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Passing budget is first priority when lawmakers return this week

The Missouri House has already passed a state budget, and a Senate committee is reviewing the bills to see what changes, if any, the Senate wants to make — before conference committee members negotiate a compromise version to send to the governor.

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Citizen’s guide to lobbying

Individual advocacy still can be effective

You may be just one person — as opposed to a Fortune 500 company with a fleet of high-powered lobbyists — but don’t assume that your voice won’t be heard if you go to Missouri's Capitol.

Century-old agency takes new name

Jeanette Mott Oxford had to re-send a news release — because the first one she sent identified her as with the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. But the group this year changed its name to “Empower Missouri,” which the rest of the release included.

St. Louis municipal judge resigns after reports of problems

A municipal judge in suburban St. Louis has resigned after it was reported that he was on probation for his conduct as a private attorney and had unpaid taxes.

Cass County teacher charged with having sex with student

A suspended elementary teacher and part-time wrestling coach in a Cass County school district has been indicted on a charge of having sex with a high school student.

Northwest Missouri man charged in death of 10-month-old boy

A northwest Missouri man has been charged in the death of a 10-month-old boy.

Rival resumes campaign after Missouri auditor’s suicide

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway resumed her campaign Friday after taking a month-long hiatus because of the suicide of Republican rival Tom Schweich, and she pledged her consultants would no longer be involved in the type of negative attacks that had targeted Schweich.

Michael Barrett named state public defender

Michael Barrett, of Columbia, will be Missouri’s next state public defender, Doug Copeland, Public Defender Commission chairman, announced Friday.

Missouri churches threatened over same-sex marriage approval

Several churches in Missouri have received threatening letters after the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to approve same-sex marriage.

Man charged after allegedly punching ex-Cardinal Ford

Prosecutors say a white St. Louis-area man was driven by racism when he allegedly punched former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford.

Columbia College may split into schools

The Columbia College Board of Trustees will vote in April on a proposal to split the college into separate schools.

Settlement reached in suit filed by Ferguson protesters

Three Missouri police agencies will restrict their use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds as part of a lawsuit settlement with six Ferguson protesters, according to court documents released Thursday.

Boy dies in collision between Amish carriage, vehicle

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 10-year-old boy died when a sports utility vehicle hit an Amish horse-drawn carriage in northwest Missouri.

Carl Vogel has 'good attitude' about cancer

Vogel, 60, is undergoing chemotherapy and has 'confidence' in his doctors

Republicans split on possible expert witness change

Legislation that would impose new requirements for expert testimony in Missouri court cases has run into opposition from two Republican senators who are lawyers and running for statewide office.

Woman's body found in office complex

Police in the St. Louis County town of University City are investigating after the body of a woman was found in an office complex building.

Headless body found in 1987 exhumed in eastern Missouri

Authorities in eastern Missouri’s Warren County west of St. Louis have exhumed the remains of a headless, handless man in hopes of identifying him 28 years after his body was found.

Woman pleads guilty to threatening doorbell pranksters

A Springfield woman could get a 10-year prison sentencing for threatening boys who rang her doorbell and ran away.

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Tale of 2 Ferguson deaths: 1 well known, 1 anonymous

Along a short stretch of winding road through a non-descript apartment complex, two memorials of stuffed animals mark the spots where young men died.

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Lawyer: Suspect didn’t fire gun in Ferguson

The man accused of shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson this month had nothing to do with the incident, his attorney said Wednesday, adding police should be searching for the real shooter.