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Authorities say a 38-year-old St. Louis woman talked her way past a security guard and entered the cockpit of a private plane at an Illinois airport before she was caught and taken to a local hospital for observation.

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A federal agency says molten aluminum hitting water is the apparent cause of explosions that injured more than 30 employees at a southeast Missouri aluminum plant.

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Children appearing in St. Louis County family courts soon can get free legal representation under a program being unveiled by the county's NAACP chapter.

Kirksville's city council has given the go-ahead for residents looking to downsize to a smaller — much smaller — home.

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  An estimated 200,000 gallons of sewage has flowed into a tributary of Coldwater Creek in Florissant after a sewer main break.

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  A fire broke out at a Lake of the Ozarks condominium in central Missouri, killing four children.

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The Boone County Commission is likely to decide this month whether to move an Operation Desert Storm memorial from public courthouse land to a private cemetery.

The memorial includes a small ichthus, sometimes called a "Jesus fish." The commission has wrestled with the issue since the Americans United for Separation of Church and State threatened in June 2014 to take legal action against governments that allow religious symbols on public property.

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Two police officers who shot and killed a man in a Columbia parking garage will not face charges.

Boone County Prosecutor Doug Abele announced Monday the officers were justified in shooting 51-year-old Mark Adair in April. One officer was with the Columbia police department and the other was a University of Missouri officer.

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A Missouri state lawmaker has apologized for telling media he believes he wasn't impaired after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.

State Rep. David Hinson apologized Tuesday to Cole County Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Sodergren and says he is guilty.

The St. Clair Republican previously told The Associated Press he didn't believe he was actually intoxicated. Hinson said last week that he agreed to the charge to avoid court expenses and potentially losing his driver's license for a year.

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A Missouri state senator has left his credit union job following allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward Capitol interns. 

Officials say flooding and resulting strong currents in waterways are the main causes for the increase.

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  The University of Missouri says it will give a 10 percent tuition discount to Missouri students enrolled in a full degree program online.

Democrat and former county prosecutor Teresa Hensley says she's running for Missouri attorney general.

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Missouri House Republicans have elected Rep. Mike Cierpiot  of Lee's Summit as their new majority leader.

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  A city of Ferguson spokesman says a commotion involving dozens of people has broken out at a town hall meeting.

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  State Senator Scott Sifton said he's dropping out of the race for Missouri attorney general in 2016 and instead will seek re-election to his Senate seat.

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  Tired of discarded cigarette butts littering St. Louis streets and sidewalks, several organizations have partnered to install 62 recycling bins scattered across the city.

  A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to last year's Ferguson protests has met just twice since December.

A group of business associations has started a petition drive to try to force a referendum election aimed at overturning Kansas City's new minimum wage law.

The Kansas City Star reports the group has until Aug. 25 to gather about 3,400 signatures to challenge the measure recently approved by the City Council. The measure raises Kansas City's minimum wage from $7.65 per hour to $8.50 per hour on Aug. 24, with annual increases to $13 per hour by 2020.

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Federal authorities are working with the Christian County Sheriff's department to determine why some of the department's fully automatic weapons are unaccounted for.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that interim Sheriff Dwight McNiel says in a 19-page report that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with the department to account for the missing weapons. The report says the weapons may have been legitimately transferred to another agency or authorized firearms dealer.

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  Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

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  Missouri has filed a lawsuit accusing a Lincoln County developer of violating the state's water laws.

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  Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri's ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year.

Nixon on Tuesday criticized the culture in the Capitol during remarks at a school administrators' conference in Columbia.

His comments follow the announced resignation of Democratic Sen. Paul LeVota amid accusations that he made unwelcome advances toward interns. Former Republican House Speaker John Diehl left office in May after admitting to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

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  Special elections have been scheduled to replace three Missouri lawmakers who resigned.

Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced elections will be held Nov. 3.

One vacancy comes after former Republican House Speaker John Diehl, of Town and Country, resigned in May. He admitted to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

Democratic Rep. Kevin McManus resigned after his election to the Kansas City City Council. Independence Republican Rep. Noel Torpey left office in December to take a job with a group that has lobbied the Legislature on utility issues.

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  Several groups are joining together for events in Ferguson, Missouri, for the anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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  The University of Missouri Extension Service says continued wet weather has led to serious problems in the state's wheat fields.

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  The status of legislation to block scholarships and financial aid for Missouri students whose parents brought them illegally to the U.S. is being disputed.

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  Missouri's crowded Republican primary for governor is losing a candidate.

State Senator Mike Parson announced Saturday that he is dropping out of the governor's race and instead will run for lieutenant governor in 2016.

The switch comes just three months after Parson declared his candidacy.

Parson told The Associated Press he feared his message would have gotten lost in what was shaping up to be a seven-way Republican primary for governor.

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  University of Missouri officials will appeal a loss of accreditation for the school's master's program in library science.

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  Columbia is offering the public an unusual way to charge their electronic devices.

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