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A report card is out on the Mississippi River basin, and the grade is not good: a D+, with the river's aging transportation infrastructure topping the list of concerns.

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Immigrant students who live in Missouri are suing several colleges for charging them a higher tuition rate than some in-state residents.

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A Ferguson-based company is donating to help launch a new effort to preserve African-American history in the St. Louis area.

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  Engineering students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology are opening their underground chamber of fright next week.

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has agreed to settle claims involving a pedophile priest for a total of $200,000.

A Kansas City Fire Department official says two firefighters were killed and two were injured when a burning building collapsed.

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Joplin is beginning to get reimbursed for debris removal stemming from a massive 2011 tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.

The Joplin Globe reports that a $2.6 million claim to the state of Missouri for debris and concrete removal was recently paid to the city of Joplin. That begins the process of recouping cleanup and rebuilding costs covered by state and federal agencies and insurance.

City officials estimate that another $8 million in reimbursements also needs to be claimed.

A Republican state senator running for Missouri attorney general has received another big check from mega-donor Rex Sinquefield.

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Recommended changes for what Missouri schoolchildren should learn in each grade are ready for review but some say they're still too similar to the current Common Core standards.

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 A former Missouri resident now living in California is seeking the dismissal of a federal indictment accusing him of playing a role in an effort to support terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

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Operations have been shut down at a central Missouri plant that makes materials used in fracking.

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Missouri's secretary of state is warning business owners about a deceptive mailer that indicates they have a potential compliance violation.

Secretary of State Jason Kander says the postcards look like an official government document but are not affiliated with any state or federal agency, including the Corporations Division in Kander's office.

Dozens of Missouri businesses have reported receiving the postcards, which direct the recipient to call a toll-free number to avoid fees and penalties.


Boone County authorities have requested more money to deal with the expenses of processing an increasing number of requests for concealed carry permits.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports applications for new concealed-carry weapon permits in Boone County are on pace to top previous highs.


The ongoing battle between taxicab regulators in the St. Louis region and Uber has escalated again with a new lawsuit that seeks to stop operation of the ride-hailing company.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that Uber violates Missouri law by allowing unlicensed and improperly vetted drivers.

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A conservation group is raising money to pay for unplowed stretch of native prairie on the outskirts of Kansas City.

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The proposed riverfront NFL stadium in St. Louis has a naming rights deal worth $158 million.

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A judge is weighing a business-backed lawsuit's bid to stop the city of St. Louis from gradually raising its minimum wage.

A 25-year-old man who escaped a Missouri jail cell has been sentenced to 15 years for rape.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Brian J. Adkison was convicted in Boone County in July of raping a woman in 2013. He was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors sought a 30-year sentence.

While he was out on bond in the case, Adkison is accused of kidnapping the same woman in Caldwell County. He eventually dropped her off in Columbia and then led authorities on a manhunt near Lake of the Ozarks before they arrested him.

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Former Missouri House Speaker John Diehl has left his job at a suburban St. Louis law firm months after admitting to exchanging sexually charged text messages with a Capitol intern and resigning from public office.

Husch Blackwell Office Managing Partner Bob Tomaso confirmed Monday that Diehl resigned from the firm Oct. 1.

Diehl resigned as speaker and his elected job as a Republican representative in May on the last day of the legislative session. His resignation came after he acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a college intern.  

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Retired businessman John Brunner has joined the crowded Republican field seeking to be Missouri's next governor. He's touting himself as a political outsider with the leadership experience to bring change to state government.

Brunner is a former Marine captain and retired CEO of Vi-Jon, Inc., his family's hand-sanitizer and personal care product company.

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The Missouri National Guard plans to add more than 400 full- and part-time military police and transportation jobs in the state.

The guard says the new units will be placed across Missouri based on the size of the armory and the recruiting pool in the area. A new transportation battalion will be split between Fredericktown and Farmington and another transportation company will be split between Bridgeton and Columbia. The guard also will add a military police company in Lebanon.

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Missouri's largest electric company has announced a $2.5 million initiative that will focus on education, economic development and energy assistance in St. Louis and North St. Louis County.

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Missouri's governor says an annual federal grant that assists the state's crime victims will be four times larger than last year's total at $36.7 million.

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The U.S. Department of Justice says St. Louis County police need to strengthen policies for handling protests and demonstrations, improve training on diversity and community policing, and do a better job of hiring and promoting minorities and women.

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  Authorities in rural northeast Missouri are looking for the person who fired several shots into a small church.

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 Graduate workers at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia are moving closer to unionizing.

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Businessman and Katy Trail patron Edward "Ted" Jones is set to be honored in the Missouri Capitol.

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  Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority announced the $52 million purchase of a rail corridor from Lee's Summit to near the Truman Sports Complex.

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 A federal watchdog said it confirmed a whistleblower's claims that St. Louis' Veterans Affairs sites wrongly marked appointments for mental health patients as completed even before the patients were seen, boosting the system's performance showing.

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  The University of Missouri joined a nationwide coalition dedicated to making it easier for high school students to apply for college.