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Missouri House OKs notice for taxpayer-funded advertisements

Any advertisements or educational materials paid for with taxpayer funds would have to carry a notice of that fact under a bill supporters say will increase transparency.

US woman accused of supplying terrorists appears in court

An Illinois woman who federal investigators say helped five other Bosnian immigrants funnel money and military supplies to terror groups in Iraq and Syria made her first court appearance Thursday in Missouri after being arrested in Germany.

Greek Row project in Missouri continues despite objections

Plans for a new Greek housing project at Southeast Missouri State University proceed despite criticism over the demolition of historic buildings.

Ferguson municipal court resumes with new judge

Ferguson's municipal court held its first session Thursday night since a Department of Justice report found the city operated a profit-driven system that heightened tensions among black residents for years before the fatal shooting of a black, unarmed 18-year-old by a white police officer last summer led to widespread protests.

Springfield museum to reopen with new name and look

A Missouri wildlife museum is nearing completion of its $100 million, seven-year renovation and will soon reopen with a new name as well as a new look.

Kansas: Plan to divert Missouri River water not feasible

Supporters of a plan to divert Missouri River water from northeast Kansas to the west of the state say they aren't giving up on finding a way to move water to parched regions, even though state officials have rejected the proposal.

Ferguson Facebook case part of debate about online threats

A Washington man who posted Facebook comments threatening a former Ferguson police officer will avoid prison but has been ordered to stay off social media sites in a case that is part of a broader legal debate about when social media rants go beyond hyperbole and become a crime.

Missouri to save $1.6M on interest after refinancing bonds

Missouri will be on the hook for $1.6 million less in interest payments after a state board approved refinancing of some bonds at a lower interest rate.

Former Missouri shelter director sentenced for embezzlement

A former director of a domestic violence shelter in her north-central Missouri hometown has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for on-the-job embezzlement and fudging grant requests.

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GOP donor backs anti-Semitic claims of auditor who shot self

A prominent Republican donor stepped forward Thursday to back up assertions that Missouri's GOP chairman had made negative remarks about the religion of the state auditor, who killed himself amid perceptions he was the target of an anti-Semitic whispering campaign.

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Hundreds rally for Medicaid expansion at Missouri Capitol

After singing and chanting while walking through the hallways outside the House and Senate chambers, protesters marched Thursday afternoon from the Capitol throughout downtown Jefferson City, urging legislators to expand Medicaid — or, at least, bring the issue up for debate.

Tax break for data storage centers sent to Missouri governor

Gov. Jay Nixon will consider a new version of a tax incentive for data storage centers he vetoed last year over concerns about effects on local and state revenue.

Missouri governor signs emergency funding for local projects

Local governments in Missouri that built storm shelters or repaired school and hospital buildings after disasters like the 2011 Joplin tornado will soon be reimbursed with federal funds.

Nixon names Joplin chief new Missouri public safety director

Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts has been appointed as Missouri's new public safety director.

Missouri House OKs protections for religious student groups

A proposal aimed at giving religious student groups more control over their membership requirements at Missouri public universities won easy passage Thursday in the state House, despite concerns from opponents that it could legalize discrimination.

Senator wants Missourians to add ‘parenting rights’ to Constitution

Voters would be asked to protect choice in raising, schooling kids

It’s already a part of state law, but a Missouri senator wants the state’s voters to guarantee “the right and duty of parents to raise and educate their children” as they see fit.

Businessman challenges state law on political ads

‘Paid for by’ under attack

Like them or hate them, Missourians know who’s behind political ads and materials. But a businessman said in a federal lawsuit that the “paid for by” requirement violates his free speech right to back a candidate anonymously.

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Civics test urged for graduation in Missouri

Former teacher Riddle helping lead push

Missouri students would be required to pass a civics test before they could graduate from high school or receive the equivalent General Education Degree (GED), under the terms of two bills discussed in the state Senate’s Education Committee Wednesday.

Senate committee passes student transfer bill

A House bill aimed at helping students switch to better-performing schools without sending struggling districts to financial ruin under Missouri’s student transfer law passed the state Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

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Police fail to identify suspect in swimmer’s rape case at Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police said Wednesday they failed to identify a suspect and have closed their investigation of a former University of Missouri swimmer’s claims she was raped by several football players, more than a year before her suicide drew sharp criticism about the university’s handling of the matter.