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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.

Audit of Joplin School District traces issues to tornado

An audit of the Joplin School District has traced its declining financial condition to the 2011 tornado that devastated the Joplin area.

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Officials: Report finds patterns of racial bias by Ferguson police

A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court, law enforcement officials familiar with the report said Tuesday.

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Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth's eulogy of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich

The complete eulogy delivered by former U.S. Sen. John Danforth at the funeral for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich:

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Danforth cites political bullying in Schweich eulogy

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth denounced the ugly nature of American politics Tuesday while eulogizing Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, suggesting that political bullying and an anti-Semitic whisper campaign led his friend to kill himself.

Parson wants clean politics

Challenges lawmakers, officials to change political process

State Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar and a former Polk County sheriff, urged Missouri lawmakers to change the political process in the wake of State Auditor Tom Schweich’s death last week.

Lawmakers cancel hearings due to Missouri auditor's funeral

Missouri lawmakers are clearing their schedules to allow members to attend Auditor Tom Schweich's funeral.

Missouri Republicans seek to rein in liberal cities

Republican lawmakers in Missouri’s Capitol often bristle at rules and requirements handed down from the federal government, saying they favor local authority in most matters.

Suspect of killing 2 people dies in shootout

Authorities say a man suspected of killing two people and wounding a third near Columbia has been killed in a shootout with deputies.

I-44 closed as pileups kill 2, injure 11

Two people are dead after a driver lost control on a snow-covered highway in southern Missouri.

Mid-Missouri lawmakers: School transfers debate important for entire state

The Missouri Senate could give its final approval this week to a bill defining how public school districts should handle the transfers of students from unaccredited schools or districts to better ones.

Rock Island trail conversion advances

Ameren, DNR have six months to broker deal over 144-mile trail

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has advanced plans to convert the out-of-service Rock Island Railroad into a 144-mile recreational trail across Missouri.

Barnes leads push to expand telehealth services, make Medicaid more efficient

A Missouri House bill would allow Medicaid patients to telecommute with specialists, saving them the cost of travel. With the advancement of medicine, specialists have become increasingly concentrated in cities, Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said.

Bonds pushed as way to fund more projects

What would you build or repair if you had an extra $200 million available for projects? That’s a question raised last week in the Missouri Senate.

Springfield area coping with string of violent deaths

Springfield-area leaders are hoping a string of 12 violent or suspicious deaths in an eight-day span will increase awareness of a problem that has plagued the region for many years.