New Missouri governor plans address, public reception

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson is planning to address state lawmakers and then hold a public reception to mark the beginning of his tenure as governor.

Parson on Wednesday announced he’ll speak to the Republican-led Legislature around 5 p.m. Monday.

He’s then holding a reception in the capitol in Jefferson City. Parson and the first lady will greet visitors in the governor’s office.

Parson took office Friday shortly after former Republican Gov. Eric Greitens resigned amid allegations of personal and political misconduct.

Parson and Greitens were elected separately.

Parson cited time-constraints in holding a low-key swearing-in ceremony with family and some friends Friday. Greitens just days before announced his plans to resign.

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