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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.

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.

Grichuk could cut into Jay’s playing time for Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Jon Jay was the St. Louis Cardinals center fielder and primary leadoff man when he went on the 15-day disabled list with a wrist injury.

Man kills self after California police standoff; family safe

An all-day standoff in a San Diego-area apartment complex that began with a gunman killing his neighbor Thursday ended with the man killing himself after two children and his wife emerged unharmed, police said.

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Heavy rain eases Texas drought, but high water could linger

This week’s record rainfall in Texas eased the state’s drought and swelled rivers and lakes to the point that they may not return to normal levels until July, scientists said Thursday.

US to “fine tune” Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

Pentagon leaders are trying to “fine tune” U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists’ advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday.

Thompson’s father says son will return for Finals

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is feeling better and is on track to return for the NBA Finals next week after taking a knee to his head from Trevor Ariza that caused “concussion-like symptoms.”

UNC-Chapel Hill building to drop name of prominent KKK head

Trustees at the country’s oldest public university decided Thursday to rename a University of North Carolina classroom building so it no longer carries the name of a 19th century Ku Klux Klan leader.

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