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Missouri prisons have been ordered to eliminate smoking after an asthmatic inmate serving a life sentence for two murders won a court judgment.

The Kansas City Star reports Missouri has been ordered to go smoke-free by April 1 because of the lawsuit Ecclesiastical Denzel Washington filed.

Missouri already bans smoking inside prison buildings, but it allowed it in designated areas outside. The evidence at trial showed that inmates are commonly written up for smoking in their cells.

St. Louis police could be wearing body cameras within 60 to 90 days.

After a contentious meeting Wednesday, the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment voted to begin a free one-year trial while pursuing a longer contract.

The new mayor of St. Louis is calling for the city to be a leader in addressing racial inequity as thousands of people protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black suspect.

But Lyda Krewson, who is white, faces criticism from those who want her to do more and others who want strong support for police or insist racism is not an issue.

Krewson won the Democratic mayoral primary in March after dominating on the city's mostly white south side. Three black candidates split the vote on the predominantly black north side.

Joplin and one of the counties surrounding the southwest Missouri city have joined a prescription drug monitoring program that municipalities across the state have banded together to create.

The Joplin Globe reports that the Joplin City Council voted Monday and the Jasper County Commission on Tuesday to join the effort to fight opioid addiction. The program was created when Missouri was only state without a monitoring program.

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A third person appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens to the state board of education won't serve on the board.

Two current board members criticized the governor after Springfield resident Heidi Crane's declined to accept the appointment. They say the governor has been incompetent in his efforts to remake the board with his own people in an effort to replace current Education Commission Margie Vandeven.

Protesters gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis to show solidarity with those who remain behind bars, but there was no repeat of the vandalism that occurred over the weekend.

More demonstrations are expected Tuesday, four days after a judge found ex-officer Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Organizers did not give any details about Tuesday's protests.

Smith's mother, Anne Smith, was among those outside the jail on Monday.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House panel will look into an ethics complaint about a colleague who remarked on social media that he hopes whoever vandalized a Confederate monument will be "hung from a tall tree with a long rope."

House Speaker Todd Richardson said Wednesday that he will refer a resolution about Republican Rep. Warren Love to the bipartisan House Ethics Committee, whose proceedings are secret.

House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty has said Love should be disciplined for essentially encouraging lynching.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court will rehear a lawsuit stemming from the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Tuesday to hear Dorian Johnson's lawsuit.

Johnson was with Brown when Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson in 2014. Wilson was not charged and later resigned, but the shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white officer led to months of protests.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri legislative leaders say they want to develop a proposal over the next three weeks to reverse cuts to services for the elderly and disabled.

Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson said Wednesday that they have asked colleagues to develop a plan to undo cuts to in-home and nursing care for about 8,300 people.

A police union that primarily represents black officers in St. Louis is calling for the conviction of a white former officer accused of killing a black suspect.

The Ethical Society of Police said in a statement Tuesday that its board believes evidence in the case against Jason Stockley warrants a conviction. But the organization also says it does not condone violence if Stockley is acquitted.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has assured black faith leaders in St. Louis that the rights of peaceful protesters will be protected if unrest occurs after a judge rules in a former police officer's murder trial.

But after the meeting Monday at an AME church in St. Louis, the Republican governor stressed that any protest veering into violence will not be tolerated.

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The Missouri Supreme Court is putting a public defender on probation after he admitted to neglecting indigent clients while he dealt with illness and a heavy caseload.

The state's high court on Tuesday put Columbia-based public defender Karl Hinkebein on probation for a year. The court could suspend his license if he doesn't follow his probation.

The case hit on larger concerns that have been raised by the head of the public defender system about underfunding and unmanageable caseloads.

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Five retired judges will lead an inquiry into the death penalty case of Marcellus Williams.

Gov. Eric Greitens appointed the board of inquiry Tuesday to consider whether Williams should be executed for the 1998 death of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Lisha Gayle. Greitens issued a stay of execution in August just hours before Williams was to be executed.

Gov. Eric Greitens says the state plans to start an innovation fund to support entrepreneurship efforts in Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Greitens mentioned the fund Thursday at an economic development conference in St. Louis. Under the plan, private fund managers would go through Missouri Technology Corp. to borrow state money.

Missouri Technology Corp. is a state program that invested in early-stage companies until legislators slashed its budget this year.

Missouri's top senator says lawmakers are working on a plan to reverse cuts to services for seniors and the disabled that could be considered during a potential special session.

Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said Thursday that he wants Gov. Eric Greitens to call a special session next week to consider the plan. But if that doesn't happen, Richard said he's willing to try to get the signatures of three-fourths of the House and Senate members needed to call themselves into a special session.

A former professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia has been ordered to pay the university system $600,000 in damages in an intellectual property lawsuit.

The Columbia Missourian reports that a jury decided Wednesday that Galen Suppes violated his contract with the University of Missouri System and had been working in competition against the system.

A taskforce appointed by Missouri's governor is recommending a professionally managed investment fund and a simplified tax code to help job growth in the state.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' Innovation Task Force on Wednesday announced those suggestions and dozens of other policy changes aimed at promoting new businesses, especially technology startups.

A taskforce appointed by Missouri's governor is recommending a professionally managed investment fund and a simplified tax code to help job growth in the state.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' Innovation Task Force on Wednesday announced those suggestions and dozens of other policy changes aimed at promoting new businesses, especially technology startups.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a former longtime Republican lawmaker to the state's Housing Development Commission.

Greitens on Wednesday announced he picked former lawmaker Jason Crowell to the post.

Crowell was elected to the Missouri House in 2000 and served as House majority floor leader. He then served eight years in the state Senate.

Crowell also made an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Congress in 2013 to replace resigned U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. He and eight other candidates lost to GOP Rep. Jason Smith.

Missouri Highway Patrol officials say a new system notifying the public when a police officer is injured or killed wasn't used in a recent shooting of two St. Louis officers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the "Blue Alert" law allowing the agency to inform the public of suspect descriptions took effect Aug. 28, nearly a week before the officers were shot and injured in downtown St. Louis.

A Highway Patrol spokesman says the agency told the St. Louis Police Department about the suspect and left it to their discretion to issue an alert.

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St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is urging the County Council to fire County Auditor Mark Tucker.

Stenger's office on Tuesday released a letter from Stenger to County Council Chairman Sam Page, citing a news report from last week that Tucker owes nearly $100,000 in federal taxes. Stenger also questioned why Tucker was hired in the first place, saying he had not previous accounting experience.

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Missouri's budget director says revenues increased 7 percent compared to the same time last fiscal year.

Budget Director Dan Haug on Tuesday announced the state collected about $792 million in the month of August compared to roughly $740 million in August 2016.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mayor of St. Louis says the city is "on edge" as it awaits a ruling in the first-degree murder trial of former police officer Jason Stockley, in part because of a troubled history of justice in St. Louis and nationwide.

Stockley is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. The case was heard last month but it's unclear when Judge Timothy Wilson will rule.

Activists have threatened civil disobedience if Stockley, who is white, is acquitted in the death of the black suspect.

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A small private university in Missouri is creating a tuition-free college option for low-income students.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Fontbonne University is partnering with donors to create a program called the Fontbonne Promise.

Several Missouri school districts are planning to pick up the tab so high school juniors can continue to take the ACT college entrance exam for free after the state announced it would stop covering the cost.

The St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia districts are among those that will pay. Several others, including Springfield, are considering it.

Hundreds of protesters in both of Missouri's big cities call for higher pay and better treatment during Labor Day rallies.

The Kansas City Star reports that more than 300 protesters turned out in Kansas City Monday for a "Fight for $15" rally. Many of the protesters were scheduled to work but were striking for the holiday, waving American flags and carrying placards.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several people protested outside a downtown McDonald's prior to St. Louis' annual Labor Day parade.

Missouri Democrats say they want to repeal parts of a new law that excludes public employees from protections against being fired for whistleblowing.

Creve Coeur Democratic Sen. Jill Schupp said Friday that she will file legislation next session to allow Missouri government workers, including public college and university employees, to sue if they report misconduct and then are fired. Private-sector employees still have protections under the new law.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four new Missouri state parks announced late in former Gov. Jay Nixon's tenure are either closed or never opened, and some environmentalists worry that now-protected land will be sold to private developers.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that all four park sites, scattered across the Ozarks, are near active mining operations.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Less than five months after a southwest Missouri bridge was destroyed in a sudden flood, work is nearly complete on its replacement.

A massive flood in April destroyed the Hammond Bridge on CC Highway over the North Fork of the White River, completely ripping the 300-foot-long span from its concrete piers and pushing it more than 100 yards downstream. Getting from one side to the other now takes 45 minutes of detours.

The detours won't last much longer. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the new span is expected to open in early October.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owner of the Kansas City Chiefs is being accused in a lawsuit of improperly receiving hundreds of millions in state investment money through a kickback deal with New Mexico officials.

The Kansas City Star reports Sunday the New Mexico State Investment Council filed the lawsuit late last month against Clark Hunt and HFV Asset Management over the politically influenced investment deals.

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