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The coach of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers is coming back to his Missouri hometown to be honored next month.

On Sunday, Mexico, Missouri native Tyronn Lue led the Cavaliers to their first-ever championship, and Cleveland's first title of any kind since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.

During a TV interview immediately after the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors, Lue made mention of his hometown — not once, but twice.

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Saint Louis University will begin a human clinical trial this fall for a vaccine that seeks to prevent the Zika virus.

The university said Thursday that funding from the National Institutes of Health will fund the trial. Lead researcher Dr. Sarah George says the goal is to make sure the vaccine is safe and then measure the immune response to Zika.

The vaccine contains an inactivated version of the virus. After testing in St. Louis begins, the university plans a second study in Puerto Rico, which has been hit hard by the virus.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation to require high school students to pass a civics test and learn CPR.

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A Michigan man who allegedly tried to collect fake debts from Gov. Jay Nixon has been charged with a felony for alleged deceptive business practices.

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Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri.

Erin O'Flaherty was crowned Miss Missouri on Saturday in Mexico, Missouri.

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Education officials say Missouri schools experience widespread chronic absenteeism with more than 40,000 students in the St. Louis region and nine area counties who have missed 15 or more days of school during the 2013-14 school year.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens' campaign says it has no relationship with the treasurer of a political action committee that's behind attack ads, even though the man made calls at a campaign event. 

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the city is sending a message of inclusiveness with the raising of the transgender flag at City Hall.

The pink, light blue and white flag was raised Monday, making St. Louis one of only a handful of cities to fly the transgender flag. It is being raised as part of Pride month and will remain in place through June. Another transgender flag was raised at a second city office building a couple of blocks away.

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 A federal appeals court says a judge wrongly tossed a lawsuit by a woman who wants to speak publicly about her time on the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man.

The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reinstated the lawsuit by the woman identified as "Grand Juror Doe."

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 The University of Missouri won't adopt policies on free speech and protests until at least the fall to allow enough time to gather public comment.

A committee issued a draft in late May of policies designed to regulate public spaces on campus while also respecting free-speech rights. The committee, composed of 13 faculty, staff and students also was asked to determine how the university can best resolve conflicts over use of public spaces.

The committee was formed after protests rocked the Columbia campus last fall.

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 An activist group has suspended its efforts to loosen marijuana restrictions in Columbia, while awaiting the fate of a statewide push to allow Missourians to vote on legalizing medical marijuana.

Mid-Missouri organization, NORML wants Columbia to decriminalize the cultivation of six or fewer marijuana plants. Group president Josh Chittum says the issue would be moot if medical marijuana is legalized.

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An academic association has voted to censure the University of Missouri-Columbia for firing an assistant professor after she interfered with journalists during protests.

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Missouri Republicans vying to become the next governor are rolling out the first campaign ads of the election.

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State health officials have confirmed a seventh case of Zika virus in a Missouri resident who had traveled outside the country.

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A top Missouri Department of Conservation official says new rules banning the hunting of feral pigs on state land could help control the invasive species.

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A man who posted threatening messages against black people on an anonymous social media app during racial protests at the University of Missouri last year has been sentenced to probation.

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A sweltering heat wave is expanding as temperatures in the Midwest and South approach near record-setting levels in the waning days of spring.

The National Weather Service says the number of states under heat advisories nearly doubled Thursday to 12. The affected states are Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Missouri public colleges and universities are set to restructure general education courses to make it easier for students to get credit for classes if they transfer schools.

Gov. Jay Nixon today signed legislation that will require schools to adopt similar 42-credit-hour, lower-level curriculums.

The goal is for public colleges and universities to set up similar general education classes so students can more easily transfer.

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A former GOP gubernatorial candidate and a conservative talk radio host are among those who will review the University of Missouri following turmoil last fall.

The University of Missouri fell under scrutiny after student protests in Columbia over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues.

Lawmakers frustrated over how the protests were handled created the UM System Review Commission to review system policies and administrative structure. The eight-member commission will recommend changes.

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A reverse feeding tube developed in St. Louis to aid in weight loss by removing calories before they are digested has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Temperatures are climbing to dangerous levels in several Midwestern and Southern states.

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Authorities have released the name of a Missouri woman who died as law enforcement officers were transporting her in a van after she was arrested.

The Kansas City Star reports that Platte County authorities identified the woman as 50-year-old Emma Lewis of Platte City. She experienced medical distress Thursday during a five-minute trip in a Platte County sheriff's office transport van. She had been arrested on suspicion of violating an ex parte order and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

A Missouri sheriff says he's waiving fees for the rest of June for residents seeking concealed carry permits after last weekend's nightclub massacre in Florida.

Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson announced the move Monday on the department's official Facebook page.

The county has charged residents $100 for their first five-year permit and $50 to renew one. The department also will hold a free concealed carry class for new applicants July 9.

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A mid-Missouri county has changed course and lowered its flags in honor of the 49 victims in the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

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People who move to Missouri and join National Guard or Reserves will be immediately eligible for in-state tuition at Missouri colleges and universities under a new state law.

People who move to Missouri and join National Guard or Reserves will be immediately eligible for in-state tuition at Missouri colleges and universities under a new state law signed by Gov. Jay Nixon this week. 

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A former Missouri school superintendent who sharply increased the number of low-income and minority students in Advanced Placement classes is trying to do the same in three St. Louis-area schools.

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Missourians convicted of some crimes who don't break more laws could have their records sealed under legislation on Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The University of Missouri has denied a request from a student group that wants to put a marijuana leaf on a T-shirt next to the university's name.

Health officials estimate that as many as 1,500 children in Kansas City and hundreds more in neighboring Kansas counties have lead poisoning from lead paint.

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