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Jay Ashcroft, a Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state, is pushing an initiative petition that would allow the Legislature to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The St. Louis attorney filed a proposed constitutional amendment with the secretary of state's office on Thursday. This amendment would permit voter photo ID requirements.

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A fund for victims of the 2011 Joplin tornado has closed after distributing nearly $1 million to residents and nonprofits.

The Joplin City Council this week commended the board of trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund for their work.

The fund gave out $998,201 in assistance after the tornado, which killed 161 and destroyed thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses.

The Joplin Globe reports city documents show the fund received donations ranging from just $1 to $119,000 from people throughout the world.

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Missouri's unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.7 percent last month while the economy lost several thousand jobs.

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Recent heavy rains have pushed the Missouri River above flood stage at several locations in Missouri.

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The makeshift memorial that has marked the site of where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August now has been cleared out, and a permanent plaque will be placed nearby.

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  The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 14 for David Zink, convicted of abducted and killing a southwest Missouri woman in 2001.

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Charlie Shields of St. Joseph will serve as president of the Missouri State Board of Education after being elected to a two-year term.

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 A health insurer has agreed to pay Missouri $4.5 million for covering certain elective abortions and failing to cover some autism treatments.

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Gov. Jay Nixon said the University of Missouri-Columbia will receive $10 million in state funds for a new learning center in its business school.

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  Missouri's newly appointed state auditor says problems still linger in Jackson County Circuit Court and need to be addressed nearly a year after the former court administrator was sentenced to federal prison for embezzling almost $80,000.

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Four individuals face felony charges over fraudulent signatures on a 2014 initiative petition to put early voting on the Missouri ballot.

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  A measure that would require Missouri's tax collection agency to notify affected businesses when there are changes in tax policy is headed to the governor's desk.

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A one-year reauthorization for a tax that provides a large chunk of funding for Missouri's Medicaid program moved toward Governor Jay Nixon's desk on the final day of session.

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Entomologists are predicting a noisy summer in Missouri as two broods of long-living cicadas emerge.

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State lawmakers across the country are increasingly saying "no" to cities and counties seeking to impose local restrictions on businesses.

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  Young adults in the custody of the state who earn money from work or job training may have funds deposited in a trust fund under a measure sent to Missouri's governor today.

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The Missouri House passed a bill limiting police use of deadly force today, but it faces a big hurdle on the Legislature's final day.

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The engineer who was driving the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night killing at least seven people is a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri. 

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  The Missouri House has sent Gov. Jay Nixon an omnibus environmental bill with provisions that effect wastewater treatment, pollution control and hydraulic fracturing. 

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The Kansas City Star is reporting that electronic messages suggest Missouri House Speaker John Diehl had a sexually charged relationship with a Capitol intern.

The newspaper released screenshots Wednesday that it said showed flirtatious discussions between Diehl and the college freshman that were sometimes sexually suggestive. The Star said the screenshots show Diehl's business cellphone number.

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Missouri Republicans have used their large majorities to send a "right-to-work" measure to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon but appear to lack the support to override an expected veto.

The Missouri House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would prohibit workplace contracts that require union fees to be collected from nonmembers.

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A detective in suburban St. Louis says Investigators are closing their probe into former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich's suicide after failing to find an explanation for why the Republican gubernatorial hopeful took his life.

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  Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.

The Energy Department said Tuesday that it expects the price of gasoline to average $2.55 between April and September, which would be the lowest since 2009. Over the course of the year, a typical U.S household could save $675 in gasoline prices compared to last year.

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  A legislative panel has blocked Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services from increasing wages for home care workers.

House members and representatives on the oversight committee voted 7-2 Tuesday to block the pay increase for workers who tend to aging Missourians and others who can't care for themselves.

The department rule would have increased the current $7.65 an hour minimum to $8.50 to $10.15 for home care workers.

But lawmakers said the department doesn't have the authority to increase those wages.

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Opponents of a right-to-work measure packed the Capitol halls as Missouri's Republican leaders pushed to send the measure to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in the Legislature's final week.

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A bill aimed at clamping down on bullying and preventing suicides in Missouri schools is nearing passage.

The legislation passed 129-19 by the House on Monday would require school anti-bullying policies to include stricter procedures for reporting, investigating and responding to bullying.

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A report from the Missouri Supreme Court highlights several potential conflicts of interest among Ferguson's court staff, prosecutor and police.

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Lawmakers have passed a bill to stop the state from considering how much money a bidder would return to Missouri if awarded a contract to run a licensing office.

The House on Monday voted 146-5 in favor of the bill, which now heads to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

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  Friday's legislative deadline is  playing into reforms sparked by a Department of Justice investigation into the city of Ferguson’s judicial system.

The Ferguson Commission, formed by the governor following the unrest there this summer, is urging Governor Jay Nixon to sign a measure limiting the powers of municipal courts into law.

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  Missouri home care workers gathered at the Capitol to ask lawmakers to allow a rule requiring higher pay for them to take effect.

The workers are paid at least 7 dollars 50 cents an hour to bathe, feed and tend to Missourians who can’t care for themselves. They’re pushing for that 7.50 minimum wage to be increased.

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