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A black firefighters organization has settled its 2015 lawsuit against the city of St. Louis over disputed promotion examinations.

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Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt says he's backing fellow Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's seat. Schmitt had expressed interest in a 2018 U.S. Senate run, but announced yesterday he won't seek the Republican nomination. 

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A Columbia-based company that has seen significant growth as a provider of mortgage services will pay more than $1.1 million to settle allegations it improperly withheld refunds from New York customers. 

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The leader of the St. Louis tourism and convention agency says hotels are losing meetings because of a travel advisory issued by the NAACP over concerns about a state law that rolls back discrimination protections for workers.

Explore St. Louis President Kitty Ratcliffe said in a statement Monday that the agency has been told by several hotels that they've lost meeting groups that were in the midst of contract negotiations.

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  Authorities say a woman has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident at a state park north of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the crash happened Saturday on a trail at Finger Lakes State Park. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Broniec says the preliminary investigation indicates the woman was driving the ATV up a steep hill when the vehicle rolled backward and crashed.

A friend who was riding a separate ATV led first responders about a half mile down the trail to where the accident happened. The woman died at the scene.

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A Missouri school district is apologizing for removing the senior quotes that two openly gay students wanted printed under their yearbook pictures.

KCTV reported that Kearney High graduates Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz were surprised by the absence when they opened the newly printed 2017 yearbook. Both had included closet references in the quotes they submitted. Slivinski's was, "Of course I dress well. I didn't spend all that time in the closet for nothing."

  Administrators at the University of Missouri in Columbia are working to maintain research and education opportunities despite proposed budget cuts and job eliminations.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the university released a budget proposal in May calling for the elimination of more than 300 jobs and about $60 million in budget cuts for fiscal year 2018.

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A lawsuit is seeking to halt a $64-million makeover of St. Louis' Scottrade Center, arguing that the publicly funded project is unconstitutional.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Friday's lawsuit on behalf of an alderwoman, former state lawmaker and former city counselor names the city, the St. Louis Blues and leaseholders Kiel Center Partners.

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  A federal judge has cleared the way for completion of a $244 million project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota.

Judge Rosemary Collyer on Thursday ruled that the Northwest Area Water Supply project complies with federal environmental law.

NAWS was first authorized by Congress 31 years ago. It's been tied up in the courts the last 15 years because the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba have concerns about water quality and water depletion.

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  Police records say a man who is charged with supplying the weapon used to kill a western Missouri police officer admitted that he bought the rifle for the suspect and threw it in a creek after the shooting.

William Noble, of Clinton, was charged Thursday with felony tampering with evidence. He is accused of buying the rifle that investigators believe Ian McCarthy used in the killing of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael on Sunday.

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  A Springfield woman has pleaded guilty to being part of a $718,000 tax fraud conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that 55-year-old Nancy Lorine Walker admitted she participated in the conspiracy from January 2010 to April 2013, when she and others submitted false federal income tax returns.

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University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton says he plans to leave the school earlier than expected.

Morton announced Wednesday that will step down in October. He had said in May that he wouldn't retire until after the 2017-18 academic year.

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A former worker for the marketplace under President Barack Obama's health care law says she'll challenge Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Democrat Angelica Earl plans to create a campaign committee for the race soon.

Republicans have won two special elections for seats in the Missouri Legislature.

Voters elected Rep. Sandy Crawford to the state Senate and Sara Walsh to the state House during Tuesday elections. Democrats were unable to flip the seats to gain ground in the Republican-led Legislature.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is holding another round of town halls in rural Missouri.

McCaskill's office said Wednesday the Democrat will spend the Senate's August recess touring the state. She'll be in cities including Cuba, Potosi, Sullivan and Farmington on Friday.

More than two dozen people gathered to rebuild a makeshift memorial to a black 18-year-old Ferguson resident who was killed three years ago by a white police officer.

Residents and community activists met Tuesday night on the Ferguson street where Michael Brown Jr. was shot to death by then-officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014.

The shooting sparked months of protests and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation that found racial bias in Ferguson's police and court system

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  Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway alleges a rural hospital under financial strain in northern Missouri has engaged in a $90 million billing scheme.

An audit released Wednesday alleges Putnam County Memorial Hospital acted as a shell organization to funnel insurance payments to another lab company.

A request for comment from the hospital wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say bones found Monday at a downtown construction site are human, and the county's medical examiner and archaeologists are investigating.

A police statement Tuesday offered no additional details about the bones unearthed by construction workers the previous day beneath a former Kansas City Star building, which is now vacant but being renovated.

Police are unsure how the bones came to be there or how old they are.

Kansas City voters have agreed to raise the local minimum wage, ignoring a law Missouri legislators enacted earlier this year that bars cities from setting their own rates.

Under the proposal approved Tuesday, Kansas City's minimum wage would increase from $7.70 to $10 on Aug. 24. But it may only be in place for a few days because the new state rules take effect on Aug. 28.

Though largely symbolic because of the state law, the Kansas City vote calls for annual rate hikes starting Sept. 1, 2019. It would eventually reach $15 per hour in 2022.

A man charged with killing a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop was arrested Tuesday evening, authorities announced.

Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatchers said Ian McCarthy, 39, was taken into custody in Henry County, which includes the city of Clinton. McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael on Sunday night.

The St. Louis branch of the NAACP now "wholeheartedly supports" its national headquarters' decision to issue a travel advisory in Missouri amid concerns about a state law that rolls back discrimination protections for workers in the state.

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Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, will on Tuesday consider raising the city's minimum wage well above the state minimum, even though a new Missouri law forbids cities from making their own rules on the issue.

The measure is among several in local elections across Missouri.

The Kansas City proposal would create a minimum wage of $10 per hour on Aug. 24 and increase it annually starting Sept. 1, 2019, eventually reaching $15 per hour in 2022.

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An audit says former Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spent $2.2 million more on his office than what lawmakers budgeted for and used taxpayer dollars for personal food and security costs.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway's office released a report Monday that says Nixon exceeded lawmaker-approved spending on his office, flights, mansion and security in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 by shifting expenses to other agencies and delaying paying bills. Galloway's office says that hides the cost of running the governor's office.

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An observatory in southwest Missouri has reopened after completing renovations.

The Joplin Globe reports that the Stilabower Public Observatory in Lamar has a new replacement telescope that allows visitors to specify an object or coordinates to find in the sky.

Kansas City's mayor has threatened to file ethics complaints against his city council colleagues if he learns they have revealed information from closed council meetings.

The Kansas City Star reports that Mayor Sly James made the threat during a closed session.

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The day after Gov. Eric Greitens advocated increasing education and job training programs for inmates, he signed a budget that cut $1.4 million from Missouri Department of Corrections rehabilitation programs, with most of the reduction coming in education programs.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in a June 29 Facebook post, Greitens said programs that help inmates learn a trade, be better parents or earn a high school diploma makes the millions of tax dollars spent on the prison system worth something.

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A new Missouri law has made 183 St. Louis teachers eligible for retirement, though the district's top administrator and union members don't expect an exodus of teachers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the school district is sending teachers a letter signed by Superintendent Kelvin Adams and the American Federation of Teachers' local president, Sally Topping, urging retirement-eligible teachers to stay.

Congress has passed a proposal pushed by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill that's aimed at helping World War II veterans she says were exposed to mustard gas by the military.

McCaskill told reporters Thursday that the measure will show veterans that the government believes them and could help them get benefits.

Senators sent the proposal to President Donald Trump as part of another bill to expand college aid for military veterans.

Express Scripts gave $10,000 to help fund Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' inauguration months before it received a no-bid contract with the state.

The Kansas City Star reported Thursday that the donation was listed on Express Scripts' website among other political contributions. Greitens had released a list of "benefactors" to his January inauguration but did not disclose how much donors gave.

A nonprofit group and two St. Charles County residents are suing the county over its prescription drug monitoring program.

Carl Bearden, executive director of United for Missouri, said in a news release Thursday that the drug monitoring program violates citizens' right to privacy and against unreasonable searches and seizures.

St. Charles' program requires those prescribing and dispensing prescription drugs to provide information to the Department of Public Health. The goal is to prevent people from "doctor shopping" to obtain several prescriptions from different doctors.

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