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Missouri’s education department has a new leader

Missouri has selected a new education commissioner who is pledging to build relationships and focus on students as the department moves on from the resignation of a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts.

Missouri chooses new education commissioner

State's education department has a new leader

A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts.

Inmate charged with killing woman last seen in ‘01

A Missouri inmate convicted of sexually abusing an underage girl in 2002 is charged with murder in the disappearance of a woman a year earlier, who prosecutors believe was killed when she caught him sexually assaulting the child and intervened.

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UN officials demand prosecutions for US torture

All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush’s national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday.

Missouri bill proposes more fresh food for seniors

Missouri seniors could be eating more fresh produce if a proposed bill gets lawmaker support.

Columbia school security officers to carry guns

Some security personnel will be allowed to carry guns in Columbia schools if they meet certain requirements.

1 dead, 5 hurt in St. Louis bar shooting

A former St. Louis police officer found himself in a familiar situation earlier this week during an armed robbery that targeted a bar popular with off-duty and retired officers.

Millions spent to amend Missouri's Constitution

Millions were spent successfully advertising for and against hot-topic proposed amendments to the Missouri Constitution during an election cycle unusually devoid of high-profile campaigns for office.

Police investigate St. Louis County beating death

St. Louis County police are investigating a deadly baseball bat attack.

Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

President Barack Obama wants to see more police wearing cameras to help build trust between the public and police by recording events like the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, but is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment used to dispel the resulting racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Gov. Nixon to call special session to fund Ferguson response

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he will call a special session of the General Assembly to provide funding for public safety efforts related to ongoing protests in Ferguson.

Police search for man in Columbia bank robbery

Columbia police are searching for a man who robbed an area bank. Officers are investigating.

No. 19 Missouri continues bid for SEC East title

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The situation is clear-cut for No. 19 Missouri.

Chiefs fall to previously winless Raiders 24-20

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kansas City overcame a flat start that put them in a 14-point hole to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders.

EPA says underground landfill fire not moving

he Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t believe an underground fire smoldering at the Bridgeton Landfill in Missouri is moving toward an adjacent landfill that contains radioactive waste, according to an official’s letter.

Charges seem unlikely for Ferguson officer

The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident that he will not face criminal charges from a grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.

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Schweich weighing running for Missouri governor

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich confirmed Thursday that he is considering a bid for governor in 2016 and touted an encouraging letter from supporters as “a powerful incentive to go forward” with a campaign.

Court invalidates St. Louis County foreclosure law

Missouri’s top court has invalidated a St. Louis County ordinance that required lenders to try to mediate disputes with homeowners before foreclosing on their properties.

Missouri urged to not appeal gay marriage ruling, legality of gay marriage in Missouri in judicial limbo

With the legality of gay marriage in Missouri in judicial limbo, more than 3,000 residents are asking the state to drop its appeal of a federal ruling that overturned its ban on same-sex unions.

2 Kansas City men charged in drive-by shooting of 6-year-old girl

The Kansas City Star reports Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced charges Wednesday afternoon against 19-year-old Howard Chase and 21-year-old Leandre Smith.

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Police chaplains help officers working in Ferguson

The unrest in Ferguson over the past three months has led many police officers to seek counsel with chaplains, who say frustrated officers welcome the opportunity to vent.

Monsanto to pay Pacific Northwest wheat farmers

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.

Missouri court rejects appeal in 2006 killings

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Jefferson City man for the 2006 slayings of his cousin and her husband.

Missouri judge sides with married same-sex couples

A Missouri judge has ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages that were legally performed in other states.

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Ameren still interested in nuclear

Past the razor wire and security checkpoints that guard Missouri’s first and only nuclear power plant, there’s an empty gravel lot where a second reactor was to have been built.

Projects added to Missouri transportation tax

The Missouri Department of Transportation has revised its list of projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax on the August ballot. Here is a look at a few of the projects that were added to the list:

Top projects for Missouri transportation tax

The Missouri Department of Transportation has released cost estimates for more than 800 projects that would be funded by a sales tax on the August ballot.

Missouri Congress members back farming amendment

Several Missourians in the U.S. House are backing a proposed amendment to the state Constitution on farming.

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Lawmakers embrace plan for Fulton hospital project

Missouri legislative budget leaders have embraced a financing plan for a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.

House endorses funding plan for mental hospital

Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal for funding a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.

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House endorses funding plan for mental hospital

Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal for funding a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.

Missouri House panel endorses bonding plan

A Missouri House panel has endorsed a bonding proposal that calls for spending at least $200 million on a new state mental health facility in Fulton.

Missouri Senate passes $600M bonding plan

A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.

Nixon criticizes House for ignoring hospital plan

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is criticizing House budget writers for not going along with his plan for constructing a new mental health facility at Fulton State Hospital.

Missouri School for the Deaf has 2 interim leaders

The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton has two interim leaders while a search continues for a permanent superintendent.

Mo. attorney general appeals stay of execution

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has appealed the stay of execution for convicted killer Allen Nicklasson, calling the federal appeals court ruling "an abuse of discretion."

Missouri mental health hospital crumbling

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle agree that Missouri’s state hospital for the most severely ill and dangerous mental health patients is in dire need of repair, but it remains unclear just how to come up with the more than $200 million needed to replace the crumbling Fulton State Hospital.

House Roll Call: Vote to end govt shutdown

Here are details of the 285-144 roll call Wednesday night by which the House passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a threatened federal default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.

Hagler replaced as Mo. agriculture director

Harry Bozoian to serve as acting director

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Nixon halts execution

Cites propofol concerns

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday halted what was to have been the first U.S. execution to use the popular anesthetic propofol, following threats from the European Union to limit the drug’s export if it were used for that purpose.

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Police shoot, kill driver after Capitol Hill chase (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A law enforcement official says a shooting at the United States Capitol is related to a vehicle that tried to ram a security barricade at the White House.

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Veto Session Roundup: Lawmakers fail to override gun rights bill veto; sponsor withdraws sex offender registry bill

Twenty-nine bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon still have a chance of becoming law in Missouri.

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Zimmerman cleared in shooting of Trayvon Martin (VIDEO)

Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

Woman pleads guilty to embezzling in Fulton

A Columbia woman admits that she conducted a mortgage fraud and embezzlement scheme that cost a Fulton business more than a half million dollars.

Without Nixon signature, Mo. abortion law passes

Without his signature, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed legislation that will require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.

Charges dropped in alleged Mo. shooting plot

A 17-year-old boy accused of plotting a school shooting in northeast Missouri is no longer facing charges.

Man pleads guilty in mid-MO double fatal car crash

A St. Louis man whose vehicle hit and killed two men along Interstate 70 near Columbia has pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

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New Bloomfield soldier killed in accident in Kuwait

A soldier from Callaway County who died in an accident in Kuwait will receive a military funeral this weekend. Spc. Charles P. McClure, of New Bloomfield, died May 2 in Camp Buehring in Kuwait.

Mo. House passes $1.2B bonding initiative

The Missouri House has passed a $1.2 billion bonding initiative that would finance construction and repairs at public buildings across the state.

Nixon and Mo. House propose money for Mo. capital improvements

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing using $86 million in next year’s budget for work at the state mental hospital in Fulton, state Capitol and state parks

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