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Some Missouri delegates to the Democratic National Convention who supported the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders are reluctant to heed his call to now back the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. 

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A federal judge has chosen a monitor team to oversee reforms of Ferguson's policing and court system.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry announced Monday that Squire Patton Boggs, a law firm based in Cleveland, was picked from four finalists to make sure reforms are adequate in the St. Louis suburb. 

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  A federal judge has chosen a monitor team to oversee reforms of Ferguson's policing and court system.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry on Monday announced that Squire Patton Boggs, a law firm based in Cleveland, was picked from four finalists to make sure reforms are adequate in the St. Louis suburb. Ferguson officials said the cost of the monitoring will not exceed $1.25 million over five years, or $350,000 for any single year.

The Missouri House speaker said state representative Bill Lant has been hospitalized after a serious car accident.

In a Monday email to lawmakers and staff obtained by The Associated Press, House Speaker Todd Richardson said Lant was taken to an intensive care unit after an accident that morning.

Richardson said “there is reason to be optimistic at this time." He said Lant's family is waiting for more information on his condition.

Lant's office referred comment to the House chief clerk, who did not immediately return an AP request for comment Monday.

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Republican candidates in Missouri's gubernatorial primary are pledging an aggressive law-and-order approach, two years after the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown prompted widespread protests.

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Meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say the Midwest's first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching their peak.

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A Missouri state senator who's a former sheriff is condemning violence against police and says targeting law enforcement officers is a crime of hate.

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Missouri has had only two Republican secretaries of state since World War II, and both had the last name of Blunt.

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High temperatures and humidity will bake much of the central U.S. this week, sending heat indexes soaring as high as 115 degrees in some places for the first time this year.

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Wealthy Missouri businessman John Brunner has poured another $1 million into his campaign for governor.

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An Islamic relief agency once based in Missouri has admitted in federal court that it illegally funneled $1.4 million to Iraq.

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The former Chrysler plant in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton could be getting new life.

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Two Republicans vying to become their party's nominee for Missouri attorney general are waging one of the state's most hotly-contested primary campaigns.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says a court-ordered change to a proposed tobacco tax is not enough to disqualify it from the ballot.

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  A suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop is paralyzed from the neck down due to what the Ballwin police chief calls "catastrophic damage to his spinal cord."

Officer Michael Flamion was shot from behind on July 8 after stopping a man for speeding in Ballwin, a well-to-do St. Louis County town of about 30,000 residents. Antonio Taylor of St. Louis was arrested later that day and is jailed on $500,000 bond on several charges, including first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.

Boonville is hoping a gun-making plant can boost its economy after a decade of manufacturing job losses. CMMG is seeking a $200,000 forgivable loan from Boonville so it can move its operations from rural Fayette, about a half an hour to the north. 

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A law designed to extend federal and state reviews of "cold cases" of racially motivated killings during the civil rights era is one step closer to being renewed.

A unanimous Senate voted Thursday evening to permanently renew a 2007 law that calls for a full accounting of race-based murders, many of which had been closed for decades.

More than 100 cases from the 1960s and earlier have been checked out, with one conviction. But new racially suspicious murders have been identified for investigation.

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A communications company that specializes in prepaid wireless service has announced it will open a headquarters in Missouri and create more than 50 new jobs.

Virgin Mobile USA says it's still scouting out potential office space in downtown Kansas City and is actively recruiting candidates for a number of positions, including executive. It expects to have its office finished and staffed by the end of the year.

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Missouri Democratic candidate for governor Chris Koster says he's raised more than $3.5 million in the last several months.

His campaign says he had $10 million to spend as of the start of July.

Friday is the deadline for candidates to report recent fundraising and spending. Reports will show how the gubernatorial candidates stack up in the weeks before a competitive four-way Republican primary Aug. 2.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon can't seek re-election because of term limits.

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 A panel tasked with recommending changes for the University of Missouri system is moving forward despite funding cuts.

The University of Missouri Review Commission met for the first time Friday to discuss how to help a system rocked by turmoil following student protests and leadership changes. The system president and Columbia chancellor resigned amid protests.

Some lawmakers were frustrated about the handling of Columbia protests last year over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues. In response, lawmakers created the commission.

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Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander isn't saying yet how he will handle a ballot proposal seeking to raise the cigarette tax in light of recent court rulings.

The state Supreme Court recently turned down an appeal of a ruling ordering a change to the ballot summary for the measure that would phase in a 60-cent increase to the state's 17-cent-a-pack cigarette tax.

The ruling said the summary prepared by Kander's office should have noted that a separate, new 67-cent-a-pack fee on some cigarette brands will rise annually.

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Some small Missouri towns that'll offer a view next year's total solar eclipse are trying to prepare for the event. The Kansas City Star reports that the total solar eclipse will occur Aug. 21, 2017. 

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The 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals will meet President Barack Obama at the White House on July 21.

The White House announced the visit Thursday, continuing the tradition of presidents meeting sports teams that win championships.

The White House also released a video featuring White House press secretary Josh Earnest, a Kansas City native. The video shows Earnest wearing a Royals cap and using a team mug as he fills a jug with water.

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A new Missouri law will require the state's Social Services Department to have a third party review welfare rolls.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday announced he'll let the law take effect without his signature.

Thursday is Nixon's deadline to sign or veto bills. If he doesn't take action on bills, they become law.

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 Severe weather has left tens of thousands without power, temporarily trapped two people in a cave near Columbia and closed some highways.

Crews were making repairs after Wednesday's storm knocked out power to nearly 185,000 Ameren customers in Missouri and Illinois, largely near St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that about 58,000 in the St. Louis area were still without power Thursday morning.

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Regulators have rejected a second application for the Missouri portion of a power line that would carry wind energy from Kansas to Indiana.

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Missouri's Republican candidates for governor renewed calls to support police during a debate largely focused on racial tensions and police-involved shootings.

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A utility says nearly 185,000 of its Missouri and Illinois customers are without electricity because of fast-moving thunderstorms that meteorologists believe may have packed wind gusts at times exceeding 70 mph.

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A suburban St. Louis police officer who was shot last week during a traffic stop will require long-term care.

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Missouri House Democratic leaders are calling for a GOP lawmaker to step down after he moved out of his district.

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