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No. 24 Missouri beats No. 7 Mississippi State 66-54

Sophie Cunningham scored 18 of her 22 points in the final 15 minutes and No. 24 Missouri held off No. 7 Mississippi State 66-54 on Thursday night.

Curator joins call for firing of Melissa Click

A member of the board of curators for the four-campus University of Missouri system has joined the call for an assistant professor at the Columbia campus to be fired over a videotaped clash with reporters.

Missouri voter photo ID measures head to House floor

Two measures requiring a photo ID to vote are heading to the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives.

Curators to have 'largely closed' search for new president

The University of Missouri's Board of Curators has decided to have a mostly closed search for the university system's next president.

Missouri lawmakers consider REAL ID changes

Missouri lawmakers are considering changes to state IDs as federal officials warn the state’s drivers’ licenses won’t be acceptable at some federal buildings and eventually for traveling on airplanes.

After troubles in Columbia, fewer freshmen apply to Missouri

Fewer freshmen are applying to enroll at the University of Missouri this fall than last fall after race protests roiled the Columbia campus, according to an internal email from the university's director of enrollment.

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NFL approves Rams to LA, Chargers option to join

NFL owners voted Tuesday night to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility.

Missouri receives $1M for road, bridge repairs after floods

Missouri is getting an initial $1 million in federal funding to help repair roads and bridges damaged by flooding.

Missouri task force recommends higher graduate student pay

A task force at the University of Missouri is recommending making improvements for graduate students, including higher pay.

Most Missouri Guardsmen, women return home after flood fight

The Missouri National Guard says more than 600 of its troops are returning home after responding to flooding, although a small number will continue helping.

Ameren Missouri lowers energy efficiency charge

Ameren Missouri customers soon likely will pay about $7 less on their monthly bill.

Audit of secretary of state shows $120K went to wrong fund

An audit of the Missouri secretary of state's office shows $120,000 went to the wrong fund and there wasn't adequate oversight of raises.

McCaskill calls for tax relief after Missouri flooding

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is calling for tax relief for areas of the state hit by winter flooding.

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No. 20 Missouri women turn back Georgia 54-48

Jordan Frericks had 11 points and a key block with seven seconds left and No. 20 Missouri made four free throws in the final four seconds to defeat Georgia 54-48 Thursday night.

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No winner! Multi-state Powerball jackpot grows

Few ways to improve your odds for record $700M Powerball

The record-breaking $700 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams, but it all boils down to math. From the huge prize to the enormous odds against winning it, Saturday night’s drawing is a numbers game that gives players good reason to brush up on their algebra, maybe as they stand in line to buy a ticket.

Macy's closing Columbia store, Bridgeton call center

Macy's plans to close a store in Columbia that employs 81 people and a call center in Bridgeton that employs 750 people.

Nixon supports bill to raise Missouri gas tax 1.5 cents

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he believes small increases in fuel taxes are the best way to raise money for roads and bridges.

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Floodwaters draw warnings anew about wastewater, pollutants

Veronica Tate knew from the stench that sewage was among the 8 feet of water that swamped the basement of her ranch-style home after the nearby Meramec River overflowed.

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Some begin picking up pieces after flooding

The worst of the dangerous, deadly winter flood is over in the St. Louis area, leaving residents of several water-logged communities to spend the first day of 2016 assessing damage, cleaning up and figuring out how to bounce back — or in some cases, where to live.

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Death toll rises to 20; several levees monitored in Missouri

A rare winter flood threatened nearly two dozen federal levees in Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday as rivers rose, prompting evacuations in several places.

5 soldiers who drowned in Missouri floods identified

Five international soldiers who were on holiday leave during a temporary assignment at Fort Leonard Wood drowned when their car went off a dark, rural highway in southwest Missouri.

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Rare winter flood threatens homes, lives

A rare winter flood shut down portions of two interstates on Tuesday, threatened hundreds of homes and caused sewage to flow unfiltered into waterways.

Judge halts state from revoking abortion license

A federal judge on Monday blocked the state of Missouri from revoking the abortion license of a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Columbia, saying the state had treated the clinic more harshly than similar institutions and had moved to withdraw the license because of political pressure from some state lawmakers.

Activists push high number of petitions for 2016 ballots

Advocates are gathering petitions for more proposed ballot issues than ever before in Missouri and voters could see a record number of ballot proposals next year, which may be an indication of the public’s deep dissatisfaction with political leaders, one expert said.

Feds soon won’t accept Missouri driver’s licenses

Exemption from Real ID requirements end Jan. 10

Missouri residents soon will not be able to use their state driver’s licenses as identification to get into most federal facilities, making it at least the fourth state to lose a federal exemption from complying with national proof-of-identity requirements.

Mizzou students work toward Latina sorority

University of Missouri students are working to establish a Latina sorority at the university.

Missouri population grows by fewer than 20,000 in 2015

Missouri's population growth is lagging behind the national rate.

Arrest made in Holts Summit stabbing

The man wanted in connection with a stabbing Monday in the Holts Summit area has been arrested.

Nixon to appoint his policy director to circuit judge seat

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon plans to appoint his policy director to serve as a circuit court judge in central Missouri.

FCC votes to further cut cost of calls for inmates

The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to take additional steps to slash how much can be charged for phone calls made from jails and prisons.

Homeland security chief pledges careful vetting of refugees

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says thousands of eventually U.S.-bound Syrian refugees will be screened "carefully" to ensure that Islamic terrorists haven't infiltrated them.

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.