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Missouri black caucus calls for renewed focus on Ferguson

The leader of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus says the U.S. Department of Justice report about racial bias and constitutional violations by the Ferguson Police Department highlights the need for drastic reform.

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JC woman: State needs power to investigate child-on-child abuse

More than four years ago, Becky Wekenborg’s daughter came to her and reported that a boy was “sticking his hands down her pants and touching her inappropriately.”

Republican wants to bar health insurance subsidies

While the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether premium health care insurance subsidies could be used in states that did not set up their own exchange, one Republican lawmaker told a Missouri Senate panel Wednesday the state should bar such subsidies on its own.

House endorses lawsuit caps for medical malpractice

The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill to reinstate limits on how much juries can award in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases against health care providers.

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Kansas governor talks tax policy with Missouri lawmakers

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback touted his income tax policies Wednesday during a visit to Missouri's capital city, telling Republican legislators and business groups there that "the seeds of growth" are starting to sprout in his state despite a projected budget shortfall approaching $600 million.

2 Missouri districts approve 4-day school week

Students in two southwest Missouri school districts will no longer attend school on Mondays starting next school year.

4 senators pitch idea of amending U.S Constitution

Four Missouri state senators think it’s time Congress calls a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

St. Louis shelter sues in effort to keep operating

The Rev. Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis has filed suit against the city in an effort to keep its occupancy permit to operate a shelter for homeless people.

Southeast Missouri State names new president

Carlos Vargas-Aburto will become the 18th president of Southeast Missouri State starting July 1, the university said Wednesday.

Ice, snow hit Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

A band of winter precipitation rolled into the Southern Plains and the Ozarks on Wednesday as part of a late-season storm that sent temperatures plummeting and led school officials in both Arkansas and Oklahoma to cancel Thursday classes.

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Highlights of Justice Department report on Ferguson police

The Justice Department has released its investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, concluding that city law enforcement practices are discriminatory and unconstitutional and calling for sweeping changes. Here are some of the highlights of the report:

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Responses to Justice Department report on Ferguson police

A Missouri Senate panel is considering tightening state law on what justifies the use of deadly force among police, months after a fatal police shooting in Ferguson.

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US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Missouri Republican wants to bar health insurance subsidies

Groups advocating for health care access say a bill blocking federal subsidies that help pay for health insurance premiums would cause thousands of Missouri residents to lose coverage.

Missouri House panel OKs budget with more K-12 school money

A Missouri House panel has approved a plan to cut the governor's travel budget, beef up basic aid for K-12 schools and increase money for college scholarships.

State revenues still up close to 5 percent from last year

Unemployment up slightly

Missouri unemployment rate increases slightly in January

Missouri unemployment rate increased slightly in January to 5.5 percent while the state's nonfarm employment went up 14,300 jobs.

House committee OKs bill for sports for homeschooled students

A Missouri House panel has approved a proposal to allow homeschooled students to play sports at public schools.

Ex-Missouri sheriff pleads guilty to stealing property

A former Missouri county sheriff pleaded guilty to stealing property that had been recovered in criminal cases.

Man awarded $883,000 for bedsore at hospital

A Jefferson County man has been awarded nearly $900,000 after developing a bedsore while being treated at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis County.