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Missouri senators consider government role in road safety

A Senate panel is considering four bills that would change Missouri's laws on texting while driving, seatbelts and motorcycle helmets.

Missouri lawmakers act to block home care worker wage hike

Missouri lawmakers are taking action to block a health department rule that would increase wages for home care attendants.

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Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal

The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

Missouri bill would require students to pass civics exam

A House committee has approved a bill that would require Missouri high school students to pass a civics exam similar to the U.S. naturalization test in order to graduate

Missouri House considers expanding overdose medicine access

A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House.

Welfare verification wins initial approval in Missouri House

Legislation requiring a private company to scrutinize Missouri's welfare rolls has won initial approval in the House.

Audrain County man sentenced to 30 years for wife's shooting death

A mid-Missouri man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of his wife.

Conservation Commission change passes Missouri Senate

The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would ask voters whether to add two members to the Department of Conservation's governing board.

Missouri presidential search committee members expanded

The search committee for a new University of Missouri system president will include two students, two faculty members and a staff member.

Tensions bubble between Capitol, MU

Legislators press to keep curator seats vacant

Missouri’s Democratic governor pledged Thursday to circumvent the Republican-led Legislature if needed to fill vacancies on the board that oversees the state’s flagship university, further escalating the tensions of legislators already frustrated about the handling of racial issues that culminated in the resignations of the system president and campus chancellor.

Balance helps Georgia women knock off No. 21 Missouri 65-50

Marjorie Butler led a balanced attack with 16 points and Georgia used a late 12-0 run to defeat No. 21 Missouri 65-50 on Thursday night.

Missouri governor criticizes plan to redirect money to roads

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he opposes legislative efforts to fund roads and bridges with general state revenues instead of dedicated sources such as fuel taxes.

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Student protesters interrupt Missouri curators' meeting

Two dozen protesters interrupted a meeting of the University of Missouri system's governing board to read a list of demands for improvements in diversity.

Interim MU chief says lawmaker concerns being addressed

The interim president of the University of Missouri system told lawmakers Wednesday their concerns about the turmoil last year at the state’s flagship campus are being addressed as he urged them not to cut higher education funding.

Missouri lawmakers consider fantasy sports regulations

Missouri lawmakers are debating whether to regulate fantasy sports like gambling.

Republican proposes birth control from pharmacists

A Republican lawmaker wants to make it easier for Missouri women to get birth control.

Missouri bill on medical students' mental health advances

A bill to promote awareness and research on mental illness among medical students is moving forward in the Missouri House.

University of Missouri system announces diversity spending

The University of Missouri system has announced more than $920,000 in spending on diversity efforts as it seeks to recover from racial unrest on its Columbia campus

Group urges reinstatement of suspended Missouri professor

A national association is calling for the reinstatement of a suspended University of Missouri assistant professor who was involved in a run-in with two student journalists during campus protests.

Sinquefields give $2M to University of Missouri music effort

Conservative donor Rex Sinquefield and his wife have donated $2 million to the University of Missouri to support a music initiative.

Missouri lawmakers debate restricting abortion methods

Missouri lawmakers are debating whether to criminalize a common second-trimester abortion method.

Missouri official signs $750M export agreement with Colombia

Missouri's economic development director has signed a $750 million export agreement with the country of Colombia.

Missouri lawmakers eye universities' living requirements

Missouri lawmakers have turned their scrutiny of public universities toward mandatory student fees and services.

Suspended Missouri professor reaches deal in assault case

The suspended University of Missouri assistant professor who was charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from a confrontation with two student journalists during November's campus protests reached a deal Friday with prosecutors, getting community service but no jail time or fines if she stays out of trouble for a year.

Correctional centers donate almost 100 tons of produce

The Missouri Department of Corrections’ Restorative Justice Garden Program donated 91 tons of fresh produce in 2015 to local food pantries, shelters, churches, nursing homes and other organizations throughout the state.

Cunningham, No. 22 Missouri women beat LSU 52-46

Lindsey Cunningham hit three 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to lead the 22nd-ranked Missouri women past LSU 52-46 Thursday night.

Missouri lawmakers switch seats after alleged fistfight

Two Missouri lawmakers have switched seats in the House chamber after one filed a restraining order against the other because he says they got in a fistfight.

Senate could debate bill to end death penalty in Missouri

For the first time in decades, the Missouri Senate will debate a bill that would repeal the state's death penalty.

Missouri Senate passes limits on municipal fines

Minor traffic tickets and ordinance fines would be capped at $200 under a bill that has passed the Missouri Senate.

University of Missouri will raise stipends for some students

The University of Missouri plans to raise its minimum stipend for some graduate doctoral students on July 1.

University of Missouri threat suspect pleads not guilty

A 20-year-old man accused of making online threats against black students and faculty at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus has pleaded not guilty plea.

Missouri Senate moves toward banning traffic ticket quotas

The Missouri Senate has given initial approval to a ban on traffic ticket quotas.

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Curator resigns; board suspends MU professor

Interim chancellor addresses 'State of the University'

The University of Missouri Board of Curators on Wednesday announced the resignation of Curator Yvonne S. Sparks of St. Louis and said it had suspended an assistant professor accused of assault stemming from a campus run-in with student journalists during protests in November.

Missouri House passes ban on lobbyist gifts

A ban on lobbyist gifts to Missouri lawmakers and other elected officials has passed the House.

Former Missouri System president criticizes school leaders

Former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe is criticizing most officials involved in turmoil at the university's Columbia campus last year that led to his resignation.

Columbia man sentenced after 6 bank robberies

A Columbia man who robbed six banks and used a bicycle as his getaway vehicle will spend nearly five years in federal prison.

Missouri governor heading to South America for trade mission

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is traveling to South America next week for a trade mission.

Proposed lobbyist gift ban moves forward in Missouri House

A proposed ban on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers and other elected officials has initial approval in the Missouri House.

Missouri lawmaker proposes alcohol ban at Capitol

A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation banning smoking and alcohol in the Missouri Statehouse.

FEMA crews expected in Missouri to assess storm damage

Crews from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in several Missouri counties to assess damage from recent storms and flooding.

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Texas A&M posts win against Missouri

Texas A&M had trouble getting its offense going in the first half against Missouri on Saturday.

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Pinkel returns to athletic staff at Missouri as fundraiser, ambassador

The winningest coach in Missouri football history will be returning to the school’s athletic department on a three-year contract to help with fundraising and “donor/fan engagement.”

Missouri graduate students consider creating union

University of Missouri graduate students workers have drafted bylaws for a potential union.

Expert witness requirements pass Missouri Senate

The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would add requirements for expert witnesses' testimony.

Voter ID proposals move forward in Missouri House

Two proposals aimed at adding requirements for voting are moving forward in the Missouri House.

Banned Missouri booster says he had good intentions

COLUMBIA — A Georgia businessman who gave internships to several Missouri men’s basketball players and ran afoul of NCAA rules said he “had good intentions and no ill intent.”

Sen. McCaskill announces hearing on opioid epidemic

Missouri's U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is planning a hearing in the coming week on the growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers.

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Lehtera scores in OT, Blues beat Canadiens 4-3

Jori Lehtera scored 2:04 into overtime, Brian Elliott made a career-high 46 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday night.

Former US Rep. Carnahan creates lieutenant governor campaign

Former Missouri congressman Russ Carnahan has created a committee to run for lieutenant governor, the first step in an attempted political comeback several years after losing his U.S. House seat.

Koster keeps financial lead in Missouri governor’s race

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster maintains a fundraising lead in the race for Missouri governor, though some Republicans are cutting into his cash advantage as the candidates accelerated their spending, reports filed Friday with the Missouri Ethics Commission show.