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DOJ agreement could cost Ferguson $3.7M in first year

Ferguson’s cost of implementing reforms spelled out in a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice could approach $4 million in the first year alone, according to new estimates that further raise questions about whether the community can afford it.

Ameren pushed back against carbon rules

A St. Louis utility company is pushing back on the federal government’s plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

Banking firm settles with state over failed sweetener plant

An investment banker will pay $850,000 as the last settlement involving lawsuits over bonding for a failed Missouri sweetener factory, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Monday.

Death penalty under attack

Republican senator takes lead with fifth bill to repeal capital punishment

The death penalty no longer serves as a deterrent for citizens and is plagued by systematic racism, critics argued during a Senate hearing Monday on a bill to repeal capital punishment. But defenders of the death penalty countered that it’s the most effective and accurate form of justice for those who intentionally murder.

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Missouri lawmaker speaks out on suicide attempt

Missouri state Rep. Genise Montecillo said nothing publicly for more than six months about the June day she tried to kill herself.

WWII veteran says he was exposed to mustard gas

In the final days of World War II, an 18-year-old Army private from Missouri named Arla Wayne Harrell was sent to Camp Crowder in the southwest corner of the state, where he said he was twice exposed to mustard gas.

Gun ban proposed for domestic abusers in Missouri

While there's consensus in some other Republican-dominated states to ramp-up laws to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a Missouri proposal to do that appears to have little chance in the GOP Legislature.

Missouri Legislature eyes expanding Conservation Commission

Proposed constitutional amendment would add 2 members

Missouri voters could be asked this fall to expand the Missouri Conservation Commission from four members to six.

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Three legislative bills address dyslexia disorder

Some dyslexic students read entire sentences backward, invert words while reading or writing, and mix up letters and numbers. The most common characteristic, though, is difficulty breaking down the letters of written words into distinct sounds.

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State Fair Director Mark Wolfe stays busy year-round

When he was in college, Mark Wolfe didn’t think sales would be for him, so he went into the agriculture business.

Richard: Speaker better than pro tem

State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard is the first Missourian in 194 years of statehood to serve as the top official in both the House and Senate.

Missouri lawmaker says colleague's move was political

A Missouri lawmaker says he's pleased that a colleague dropped a restraining order against him, but says the man was trying to hurt his reputation.

Therapy dogs make good medicine at Kansas City hospital

Hunter makes daily rounds at Children's Mercy Hospital. Sort of like a doctor — until he jumps into a kid's bed and gets his tummy rubbed. Doctors can't do that.

Newton County sees opioid abuse leading to more heroin use

The text message to Mark Bridges, coroner of Newton County, told a story that has become increasingly familiar in Southwest Missouri.

Sikeston police investigating YMCA videotaping case

A 19-year-old southeast Missouri man faces charges accusing him of videotaping a man in a YMCA restroom.

'Bonnie and Clyde' suspect booked into Florida jail

The surviving suspect in a multistate crime spree has been booked into a Florida jail.

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St. Louis County towns seek to block municipal court reform provisions

Parts of last year’s law changing the way Missouri’s municipal courts operate actually violate the state Constitution — and Cole Circuit Judge Jon Beetem should block them, a lawyer for a dozen St. Louis County towns told Beetem Friday.

Homeless told to leave several camps in Springfield

Advocates for the homeless say Springfield police have told people they have 48 hours to leave homeless camps in the city.

Missouri lawmaker ends restraining order after alleged fight

A Missouri lawmaker has dropped a restraining order he had obtained against a colleague with whom he said he got into a fistfight.

Kroenke business partner pushes St. Louis-area development

Weeks after the NFL agreed to allow Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move his team out of St. Louis, one of the billionaire sports mogul's business partners is pushing a development plan in the city's suburbs that could be funded in part by taxpayer money.