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Missouri higher education officials are backing off an attempt to make scholarships available to students at an online university.

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A proposed Missouri bill would give legal amnesty to those seeking emergency medical help for drug overdoses.

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  For years, actors from New York City have joined theater productions in the tiny central Missouri town of Arrow Rock.

The Lyceum Theatre draws visitors to the town of 56 people throughout the summer.

But for the first time in its 54-year history, the theater is staging a winter production of "The Christmas Carol." The show ends this Sunday.

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Missouri's Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is one step closer to gaining ramped up national status.

A Republican lawmaker is trying to stop the Missouri Department of Higher Education from extending eligibility for a scholarship program to qualifying high school graduates who are in the country illegally.

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A federal judge has imposed some limits on what actions police can take during protests in Missouri.

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One of Missouri's main retirement systems has temporarily blocked online access after discovering attempts to hack into its members' accounts.

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The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a public records lawsuit filed by an education advocacy group that wanted access to professors' copies of course outlines.

The National Council on Teacher Quality sued in October 2012 to compel the release of University of Missouri course plans. A Boone County court ruled that the course plans are closed records protected by federal copyright law and an appeals court upheld that ruling.

The council sought the records as part of a nationwide project to evaluate what aspiring teachers learn in college.

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Wealthy political activist Rex Sinquefield has donated $1 million for Bev Randles to explore running for Missouri lieutenant governor.

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With the general assembly set to begin in early January, lawmakers are busy proposing new legislation.

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  A police interview with a key witness was not provided along with the thousands of documents released after a grand jury decided to not indict a Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

An Associated Press review of the records released by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch confirms a report by KDSK-TV that a transcript of the two-hour interview by the FBI and a county police detective with Brown's friend Dorian Johnson was not included.

Plainclothes Columbia police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ride-sharing company Uber.

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Ameren Corporation's nuclear plant in mid-Missouri has been shut down due to an electrical equipment failure, but the company and federal regulators say there is no risk to the public.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's revenues are up more than 3 percent so far this fiscal year but the state's budget chief says that's not enough to pay for all of Missouri's expenses.

Revenue figures released Tuesday show individual income tax collections are up 5.5 percent and sales tax collections increased 2.6 percent from July through November.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis police chief says the National Guard will soon be ending its deployment in the city.

The Guard was activated by Gov. Jay Nixon to provide security as a grand jury decision was announced Nov. 24 in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white Ferguson police officer.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Columbia City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit employers from asking on applications whether a job seeker has a criminal record.

The ordinance, known as "ban the box" also prohibits businesses from conducting background checks until a conditional job offer is made.

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President Barack Obama says he wants to make sure that federal programs that provide Pentagon equipment to police departments "aren't building a militarized culture."

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  The St. Louis Police Officers Association says the five Rams players who stood with their hands raised before Sunday's game should be disciplined and the NFL should publicly apologize.

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  Spurred by the Ferguson shooting, President Barack Obama is calling for $75 million in federal spending to get 50,000 more police to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians.

However, Obama is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide military-style equipment to local law enforcement.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon's administration is cutting back on a $32 million-a-year special program for the blind.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the program offers monthly pension-like payments. The Department of Social Services has told all 3,847 people receiving the pension checks to expect a $33-a-month cut in January. The cut will save the state an estimated $730,000.

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The 16-person panel chosen by Missouri's governor to help find long-term solutions after the Ferguson police shooting meets for the first time Monday.

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Some Missouri lawmakers say they plan to make another run at reforming the state's loose ethics laws, but campaign contribution limits probably won't be on the table.

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The need to replace aging touch-screen and optical-scan election machines is looming in Kansas and Missouri.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The state of Missouri is extending a program to offer no-interest loans to small businesses in and near Ferguson damaged by recent violent protests.

The office of Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday outlined a $625,000 pool of loan money for businesses damaged by looting in Ferguson, Jennings, Dellwood and other nearby cities hit by vandals after the Monday night announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's shooting death.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators have disrupted business at a large suburban St. Louis shopping mall to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

At least 200 protesters gathered on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights, about 10 miles south of Ferguson.

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DELLWOOD, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of a town neighboring Ferguson, Missouri, is calling on state and federal officials to help rebuild following an outbreak of violent protests that destroyed businesses.

Dellwood Mayor Reggie Jones said Friday that while much attention has focused on Ferguson, most of the businesses that were looted and burned were in his town.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia is looking into a partial ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a commission that advises the city council on environmental issues was asked last month to review a proposal.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP passed out Thanksgiving turkeys Thursday for those who lost jobs due to the rioting in Ferguson.

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

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A lawmaker is drafting legislation to require Missouri universities create statewide tests for school children.

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