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The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is making progress on reforms, but attorneys for both sides say much work remains to meet the requirements of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ferguson reached a settlement with the Justice Department earlier this year aimed at resolving problems in the St. Louis suburb's criminal justice system that came to light during protests following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer in 2014.

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Hillary Clinton is offering an intimate look at her Methodist faith and how it has influenced her life in public service.

At the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Clinton recalled her father's nightly prayers, her mother's time as a Sunday School teacher and the youth minister who took her to see the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Clinton said that thanks to her family and church, she "embraced an activist social justice faith."

A Kansas City group has donated $10 million toward the University of Missouri's effort to build a new football practice facility.

The university on Thursday announced the gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust.

A release from the university says details of the new facilities are still in the planning process.

Director of Athletics Jim Sterk says in the news release the gift is an important starting point for fundraising for the football facility.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Kansas City Public Schools on behalf of a young child whose hands were cuffed behind his back two years ago when he was a 7-year-old second-grader.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City claims the boy was "crying and hollering" after a teacher asked him to change seats on April 30, 2014. The suit says a school resource officer came and led the boy away, at times holding tightly onto the child's arm after he ignored the officer's instructions.

Missouri is appealing a federal court's decision that requires the state to break one of its most-guarded secrets and reveal the name of any supplier of its lethal injection drug.

Calling the matter "a question of exceptional importance," the state on Wednesday asked the full 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to urgently upend a ruling last week by a three-judge panel of that court in a case brought by two death-row inmates in Mississippi.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is sending findings from an investigation of a state House race to state and federal prosecutors to determine if charges are warranted.

A report from Kander's office Wednesday also said it "strongly encourages" the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office to review every absentee ballot cast in a contested Democratic primary for a St. Louis-area House seat.

At issue is incumbent Rep. Penny Hubbard's 90-vote win over political newcomer Bruce Franks.

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A 29-year-old man who police say was fatally shot before his body was found in a burning vehicle near St. Louis was a highly visible activist during protests over the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

St. Louis County police say Daren Seals' body was found early Tuesday in Riverview near Ferguson. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities spelled his name as Daren, but other records show it as Darren.

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A Senate panel has opened a preliminary investigation into why the price of lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Homeland's investigations subcommittee said in a statement Wednesday that they began an inquiry into Mylan Pharmaceuticals' pricing and competition practices. Mylan has been sharply criticized for its steep price increases for the emergency allergy treatment EpiPen.

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  Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he's "optimistic" some of his vetoes will be sustained when the Republican-led Legislature considers overrides next week.

Nixon made his case against more than 20 vetoed bills to reporters Wednesday at the Capitol in advance of the annual veto session.

Republicans have enough members in both chambers to override vetoes.

Nixon's vetoes of a sweeping guns bill and a photo identification requirement for voters at the polls have gotten the most attention.

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  Federal tax documents show that Eric Greitens, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor, was paid $700,000 over a five-year period by a charity he founded to help veterans.

Democratic candidate Chris Koster is criticizing the payments in new ads launched Wednesday. One accuses Greitens of diverting money intended to help veterans to instead promote himself.

Greitens' campaign responded with a fundraising email saying Koster "should be ashamed" for the attack while asking supporters to give money to fight it.

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  Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is sending findings from an investigation of a state House race to state and federal prosecutors to determine if charges are warranted.

A report from Kander's office Wednesday also said it "strongly encourages" the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office to review every absentee ballot cast in a contested Democratic primary for a St. Louis-area House seat.

At issue is incumbent Rep. Penny Hubbard's 90-vote win over political newcomer Bruce Franks.

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Defense attorneys are questioning the impact of local police using U.S. Secret Service cellphone tracking technology in 2014 to investigate a case.

Attorney Diane Dragan argues that some of the charges and all of the evidence stemming from her client's arrest should be tossed out of court because the cellphone tracking performed by the technology is illegal.

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  Is the death penalty in America gradually dying?

There have been just two executions since May 1. And the total for 2016 probably will hit a 25-year low.

Execution drug shortages, errors in death chambers and legal challenges to sentences imposed by judges have contributed to a dramatic decline in the number of states that are carrying out executions.

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  The National Rifle Association is backing Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster for Missouri governor.

The NRA's political action committee on Tuesday announced it endorsed Koster over his Republican opponent Eric Greitens.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation plans mandatory inspections of deer killed in 29 counties during the opening weekend of the November firearms season as part of an effort to battle a deadly deer disease.

The department has established a "Chronic Waste Disease Management Zone" in northern and central Missouri for the weekend of Nov. 12-13, the busiest period for deer hunting in Missouri.

It is the state's first-ever mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease, which produces holes in brain tissue and causes the animals to die. There is no cure.

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A recent state audit says Missouri is making in-state and out-of-state students bear more of the costs at public universities and colleges, prompting Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to respond that the state is a national leader in college affordability.

Nixon touted Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation in-state undergraduate tuition increases since 2008. He says including money for scholarships and capital improvements, state spending on higher education went up 3.9 percent between fiscal years 2009 and 2015.

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The construction of a wind farm in DeKalb County is on pace to be completed this fall.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Next Era Energy Resources is working on a 97-turbine wind farm that will be able to produce 200 megawatts of electricity. Kansas City Power & Light will purchase the electricity.

Construction on the wind farm began in May. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of November.

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A suburban St. Louis school district has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that it failed to protect a high school student from "severe, pervasive and persistent" harassment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2bVAy9u ) reports that a judge granted a motion last month to dismiss the case against the Ladue School District. The student sued in August 2015, alleging that he was subjected to anti-gay slurs and threatened during the 2014-2015 school year at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has disbarred a former St. Louis city prosecutor who helped cover up a police detective's beating of a handcuffed man.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state's high court last month revoked Bliss Barber Worrell's Missouri law license.

Worrell was sentenced in July to 18 months of probation and 140 hours of community service. She pleaded guilty in October of last year to misprision of a felony, or helping conceal a crime.

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A Missouri judge has fined the state Highway Patrol $5,000 after finding that it violated open records law in responding to requests from the family of an Iowa man who drowned while in custody.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem issued the order Wednesday. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Beetem ruled that the state's delays in turning over documents to Brandon Ellingson's family amounted to a "purposeful violation" of law. The fine is the maximum allowed.

Republican candidate for Missouri governor Eric Greitens has outraised Democratic opponent Attorney General Chris Koster in recent weeks, but Koster still has more cash to spend.

Reports provided to The Associated Press on Thursday in advance of campaign finance filings show former Navy SEAL officer Greitens raised about $4.6 million from July 21 through Aug. 27.

Koster's campaign says he raised about $3 million.

But Koster has nearly three times the amount of cash as Greitens, with close to $9.5 million compared with Greitens' $3.2 million.

A Missouri circuit judge has ruled that an electric car maker cannot sell its vehicles directly to customers.

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Wednesday that the Missouri Revenue Department violated state law by licensing California-based Tesla Motors as a franchise.

That designation gave company the ability to sell cars to customers instead of working through a dealership. The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association in response sued the Revenue Department, saying it gave Tesla special privileges.

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Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have risen slightly but still suggest slow or no economic growth ahead.

A report issued Thursday says the Mid-American Business Conditions index inched up to 47.8 in August from 47.6 in July.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says he expects the regional economy to underperform the national economy because of the region's heavy dependence on manufacturers linked to the weak sectors of agriculture and energy.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has confirmed that she'll run for re-election in 2018.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the Missouri Democrat said Tuesday while visiting a National Guard facility at Springfield-Branson National Airport that she'll be "asking for another tour."

A McCaskill spokesman confirmed she intends to seek re-election.

Voters first elected McCaskill to the Senate in 2006. She defeated Republican Rep. Todd Akin to win re-election in 2012. She underwent breast cancer treatment this year, including surgery.

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Two years after Michael Brown's shooting death put a national spotlight on Ferguson police, the suburban St. Louis city is struggling to maintain the number of officers it needs.

The department is facing 13 vacancies. It's down to a staff of 36 compared with 55 in 2014. Some officers have retired, while others who spent months dealing with protests and heavy scrutiny left for different jobs.

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  A Missouri audit says less money from the state has meant students and families are shouldering more costs for public higher education.

Auditor Nicole Galloway released a report Tuesday that found full-time students paid 25 percent more in net tuition and fees in fiscal year 2015 to go to public four-year schools than in fiscal 2009.

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  While the University of Missouri is dealing with a sharp drop in enrollment this fall, many other four-year universities in the state reported an increase in the number of students.

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The Missouri attorney general's office is reviewing a recent state Supreme Court ruling that may impact the criminal charge of felony stealing.

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Missouri's former Republican U.S. Sen. John Danforth is endorsing GOP candidate Eric Greitens for governor.

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Agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland has settled a lawsuit over claims the company was behind a now-imprisoned grain broker's scheme that gouged millions from dozens of Missouri farmers.

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