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Appeals court rules former teacher can't recover attorney fees

In connection with child abuse investigation

Judge had tossed child abuse case against former Eldon coach

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Home care workers want Nixon to activate contract

Missouri Home Care Union members and their supporters stood outside Gov. Jay Nixon’s Capitol office for more than an hour Wednesday, urging him to order their new contract be put in place.

School board committee discusses ‘Open Forum’ policy, EpiPens

Rule changes ahead?

Three Jefferson City School Board members spent more than an hour Wednesday morning talking about whether the “Open Forum” portion of board meetings needs to be changed.

Report: Missouri’s poor roads just part of a national problem

A national report confirms what state officials have been saying for some time: Missouri’s roads and bridges are deteriorating — especially in the state’s rural areas.

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Blair Oaks sends 100 seniors out to world

Blair Oaks High School’s 100 graduates heard a lot about “family” during Sunday night’s Commencement Ceremony.

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Observers: Senate’s end both rare and no big deal

Long-time Missouri Capitol observers kept saying they never had seen the type of filibuster the Senate’s Democrats launched during the session’s final three days. And both parties accused the other of stopping action on bills that still needed to be debated.

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Mid-Missouri lawmakers rate legislative session as good

Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally were pleased.

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Dysfunction crowds final day of session

Senate meets for less than 45 minutes on Thursday

The Missouri Legislature came to a standstill Thursday, jeopardizing scores of bills with just one day left in the session, as the Republican House speaker announced his resignation amid a scandal and Senate Democrats blocked all debate because of lingering animosity over a bill limiting union powers.

Schaefer: Special session could change Medicaid

Among the 175 bills and resolutions still waiting for the Missouri Senate’s approval today — the Legislature’s last day for the 2015 session — is the federal reimbursement allowance, or FRA, that means more than $3.6 billion in Medicaid funding for the state budget.

Senate Democrats make good on pledge to stall bills in session’s final days

State of inaction

With only three days to go before the end this year’s General Assembly, state senators on Wednesday took no votes on any bills.

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