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  A group of St. Louis-area schools are pledging to help two failing districts get back on track.

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  A group of St. Louis-area schools are pledging to help two failing districts get back on track.

The agreement announced by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today will mean 22 schools that accept students transferring from the Normandy and Riverview Gardens schools also will provide support to help those districts regain accreditation.

Help could include anything from reducing tuition to teacher training.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill aimed at keeping a federal intelligence agency in the St. Louis area.

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  A Missouri measure set to take effect this year will ensure restaurant owners are responsible only for collecting income taxes on cash tips workers report to them.

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  A football player and a women's basketball player from the University of Missouri have been injured after their car flipped in Columbia.

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  The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed all four lanes of U.S. Highway 61 at the Cuivre River near Troy due to high water.

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A former president of the University of Missouri system, Elson Floyd, has died at 59 of complications from colon cancer.

Floyd had been president at Washington State University since 2007 and went on medical leave earlier this month. He died Saturday morning at Pullman Regional Hospital.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has released more than $22 million in previously withheld funding for job training, education and other programs.

Nixon on Friday announced the release. He previously blocked spending the money, citing lagging revenues. Nixon said improvements in the economy and revenues made the release possible.

Budget director Linda Luebbering says net general revenues so far this fiscal year are up 7.5 percent from last year.

The money will go to programs for early grade literacy, math and science tutoring and state health lab expenses.

A Columbia high-school student earned a perfect score on the ACT the first time the state picked up the tab for the college-entrance exam. 

Mercy Health officials say the company will lay off 300 to 350 employees in four states next week.

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Missouri school districts will be able to obtain the results of background checks more quickly thanks to a new website.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's expanding a program to develop the use of plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber used in manufacturing.

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  Two recent levee breaches in northwest Missouri have raised concerns about flooding in the region.

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A former wastewater treatment plant operator accused of submitting false reports in violation of the Clean Water Act has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

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The state Supreme Court has overturned the murder and arson convictions of a southern Missouri man who was charged in the death of his grandmother-in-law.

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Joplin's former master developer is contesting a $1.4 million judgment the city won against the firm for defaulting on its agreements.

A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by two African-American men who claimed there was a pattern of racial discrimination at a downtown Kansas City entertainment district.

The Kansas City Star reports U.S. District Senior Judge Ortrie Smith on Monday threw out the second count of the two-count lawsuit filed on behalf of Dante A.R. Combs, of Overland Park, Kansas, and Adam S. Williams of Edmond, Oklahoma. The other count was dismissed last year.

Federal authorities are investigating after an explosion at a recycling facility in southwest Missouri killed one person and injured another.

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  Rivers are rising throughout Missouri, and with more rainfall in the forecast, moderate flooding is now expected at several locations.

Both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are overflowing their banks, due to heavy rain that has settled over the central U.S. over the past several days.

Butch Dye of the National Weather Service office in St. Louis said Monday that more rain is in the forecast for much of southwestern and eastern Missouri through the week. Up to 7 inches of rain could fall by the weekend, potentially making flooding even worse.

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  Missouri officials are proposing changes after aspiring teachers struggled on new educator certification exams, particularly those for math and science. 

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  A nurse spurred by the racial unrest in Ferguson following last summer's police shooting death of Michael Brown is giving prospective nurses from that St. Louis suburb an educational break. 

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  A spring storm has churned up a small tornado in eastern Missouri and downed trees in the central part of the state. 

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Financial advisers soon will have more authority to act if they suspect an older Missouri resident or person with a disability is the target of financial fraud.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday signed a bill touted by supporters as a way to protect seniors from exploitation.

Once the bill takes effect, financial professionals can refuse to process transactions if fraud is suspected.

The measure applies to advisers of those over 60 or those with disabilities.

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Missouri transportation officials are warning drivers that construction projects will cause delays on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis this summer.

The state is encouraging drivers to avoid using the interstate at peak travel times on Friday and Sunday afternoons. It says delays of up to an hour are possible in some areas.

Alternate routes include U.S. 50 south of the interstate or U.S. 36 to the north.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says the main cause of congestion will be work on bridges over the Blackwater River near Marshall Junction.

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A special prosecutor says he won't file criminal charges against a Boone County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a murder suspect in February. 

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has received hundreds of messages urging action as he considers pending student transfers legislation. 

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Boone County authorities are looking to close the case of a man who went missing in 2011 and is presumed dead. 

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A Missouri man is accused of breaking federal law by transporting white-tailed deer to Florida.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is heading to France as part of a delegation attending the Paris Air Show.

Nixon's office says he will leave Friday and return to Missouri on June 17. He's one of at least a half-dozen U.S. governors going to the international tradeshow for the aerospace industry.

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  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is traveling to the nation's capital to participate in a panel discussion about exports sponsored by a presidential advisory council. Nixon departed yesterday for Washington and is scheduled to be a part of a meeting today of the President's Export Council. 

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