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A consultant has submitted an application to build a $12.7 million, 60-bed psychiatric hospital in southeast Columbia to the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the certificate of need application was submitted by Thomas Piper, CEO of MacQuest Consulting, on Wednesday.

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Missouri residents soon will no longer be able to use their state driver's licenses as identification to get into most federal facilities. 

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A Missouri appeals court is wading into the legal battle over what to do with frozen embryos created by a couple who later splits up. Jalesia McQueen and Justin Gadberry had two twin boys through in vitro fertilization before divorcing in 2014. A St. Louis County trial court ruled that the couple jointly owns the two remaining unfertilized embryos. 

Students from the Riverview Gardens School District enrolled at other schools have been notified that their home district may receive an upgrade in its accreditation status, which could force them to change schools next year. 

  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named Jefferson County Circuit Judge Lisa Page to a state appeals court.

Nixon on Tuesday announced he appointed Page to the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals. Page will replace Judge Clifford Ahrens, who retired in August after serving nearly 25 years on that court.

Page has served as a circuit judge in Jefferson County since January 2007. She was appointed as a special judge for two Missouri Supreme Court cases and also has been appointed as a court of appeals special judge.

  Missouri's population growth is lagging behind the national rate.

U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday estimate that Missouri's population grew by fewer than 20,000 people from 2014 to 2015, to a total of 6.08 million people.

That's a growth rate of about three-tenths of a percent — well shy of the national rate of nearly eight-tenths of a percent.

Missouri's growth rate ranked 30th among states in 2015.

But that was still good enough for Missouri to retain its position as the 18th most populated state — a little ahead of Maryland.

University of Missouri students are working to establish a Latina sorority at the university.

The Columbia Missourian reports Jessica Banuelos, a senior psychology student, has been working for the past two years to establish a chapter of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority at the school. It was started in 1975 and is the oldest Latina sorority in the US.

  A suburban Kansas City accountant accused of stealing more than $4 million from clients has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Federal prosecutors in Kansas City said in a release that 42-year-old Thomas Hauk of Overland Park, Kansas, pleaded guilty Tuesday to several charges, including bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

 The University of Missouri system's interim president's contract calls for him to be paid nearly $40,000 a month.

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 A state audit has found that a small northwest Missouri city improperly transferred about $860,000 from utility revenues to its general fund while raising sewer and electric rates.

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 A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the drowning of a handcuffed Iowa man.

The effort to build a new football stadium and potentially keep the Rams from moving back to Los Angeles faces a key vote Friday when St. Louis aldermen decide whether to spend $150 million on the project.

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 A center to welcome refugees from Syria and elsewhere is set to open in St. Louis.

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 Members of a University of Missouri graduate student advocacy group are raising concerns about insurance recommendations.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported the Forum on Graduate Rights steering committee said in a statement that the recommendations outlined in a panel's report would leave graduate students worse off than the university's current plan.

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  The University of Missouri system has appointed an associate dean to lead its diversity task force.

The university said in a release Thursday that David Mitchell, associate dean for academic affairs, will chair the university system's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Mitchell is also chair of the Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Mitchell's appointment follows the November resignations of the university system's president and the chancellor of its Columbia campus amid student protests over complaints about racial issues.

The Kansas City school district has selected two finalists for its superintendent post.

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Two protesters arrested in Ferguson during protests last year are challenging the St. Louis County ordinance cited in their arrest, calling it too vague.

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A Missouri lawmaker has withdrawn a bill that sought to strip scholarships from college athletes who go on strike or refuse to play for reasons unrelated to health.

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Supporters of increasing the tax on cigarettes by 23 cents a pack are collecting signatures to get the proposal on the ballot.

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A person familiar with the matter says the Justice Department is close to an agreement with the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, about making widespread changes within the agency.

Such an overhaul could avert a civil rights lawsuit that federal officials have the option to bring against departments that resist changing their practices.

The person was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

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City officials have passed an ordinance restricting the use of drones to its owner's private property.

The ordinance was approved Monday after the Ashland Board of Aldermen passed it on Dec.1.

The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits drones from flying higher than 400 feet, or within 5 miles of an airport. Ashland is about 5 miles from Columbia Regional Airport.

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Another city is challenging a police standards measure that recently was approved by the St. Louis County Council.

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A University of Missouri employee has resumed working after her videotaped clash with a student photographer during campus protests helped fan debate about free press.

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Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. has agreed to a $32 million settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by customers who alleged the Connecticut-based company made false claims about ingredients in its products.

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Missouri's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since 2006.

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St. Louis aldermen are meeting in special session to consider approving the city's share of funding for a new NFL stadium — $150 million.

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Rivers across Missouri are on the rise following recent heavy rains.

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The corner in Perry County has no plans to leave office, even though he has been convicted and sentenced for felony crimes.

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Some Missouri retired judges say they were underpaid based on a 2010 policy change that tied state judges' salaries to their federal counterparts' pay.

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A man who was shot and wounded by a central Missouri deputy has been charged with first-degree assault.

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