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A Missouri Republican wants to see bonds approved by voters used to fund a new nursing home for veterans in order to reduce a 2,000-person waiting list.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Lindell Shumake, of Hannibal, is scheduled for a House committee hearing Monday.

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With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest.

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The Missouri House has passed a budget for more than $26 billion in state spending next fiscal year.

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A year ago, Komdown "Dow" Boyer of Bonne Terre, Missouri, appeared headed for deportation to Thailand following her conviction for stealing from the pizza restaurant where she worked, even though prosecutors and her employers fought on her behalf.

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The police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. A city official with knowledge of the situation said Thomas Jackson submitted his resignation letter today.

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Immigrants living in Missouri illegally couldn't receive scholarships or in-state tuition under a bill approved by the House.

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Mack Rhoades believes running a school in the Southeastern Conference job is not a big leap forward from Houston.

Missouri's new athletic director takes over next month and said he'll be leaning on Mike Alden for advice during the transition. He said the challenge will be to continue the momentum led by Alden the last 17 years.

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A spending plan to increase money for Missouri K-12 public education has won initial House approval.

The House spent hours Tuesday tweaking a package of bills that outline a roughly $8.8-billion general revenue budget for next fiscal year.

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The Missouri Senate has moved forward a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic awards in medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors or hospitals.

The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to limits on noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, in medical malpractice cases.

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Economic development officials say building a new football stadium in St. Louis could bring nearly $300 million in net tax revenues to Missouri over the next 30 years.

A panel of House members Monday discussed the state's options to replace the 20-year-old taxpayer-funded dome currently in the city.

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  A Republican lawmaker says Missouri should lead the way in eliminating the annual ritual of switching clocks an hour forward and then back again.

Rep. Mike Kelley of Lamar is sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would ask voters whether Missouri should use daylight savings time all the time.

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Missouri governor Jay Nixon says municipal courts need to be reformed to restore trust between citizens and the government eroded by abuses like those detailed in a Department of Justice report on Ferguson.

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A new Joplin hospital that replaces one destroyed by a deadly tornado is preparing to open.

The Joplin Globe reports that hundreds turned out Saturday for an open house in advance of the March 22 opening of the new Mercy Hospital Joplin. It replaces St. John's Regional Medical Center, which was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado.

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Attorney General Chris Koster is calling for Missouri to increase the state's cigarette tax and use the money for college scholarships.

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Ferguson city leaders will meet with Justice Department officials in about two weeks and provide a plan for ways to improve the police department following a DOJ report released this week.

Mayor James Knowles says that the goal is to work out an agreement for a plan forward. A specific meeting date has not been set.

Knowles says city leaders are still going over the report "line by line." Knowles says Police Chief Tom Jackson still lead the department, but declined to discuss Jackson's future.

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An aide to former U.S. Senator John Danforth says she was on the phone with Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich discussing his religion just moments before he killed himself. 

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A Senate bill intended to fix issues with Missouri's student transfer law could cost more than $200 million to implement next fiscal year. 

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  Missouri House members voted 141-7 today to send a proposal to the Senate that would waive penalties for those who agree to pay overdue Missouri taxes.

Delinquent taxpayers would need to pay their bills between July 1 and Sept. 30 to qualify.

Legislative researchers estimate the measure would bring in nearly $20 million in additional general revenues next fiscal year.

But similar tax amnesty proposals have stalled in previous years in the Senate.

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University of Missouri-Kansas City students say they're ultimately satisfied with answers over questions regarding the college's business school, which an audit found it knowingly submitted false data in applying for rankings and awards. 

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A measure that would waive penalties if Missourians agree to pay back taxes has initial approval from the state House. 

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The Missouri House is moving forward with a measure to limit the amount of noneconomic damages that can be awarded to victims of medical malpractice. 

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A Justice Department report says blacks in Ferguson are disproportionately subjected to excessive police force, baseless traffic stops, and citations for petty infractions -- like walking down the middle of the street.

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Michael Brown's uncle says a Department of Justice decision not to charge the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot his nephew is deflating.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and at the municipal jail and court.

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Missouri House members are honoring Auditor Tom Schweich, who fatally shot himself in what police say was an apparent suicide.

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  Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth has suggested that political bullying led Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) to fatally shoot himself.

Danforth delivered the eulogy Tuesday during a memorial service for Schweich that was attended by many of Missouri's top elected officials and hundreds of others.

Danforth was a close friend, co-worker and political mentor to Schweich, who had planned to run for governor.

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  The state budget director says increases in Missouri's revenues are holding steady at close to a 5 percent growth from last year.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Tuesday reported 4.9 percent growth in general revenue this fiscal year, close to Gov. Jay Nixon's estimate of 4.6 percent.

Nixon's used that number to guide spending restrictions on hundreds of millions of dollars approved for use by the Legislature last session. Luebbering says about $690 million is still being withheld.

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Kansas City Public Schools has settled a lawsuit over how it handled students protesting during a speech by Governor Nixon last year.

The students were protesting the shooting of Michael Brown during a speech at the Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in November, when they were ordered to sit down.

Officials say construction on Kansas City's downtown streetcar project is nearly 50 percent complete and is on track to finish this fall.

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A man serving a life sentence for killing his wife in 2011 has won a legal victory in his quest for a retrial.

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