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A $1.5 billion settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit covering tens of thousands of farmers, grain-handling facilities and ethanol plants that sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed.

Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley of Missouri appears to be distancing himself from the state's embattled governor.

Hawley campaign consultant Brad Todd told reporters not to expect fellow Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on the campaign trail during kickoff events.

Hawley is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would dramatically increase penalties for misusing money intended to help the poor.

The measure, approved Monday, would create a three-strikes policy for anyone using the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. 

Missouri's House budget leader on Wednesday said he's trying to work out a deal to avoid Gov. Eric Greitens' proposed cuts to higher education funding, if schools don't raise tuition.

Republican Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick's latest state spending plan, unveiled during a hearing at the Capitol, includes $38 million more for public colleges and universities next year than what the governor recommended. That would erase some, but not all, of the cuts Greitens requested.

Amazon is planning open a large packing and shipping facility in suburban St. Louis that will employ more than 1,500 full-time workers.

The Seattle-based online retailer announced plans Wednesday for the 800,000 square-foot fulfillment center in St. Peters.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill repealing Missouri's prevailing wage law for public construction projects. It's a move targeted by GOP legislative leaders as a priority this year.

Currently, cities, school districts and other governmental entities must pay more than the state's standard minimum wage for construction and maintenance work. The exact amount is determined by a project's location and the type of work being done.

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The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party says a new nonprofit has been started to help pay for embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' legal expenses.

A Missouri lawmaker facing a campaign challenge by a professional wrestler is sponsoring a bill to require candidates to use their legal last names or maiden names when running for office.

The House voted 125-26 Monday to send the measure to the Senate.

Republican Rep. Nick Schroer says he proposed the bill after fellow O'Fallon resident Curtis "Wylde" Wells challenged him in 2016. The Democrat ran using his stage name, Curtis Wylde. He's running against Schroer again in November.

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The Missouri Senate has updated its sexual harassment policy to require more frequent training for lawmakers and staff, joining a national trend of stronger legislative policies amid increased public attention to misconduct allegations.

Until now, Missouri senators and staff had been required to undergo sexual harassment training only once upon taking office — even if senators remained in office for the maximum eight years or staff worked for decades.

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Missouri's governor has announced a new initiative to crack down on opioid over-prescription in the state.

In a press release Monday, Gov. Eric Greitens said Medicaid providers who did not follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for opioid prescriptions would be warned twice. They then would be referred to the state Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and state licensing boards, which could potentially revoke their licenses.

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Visitors to the Missouri Capitol will have to weave their way through a construction zone as the 100-year-old building undergoes of major renovation.

Crews were erecting metal fences Friday and dumping gravel on the Capitol lawn to serve as a staging area for heavy construction equipment during the project that will last until late 2020.

Workers will be erecting scaffolding around the building to repair cracked and crumbling stone on the exterior of the Capitol, from ground level to the top of the dome.

Missouri's governor faces a showdown with the Legislature over an unexpected budget windfall.

The state had set aside $80 million last year to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program when federal funding was in danger.

But now that federal funding is guaranteed for the near future, three competing visions have emerged over what to do with the remaining money.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens wants to pump more money into rural Missouri, using all of the available funds to invest in broadband access, water initiatives and other projects.

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The Missouri House has voted overwhelmingly to raise poaching fines to protect the state's fledgling elk population.

The bill approved Wednesday would allow judges to impose fines of at least $2,500 for attempting to illegally hunt elk. The money would be used to benefit local school districts.

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The St. Louis circuit attorney's office says it hired private investigators from Michigan to ensure an independent investigation into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Greitens' attorney Edward Dowd Jr. questioned the arrangement Tuesday while suggesting that local police should have been used.

  A group of college and high school students in Springfield, Missouri, are planning a citywide walkout next month to rally support for what they described as "common sense gun legislation."

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A newly publicized email is shedding more light on how Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign came into possession of a donor list from a veterans charity he founded, just as Greitens was preparing to run for office in early 2015. 

 

The Missouri House has passed legislation requiring notice to be given to both custodial parents when a minor is seeking an abortion.

The House voted 113-37 Monday to send the legislation to the Senate.

Missouri law already requires the written consent of one parent or guardian before girls younger than 18 can have abortions. The bill would require the consenting parent to provide written notice to the other custodial parent or guardian, but wouldn't require the consent of the second parent.

The Missouri House has passed a bill that would make it a felony to disseminate — or threaten to disseminate — private sexual images.

The 149-1 House vote Monday comes as Gov. Eric Greitens is facing a felony indictment on a charge of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a photo of a nude or partially nude woman in 2015 and transmitting it to a computer.

Lawmakers didn't mention Greitens during their brief debate Monday. But some noted that the legislation also had been proposed last year. The allegations against Greitens did not become public until this past January.

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South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley is suing Missouri's athletic director, saying he slandered her when he suggested she created an atmosphere that encouraged fans to spit on his players and use racial slurs.

Staley's suit filed in Richland County asks for no more than $75,000 in damages from Sterk for disparaging her reputation.

Also on Thursday, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey fined Jim Sterk $25,000 and reprimanded him for publicly criticizing Staley.

A Missouri bill would confiscate licenses from teenagers accused of unlawful driving.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that lawmakers on Tuesday heard the bill proposed by Republican Rep. Galen Higdon.

The dangers of opioids are forcing police to change the way they test drugs found during traffic stops or arrests.

For decades, officers have put suspected drugs in liquid-filled vials. If the liquid turns a certain color, it's supposed to confirm the presence of cocaine, heroin or other narcotics.

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The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill legalizing industrial hemp.

Proponents said Tuesday that the bill was a development opportunity that could be a boon for farmers and businesses.

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A Missouri health care company says a pharmacy it recently bought will not provide execution drugs to the state.

Centene Corp. on Tuesday said Foundation Care has not and will not provide any drugs for executions. Centene bought the suburban St. Louis compounding pharmacy in October 2017.

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A rural Missouri county is moving to a privatized system for public defenders, a system that some advocates would like to see become more common.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has hired former St. Louis Judge Jack Garvey to represent him during an investigation to determine if he broke any laws while having an extramarital affair.

St. Louis Public Radio reports Garvey confirmed Sunday that he was hired last week to represent the governor during St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's investigation.

Garvey declined to say who is paying him. He also wouldn't say if he's being added to the legal team or replacing one of Greitens' current lawyers.

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The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban marriages of children under 15 years old.

House members voted 95-50 Monday to send the bill to the Senate. Backers say it would help stop abuse through coerced marriages, while opponents argue it would take away parents' rights to decide whether to allow their children to marry.

Children ages 15-17 now can get married with a parent's permission. Those younger than 15 need approval from a judge.

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The man serving as interim U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri may soon be able to lose the interim tag.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said Friday that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Timothy Garrison as U.S. attorney. Garrison has served in an interim role leading the Kansas City-based office since January.

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The Missouri Senate passed legislation Thursday that could allow the state's largest electric companies to recoup more of their costs for infrastructure improvements from their customers.

The legislation, which sparked an overnight filibuster last week and threats of another one this week, cleared the Senate by a 25-6 vote. But passage came only after several Senate opponents who fear it will lead to higher rates pledged to continue pushing for additional changes when the legislation moves to the House.

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Investigators from the St. Louis prosecutor's office have visited the Missouri Capitol and interviewed at least two dozen lawmakers as the office checks into Gov. Eric Greitens.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to a 2015 affair with his St. Louis hairdresser, before Greitens was elected in 2016. Greitens has denied taking a compromising photo of the woman as potential blackmail.

A judge is weighing on whether to void the Missouri Board of Education's decision to fire the former education commissioner.

Attorneys representing the board argued in circuit court Tuesday against lawyers representing Springfield teacher Laurie Sullivan, who sued the board in November, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

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