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  Missouri home care workers gathered at the Capitol to ask lawmakers to allow a rule requiring higher pay for them to take effect.

The workers are paid at least 7 dollars 50 cents an hour to bathe, feed and tend to Missourians who can’t care for themselves. They’re pushing for that 7.50 minimum wage to be increased.

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Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature already has powered through many GOP priorities as lawmakers approach a Friday deadline to pass bills.

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The University of Missouri Extension has started a program that is pushing state beekeepers to be more visible.

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A new $35 million headquarters for the State Historical Society of Missouri is included in a bill awaiting Governor Jay Nixon's signature.

The Columbia Missourian reports that preliminary plans call for the historical society to be moved out of the University of Missouri's Ellis Library and into a new building in downtown Columbia. Funding for the building is part of a bill that includes $376.7 million for capital improvement projects around the state.

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  Firefighters in the Mark Twain National Forest of southern Missouri say they are making progress in the effort to battle a large forest fire.

The fire has burned more than 1,300 acres of public and private land near Black, Missouri, which is 115 miles southwest of St. Louis. The fire was discovered Sunday and the cause is under investigation.

Federal authorities say that about 40 percent of the fire has now been contained. Nearly 150 firefighters from as far away as Iowa and Minnesota are helping.

A man who was with Michael Brown when Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer last year is charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest over a new confrontation with police. 

Many Missouri state employees will have today off for Truman Day. Meantime, the anniversary of a landmark day of his presidency.

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Service and technology companies based in Missouri will have the option of calculating their taxes in a way that supporters of the measure say avoids double taxation.

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Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature has passed a bill barring cities from adopting ordinances on plastic bags and employee benefits.

House members voted 105-48 Wednesday for the bill, which passed the Senate a day earlier. It now goes to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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A measure that would give the state's child protection office authority to investigate complaints of child abuse by other juveniles is now headed to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The Missouri Senate on Wednesday approved the measure 33-1. The House earlier approved it 140-13.

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A proposal that would expand Missouri's Medicaid rolls by increasing the amount of assets elderly and disabled people can have and still qualify for the program is heading back to the Missouri Senate.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says continued revenue growth means he can release an additional $67 million he initially restricted for this year's budget.

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A measure that would block immigrants who are illegally in the U.S. from receiving money under Missouri's A+ scholarship program is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The Missouri House gave final approval Tuesday, 108-38, to the bill supporters say is meant to limit the number of people receiving scholarships in order to preserve them for Missouri residents.

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A bill that aims to fix Missouri's flawed student transfer system will head to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday night after hours of debate. The current transfer law requires struggling districts to pay tuition for students to switch to better-performing schools, which has caused a financial hardship for some. Legislators for years had worked to find a fix.

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A Fulton High School student is suspected of hacking into the district's computer network, shutting down the system for several hours.

The 17-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of tampering with computer equipment in last week's incident.

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The state budget director says Missouri's revenues continue to increase compared with last year's.

Budget Director Linda Luebbering on Monday reported revenues have grown 7.7 percent this fiscal year. That's far over Gov. Jay Nixon's estimate of 4.6 percent.

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  A Department of Justice investigation into the city of Ferguson reported in March it found substantial racial bias in the city’s policing.

Now the city’s trying to push back against the D.o.J.’s suggestions, and it isn’t coming cheap.

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A symposium designed to discuss the country's nuclear strategy opens Monday at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

The "Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century," symposium will feature Adm. Cecil Haney as keynote speaker, as well as several other nuclear experts. Haney commands the United States Strategic Command.

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A plan to use bonds for repairs to the Missouri Capitol, universities and other state-owned buildings is moving forward.

A House committee this week outlined how to spend more than $300 million in bonds for building maintenance and new construction.

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A man whose donations have helped promote a business program at the University of Missouri has donated another $6 million to assure the program's future.

The university announced Friday the latest donation from Harry Cornell, who helped establish the Cornell Leadership Program at the university.

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Legislative negotiators are close to a consensus on how to fix issues with Missouri's flawed student transfer system. 

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Voters would get to decide whether any governments in Missouri should be able to use red light cameras under a measure moving forward in the Missouri House.

The House on Wednesday gave initial approval to a bill that would a question on the 2016 ballot banning automated traffic enforcement.

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About 1.2 million customers of Ameren Missouri will see bigger bills for electricity, but the utility's largest customer will pay a lower rate.

The Missouri Public Service Commission approved a plan Wednesday to allow St. Louis-based Ameren to increase electric rates by $108 million.

A plan to use up to $50 million in bonds to fund a new home for veterans in Missouri may head to Missouri voters to decide.

The Missouri House on Wednesday gave initial approval to a measure that would send voters a constitutional amendment to approve new bonds to pay for construction of a new veteran's home.

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Military voters returning from service would have a longer window to register to vote in Missouri elections under a measure headed to the governor's desk.

The Missouri Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow military and overseas voters to participate in elections for statewide offices, the state Legislature and statewide ballot initiatives.

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Gunshots, fires and looting rocked Ferguson overnight, as protests erupted following the death of a black man in police custody in Baltimore.

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to require child-proof packaging for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.

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A measure that would exempt electricity and other utilities used to make food at restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries from sales tax is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.

The Missouri House on Tuesday approved the sales and use tax exemption by a vote of 98-49.

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  A bill to limit police use of deadly force has advanced in the Missouri Senate, an effort aimed at addressing concerns raised after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to the bill Tuesday on a voice vote.

Current law justifies deadly force when an officer believes a suspect has committed or attempted a felony, is escaping with a deadly weapon or poses a serious threat of danger to others.

The bill would change part of that law to allow deadly force only if police reasonably believe the suspect has committed or tried to commit a violent felony.

The measure needs a second full Senate vote before it can move to the House.

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Missouri senators have passed a measure calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget requirement for the federal government.

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