Maria Chappelle-Nadal

Lab tests on an unknown substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker suggest it was pesticide.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell said Friday that lab results suggested that the green, granular substance leaking from an envelope may have been a pesticide sold over the counter to consumers.

A Cole County hazmat team was called Thursday after a staff member for Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Democrat of University City, spotted the envelope.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens won’t call a special session to coincide with next week’s veto session — a decision that may save state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal from expulsion.

The bipartisan appetite to oust the University City Democrat over an Aug. 17 Facebook comment, in which she wished for President Donald Trump’s assassination, must now come from state lawmakers themselves.

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This story has been updated to reflect comments from Missouri's governor and lieutenant governor.

Another Missouri state lawmaker is being called on to resign after a post on social media, this one hoping harm against vandals of a Confederate monument.   

Mike Parson
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Lt. Gov. Mike Parson is prepared to implement a never-before used article of the Missouri Constitution forcing Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal out of office if she doesn’t resign by the September veto session.

Parson made the announcement during a press conference in Springfield Friday, a day after Chappelle-Nadal’s now-deleted Facebook comment hoping for the assassination of President Donald Trump.

Updated 2:20 p.m. Aug. 18 with lieutenant governor calling for expulsion — Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson said Friday the state Senate should expel Maria Chappelle-Nadal due to her Facebook comment in which she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.

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