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There's a new date for an ethics hearing on a Republican lawmaker who called for the vandal of a Confederate monument to be hanged. 

Missouri's Department of Corrections continues to struggle with a staffing shortage across the state's more than 20 prisons. 

A Missouri state trooper convicted of a misdemeanor for the drowning death of a handcuffed Iowa man has been fired.

The Kansas City Star reports that that a Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman confirmed Anthony Piercy was fired Friday, more than 3 1/2 years after 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson, of Clive, Iowa, drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is facing criticism for his role in a leadership shake-up at the state's education agency, but he's not the first governor to use appointments to enact change.

At issue are Greitens' recent appointments to the State Board of Education, who in turn voted to fire former Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

Some HIV-positive patients in nearly half the counties in Missouri will lose health insurance coverage next year.

The Department of Health and Senior Services announced that nearly 100 HIV patients in Missouri will no longer have access to a comprehensive health insurance plan effective Jan. 1 as a result of high costs.

The director of the Missouri Veterans Commission has resigned amid complaints about care at the St. Louis Veterans Home.

New commission chairman Tim Noonan after a closed meeting Wednesday announced Executive Director Larry Kay's immediate resignation. Kay didn't immediately respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment after the meeting.

The commission picked Missouri Air National Guard Col. Grace Link to be interim director.

SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) — State officials say they found no evidence of Bourbon virus in ticks collected last summer at Meramec State Park after a park worker died from the virus.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced Wednesday that 7,000 ticks were collected after Tamela Wilson, an assistant park superintendent, died June 23 from the rare disease.

Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens says the state is enrolled in a new study on foster parent recruitment and retention.

Greitens said Monday that the study is focused on finding out why people decide to become foster parents, what makes them continue and what influences their decision to stop.

Greitens says national statistics show most foster parents quit within a year. She says she wants to address problems that drive foster parents out of the program.

An audit has found that the Missouri Department of Social Services mistakenly paid more than $19 million to child care facilities to subsidize low-income families and should refund the federal government.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the funds distributed through federal grants didn't meet the government's requirements for record-keeping.

The Callaway County prosecuting attorney says no charges will be filed in a fatal Columbia police shooting.

Prosecutor Chris Wilson announced Friday that his review of the May shooting death of Clarence Coats Jr. found that a Columbia police officer acted lawfully when Coats was shot.

Wilson said Coats was using methamphetamine when he began shooting indiscriminately at a Columbia home. He apparently was upset about ending a relationship and had argued with his family.

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Several senior members of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' office have accounts with a secretive app that erases messages after they're read.

The Kansas City Star reports that it determined the governor and some of his staff have Confide accounts connected to their personal cellphones. The app deletes messages and prevents recipients from saving, forwarding, printing or taking screenshots of messages.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed three new members with ties to Missouri agriculture to a board that oversees water pollution.

The governor announced the appointments Wednesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that farm friendly members now have a majority on the Clean Water Commission. The board is responsible for granting permits to large factory farms.

Greitens picked farmers Stan Coday and John Kleiboeker, as well as Pat Thomas. Thomas is chief of staff to a lawmaker who is a leader in agriculture policy.

A small airplane has crashed near a gas station in an area near Spirit of St. Louis Airport near St. Louis, but apparently missed hitting anyone on the ground.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday in Chesterfield, Missouri. TV footage showed that the plane crashed on the parking lot of a BP service station and may have clipped a roof over the gas pumps. The station is less than a mile from the airport.

Missouri's recently ousted education commissioner, Margie Vandeven, says Gov. Eric Greitens never met with her to discuss his expectations of her or his goals for education.

Vandeven said she wasn't surprised when the state Board of Education voted to fire her last week because Greitens had been maneuvering for weeks to name board members who would agree to remove her.

A temporary jail in southwest Missouri has finished construction but sits empty due to a staff shortage.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that a series of semi-trailers have been outfitted with sleeping bunks and other features to house up to 108 inmates at Greene County.

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A new state audit shows that school administrators' salaries are growing at a faster rate than teachers'.

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An investigation ordered by Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has found that his predecessor's office withheld DNA evidence in a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white St. Louis officer.

Private attorney Hal Goldsmith's investigation released Tuesday found that the office of former Attorney General Chris Koster "was aware of and failed to turn over" DNA evidence taken from Jason Stockley's revolver.

A Missouri lawmaker says he'll to try to block state education board appointees who voted to fire the state's top education official.

The Springfield News Leader reported Monday that Sen. Gary Romine says he's prepared to filibuster the confirmations of fellow Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' appointees.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson wants the head of the St. Louis Veterans Home removed in response to claims that patients are being mistreated.

Parson on Monday called for Administrator Rolando Carter's ouster. He alleged that there have been issues with medications, turnover and transparency. The lieutenant governor also wants the assistant administrator out.

Neither Carter nor his second-in-command immediately responded to Associated Press requests for comment Monday.

A Springfield teacher is suing the Missouri Board of Education over a closed session it held last week during a controversy over removing Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Laurie Sullivan alleges the board violated the state's open meetings law by holding a closed meeting Nov. 21 to discuss Vandeven's future.

Missouri's health department director says he wants lawmakers to pass legislation for a needle-exchange program in the state.

Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams on Wednesday said providing intravenous drug users with clean syringes could reduce needle-sharing that spreads hepatitis C and HIV. His comments came after he and other experts talked about ways to fight the deadly opioid crisis in Missouri during a conference in Columbia.

Plans to designate Route 66 as a historic trail is being pushed in Congress by supporters and lawmakers to help preserve the iconic roadway that passes through Missouri.

The Joplin Globe reports that the U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee considered legislation on Nov. 15. The bill designates the 2,400-mile roadway from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, as the Route 66 Historic Trail.

A Missouri woman who owns a motel along Route 66 in Carthage supports the legislation. But she says certain aspects of the bill regarding land acquisitions need to be considered.

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Missouri's U.S. senators are backing Joplin's request for a deadline extension on several federally funded tornado recovery projects.

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Missouri has received a temporary federal waiver that will allow state residents to board airplanes and enter federal installations using their current driver's licenses and identification cards.

The Missouri Department of Revenue announced Tuesday the state will have until at least October 2018 to comply with a federal REAL ID law. Without the waiver, Missourians without a federally approved identification might have been unable to board airplanes beginning in January.

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A Joplin man who was appointed to the Missouri Board of Education and then blocked from voting on the fate of the state education commissioner is suing Gov. Eric Greitens.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cole County, John Sumners asks the court to determine if he remains a board member and whether Greitens broke the law by rescinding his appointment earlier this month.

Sumners publicly alleged in mid-November that the governor's staff pressured him to vote to during a board meeting Nov. 21 to replace education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

President Donald Trump will be in St. Charles for a speech Wednesday, his second visit to Missouri in three months.

The speech announced Monday comes as Trump and other Republicans seek tax reform. The House passed a $1.5 trillion bill and Senate GOP leaders hope to push their bill through this week. The package blends a sharp reduction in top corporate and business tax rates with more modest relief for individuals.

Trump also discussed the need for tax reform in August in Springfield.

A protest forced a large suburban St. Louis shopping mall to close for an hour on one of the year's busiest shopping days, and renewed concerns by protest leaders about how police handle demonstrations.

Protesters marched Friday at the St. Louis Galleria mall. Richmond Heights, Missouri, police say seven people were arrested for failure to disperse. One of the seven also was cited for assaulting an officer. Among those arrested was state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr.

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A quirk in the mail delivery system is forcing some residents of rural northern Missouri to have Iowa mailing addresses, causing problems when they vote, pay taxes and even when they die.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill calls it "one of the dumbest things" she's seen and has sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, asking that issue be resolved. The agency says it's working with the Missouri Democratic senator on the issue.

Steel producer Nucor is building a steel mill in Sedalia.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday announced the company is investing at least $250 million on the micro-mill. Greitens' administration says more than 250 new jobs will be created once it's built.

A federal investigation will look into possible civil rights violations by police in the St. Louis area in the two months since protests broke out after a white former police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black suspect.

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