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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a former longtime Republican lawmaker to the state's Housing Development Commission.

Greitens on Wednesday announced he picked former lawmaker Jason Crowell to the post.

Crowell was elected to the Missouri House in 2000 and served as House majority floor leader. He then served eight years in the state Senate.

Crowell also made an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Congress in 2013 to replace resigned U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson. He and eight other candidates lost to GOP Rep. Jason Smith.

Missouri Highway Patrol officials say a new system notifying the public when a police officer is injured or killed wasn't used in a recent shooting of two St. Louis officers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the "Blue Alert" law allowing the agency to inform the public of suspect descriptions took effect Aug. 28, nearly a week before the officers were shot and injured in downtown St. Louis.

A Highway Patrol spokesman says the agency told the St. Louis Police Department about the suspect and left it to their discretion to issue an alert.

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St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is urging the County Council to fire County Auditor Mark Tucker.

Stenger's office on Tuesday released a letter from Stenger to County Council Chairman Sam Page, citing a news report from last week that Tucker owes nearly $100,000 in federal taxes. Stenger also questioned why Tucker was hired in the first place, saying he had not previous accounting experience.

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Missouri's budget director says revenues increased 7 percent compared to the same time last fiscal year.

Budget Director Dan Haug on Tuesday announced the state collected about $792 million in the month of August compared to roughly $740 million in August 2016.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mayor of St. Louis says the city is "on edge" as it awaits a ruling in the first-degree murder trial of former police officer Jason Stockley, in part because of a troubled history of justice in St. Louis and nationwide.

Stockley is accused of fatally shooting Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. The case was heard last month but it's unclear when Judge Timothy Wilson will rule.

Activists have threatened civil disobedience if Stockley, who is white, is acquitted in the death of the black suspect.

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A small private university in Missouri is creating a tuition-free college option for low-income students.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Fontbonne University is partnering with donors to create a program called the Fontbonne Promise.

Several Missouri school districts are planning to pick up the tab so high school juniors can continue to take the ACT college entrance exam for free after the state announced it would stop covering the cost.

The St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia districts are among those that will pay. Several others, including Springfield, are considering it.

Hundreds of protesters in both of Missouri's big cities call for higher pay and better treatment during Labor Day rallies.

The Kansas City Star reports that more than 300 protesters turned out in Kansas City Monday for a "Fight for $15" rally. Many of the protesters were scheduled to work but were striking for the holiday, waving American flags and carrying placards.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that several people protested outside a downtown McDonald's prior to St. Louis' annual Labor Day parade.

Missouri Democrats say they want to repeal parts of a new law that excludes public employees from protections against being fired for whistleblowing.

Creve Coeur Democratic Sen. Jill Schupp said Friday that she will file legislation next session to allow Missouri government workers, including public college and university employees, to sue if they report misconduct and then are fired. Private-sector employees still have protections under the new law.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four new Missouri state parks announced late in former Gov. Jay Nixon's tenure are either closed or never opened, and some environmentalists worry that now-protected land will be sold to private developers.

St. Louis Public Radio reports that all four park sites, scattered across the Ozarks, are near active mining operations.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Less than five months after a southwest Missouri bridge was destroyed in a sudden flood, work is nearly complete on its replacement.

A massive flood in April destroyed the Hammond Bridge on CC Highway over the North Fork of the White River, completely ripping the 300-foot-long span from its concrete piers and pushing it more than 100 yards downstream. Getting from one side to the other now takes 45 minutes of detours.

The detours won't last much longer. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the new span is expected to open in early October.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owner of the Kansas City Chiefs is being accused in a lawsuit of improperly receiving hundreds of millions in state investment money through a kickback deal with New Mexico officials.

The Kansas City Star reports Sunday the New Mexico State Investment Council filed the lawsuit late last month against Clark Hunt and HFV Asset Management over the politically influenced investment deals.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed into law sweeping changes to the way the state funds schools, calling it a historic day that will bring "more equality, more fairness and better opportunity for all the students of Illinois."

A Missouri lawmaker said in a Wednesday Facebook post that he hoped whoever placed paint on a Confederate monument in Springfield is found and hanged, prompting Democratic leaders to ask him to step down over what they're describing as a call for a lynching.

"This is totally against the law," Republican Rep. Warren Love wrote in the post. "I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope."

Love said his post is no longer up, although the lawmaker told The Associated Press he did not take it down.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is widening his investigation of opioid manufacturers.

Hawley, a Republican, said Wednesday he is asking seven additional companies for information related to their opioid marketing practices and their involvement with industry organizations that promote opioids. The companies are Allergan, Depomed, Insys, Mallinckrodt, Mylan, Pfizer, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Crews in the southeast Missouri city of Springfield are cleaning up after paint was placed on a Confederate monument.

The vandalism was discovered Wednesday, at a time when heightened security surrounded President Donald Trump's visit to Springfield.

The monument is at the Springfield National Cemetery. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms that someone vandalized the statue. The Greene County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

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A Republican state senator has told his colleagues in a letter this week that he won't vote to expel a Democrat who briefly posted on Facebook that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.

The Kansas City Star reports that Sen. Bob Dixon, of Springfield, said Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's post was "intemperate and embarrassing."

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President Donald Trump will kick off his lobbying effort for a tax overhaul at an event in a Midwestern location, with a manufacturing backdrop and some economic tough talk.

But he is not expected to offer a detailed proposal. Instead, in Springfield, Missouri, Wednesday, Trump will give remarks that the White House says will focus on his "vision" for spurring job creation and economic growth by cutting rates and revising the tax code.

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The National Hurricane Center says Harvey is back on land after coming ashore early Wednesday just west of Cameron, Louisiana. The tropical storm is expected to weaken and continue to the north.

The storm returned to land about 5 miles (8 kilometers) west of Cameron with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph).

Now that Missouri's minimum wage is back to $7.70 statewide, the Democratic mayors from both of the state's big cities are supporting a ballot measure to increase the wage to $12 an hour gradually by 2023.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was among several dozen supporters of a higher minimum wage who gathered Monday for a rally and protest. Krewson says she'll be asking for signatures on a petition toward a November 2018 ballot measure. The effort called "Raise Up Missouri" requires 100,000 signatures by May.

Hundreds of Missouri state government employees have taken advantage of paid parental leave since Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an order that provides the benefit to some executive branch employees so they can bond with a newborn or adopted child.

St. Louis Public Radio asked 12 state agencies how many employees had applied for paid leave. Information provided by those departments as of Friday afternoon showed that at least 580 state employees had applied.

Officers involved in the death of a man in January in Columbia have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson says the man, 35-year-old Troy Bateman, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while sitting in the back of a car that had been stopped by police.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports officers from Boone County and Columbia police fired at the car after hearing the gunshot and it wasn't clear at the time who fired the fatal shot.

New laws passed by Missouri's Republican-led Legislature will take effect today, raising standards for proving workplace or housing discrimination in court. The change has been praised by Republican Governor Eric Greitens and business groups who claim it has been too easy to sue for alleged discrimination.

The Missouri NAACP opposes the law, with state chapter president Rod Chapel saying the organization might sue the state.

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The Missouri NAACP is holding a mock funeral in response to a death at a white nationalist rally in Virginia and a new Missouri discrimination law.

The NAACP and other advocacy groups such as Missouri Faith Voices will hold the New Orleans-style jazz funeral Sunday outside the governor's mansion in Jefferson City.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed two executives who gave him political donations to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Appointees announced this week include Investa Management owner Carl Bolm, who gave the Republican $75,000 for his campaign for governor.

Gov. Eric Greitens announced appointments to several boards and commissions, including three new members of the Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

The new members of the coordinating board announced Wednesday are Carl Bolm, the founder and owner of Investa Management; Bobby Robertson, CEO of Omnigo Software and chairman of the board of HEALTHCAREFirst, a healthware software technology company; and Shawn Saale, an attorney with Saale & Bailey, who specializes in estate law, business succession planning and charitable giving.

There's a new website aimed at providing sexual harassment resources to interns following past allegations of misconduct at Missouri's Capitol.

Advocacy groups on Wednesday announced the website, which has information on students' rights, preparing for internships and how to identify harassment.

The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Partners In Prevention created the site following allegations that former Democratic state Sen. Paul LeVota sexually harassed interns, which he repeatedly denied. He resigned in 2015.

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Backlash continues after a Missouri state lawmaker temporarily posted a comment on Facebook in which she expressed hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Parson sent a letter to legislators Tuesday asking for a special session to oust Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal. The St. Louis-area lawmaker has resisted calls to resign for posting the comment last week that said: "I hope Trump is assassinated!"

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The family of a 15-year-old who was incarcerated for three weeks despite dashcam video proving his innocence is suing Kansas City police.

The Kansas City Star reports the wrongful arrest suit was filed Monday in federal court in behalf of Tyree Bell. He was arrested on June 8, 2016, while walking home from summer school. The suit says Bell was identified as the armed suspect who had fled from officers in the area minutes earlier.

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is investing in fundraising and campaign management more than a year in advance of the 2018 elections.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that McCaskill's spending shows how she's laying the groundwork for her campaign as she faces a competitive re-election bid.

McCaskill had raised close to $8 million as of June. She's told donors at private events that she expects to raise and spend at least $30 million. The newspaper reports she's leaning on Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue to fundraise.