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A Missouri board has approved $15 million in tax credits for a new St. Louis football stadium, part of a push by the state to counter efforts by Rams owner Stan Kroenke  to move the team to Los Angeles.

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  Regulators in Missouri are ordering more safeguards and a backup plan at the Bridgeton Landfill, where smoldering waste sits near discarded nuclear material.

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St. Louis County faces sharp criticism from several organizations over belatedly filing criminal cases against protesters arrested in Ferguson last year following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $24 million to St. Louis County to aid community betterment projects in distressed areas.

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A St. Louis-area pastor who admits bilking $3.3 million from at least 18 mostly elderly investors has been ordered to spend seven years in federal prison.

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The city of St. Louis says it will refund roughly $5.6 million to motorists who paid red-light camera tickets over the past year and a half.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a state constitutional amendment on gun rights does not allow convicted felons to possess firearms.

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The Missouri auditor said mismanagement over hiring a master developer after the Joplin tornado has raised enough concerns that findings have been turned over to authorities.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against traffic camera ordinances adopted in several cities.

Authorities have evacuated some guests at a Columbia motel after they say a man found an explosive device in a nearby vacant parking lot and brought it inside.

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  St. Louis' credit rating has been downgraded by a credit rating agency.

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A group of Missouri gas station and convenience store owners is backing taxing cigarettes an additional 23 cents per pack.

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The Missouri House is working on new intern rules aimed at preventing sexual harassment after recent scandals led two legislators to resign.

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The St. Joseph City Council is considering an ordinance to end some court fees.

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The University of Missouri-Columbia is starting the year with one new and two renovated residence halls.

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  Some small northwest Missouri towns are deciding it's too expensive to run police departments.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has declared an end to flooding problems on the lower Missouri River and is shifting attention to what repairs will be needed.

Col. Andrew Sexton, district commander of the corps' Kansas City district, was visiting damaged areas Friday after announcing Thursday that the flooding had ceased on a span of the river that stretches from Rulo, Nebraska, to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in the St. Louis area.

St. Louis County has lifted the state of emergency that was imposed in Ferguson and the surrounding area after shootings during protests to mark the anniversary of Michael Brown's death.

County Executive Steve Stenger's announcement Friday followed the third straight night of calm in the St. Louis suburb. Stenger said in a statement that police will remain vigilant.

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  A former spokeswoman for various causes backed by conservative donor Rex Sinquefield has been hired as the communications director for the Missouri Senate.

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  St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has extended the state of emergency in Ferguson and the surrounding area for at least one more day.

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  The Missouri State Fair has started its 11-day run in Sedalia.

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  St. Louis County Police say no arrests were made after a group of protesters returned to West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.

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  A Missouri law professor and Republican candidate for attorney general has argued his emails and other work documents aren't subject to state open records laws. 

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Missouri's state House leader has assembled a panel to review how to provide Medicaid health care.

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Three central Missouri residents face charges accusing them of moving a body found earlier this week in a wooded area.

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  A new report from the state auditor's office shows the Joplin School District has taken steps to better comply with the state's open meetings law.

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  The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a state House member over allegations that he allowed lobbyist gifts for others to be reported as his. 

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The Boone County Commission has voted to move a memorial that includes a religious symbol from the county courthouse lawn.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Boone County Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday to move the Operation Desert Storm memorial, which includes a small ichthus, also called a "Jesus fish."

The memorial honors two Boone County men who died in Desert Storm. It is one of several memorials to veterans of different wars on the Courthouse Plaza near the Boone County courthouse.

The commission voted to move the memorial to the Columbia Cemetery.

Most Missouri students scored at least proficient in English on a new statewide test last school year, while students in most grades scored lower in math.

The scores released Tuesday by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are the first from a new assessment given in the spring.

Revised English and math standards based on the national Common Core guidelines for student learning were fully implemented for the first time last school year. The test was meant to gauge how well students are learning those new standards.

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Members of an armed militia group patrolling the streets of Ferguson are drawing criticism from the county police chief overseeing security in the St. Louis suburb.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Tuesday that the overnight presence of the Oath Keepers, wearing bulletproof vests and openly carrying rifles and pistols on West Florissant Avenue was "both unnecessary and inflammatory."

The street has been the focus of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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