesses who said Trump withheld aid from Ukraine to press the country to…

Chinese Man Who Worked at Monsanto Faces Espionage Charge

ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) — Authorities say a 42-year-old Chinese national who worked at Monsanto in St. Louis stole important proprietary property and tried to take it to China. Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Haitao Xiang, formerly of Chesterfield, was indicted by a federal grand jury on eight charges, including conspiracy to commit economic espionage…

Leading White Democrats Court Black Votes; Some Find Trouble

ATLANTA, GA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed Thursday for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display. From black protesters disrupting Elizabeth Warren to the lone black woman in the race chiding…

Audit Finds Lack Of Planning And Oversight On More Than 130 St. Louis Taxing Districts

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  A Missouri state audit shows a lack of planning and oversight in more than 130 taxing districts in St. Louis. During a Thursday news conference in downtown St. Louis, Auditor Nicole Galloway released her findings in the first of three audits related to economic incentives. “The rampant use of local taxing…

Witness denounces ‘fictional’ Ukraine election interference

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House Russia analyst sternly warned Republican lawmakers in the impeachment probe Thursday to quit pushing a “fictional” narrative that Ukraine not Russia interfered in the 2016 election as they defend President Donald Trump. Fiona Hill, a career expert on Russia, and David Holmes, a State Department official in Kyiv…

Ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh faces fraud, tax charges

BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children’s books. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of using her “Healthy Holly” books to enrich herself, promote her political career and fund her run for mayor. Federal authorities say Pugh and…