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Rain, floods prompt state of emergency in Missouri

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday declared a state of emergency as heavy rain continues to cause flash flooding and flooding across the state.

Missouri governor breaks ground on new mental hospital

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other officials have broken ground on a new maximum security state mental hospital.

Missouri woman tells police she was held captive in box

A central Missouri woman told police that her boyfriend held her captive in their home, sometimes confining her in a wooden box.

Ameren consumers see increase after Noranda gets rate cut

Most Ameren Missouri customers will face higher bills while the electric utility’s largest customer will get a lower rate that it has long sought under a decision Wednesday by the state’s Public Service Commission.

Senate narrowly passes state social services budget

A more than $8 billion budget to guide Missouri’s spending on social services narrowly passed the Senate early Wednesday morning after lawmakers initially defeated the measure.

Police: No clear motive in Missouri auditor Tom Schweich's suicide

The embattled chairman of the Missouri Republican Party gained some support Monday as police said law officers have no evidence of an anti-Semitic whispering campaign against a state auditor who killed himself, and a prominent GOP donor revised his recollection of hearing negative remarks about the auditor.

Missouri Senate passes bill to access $200 million in bonds

Missouri senators have passed a bill to use $200 million in bonds for repairs to state buildings and some new construction.

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Police call death of Missouri auditor an ‘apparent suicide’

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an “apparent suicide,” minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview.

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

Missouri audit finds mismanagement of early childhood funds

Missouri paid $1.5 million for services for young children that were never provided and has insufficient oversight of several early childhood programs, according to an audit released Tuesday.

Missouri woman sentenced for fraud and embezzlement

A former branch manager of a central Missouri title company will serve two years and six months without parole for mortgage fraud and embezzlement.

Ameren Missouri raises energy efficiency charges

Some Ameren Missouri energy customers soon will pay a few dollars more a month for an energy efficiency incentive.

Missouri adopts minimum scores for new standardized test

The Missouri State Board of Education this week moved forward with plans to test schoolchildren using national Common Core educational standards, approving a new minimum standardized test score that will be used to determine students' proficiency.

Missouri I-70 speed limit drops to 60 mph in Columbia

The speed limit on portions of Interstate I-70 in Columbia is dropping to 60 mph.

Settlement offered for red-light camera tickets in Missouri

Nearly 900,000 people who paid fines for red-light camera tickets in Missouri can apply for partial refunds under a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit.

New judge in case against Moniteau Co. prosecutor

A new judge will hear the case against a mid-Missouri county prosecutor charged with drunken driving in an accident that injured four people when he reportedly backed his truck into a Columbia bar.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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