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Missouri group to examine human trafficking policies

The Missouri Legislature approved a measure to create a task force on human trafficking this session, but failed to send the governor a measure aimed at cracking down on advertising sex with trafficking victims.

Missouri lawmaker on probation for pharmacy violations

Missouri state Rep. Lynn Morris’ pharmacist’s license has been placed on probation for a third time, most recently because Morris wrote prescriptions for himself and others without a doctor’s approval, documents show.

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Barrett takes oath as Missouri's 5th Public Defender

Michael Barrett is Missouri’s new state public defender — the head of a statewide system that functions as one of the largest law firms in the state, offering legal assistance to people charged with crimes who can’t afford their own attorneys.

Lawsuit: St. Louis suburb’s courts violate rights of poor

A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses a St. Louis suburb of often violating the rights of the poor by jailing them because they can’t pay small amounts of bond money.

Superintendent of Joplin school district to resign in June

The man who led the Joplin school district as it rebuilt from devastating destruction after the May 2011 tornado say he will retire at the end of June.

Geologists believe Branson sinkholes connected to cave

Geologists believe that two massive sinkholes at a Branson golf course are connected to a large cave previously found on the property.

Southern Missouri school officials face religious lawsuit

Joplin school officials are being sued over claims they violated the U.S. Constitution by allowing students to go on a field trip earlier this month at a Christian ministry.

Man ordered tried for role in Missouri shooting death

A man has been ordered to stand trial for his role in a southeastern Missouri shooting death.

Former St. Louis office manager gets prison time for fraud

A St. Louis woman has been ordered to spend a year and a day in federal prison for stealing $107,000 from her employer while she served as office manager.

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Lawmakers sue Nixon, sports authority over proposed football stadium

Six Missouri lawmakers have asked the Cole County circuit court to block Gov. Jay Nixon and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Authority (RSA) from spending Edward Jones Dome money on a proposed new football stadium.

Missed deadline means no St. Louis stadium vote this summer

St. Louis residents won't be voting this summer on using tax dollars to build a new $985-million riverfront football stadium.

State Archives mark 50th anniversary

Secretary of State Jason Kander this week marked the 50th anniversary of the 1965 State Records Act, which established the Missouri State Archives and Records Management divisions.

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Sedalia police release photos of crate where woman was held

Police have released photos of the crate where they say a Missouri man held a woman captive before she escaped and was later shot to death.

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Records contradict claim in St. Louis baby case

Missouri adoption records contradict a St. Louis woman's claim that her baby was stolen at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in 1965 after she was told the newborn had died.

Group to submit petition for recall of Ferguson mayor

A group said it has enough signatures to prompt a recall election of Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III.

Man accused of killing store clerk appears in court

A man was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he fatally shot a southeast Missouri convenience store clerk, and investigators say lottery tickets he’s accusing of stealing ultimately led to his arrest when he tried to cash them in.

Auditor’s office says St. Joseph schools improving

The St. Joseph school district has made significant progress since receiving a highly critical audit earlier this year, the Missouri State Auditor’s office said.

KC not putting minimum wage hike on August ballot

Kansas City leaders say they hope to decide this summer whether to raise the city’s minimum wage, but cautioned any move likely will be less than what local groups have been seeking.

Destructive ash borer beetle advancing in St. Louis area

A green beetle blamed for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states is advancing in the St. Louis area, having turned up in the suburbs and now the city itself.

St. Louis voters to decide fate of $180 million bond issue

St. Louis voters will determine if they want property taxes to increase to pay for infrastructure improvements.