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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens during his first 100 days in office made good on a top campaign promise to sign right to work legislation.

Greitens passed the 100-day mark on Wednesday. He achieved a major campaign promise months before, when he signed a law in February banning mandatory union fees.

But Greitens has had less success in strengthening state ethics laws, another top pledge.

About 1,500 people are being asked to reapply for a Missouri program that shields the addresses of abuse victims after a St. Louis County judge ordered a woman to reveal her home address because of a flaw in the application process.

The Safe at Home program lets victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking keep their addresses confidential by routing mail through a post office box run by the secretary of state's office

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JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Senate budgeters have approved a plan to make cuts to in-home and nursing care for disabled residents while slightly increasing money for public K-12 schools.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed its version of a budget for the next fiscal year beginning in July.

The budget proposal would cut in-home and nursing care by requiring people to show more severe disabilities to qualify, although the cuts are not as deep as what Gov. Eric Greitens initially recommended.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a proposal that sets stricter requirements for tracking fetal tissue after abortions.

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The Missouri House has passed a plan to change laws on students transferring from failing schools.

House members voted 138-6 Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate.

The measure would require schools to be accredited by individual building instead of just by district.

It would allow students at failing schools to transfer to better-performing schools within their districts. If those are full, they could transfer to nearby districts or charter schools.

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Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has released a nearly 90-page booklet detailing his time in office in his official last act as leader of the state.

The News Tribune reports that Missouri law requires the governor to give the Legislature a report at the end of each session and at the close of his term of office.

The booklet issued by Nixon last week says his eight years in office focused on "Building a Stronger Missouri."

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Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill to give student journalists more freedom by restricting the types of content school administrators could censor.

The bill passed out of the House in March and is awaiting debate in the Senate.

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An important case about the separation of church and state comes up in Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench.

The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he's reversing previous state policy and allowing the Department of Natural Resources to issue grants to religious organizations.

In a statement Thursday Greitens said that religious organizations can now apply for grants for programs such as playground surfaces, school field trip transportation and recycling efforts.

The previous prohibition was based on a state constitutional amendment banning the use of state money by religious groups to enforce the separation of church and state.

A media advocacy group and the ACLU are asking Missouri's highest court to settle whether the state's prison officials must publicly reveal the source of the drug used to execute prisoners.

The nonprofit Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the American Civil Liberties Union and other plaintiffs wrote in a filing Wednesday with the Missouri Supreme Court that that court can resolve the issue that's produced conflicting rulings.

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Missouri House and Senate budgeters want to spend $100,000 on the state's Amber Alert system.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday locked in a House plan to replace and expand the alert system for missing children.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown says the company providing the program went bankrupt, so the state needs to pay for another system.

Money budgeted for next fiscal year also would cover an expansion of the program.

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The Missouri House has defeated a proposal to allow voters to decide in 2018 whether to raise gas taxes by nearly 6 cents per gallon to fund improvements to thousands of miles of state highways and hundreds of bridges.

Legislators struck down the proposal 51-103 on Wednesday. Supporters say it would have put to voters a ballot initiative to help mitigate the effects of aging roadways throughout the state.

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Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown said yesterday that he wants to put a break on House plans to provide K-12 schools the full amount of basic aid called for under state law.

Brown says he wants to wait because the House budget plan depends on a proposal to eliminate a tax break for seniors and disabled renters.

Brown also disagrees with a House decision to cut money for most colleges and universities by about 6.6 percent and slash the University of Missouri System 9 percent.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is creating a new task force to find ways to reduce government boards and commissions, although a similar panel already exists.

Greitens signed an executive order Tuesday creating a 12-person task force to study the state's more than 200 boards and commissions.

Greitens in a statement said the new state task force will shrink government.

A legislative panel with similar responsibilities already exists. The Missouri House Subcommittee on Boards and Commissions is also tasked with reducing bureaucratic groups.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would create statewide regulations for app-based transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The legislation would require that companies pay a licensing fee and adhere to a nondiscrimination policy. It also would exempt companies from local and municipal taxes and require drivers to submit to background checks and purchase vehicle liability insurance.

The Senate's 31-1 vote Tuesday sends the bill to the House, which previously passed a different version.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate budget leader is setting up a showdown with the House over some of the state's education expenses.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Brown said Tuesday that he wants to put a break on House plans to provide K-12 schools the full amount of basic aid called for under a state law.

Brown says he wants to wait because the House budget plan depends on a proposal to eliminate a tax break for seniors and disabled renters.

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Missouri lawmakers are considering a prohibition on the use of state funds for sobriety checkpoints.

The Missouri House voted Thursday in support of the ban in a budget bill. Supporters of the shift say it will free up departments to use money for other, more effective methods to deter impaired driving. Others say the sobriety checkpoints violate drivers' rights by allowing officers to stop people without probable cause.

But opponents of the ban say the checkpoints are an important tool to keep drunken drivers off the road.

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Foreign dignitaries from around the world are converging on Kansas City, Missouri, and its towering World War I monument to observe the 100th anniversary of the day the U.S. entered "The Great War."

A sellout crowd of 3,000 onlookers also snapped up tickets for the daylong observance Thursday titled, "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace."

The event on the grounds of the Liberty Memorial — the nation's official WWI monument — will feature patriotic music, speeches and readings from the time America declared war on Germany.

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A member of the ownership group that sought an MLS franchise for St. Louis calls the defeat of public financing "likely the final stage of our journey."

St. Louis voters on Tuesday turned down a measure that would have provided $60 million from a business use tax to help build a 22,000-seat downtown soccer stadium. St. Louis was a favorite to land a Major League Soccer expansion team for play starting in 2020 — but only with voter approval.

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Ferguson, Missouri's top elected official in the tumultuous 32 months since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has won another three-year term.

James Knowles III, the mayor who was the public face of Ferguson after Brown's death in August 2014, held off a challenge Tuesday from city Councilwoman Ella Jones, who was seeking to become the St. Louis suburb's first-ever black mayor. It will be Knowles' final term in office, due to term limits.

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  Missouri House members are pressing forward with a budget that would cut funding to public colleges and universities while providing a record amount to elementary and secondary schools.

The House began debate Tuesday on a proposed $27.8 billion operating budget for next year that includes nearly $3.4 billion in basic state aid for K-12 school districts. The plan provides the full increase called for under a state school funding law and significantly exceeds the recommendation of Gov. Eric Greitens.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban cities and counties from using red-light cameras.

House members voted 125-30 Monday to send the bill to the Senate. The measure would prohibit the use of cameras to catch traffic violations such as speeding and running red lights.

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House members have passed a bill to make Missouri the last state to adopt a prescription drug monitoring program.

Lawmakers voted 102-54 Monday to create a database to track prescription drugs. The bill now heads to the Senate.

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Monday plans to combat human trafficking.

Hawley outlined plans to issue new consumer protection rules, create an anti-trafficking unit in his office and establish a permanent anti-trafficking task force to combat forced labor and commercial sex.

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The four campuses of the University of Missouri system are reporting a drop in applications from international students. System officials say the current political climate and concerns about safety are contributing to the decline.

New system President Mun Choi has said one of his first initiatives is to increase revenue by attracting more international students.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the campuses reported declines from last fall ranging from 10 percent to 50 percent, although the Columbia campus refused to release actual numbers.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill overturning a St. Louis ordinance that seeks to protect women who have abortions from workplace discrimination.

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A Democratic senator is warning her party it could be politically dangerous to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Claire McCaskill is up for re-election next year in Republican-leaning Missouri. McCaskill highlights the dilemma for many Democrats in similar straits.

They must decide whether to vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch and anger their liberal supporters, or to vote to block Gorsuch and prompt Republicans to permanently change Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster.

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Missouri residents are one step closer to being able to get a driver's license that complies with a federal identification requirement.

The Missouri House on Thursday passed a bill with a 99-40 vote that would allow people to decide whether to get a compliant license.

Without a change, Missouri residents won't be able to use their driver's licenses to board airplanes starting in 2018. They already can't use them to enter military bases. The bill now moves to the Senate.

Gov. Eric Greitens is tapping the Illinois Department of Labor director to head Missouri's labor agency.

The Republican on Thursday announced his pick of Anna Hui to oversee labor issues and workers' rights in Missouri. She served as assistant labor director in Illinois until Gov. Bruce Rauner in February picked her to lead the agency.

If confirmed by the Senate, Greitens says Hui would be Missouri's first Asian American cabinet member.

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House members are advancing a bill to make Missouri the last state to adopt a database to track addictive prescription drugs but the measure still has a long way to go.

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