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The Missouri Supreme Court has disbarred a Columbia attorney accused of misusing client trust accounts.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Michael Blum was disbarred Tuesday and fined $2,000. Blum was found to have violated rules for attorney conduct 17 times, including 14 violations of misusing trust accounts at the firm Blum and Ray.

Money is placed into trust accounts in advance of services and is meant to be withdrawn as the firm works for a client.

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The Missouri Democratic Party says it will ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to review a mysterious donation to Republican Eric Greitens' campaign for governor to determine if it violated "pay to play" rules.

Democratic state chairman Roy Temple slammed the donation Wednesday during a teleconference with reporters, and the party said in a statement that it would send a letter to the SEC calling for an investigation.

At issue is a $1.9 million gift to Greitens' campaign from political action committee SEALs for Truth.

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  Three Missouri rural electric projects are getting $108 million in federal loans to expand and modernize their infrastructure.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment Wednesday during a news conference in Savannah in northwest Missouri's Andrew County.

That's where Vilsack says United Electric Cooperative will get a $28 million loan to build or enhance 164 miles of line and make other system improvements. The loan includes $3.5 million for next-generation power transmission efforts known as smart grid.

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  Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens says he wants Missouri to change the way it selects judges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Greitens supports a Tennessee procedure that gives the governor and Legislature more influence in picking judges. He believes the current system gives trial lawyers too much influence on judicial appointments.

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A special prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a Missouri House candidate who was accused of sexual assault by an incoming lawmaker.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said Tuesday that not enough credible evidence exists to charge Steven Roberts Jr., of St. Louis. Cora Faith Walker, of Ferguson, alleged in October that Roberts had sexually assaulted her. Both Democrats are running unopposed in their bids to serve in the Missouri House.

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The second phase of Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis will feature a 29-story luxury apartment building, along with office, retail, restaurants and entertainment space.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced the $220 project Tuesday. Construction is expected to start late next year and be completed in 2019.

The team is asking the city to amend its current development agreement to add a sales tax within Ballpark Village, and to issue bonds for the revenue generated by the project. The first phase of Ballpark Village opened in 2014 and includes restaurants, bars and the Cardinals Hall of Fame.

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A nonprofit says drought and population growth may put a strain on water sources in southwest Missouri.

The Joplin Globe reports that Tri-State Water Resource Coalition has initialed a number of studies over the years to examine water sources as well as demand throughout a 16-county region in southwest Missouri. The coalition is a nonprofit that aims to find and secure reliable water supplies in the Ozarks.

Much of the region sits atop the Ozark aquifer, which is the main source of water for most of the region's communities.

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St. Louis County prosecutors and the FBI are investigating allegations of absentee ballot vote fraud involving the mayor of Berkeley.

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch , the investigation of Mayor Theodore Hoskins and alleged interference with the absentee ballot process during the April mayoral race was revealed in emails and other documents obtained by the newspaper. The FBI declined to comment on the allegations.

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  Missouri said the U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee a reporter or anyone else a right to see executions.

The state is pressing a federal judge to throw out Buzzfeed News reporter Christopher McDaniel's lawsuit over Missouri's decision to exclude him from witnessing executions. Missouri also says in court documents last week that it has legal immunity from such lawsuits.

Missouri has received $8.7 million from Volkswagen as part of a multibillion-dollar national settlement over the automaker's emissions cheating scandal.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office transferred the money to the state's general revenue fund on Thursday.

The money comes after Gov. Jay Nixon so far this fiscal year cut about $174 million in funding for Missouri's schools, roads and a variety of other programs. He says the cuts were needed to balance the budget.

A Nixon spokesman didn't immediately respond to Associated Press requests for comment Thursday.

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  A federal appeals court has ordered a judge to revisit her refusal to throw out a $100 million lawsuit by a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after his nearly a decade in prison.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided Wednesday with six Columbia police officers Ryan Ferguson alleges fabricated evidence, coerced witnesses and ignored other suspects.

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  The Missouri Democratic Party chairman is claiming that Republican Eric Greitens broke campaign finance laws by using a list of charity donors to raise money in his campaign for governor.

Roy Temple filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer who founded a veterans' charity called The Mission Continues.

The complaint is in response to an Associated Press report that a Greitens staffer had a list of Missouri Continues donors. AP found overlap between charity and campaign donors.

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  The University of Missouri has received an $8 million gift for its proposed football facility project at Memorial Stadium.

The university's athletic department said Wednesday the donor wished to remain anonymous. Missouri has raised about $67 million of the estimated $75 million needed for the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex near the stadium's south end zone.

McDonald's will pay a $56,500 settlement after a southeast Missouri restaurant manager refused to interview a deaf job applicant.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with McDonald's Corp. and McDonald's Restaurants.

The EEOC says a young man who can't hear or speak applied online in 2012 to work at a store in Belton, Missouri. He had previous experience as a cook and cleanup team member at a McDonald's in another state.

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A 32-year-old southwest Missouri man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for setting fire to a mosque and trying to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Jedediah Stout of Joplin pleaded guilty on April 18 to one count of damaging the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque; two counts of arson at a Planned Parenthood facility in Joplin; and one count of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Stout told investigators that he did not like Islam as a religion and admitted setting a fire that destroyed the mosque on Aug. 6, 2012.

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Suspended Missouri State quarterback Breck Ruddick is out for the rest of the year but won't be kicked off the team for an animal cruelty citation.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Bears coach Dave Steckel announced Monday that the Marion, Arkansas, sophomore must apologize and meet other conditions before playing next year.

Ruddick was suspended Sept. 23 before Missouri State fell 35-0 to Kansas State in a game that was called at halftime because of dangerous weather.

The following Monday, Ruddick was issued the animal cruelty ticket and another accusing him of allowing a dog he was caring for to run at large. The incident report said the dog needed surgery for a broken jaw.

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Ford is temporarily idling four North American plants in response to slowing demand for new vehicles.

The company has scheduled one-week closures this month for its plants in Kansas City, Missouri, and Hermosillo and Cuatitlan, Mexico. Those plants make the F-150 pickup truck, the Fusion sedan and the Fiesta subcompact.

Ford Motor Co. will close its Louisville, Kentucky, plant for two weeks in October. That plant makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC small SUVs.

After six years of growth, U.S. demand for new vehicles is slowing. So far this year, overall industry sales are flat compared to 2015.

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The Missouri University of Science and Technology has suspended the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after two students were injured during an event last week at the fraternity house.

The university said in a news release Monday that campus police were notified Sunday and that an investigation is underway. The release offered no details about how the students were hurt or the extent of their injuries.

During the suspension, the fraternity won't be recognized as a student organization and won't have access to the Rolla university's facilities.

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Washington University in St. Louis has stopped using sedated cats to train medical students how to insert breathing tubes down the throats of babies, effectively ending the practice in the U.S., according to a medical ethics group.

The Washington University School of Medicine said in a statement on Monday that after a "significant investment" in its simulation center, it will now provide neonatal intubation training using only mannequins and advanced simulators.

Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander has raised more money recently for his bid for U.S. Senate but incumbent GOP Sen. Roy Blunt has more cash on hand.

Kander's campaign on Wednesday announced he raised more than $3 million between July and the end of September.

The Missouri Democratic Party's federal account raised more than $780,000 that could be used to help Kander.

Blunt announced he raised more than $1.8 million for his re-election campaign. The Missouri Republican Party federal account raised more than $1 million.

More money has been spent since last year on broadcast TV ads for Missouri's gubernatorial election than in any other state.

An independent analysis by the Center for Public Integrity released Thursday shows an estimated $27.5 million has been spent on ads aired so far.

Republican political newcomer Eric Greitens has spent an estimated $8.4 million on more than 20,800 ad spots. Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has spent about $6.2 million on more than 14,700 spots.

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  Efforts to build a bridge to improve riverfront access in Jefferson City have hit a stumbling block.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that the Missouri Department of Transportation has determined that the city is ineligible for a $400,000 federal grant.

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The Coast Guard says work to clean up 100 gallons of diesel fuel in the Missouri River is complete.

A towing vessel released the diesel fuel Monday after a fuel tank ruptured. A boom was placed around the vessel to contain the leaked fuel.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the fuel was successfully cleaned up Tuesday. About 3,000 gallons of an oily-water mixture were removed from the river.

The spill was not expected to damage the environment. The Coast Guard said an investigation into what caused the tank to rupture is continuing.

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The chief curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is stepping down amid tensions from an exhibition that was criticized as racially insensitive.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jeffrey Uslip, who came to St. Louis in 2014, is leaving for another institution. Museum spokesman Eddie Silva declined to say where Uslip is going because that museum wants to announce the news itself.

The exhibit in question featured the work of artist Kelley Walker. Black artists criticized the choice and treatment of imagery showing 1960s black civil rights protesters and black women on magazines smeared in toothpaste and chocolate.

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Authorities say 100 gallons of diesel fuel has spilled into the Missouri River near Kansas City.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the spill happened Monday night when a towing vessel's fuel tank ruptured.

A boom has been placed around the vessel to contain the discharged fuel. The release says the Coast Guard will continue to monitor the situation until the fuel is removed from the water.

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Republican Eric Greitens is getting financing for his Missouri gubernatorial campaign from many of the same people who have supported a charity he founded for military veterans.

But Greitens denies that he has used a donor list for The Mission Continues to solicit money for his governor's race against Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.

An Associated Press analysis found that more than $1 of every $8 Greitens has raised came from previous donors to The Mission Continues.

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  Chamber of Commerce officials said plans to build a bridge in Jefferson City to improve riverfront access are advancing.

The News Tribune reports Union Pacific Railroad has given its approval for a bridge to be built over its tracks to connect Adrian's Island to the city, and a donor, B.J. DeLong, has pledged $1 million to develop the 30-acre peninsula.

The Environmental Protection Agency is saying a mine waste pit in southwest Missouri doesn't appear to be filling, four years after the agency began dumping waste into it.

The Joplin Globe reports  the mine, near Oronogo, closed in 1948. It eventually developed into a lake 200 feet deep in some places.

In 2012, the EPA said it would have no problem filling the pit, estimating it would hold about 4 million cubic yards of mine waste.

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  A union representing Columbia police officers is suing the city of Columbia after officials refused to release public records or asked "exorbitant" fees to fulfill the request.

The Columbia Police Officers Association sought emails between police Chief Ken Burton and Deputy Chief Jill Schlude from June 1 to July 22. The lawsuit says the city did not reply in a timely manner and then said it would cost nearly $840 to fulfill the request.

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Authorities say a former Missouri man has been sentenced to 14 days of incarceration and five years of probation for defacing the Islamic Center of Springfield and burning copies of the Quran.

Twenty-four-year-old Adam David Smock, of Edgewater, California, also was ordered Thursday to pay $10,440 in restitution, perform 40 hours of community service and personally apologize to the leaders of the Islamic Center of Springfield.