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  Officials with the Ladue School District and the St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP will meet Friday to discuss recent racial incidents at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

NAACP board member John Gaskin III told KMOV-TV that the district needs to find a way to get past the incidents.

More than 100 students walked out Wednesday in protest.

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Missouri's two U.S. senators have been named to top positions in Republican leadership and legislative committees.








Republican Sen. Roy Blunt on Wednesday announced he was re-elected vice chairman of the Senate's GOP caucus.

He said Republicans want to work with GOP President-elect Donald Trump on issues such as Democratic President Barack Obama's federal health care law, regulations and vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Missouri's employment has reached an all-time high.

The state Department of Economic Development on Wednesday said nonfarm payroll employment grew by 9,300 jobs in October. That's a record high at more than 2.8 million jobs. The state gained close to 51,000 jobs in the past year.

Unemployment also dropped slightly from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent.

Outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon praised the employment numbers Wednesday. He also touted Boeing Co.'s Tuesday announcement that the company would move 500 jobs to St. Louis County.

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  The man who took the NFL out of St. Louis won't be pursuing a mega-development in the St. Louis suburbs after all.

Officials in Maryland Heights, Missouri, said Wednesday that billionaire real estate developer Stan Kroenke and St. Louis attorney Alan Bornstein have ended plans to develop 1,800 acres near the Missouri River.

Maryland Heights officials blamed the struggling retail economy, saying the developers couldn't find enough stores for the project.

Messages seeking comment from Kroenke and Bornstein were not returned.

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  Missouri Supreme Court judges are weighing arguments over the constitutionality of a law passed in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson that would cap the amount of revenue cities can keep from traffic fines and court fees.

A lawyer for several St. Louis suburbs told judges in the capital courthouse Wednesday that the law unfairly targets those cities.

The law limits most cities to 20 percent of their budgets. St. Louis County municipalities face a 12.5 percent cap.

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  The number of confirmed mumps cases at the University of Missouri is growing amid a national rise in cases.

The university plans to provide an update each Wednesday. As of Nov. 9, the university had recorded 17 cases since the beginning of the fall semester. The school says all the students received the required two doses of a vaccine that protects against mumps, as well as measles and rubella.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks. Anyone with symptoms is asked to stay at home.

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Members of the NAACP of St. Louis County plan to meet with Ladue School District leaders after white high school students chanting Donald Trump's name on a school bus suggested that blacks should move to the back of the bus.

NAACP member John Gaskin III on Tuesday called the incident "deeply disturbing." School district spokeswoman Susan Downing says the district not only wants to meet with the NAACP but hopes to begin a broader community discussion about racial diversity.

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A transgender soldier serving 35 years at a Kansas military prison for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks is asking President Barack Obama to commute her sentence to the 6 1/2 years she has already served.

Chelsea Manning says in her application for commutation that she's a "far different person" than she was in 2010, when her name was Bradley Manning and she was struggling to fit in as a male.

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Hundreds of people who were illegally jailed in a St. Louis suburb are eligible to share in a lawsuit settlement, but with the deadline approaching, most of them have not come forward.

Officials with the non-profit law firm ArchCity Defenders and other advocates for minorities and the poor said at a news conference Monday that only about 400 of the roughly 2,000 people eligible have filed a claim in the settlement with Jennings, Missouri. The deadline is Nov. 24.

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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is stopping in the United Arab Emirates during an upcoming economic development trip.

Nixon announced Friday that he'll pitch Missouri exports to government officials and businesses in the country later this month.

Nixon also plans to speak with officials at the American embassy.

He'll start the trade trip Nov. 15 in Israel, head to Germany on Nov. 17 and then arrive in the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 18.

Nixon will be back in the United States on Nov. 22.

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Republicans have completed a 15-year rise to power in Missouri.

Led by President-elect Donald Trump, GOP candidates rolled to victory in all of Missouri's major offices Tuesday.

When the newly elected officials begin work in January, Republicans will hold the Missouri governor's office, nearly all of its other statewide executive offices and supermajorities in both legislative chambers.

That means Republicans can enact virtually any measure they want, so long as they work together.

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Missouri's voter turnout is slightly up from the 2012 elections but didn't meet record-breaking predictions by election officials.

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Wednesday announced the unofficial turnout in Tuesday's election was a little less than 67 percent. More than 2.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the state.

Those numbers don't include provisional and overseas absentee ballots.

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Voters are finding long lines around Missouri while turning out for an election that will reshape the state's political landscape. Missouri election officials had predicted record turnout even before voters began heading to the polls Tuesday.

In St. Louis, lines formed before dawn. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that some voters arrived an hour before the polls opened. Across the state, The Kansas City Star reports unusually long lines in some areas. Fifty-six-year-old Jim Duff says the line he encountered at a south Kansas City church is the longest he's ever experienced.

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In eight previous elections for federal office, Roy Blunt has never had a close race. He appears to be facing one now.

Missouri voters on Tuesday will decide if Blunt, a Republican who was elected seven times to the House before easily winning election to the Senate in 2010, can fend off Democratic challenger Jason Kander.

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Two former party-switchers are running to become Missouri's next governor, but that's where the similarities end in the race between Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens.

The race to succeed Jay Nixon and lead state government is coming down to a vivid choice between experience and a fresh start.

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A former consultant for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens is complying with a subpoena as part of an investigation involving Greitens' campaign and a charity he founded.

Michael Hafner appeared at the Missouri Ethics Commission office Thursday in Jefferson City in response to a subpoena. He says he is "complying fully with their investigation."

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Political ads in the Missouri governor's race vary from city to city and sometimes appear to portray conflicting messages.

Radio ads for Democratic candidate Chris Koster in urban areas such as St. Louis tout his support to expand health care, while an ad in Hannibal and other rural areas boasts he "stood up against Obamacare's insurance mandate" as attorney general.

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A campaign committee for Missouri's Republican senators is promising breakfast or dinner with top lawmakers in exchange for donations.

In a pitch for contributions, the Missouri Senate Campaign Committee says sponsors of an upcoming caucus retreat who pay $5,000 get dinner with GOP Senate leaders.

Chipping in $2,500 gets contributors breakfast during the first two weeks of the legislative session with the Senate president pro tem and majority floor leader.

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  Four Columbia police officers involved in a fight with a man during an arrest have been cleared of violating the man's constitutional rights.

A federal judge last week cleared the officers of five accusations of civil rights violations and dismissed five other claims against them.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey also ruled in favor of police Chief Ken Burton and the city of Columbia on one count.

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  The University of Missouri says four students have confirmed cases of mumps and five other students are being tested.

The university said in a news release Wednesday that none of the students live in university housing.

Some of the students who have been tested are still contagious and the university has recommended that they stay home for now.

Susan Even, executive director of the Student Health Center, says all of the students had received required doses of the vaccine to prevent mumps.

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An attorney for Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea says in a court filing that Columbia police violated state and federal laws when an officer made a video recording of a phone conversation between Healea and his attorney.

The officer, whose name has not been released, recorded the conversation after Healea was arrested in October 2014 when he backed his pickup truck into Addison's restaurant in Columbia, injuring four people.

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Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation tobacco tax will rise if either of two ballot measures passes Nov. 8.

Amendment 3 would add 60 cents to Missouri's 17-cent-per-pack tobacco tax, with the money going to early childhood education. Proposition A would raise the tobacco tax 23 cents for transportation projects.

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Several wind power companies are suing the Clinton County Commission and the Clinton County Planning and Zoning Commission for barring them from building wind turbines as part of a larger project.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Osborn Wind Energy, Osborn Wind II, Boulevard Associates, and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources are seeking unspecified damages.

The zoning board and commission voted in September to adopt a recommendation to ban construction of certain wind turbines in the county.

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Crews in Columbia have recovered a man's body from a lake.

Columbia Assistant Fire Chief Brad Fraizer told The Columbia Daily Tribune that the man's body was recovered Saturday evening in Swan Lake.

He said the man, Cole Bradley of Gladstone, jumped into the lake from a restaurant deck and apparently tried to swim about 75 feet to a floating fountain. The victim's body was found about three hours later.

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  Missouri voters will be the first in the nation to decide whether to amend their state constitution to prohibit sales taxes from being expanded to services.

The proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot is a backlash against efforts in various states to extend sales taxes from consumer goods to services such as auto repairs, haircuts, legal work or financial accounting.

If the Missouri measure passes, supporters hope that it could become a national model.

An analysis for The Associated Press shows Missouri consumers next year will have dramatically fewer choices in health insurance markets created by President Barack Obama's overhaul launched in 2014.

The analysis by Avalere Health finds Missouri among just eight states with only one participating insurer in most of its counties.

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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.