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Authorities say fugitive may be in Kansas City area

Authorities say a fugitive sought for assaulting a woman in South Carolina more than a year ago may be in the Kansas City area.

116 barges break loose on Mississippi in St. Louis area

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed a section of the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area after 116 barges broke loose.

Judge defers ruling on probe into handling of Ferguson case

A judge on Friday deferred ruling on a request by activists for an independent probe of a prosecutor’s handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, but he again gave strong indications he might toss the lawsuit.

Missouri parents who caged autistic son ordered imprisoned

A suburban St. Louis couple was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for keeping their autistic son inside a makeshift cage.

Missouri Highway Patrol approves 88 percent of school buses

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says about 88 percent of school buses inspected this spring had no defects.

New judge named for Missouri man accused of killing girl, 10

A new judge has been named to hear the trial of a man suspected of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl.

Hannibal landmark to house vintage car museum

A Civil War-era building soon will be housing a classic car museum in the Mississippi River city of Hannibal, Missouri.

Craft breweries get OK in Kansas City, Missouri strip malls

Kansas City, Missouri's city council has voted to allow craft breweries to operate in neighborhood strip malls and storefronts.

15-year-old driver with learner's permit dies in crash

A 15-year-old driver with a learner's permit has died following an accident in rural eastern Missouri.

Gun thefts reported in St. Louis up compared to last year

Gun thefts in St. Louis are up significantly this year, with many of them being stolen from vehicles, according to police.

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.