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The University of Missouri-Kansas City plans to eliminate 17 academic and administrate jobs.

The Kansas City Star reports that this week's announcement is in response to the University of Missouri System announcing broad cuts last year across the four-campus system in Columbia, Rolla, St. Louis and Kansas City. The cuts left officials on the Kansas City campus looking for about a 3 percent reduction from each school, college and division. The system's flagship campus in Columbia said the cuts there would be much deeper.

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A nonprofit organization formed to fund Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' legal defense says it neither raised nor spent money in its first month of existence.

The Kansas City Star reports that ERG Defense Fund was founded by Greitens' allies in early March. The initials ERG stand for the Republican governor's full name — Eric Robert Greitens.

The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill to lower income taxes for some members of the military.

The proposal, approved Thursday, allows those in the National Guard and the armed forces reserves to deduct their military income from their state taxes.

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The Missouri Democratic Party is renewing efforts to tie Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley to embattled Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

A Friday release from the party criticizes Attorney General Hawley for not doing enough or acting too slow to check into allegations of misconduct against the governor.

Hawley's office found no wrongdoing after investigating use of a secretive message-deleting app by governor's office staff.

Hawley also recently launched a pending investigation into The Mission Continues, which Greitens founded.

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One of Missouri's smallest state universities could face accreditation trouble stemming from low tuition and a decline in state support.

Missouri Southern State University's finances must be addressed before its 10-year re-accreditation site visit in 2019, said university President Alan Marble.

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Facing mounting calls to resign following sexual misconduct allegations, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be taking a cue from President Donald Trump as he fights for his political survival amid a #MeToo movement that has felled dozens of other prominent politicians and public figures.

Referencing events in Washington, D.C., Greitens is using wording similar to that used by Trump to denounce accusations of unwanted sexual aggression as "lies" and "fake charges" and the investigations into his alleged wrongdoing as a "political witch hunt."

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The Missouri Senate has voted to lower the corporate tax rate from 6.25 percent to 3.5 percent.

The measure, approved Thursday in a 28-3 vote, would lower the corporate tax rate effective Jan. 1.

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A Missouri House committee has rejected a bill meant to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana.

The Columbia Missourian reports that Republican Rep. Jim Neely's bill failed to make it out of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

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A spokesman for Gov. Eric Greitens says he hopes to nominate new members to the Missouri Ethics Commission next week.

Vacancies on the commission mean it has too few members to meet with a quorum. The committee has before it a complaint about whether Greitens' gubernatorial campaign told the truth about how it gained access to a list of donors.

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Missouri senators on Thursday passed legislation aimed at shielding government whistleblowers from retaliation.

Senators voted 30-0 in favor of the bill, which would roll back a provision of a new law that Democratic sponsor Sen. Jill Schupp said inadvertently took away protections for state workers who report misconduct or other issues.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill on Gov. Eric Greitens' desk would limit how much money insurance companies would have to pay after accidents.

The proposal affects cases where multiple people are owed money from an insurance company, such as after a car accident that leaves multiple people injured. If Greitens signs the bill, the driver's insurance company could not be obligated to pay more money than whatever is listed in its policy contract. The funds could be handed over to a court, which would determine how to distribute it to victims.

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to crack down on sex trafficking by expanding the ability of prosecutors to go after websites that promote and facilitate it.

The measure, which passed the Senate 97-2, also would give state attorneys general the authority to file civil lawsuits on behalf of victims of sex trafficking. The House approved it last month 388-25, sending it on to President Donald Trump for his expected signature.

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The ex-husband of the woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is seeking an order for protection from the governor.

The motion filed Thursday does not allege any threats from Greitens, but says that the man feels intimidated in part because the governor is a retired Navy SEAL officer.

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A Democratic lawyer has filed an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley over pro bono legal services he received in 2016.

Attorney Jane Dueker on Thursday filed the complaint against Hawley, who is the state's attorney general. Hawley's campaign spokeswoman, Kelli Ford, called the complaint a "frivolous" action by a Democrat.

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The Missouri House has passed a proposal that would ban children 17 and younger from participating in mixed martial arts or professional kickboxing.

The bill, approved Thursday in a 112-29 vote, would put amateur kickboxing and both professional and mixed martial arts under state supervision. In an amateur mixed martial arts contest, elbow strikes to the head would no longer be allowed, nor would knee strikes to the head during the first five bouts. However, contestants could agree to allow knee strikes after that.

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A mid-Missouri county collector has resigned after suspicious activity was found in the county's checking account.

Callaway County officials say collector Pam Oestreich resigned suddenly Thursday and the collector's office is closed until further notice.

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The Missouri House passed a measure Thursday that would toughen rules for people who misspent benefit money within a poverty program.

The bill, passed by a 100-46 vote, affects the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which provides regular cash payments to more than 11,000 families. The bill now heads to the Senate.

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Some Missouri lawmakers on Thursday raised concerns that Republican Gov. Eric Greitens now has the power to appoint new members to a state ethics panel that's currently reviewing a complaint against him.

The six-member Missouri Ethics Commission will lack a quorum after Thursday, when three members' terms expired.

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A Swiss-based company will open an aluminum smelter in the Missouri Bootheel region, creating up to 400 jobs in one of the state's most impoverished areas.

Gov. Eric Greitens, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and other political leaders will announce details about the new Magnitude 7 Metals plant Friday in New Madrid County. It's not clear when the plant will open.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the first commercial case of bird flu in the country this year has been confirmed at a turkey farm in southwestern Missouri.

USDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole said Thursday that the H7N1 avian influenza, a low-pathogenic form, was detected through pre-slaughter testing on a farm in Jasper County that houses 20,000 turkeys. The state put the farm under quarantine.

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Gov. Eric Greitens has signed a bill that will require businesses that might see high levels of human trafficking will be required to hang posters with information about a national human trafficking hotline.

The governor signed a bill Thursday that will compel businesses such as truck stops, bus stations, some hotels and strip clubs to hang the posters, starting March 1, 2019.

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The Missouri attorney general's office has an open inquiry into a veterans charity founded by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Hawley said Thursday that the office is looking into the charitable activities of The Mission Continues. It wasn't clear when the inquiry began.

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's office says it doesn't appear that Gov. Eric Greitens' staff violated records laws while using a secretive messaging app.

Greitens' office released the report Thursday. The attorney general's office confirmed the report.

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The Missouri House overwhelmingly approved a resolution authorizing an investigation into Gov. Eric Greitens.

There were no dissenting votes Thursday as the House adopted a measure setting forth the procedures for a seven-member bipartisan committee.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a former St. Louis-area Husch Blackwell lawyer to the state's Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Greitens on Wednesday announced that he picked Maryville resident Joe Cornelison to serve on the board, which oversees public colleges and universities throughout the state. Cornelison is a retired Army colonel.

Cornelison replaces Republican Dalton Wright, who was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Wright was serving an expired term on the board.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is praising Missouri's revamped Clean Water Commission for allowing two new concentrated animal feeding operations in the state.

Greitens in a Thursday statement said the state needs "more farms, more jobs and less government."

Neighbors worried about pollution, smell and other issues have been fighting RNR Farms in McDonald County and Trenton Farms in Grundy County for years. Previous clean water commissioners voted against the chicken and hog farms.

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Farm-friendly members of Missouri's Clean Water Commission have voted to allow two new concentrated animal feeding operations.

The Tuesday votes came after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens last week appointed three new members to the board with agricultural ties.

At issue are permits for RNR Farms in McDonald County and Trenton Farms in Grundy County that the Department of Natural Resources granted last year. Neighbors worried about pollution fought against them.

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A federal judge is scheduled to learn how much progress Ferguson has made in addressing concerns about the mistreatment of black residents by the Missouri city's police and court system.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry will hear a status update Tuesday on the consent agreement between Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice.

A veteran’s ward in a Missouri prison is earning recognition for veteran rehabilitation.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Missouri Veterans Project began at the Moberly Correctional Center six months ago. Its success has led to the establishment of similar programs at prisons in Jefferson City, Potosi and­­­ Boonville.

Department of Corrections spokesperson Karen Pojmann says mental health treatment for veterans is different than treatment for others, which led the department to try housing veterans together.

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Missouri's attorney general is weighing whether to appoint a special investigator to look into use by Governor Eric Greitens' staff of the app Confide. The app deletes messages after they've been read and prevents recipients from saving them.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that Attorney General Josh Hawley says he can't directly investigate Greitens because he's defending the governor's office in other legal cases, but he could appoint a special investigator.

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