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Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet safety standards and are warning people not to use them.

The agency on Friday warned people not to use PMS Promo Mart eclipse glasses sold at parks and historic sites in Missouri during Monday's solar eclipse. People who purchased the glasses can return them for a full refund.

An Associated Press request for more information wasn't immediately answered Friday.

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Attorneys for a Missouri man convicted of killing a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter 19 years ago are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the prisoner's execution scheduled for next week.

Marcellus Williams is set to die by injection Tuesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre for fatally stabbing Lisha Gayle during a 1998 robbery at her home in University City.

Authorities are investigating whether police were targeted when someone tossed an explosive device at a patrol car along a Missouri highway.

No one was injured Thursday when the device detonated on the pavement behind a westbound police patrol vehicle along Missouri 58 in Raymore, a Kansas City suburb. Investigators say the device was thrown from an eastbound vehicle.

John Ham is a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Ham says the device was "likely homemade" and could've caused "severe injury." He declined to provide further details.

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A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination could face an effort to remove her from office.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson on Friday both said state senators should oust Democratic Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal from office.

Numerous top Democratic and Republican officials in Missouri have called upon Chappelle-Nadal to resign because of the Facebook comment she wrote and later deleted Thursday. But the lawmaker from the St. Louis area has said she won't step down.

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Two U.S. senators from Kansas and Missouri say an emphasis on protecting the nation's food supply has waned since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and it's time to make the issue a priority again.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, and Sen Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, met Friday with government, education and private officials involved in ensuring the nation is prepared to protect food, agriculture and livestock from terrorism and infectious diseases.

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A former dean at a Missouri women's college is suing the school for allegedly creating "a hostile work environment based on gender."

The Columbia Missourian reports the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in state court by Carole Chabries, a former dean of graduate and continuing studies at Stephens College.

She says she made a complaint about Vice President of Academic Affairs Leslie Willey, alleging Willey said "a woman might need to step back from her career to take care of her family" in response to time Chabries had spent away from campus.

World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas by the military will find it easier to receive help under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Trump on Wednesday signed the legislation that Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, pushed through Congress. It requires the Veterans Affairs Department to reconsider disability benefits denied to those who claimed the testing caused health problems.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her potential Republican rival Attorney General Josh Hawley are meeting at the Missouri State Fair. The two shook hands and chatted Thursday at the annual Governor's Ham Breakfast.

McCaskill is up for re-election in 2018. Hawley created a committee to explore a bid for the office but hasn't officially entered.

Hawley said it was nice to meet the senator for the first time. The two spoke about efforts to combat human trafficking they say is conducted through the website Backpage.com.

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Missouri utility regulators have rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states.

The decision Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission creates a significant hurdle for Clean Line Energy Partners, which wants to build one of the nation's longest transmission lines.

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Missouri utility regulators have rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states.

The decision Wednesday by the Missouri Public Service Commission creates a significant hurdle for Clean Line Energy Partners, which wants to build one of the nation's longest transmission lines.

All the other states along its route already have granted approval. The line would run from Kansas through Missouri and Illinois to Indiana, where it would connect with a power grid for eastern states.

A black firefighters organization has settled its 2015 lawsuit against the city of St. Louis over disputed promotion examinations.

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Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt says he's backing fellow Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's seat. Schmitt had expressed interest in a 2018 U.S. Senate run, but announced yesterday he won't seek the Republican nomination. 

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A Columbia-based company that has seen significant growth as a provider of mortgage services will pay more than $1.1 million to settle allegations it improperly withheld refunds from New York customers. 

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The leader of the St. Louis tourism and convention agency says hotels are losing meetings because of a travel advisory issued by the NAACP over concerns about a state law that rolls back discrimination protections for workers.

Explore St. Louis President Kitty Ratcliffe said in a statement Monday that the agency has been told by several hotels that they've lost meeting groups that were in the midst of contract negotiations.

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  Authorities say a woman has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident at a state park north of Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the crash happened Saturday on a trail at Finger Lakes State Park. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Broniec says the preliminary investigation indicates the woman was driving the ATV up a steep hill when the vehicle rolled backward and crashed.

A friend who was riding a separate ATV led first responders about a half mile down the trail to where the accident happened. The woman died at the scene.

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A Missouri school district is apologizing for removing the senior quotes that two openly gay students wanted printed under their yearbook pictures.

KCTV reported that Kearney High graduates Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz were surprised by the absence when they opened the newly printed 2017 yearbook. Both had included closet references in the quotes they submitted. Slivinski's was, "Of course I dress well. I didn't spend all that time in the closet for nothing."

  Administrators at the University of Missouri in Columbia are working to maintain research and education opportunities despite proposed budget cuts and job eliminations.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the university released a budget proposal in May calling for the elimination of more than 300 jobs and about $60 million in budget cuts for fiscal year 2018.

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A lawsuit is seeking to halt a $64-million makeover of St. Louis' Scottrade Center, arguing that the publicly funded project is unconstitutional.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Friday's lawsuit on behalf of an alderwoman, former state lawmaker and former city counselor names the city, the St. Louis Blues and leaseholders Kiel Center Partners.

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  A federal judge has cleared the way for completion of a $244 million project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota.

Judge Rosemary Collyer on Thursday ruled that the Northwest Area Water Supply project complies with federal environmental law.

NAWS was first authorized by Congress 31 years ago. It's been tied up in the courts the last 15 years because the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba have concerns about water quality and water depletion.

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  Police records say a man who is charged with supplying the weapon used to kill a western Missouri police officer admitted that he bought the rifle for the suspect and threw it in a creek after the shooting.

William Noble, of Clinton, was charged Thursday with felony tampering with evidence. He is accused of buying the rifle that investigators believe Ian McCarthy used in the killing of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael on Sunday.

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  A Springfield woman has pleaded guilty to being part of a $718,000 tax fraud conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that 55-year-old Nancy Lorine Walker admitted she participated in the conspiracy from January 2010 to April 2013, when she and others submitted false federal income tax returns.

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University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton says he plans to leave the school earlier than expected.

Morton announced Wednesday that will step down in October. He had said in May that he wouldn't retire until after the 2017-18 academic year.

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A former worker for the marketplace under President Barack Obama's health care law says she'll challenge Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Democrat Angelica Earl plans to create a campaign committee for the race soon.

Republicans have won two special elections for seats in the Missouri Legislature.

Voters elected Rep. Sandy Crawford to the state Senate and Sara Walsh to the state House during Tuesday elections. Democrats were unable to flip the seats to gain ground in the Republican-led Legislature.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is holding another round of town halls in rural Missouri.

McCaskill's office said Wednesday the Democrat will spend the Senate's August recess touring the state. She'll be in cities including Cuba, Potosi, Sullivan and Farmington on Friday.

More than two dozen people gathered to rebuild a makeshift memorial to a black 18-year-old Ferguson resident who was killed three years ago by a white police officer.

Residents and community activists met Tuesday night on the Ferguson street where Michael Brown Jr. was shot to death by then-officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014.

The shooting sparked months of protests and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation that found racial bias in Ferguson's police and court system

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  Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway alleges a rural hospital under financial strain in northern Missouri has engaged in a $90 million billing scheme.

An audit released Wednesday alleges Putnam County Memorial Hospital acted as a shell organization to funnel insurance payments to another lab company.

A request for comment from the hospital wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say bones found Monday at a downtown construction site are human, and the county's medical examiner and archaeologists are investigating.

A police statement Tuesday offered no additional details about the bones unearthed by construction workers the previous day beneath a former Kansas City Star building, which is now vacant but being renovated.

Police are unsure how the bones came to be there or how old they are.

Kansas City voters have agreed to raise the local minimum wage, ignoring a law Missouri legislators enacted earlier this year that bars cities from setting their own rates.

Under the proposal approved Tuesday, Kansas City's minimum wage would increase from $7.70 to $10 on Aug. 24. But it may only be in place for a few days because the new state rules take effect on Aug. 28.

Though largely symbolic because of the state law, the Kansas City vote calls for annual rate hikes starting Sept. 1, 2019. It would eventually reach $15 per hour in 2022.

A man charged with killing a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop was arrested Tuesday evening, authorities announced.

Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatchers said Ian McCarthy, 39, was taken into custody in Henry County, which includes the city of Clinton. McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael on Sunday night.

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