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Missouri's Republican-led Legislature this year passed tax breaks for goods and services ranging from wheelchairs to yoga classes.

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An initiative proposing to raise Missouri's cigarette tax to benefit early childhood programs is in jeopardy of not making the ballot after a judge ruled its financial estimate is insufficient and unfair. The ruling Thursday by Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green directs the state auditor to come up with a new cost estimate.

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Prosecutors have dropped charges of trespassing and interference with police officers against two reporters arrested while covering the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The mother of a boy killed in the Joplin tornado is abandoning her request to have a seat saved for him during the high school commencement.

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Activists in St. Louis are calling for a special prosecutor to handle the case in which a former police officer is accused of killing a man while on duty.

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German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG says it has entered talks with the Monsanto Company about the possible acquisition of the U.S.-based specialist in genetically modified crop seeds.

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Illinois officials are aggressively fighting the preliminary decision to relocate a federal spy agency elsewhere in St. Louis, rather than to a site across the Mississippi River in a suburban area of southern Illinois.

The University of Missouri hopes offering convenience and flexibility to would-be dormitory residents lures them away from apartments or other private housing amid enrollment declines.

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The son of the Rev. Billy Graham is urging Missouri's Christians to run for office and support candidates who adhere to biblical principles.

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The number of Missouri's employed has reached a record high.

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Prosecutors have charged a former St. Louis police officer with first-degree murder in a 2011 shooting that killed a 24-year-old man after a chase.

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A Canadian-based company plans to replace sections of its Keystone pipeline so the company can begin pumping oil at higher pressure.

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Missouri's two Republican candidates for attorney general say the Obama administration is overstepping its bounds through a directive for bathroom access for transgender students.

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A fund established after the deadly Joplin tornado is distributing the last of its money.

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Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation to expand access to the state's A+ college scholarship to private school graduates.

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A private company would review the state's welfare rolls for fraud and waste under legislation passed by Missouri lawmakers.

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a measure allowing the state to regulate daily fantasy sports games.

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a sales tax exemption for Internet use.

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The Missouri Legislature has upheld Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that would have changed how public-sector union members pay dues.

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Missouri cities, counties and law enforcement agencies couldn't require police officers to write a certain number of traffic tickets under legislation nearing a final vote.

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The Missouri Legislature has lowered the maximum fines that cities can charge for traffic tickets and ordinance violations.

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Missouri lawmakers are entering their final day of work with time running short for contentious bills on guns, abortions and taxes.

  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Beer-makers could lease coolers to stores to keep brews frosty under a contested measure passed by Missouri lawmakers.

House members voted 94-59 Thursday to send the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Backers say the legislation would help consumers, the beer industry and stores because it could mean more refrigerators to store cold beer for sale.

But it's met pushback from craft brewers who say it will give an advantage to larger breweries, such as St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch. It's been called a "monopolizing" bill.

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 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a civil lawsuit accusing Missouri State Highway Patrol officials of violating the rights of a handcuffed man who drowned can go forward.  U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey also ruled Thursday that a jury can consider allegations that Trooper Anthony Piercy violated Brandon Ellingson's civil rights during the 2014 arrest at Lake of the Ozarks.  Ellingson's family filed the civil lawsuit in 2014 against the patrol, patrol leaders and Piercy.

  FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have destroyed about 100 domestic hogs from a central Missouri herd that is suspected of contracting a frequently fatal disease from feral hogs.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture says officials focused on the Callaway County herd after feral hogs in the area tested positive for pseudorabies. The disease can spread to other animals, livestock and pets. There are no cases of pseudorabies reported to be found in humans.

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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have endorsed creating new minimum sentences for minors convicted of first-degree murder.

The House voted 145-1 Thursday to approve the new guidelines, which would bring Missouri into line with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences for minors were unconstitutional.

Rep. Robert Cornejo said that left Missouri without any valid sentencing options for minors guilty of first-degree murder, so prosecutors can currently only charge minors with second-degree murder.

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A proposal that's key to Republican efforts to require people to show photo identification when voting has passed the Missouri Senate.

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Some Missourians could have their criminal records sealed under a measure that has passed the Legislature.

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The Missouri Legislature has voted to give adoptees a way to access their original birth certificates.

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Missouri senators have approved legislation to require a private company to review the state's welfare rolls.

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