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New state education standards would be developed under legislation

Missouri lawmakers are beginning to coalesce around legislation to do away with the controversial Common Core standards, while also establishing a process to develop new state education standards.

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Senate panel eyes transportation sales tax idea

Missouri Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Mike Kehoe expects his committee this morning will endorse two proposed constitutional amendments to improve state funding for transportation improvements.

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First osteopath named to Missouri's hall

Andrew Taylor Still — the founder of osteopathic medicine — was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians Wednesday at the state Capitol.

House endorses early voting measures

The Republican-controlled Missouri House endorsed a pair of measures Wednesday that would expand early voting, though Democratic critics called it a “sham” that could circumvent a separate voting initiative that would go further.

ICE arrests 24 in Missouri, Illinois

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 24 men in Missouri and Illinois for what officials call “egregious” immigration violations, including individuals who entered the country illegally and committed crimes.

Ex-SW Missouri teacher charged with statutory rape

A former southwest Missouri teacher is facing three counts of statutory rape involving a former 16-year-old student.

House OKs notification for ending fluoridation

Public water systems could be required to notify Missouri customers before eliminating fluoride from drinking water.

Fingerprint required for Six Flags season tickets

A fingerprint is now required for season pass holders at Six Flags St. Louis.

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Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad

Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures.

Missouri lawmakers pass tax cut; veto possible

Setting up a likely veto showdown, the Republican-led Missouri Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to an income tax cut for millions of individuals and thousands of business owners that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon warned could imperil funding for public schools and services.

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Armed robber was never told to report to prison

After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. So Anderson didn't report.

Farm Bureau opposing multi-state transmission line

The Missouri Farm Bureau has voted to act as an intervener in a case before the state's utility commission involving the Grain Belt Express electric transmission line.

Missouri Senate endorses drug program renewal

The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

House votes to expand Bright Flight loans

The Missouri House gave initial approval Tuesday afternoon to a bill that would add forgivable loans to the state’s higher education scholarship program.

Locally grown foods touted for MIssouri students

More locally grown fruits, vegetables and proteins could be on the lunch tables of Missouri schools under a House bill that seeks to establish a state farm-to-school program.

St. Louis police take new approach to ‘johns’

Men who prowl the streets of St. Louis for prostitutes can expect a brightly colored postcard in the mail — from police.

Missouri chancellor vows changes after rape case

The University of Missouri’s new chancellor said Tuesday he is prepared to make the school “accountable and responsible” after an independent review faulted its response to the suicide of a former swimmer who told health professionals before her death that she had been raped by several football players.

Missouri virtual education case talks underway

Teachers who sued when a Missouri virtual education program stopped operating only four months after it began negotiating with the state and other authorities to settle the case, attorneys said.

St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture

A St. Louis County man sexually tortured five women in his apartment at separate times over a period of several years, using threats and psychological control to keep them from leaving or going to police, the county prosecutor said Tuesday.

Missouri proposal would open office in Israel

Some Missouri lawmakers want the state to open an economic development office in Israel.

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