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Public health officials are announcing Clay County's first case of Zika virus.

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The Federal Reserve says farmers are borrowing more to cover their operating expenses because farm income continued to decline in during the second quarter in Midwestern and Western states.

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The Missouri Veterans Commission has reinstated its executive director who had been on paid leave since jurors last month awarded nearly $3 million in damages to a former employee.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2aOm9xR ) reports the commission voted 7-1 on Tuesday to put Larry Kay back on the job as the commission's executive director.

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A spokesman for the city of Ferguson says it appears the driver who struck a protester at an event marking the second anniversary of Michael Brown's death did not do so intentionally.

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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is getting help from the National Rifle Association as he campaigns for re-election against Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.

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A federal lawsuit accuses 13 north St. Louis County municipalities of a coordinated police and court effort to target poor people, most of them black.

The nonprofit legal organization ArchCity Defenders and the law firm Arnold & Porter announced the suit Wednesday. It alleges that municipalities use fines and fees as a "money-making scheme."

ArchCity Defenders director Thomas Harvey says the goal of the lawsuit is to end what he calls a "debtors' prison" system.

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A central Missouri prosecutor has dropped felony charges against a man accused of trying to kill a police officer, saying two officers made up reports about the 2015 incident.

Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Donald Stouffer said he found no evidence the suspect had a gun, and video and other evidence contradicted the officers' accounts. 

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Missouri Revenue Director Nia Ray is stepping down to take the same job in Oregon.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday picked Ray to lead the state's revenue department starting Oct. 10 if she is confirmed by the Oregon Senate in September.

Ray is set to replace Oregon Interim Revenue Director Kris Kautz, who took over when the last director, James Bucholz, retired in December.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Ray in 2014, but he's barred from seeking re-election and will be out of office in January.

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A $20 million federal lawsuit filed on behalf of four people arrested during protests following the death of Michael Brown accuses the city of Ferguson and its attorneys of constitutional violations and malicious prosecution.

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Missouri voters can weigh in on whether to hike cigarette taxes and re-impose limits on campaign contributions.

The University of Missouri said Tuesday it has hired San Diego State's Jim Sterk as its new athletic director on a seven-year contract.

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A group backing medical marijuana in Missouri says it doesn't have enough valid signatures but will go to court to get a proposed constitutional amendment on November's ballot. 

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The University of Missouri is set to hire San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk as its new Athletic Director.

San Diego State announced last night on its website that Sterk had resigned after six years with the school and would take over at Missouri on Sept. 1.  

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After years of preparation, a new 15-acre prairie is beginning to sprout at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary in west Columbia.

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Missouri State University researchers who are trapping mosquitoes across the state haven't found any evidence of the Zika virus.

Kansas City's police chief is taking some criticism from area police union leaders for his recent comments about shootings of black men by officers.

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Authorities say a 16-year-old student from Seoul, South Korea, who drowned in Missouri, had been attending a picnic to welcome participants in a two-year residential, early college program.

Jae Won Lee drowned Monday night in an unsupervised swimming area in the Mozingo Lake Recreation Park in northwest Missouri. He was a first-year student at the MissouriAcademy, a program on the Northwest Missouri State campus. It replaces the junior and senior years of high school.

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A federal judge who quashed Missouri's push to revoke a Planned Parenthood clinic's abortion license has ordered state taxpayers to pay more than $156,000 to cover the organization's legal bills tied to the dispute.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey this week ruled that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services must pay $156,631 in attorneys' fees and expenses incurred by what now is Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

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Missouri college students this year could get more money from a need-based scholarship from the state.

Gov. Jay Nixon during a visit to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin on Friday announced the state is upping the maximum amount available through the AccessMissouri scholarship.

Students from low-income families who met eligibility requirements previously could get as much as $1,850 a year at four-year colleges and universities. They now can get as much as $2,250.

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Attorney General Chris Koster has scored a major endorsement, becoming the first Democratic statewide candidate to win the backing of the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Members of the Farm Bureau's political action committee voted to endorse Koster's gubernatorial campaign Friday after also listening to a presentation from Republican nominee Eric Greitens.

Koster and Greitens both won primaries earlier this week. The Farm Bureau event has become a traditional kick-off for the general election campaign. But until Koster, the group had never backed a statewide Democratic candidate.

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Missouri's largest airport could soon get a name change.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2aQNHDz ) reports that the region's airport commission is considering changing the name of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field.

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Visitors to the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal are asking: What's that smell?

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that a foul odor has permeated the courthouse recently, something akin to a dead animal, but no animal has been found.

Commissioners believe the smell may be decaying remains of pigeons that got into the building about a month ago through a broken window in the rotunda. Workers shooed out the pigeons at the time and replaced the window, but Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode says some of the pigeons may have been hidden from view and later died.

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The head of Missouri's public defender system says he is appointing Gov. Jay Nixon to handle a case in protest of declining funding.

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Political novice Josh Hawley has toppled Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer in the hotly contested Republican primary race for attorney general.

The NCAA says it has accepted Missouri's self-imposed sanctions over infractions involving its men's basketball program but has tacked on a year of probation though August of next year.

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Former state lawmaker Judy Baker's quest to become Missouri's next state treasurer has advanced with her victory in the Democratic primary.

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State transportation officials say it will take longer than expected to finish work on the Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City.

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A Missouri police officer says the man who piloted the air balloon that crashed in Texas was arrested in 2000 on a felony driving while intoxicated charge and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI in 2002.

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Health officials are puzzled about how the most basic baking ingredient — flour — became contaminated with bacteria normally found in animal feces.

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Authorities are increasing security at a festival that draws tens of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics to southwest Missouri each year.

The Joplin Globe reports that Carthage police are starting roadblocks Monday — two days earlier than normal. The Marian Days celebration begins Thursday on the grounds of the Congregation of the Mother of Co-Redemptrix, a Vietnamese monastery.

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