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  A new Missouri measure soon will waive fees for certain veterans who want specialty Purple Heart license plates.

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More hot, humid weather is forecast for Kansas and Missouri, with the National Weather Service issuing an excessive heat warning for much of the two-state region.

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Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a measure that could allow those convicted of driving while intoxicated to get back on the road sooner.

Those convicted of offenses related to drunken driving can regain their licenses, but must use an ignition interlock device on their car for at least six months. The devices test blood alcohol content.

Currently, anyone who tests above .08 or tampers with the device during the six-month period must keep the devices on their car for another six months.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has denied an appeal by a prison inmate scheduled to be executed Tuesday in the 2001 western Missouri slaying of a 19-year-old woman he abducted.

The state's high court rejected without comment a request to intervene on behalf of 55-year-old David Zink. That appeal was filed Sunday.

Zink still had appeals yet to be decided by the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. A clemency request also is with Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill to allow some mental health workers more access to medical records of people who have been civilly committed.

The legislation that Nixon signed Monday makes more records available to community mental health liaisons. Those liaisons work with law enforcement and the courts to connect people with behavioral health problems with treatment.

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A lawsuit against Missouri over lethal injection policies for executions has been dismissed.

Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce on Monday dropped the case.

A group of Missouri taxpayers and former lawmakers had claimed the state illegally obtains the drug pentobarbital that is used to put inmates to death. They also said the state receives the drug through an illegal prescription.

Lawyers for the Missouri attorney general's office had asked the judge to dismiss the case because it wrongly sought to privately enforce federal food and drug laws.

Former Missouri House Speaker and U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway says she has about $1.5 million to spend on a campaign for governor.

Hanaway on Monday said her campaign received about $360,000 in donations from 200 contributors during the past three months. She spent about $105,000.

That brings her up to roughly $1.5 million when combined with previous donations.

Hanaway was the only woman to have served as Missouri House speaker.

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Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder has announced his candidacy for governor near the scene of last year's protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that he said would have given some corporate security officers new powers to act like police anywhere in the state.

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Those for and against Missouri cities setting higher local minimum wages are at odds over whether such ordinances are allowed under current law.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's longtime chief of staff has been selected to lead the state's public pension system.

Members of the board of trustees for the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System on Friday announced they selected John Watson as the new executive director.

Watson was chief of staff for Nixon for more than 15 years during his time as governor and previously when he was attorney general.

The retirement system's current executive director Gary Findlay is retiring in December. Watson will begin transitioning into the position in September.

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St. Louis prosecutors have dropped charges against a third person arrested last November during a City Hall protest linked to the Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a lawyer for Chelsea Carswell of Austin, Texas, says prosecutors threw out misdemeanor charges of assault of a law enforcement officer and interfering with an arrest. In exchange, Carswell will do 20 hours of community service under a diversion program.

The prosecutor's office confirms the dismissal of charges against Carswell.

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A proposed tax break for large laundry and dry cleaning businesses has been vetoed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon for the second straight year.

Nixon announced the veto Friday while criticizing the projected $4 million loss of state and local revenues that would have occurred under the bill.

The legislation would have waived sales taxes on equipment, soap, chemicals, electricity and other items used to clean clothes, but only for businesses that handle at least 500 pounds of clothes per hour and 60,000 pounds per week.

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A Missouri bill meant to block cities from raising the minimum wage or banning use of plastic bags has been vetoed.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill Friday, saying it infringed on local control.

The bill would have stopped cities from enacting a higher minimum wage than the state minimum. It also would have prevented local ordinances to ban the use of plastic grocery bags.

Kansas City and St. Louis officials are considering raising the minimum wage. Columbia had discussed banning store use of plastic bags, but later dropped the proposal.

  A group of Missouri taxpayers and former lawmakers has sued the state Department of Corrections over lethal injection policies used for executions.

The lawsuit filed Thursday claims the state illegally obtains the drug pentobarbital that is used to put inmates to death. It also alleges that the state receives the drug through an illegal prescription.

The Missouri Attorney General's Office is representing the Department of Corrections. A spokeswoman for the office declined to comment on pending litigation.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, is scheduled to speak at an upcoming convention in Kansas City.

The National Council of La Raza said Thursday that Sanders will speak Monday morning to an NCLR town hall forum.

Also speaking Monday to the NCLR convention are Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The University of Missouri Press is moving back to campus after 25 years in southeast Columbia.

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Missouri soon will require child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign into law the first significant measure state lawmakers have taken to address concerns raised after the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson. 

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Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Missouri lenders to charge higher fees to consumers while also raising fees that finance companies pay to the state. 

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Hallmark Cards announced it plans to add about 400 employees in the next year at its distribution plant in Liberty, Missouri, while phasing out a plant in Enfield, Connecticut. 

The physician-in-chief and scientific director at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has been named dean of a St. Louis medical school where he used to teach.

Washington University School of Medicine said Monday that Dr. David Perlmutter will start Dec. 1.

The 63-year-old Brooklyn, New York native spent 15 years as a pediatrics faculty member at Washington University before moving to Pittsburgh.

In addition to his role at Children's Hospital, he's been a distinguished professor and the endowed pediatrics chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing state agencies to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision establishing a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Nixon said Tuesday at a news conference in Kansas City he wants to ensure that the ruling is implemented around the state.

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Heavy storms swept through the Kansas City area, spawning at least one tornado, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. 

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 Missouri soon will have an income tax exemption for parents of stillborn children.

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  Amtrak officials say a tentative agreement has been reached that would keep the passenger train running in Kansas and Missouri.

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Lawmakers have set aside $375,000 to repair a monument to Missouri's Civil War troops at the Vicksburg National Military Park. 

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  Missouri's state budget director says increased revenue growth likely will make spending restrictions unnecessary in the new fiscal year. 

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Flooding has forced nearly a dozen Missouri parks to close some areas for the Fourth of July weekend.

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  A Ferguson resident hopes his lawsuit resurrects a recall petition effort meant to oust Ferguson's mayor from office.