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Missouri lawmakers have concluded their annual veto session after overriding Gov. Jay Nixon to enact measures loosening state gun laws and tightening voting requirements.

The Republican-led Legislature overrode the Democratic governor on a total of 13 vetoes Wednesday.

The guns laws allow most adults to carry concealed weapons without needing permits.

The photo ID requirement is contingent on passage of a November ballot measure.

Nixon, who is in his final year in office, already was the most overridden governor in Missouri history.

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An appellate panel that ordered Missouri to reveal its supplier of lethal injection drugs is giving the state another chance to make its case to shield that information.

In a federal lawsuit challenging Mississippi's three-drug execution protocol, two death-row inmates have subpoenaed Missouri for details about the using the single sedative, pentobarbital, in executions. Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase argue that Mississippi's three-drug protocol is torturous and unconstitutionally cruel.

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The University of Missouri says it's putting $1.6 million toward doubling its numbers of minority faculty to 13 percent in four years.

The Kansas City Star reports that university leaders met on the Columbia campus Tuesday to discuss efforts in the past year to improve diversity, inclusion and race relations.

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 A Missouri state senator has refused to stand while her colleagues recited the Pledge of Allegiance in the state Capitol.

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat, says her silent protest Wednesday on the Senate floor was intended to show solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has kneeled for the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial oppression. Nasheed, who is black, says she wants to call attention to those issues and isn't "anti-America." Nasheed's protest was met with silence in the chamber.

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  Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a measure to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The Republican-led Legislature overturned the Democratic governor's veto Wednesday after GOP senators forced an end to debate.

Lawmakers' action is the first step to enact the policy in the state. Voters on Nov. 8 also must vote to amend the Missouri Constitution to allow for a photo identification law in order for the policy to be enacted.

That's needed because the Missouri Supreme Court has previously found voter photo ID laws to be unconstitutional.

An appeals court judge has ruled that a do-over election in a state representative Democratic primary in St. Louis can go on as planned on Friday.

Incumbent Rep. Penny Hubbard defeated challenger Bruce Franks by 90 votes in the Aug. 2 primary. But concerns were raised about absentee voting, where Hubbard received 78.5 percent of the vote. Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Sept. 2 called for a new election.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the new election can proceed.

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State and federal regulators say 32 disposal wells in northeastern Oklahoma must shut down because they are too near a newly discovered fault line that produced the state's strongest earthquake on record.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Monday that 27 wells under its jurisdiction would cease operations, along with five wells in Osage County, which is covered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

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A carriage company has been ordered to stop giving rides in St. Louis and St. Louis County after allegations that it used unlicensed drivers and worked horses on extremely hot days.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which governs vehicles for hire, ordered Brookdale Farms to end the rides after a hearing last week.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports carriage rides are prohibited when heat and humidity cause a "feels-like" temperature of 100 degrees or more.

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A national accreditation group says the University of Missouri School of Medicine must address several areas of concern within two years to maintain its accreditation.

The report by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education says, among other things, that the number of Missouri medical students who reported experiencing gender discrimination is twice as high as the national average. The committee accredits medical degree programs.

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 A retired sergeant who spoke out after a handcuffed Iowa man drowned is suing three Missouri Highway Patrol officials, saying they conspired against him and forced him to retire early.

The Kansas City Star reports that Randy Henry filed the lawsuit Thursday.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Ellingson was arrested in 2014 on the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. While being transported, he tumbled into the water wearing an improperly secured life vest and drowned.

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A state commission has ruled that a former police officer can be disciplined for pointing a semi-automatic rifle at Ferguson, Missouri, protesters more than two years ago.

Raymond D. Albers was a lieutenant for St. Ann police. He was working at a protest 10 days after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. Video showed Albers pointing a gun at protesters and swearing at them.

He resigned days later.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has found that federal agents lacked proper guidance and experience when they conducted undercover sting operations in several cities since 2010 that were aimed at disrupting illegal gun sales.

The Justice Department's inspector general's office released a report Thursday examining shortcomings with U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' storefront sting operations in Milwaukee; Pensacola, Florida; St. Louis; Wichita, Kansas; and Boston.

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The city of Ferguson, Missouri, is making progress on reforms, but attorneys for both sides say much work remains to meet the requirements of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ferguson reached a settlement with the Justice Department earlier this year aimed at resolving problems in the St. Louis suburb's criminal justice system that came to light during protests following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer in 2014.

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Hillary Clinton is offering an intimate look at her Methodist faith and how it has influenced her life in public service.

At the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Clinton recalled her father's nightly prayers, her mother's time as a Sunday School teacher and the youth minister who took her to see the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Clinton said that thanks to her family and church, she "embraced an activist social justice faith."

A Kansas City group has donated $10 million toward the University of Missouri's effort to build a new football practice facility.

The university on Thursday announced the gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust.

A release from the university says details of the new facilities are still in the planning process.

Director of Athletics Jim Sterk says in the news release the gift is an important starting point for fundraising for the football facility.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Kansas City Public Schools on behalf of a young child whose hands were cuffed behind his back two years ago when he was a 7-year-old second-grader.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City claims the boy was "crying and hollering" after a teacher asked him to change seats on April 30, 2014. The suit says a school resource officer came and led the boy away, at times holding tightly onto the child's arm after he ignored the officer's instructions.

Missouri is appealing a federal court's decision that requires the state to break one of its most-guarded secrets and reveal the name of any supplier of its lethal injection drug.

Calling the matter "a question of exceptional importance," the state on Wednesday asked the full 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to urgently upend a ruling last week by a three-judge panel of that court in a case brought by two death-row inmates in Mississippi.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is sending findings from an investigation of a state House race to state and federal prosecutors to determine if charges are warranted.

A report from Kander's office Wednesday also said it "strongly encourages" the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office to review every absentee ballot cast in a contested Democratic primary for a St. Louis-area House seat.

At issue is incumbent Rep. Penny Hubbard's 90-vote win over political newcomer Bruce Franks.

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A 29-year-old man who police say was fatally shot before his body was found in a burning vehicle near St. Louis was a highly visible activist during protests over the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

St. Louis County police say Daren Seals' body was found early Tuesday in Riverview near Ferguson. His death is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities spelled his name as Daren, but other records show it as Darren.

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A Senate panel has opened a preliminary investigation into why the price of lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Homeland's investigations subcommittee said in a statement Wednesday that they began an inquiry into Mylan Pharmaceuticals' pricing and competition practices. Mylan has been sharply criticized for its steep price increases for the emergency allergy treatment EpiPen.

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  Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he's "optimistic" some of his vetoes will be sustained when the Republican-led Legislature considers overrides next week.

Nixon made his case against more than 20 vetoed bills to reporters Wednesday at the Capitol in advance of the annual veto session.

Republicans have enough members in both chambers to override vetoes.

Nixon's vetoes of a sweeping guns bill and a photo identification requirement for voters at the polls have gotten the most attention.

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  Federal tax documents show that Eric Greitens, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor, was paid $700,000 over a five-year period by a charity he founded to help veterans.

Democratic candidate Chris Koster is criticizing the payments in new ads launched Wednesday. One accuses Greitens of diverting money intended to help veterans to instead promote himself.

Greitens' campaign responded with a fundraising email saying Koster "should be ashamed" for the attack while asking supporters to give money to fight it.

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  Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is sending findings from an investigation of a state House race to state and federal prosecutors to determine if charges are warranted.

A report from Kander's office Wednesday also said it "strongly encourages" the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office to review every absentee ballot cast in a contested Democratic primary for a St. Louis-area House seat.

At issue is incumbent Rep. Penny Hubbard's 90-vote win over political newcomer Bruce Franks.

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Defense attorneys are questioning the impact of local police using U.S. Secret Service cellphone tracking technology in 2014 to investigate a case.

Attorney Diane Dragan argues that some of the charges and all of the evidence stemming from her client's arrest should be tossed out of court because the cellphone tracking performed by the technology is illegal.

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  Is the death penalty in America gradually dying?

There have been just two executions since May 1. And the total for 2016 probably will hit a 25-year low.

Execution drug shortages, errors in death chambers and legal challenges to sentences imposed by judges have contributed to a dramatic decline in the number of states that are carrying out executions.

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  The National Rifle Association is backing Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster for Missouri governor.

The NRA's political action committee on Tuesday announced it endorsed Koster over his Republican opponent Eric Greitens.

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The Missouri Department of Conservation plans mandatory inspections of deer killed in 29 counties during the opening weekend of the November firearms season as part of an effort to battle a deadly deer disease.

The department has established a "Chronic Waste Disease Management Zone" in northern and central Missouri for the weekend of Nov. 12-13, the busiest period for deer hunting in Missouri.

It is the state's first-ever mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease, which produces holes in brain tissue and causes the animals to die. There is no cure.

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A recent state audit says Missouri is making in-state and out-of-state students bear more of the costs at public universities and colleges, prompting Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to respond that the state is a national leader in college affordability.

Nixon touted Missouri's lowest-in-the-nation in-state undergraduate tuition increases since 2008. He says including money for scholarships and capital improvements, state spending on higher education went up 3.9 percent between fiscal years 2009 and 2015.

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The construction of a wind farm in DeKalb County is on pace to be completed this fall.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Next Era Energy Resources is working on a 97-turbine wind farm that will be able to produce 200 megawatts of electricity. Kansas City Power & Light will purchase the electricity.

Construction on the wind farm began in May. Work is scheduled to be completed at the end of November.

Ladue School District

A suburban St. Louis school district has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that it failed to protect a high school student from "severe, pervasive and persistent" harassment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2bVAy9u ) reports that a judge granted a motion last month to dismiss the case against the Ladue School District. The student sued in August 2015, alleging that he was subjected to anti-gay slurs and threatened during the 2014-2015 school year at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

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