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The Missouri Department of Insurance is offering free help to seniors who want to review their coverage or enroll in Medicare.

Open enrollment for the federal health insurance program for anyone aged 65 and over runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

Those who want to review their current plan, change their drug coverage or enroll can meet in person or talk on the phone with the state's Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri program.

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  A southeast Missouri lawmaker says he has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and been sentenced to probation.

Democratic Representative Steve Hodges, of East Prairie, said he pleaded guilty Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court to two charges stemming from incidents earlier this year.

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  Missouri's health care and retirement plans are expanding coverage to same-sex spouses following a recent court ruling.

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A $3,000 dinner involving several Republican Missouri lawmakers highlights how lobbyists are reporting things differently to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The meal at a Dallas steakhouse was provided during an August conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council. It involved House Speaker Tim Jones, Majority Leader John Diehl, Rep. Sue Allen, Sen. Ed Emery and Sen. Wayne Wallingford.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The tally keeps rising on U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's contributions to the Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Online campaign finance records show McCaskill gave $50,000 to the party last Friday — two days after giving an identically sized check.

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A conservative group is targeting Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon with new ads in support of a ballot measure limiting the governor's budget-balancing powers.

The Missouri Club for Growth says it began airing TV ads today in support of proposed Constitutional Amendment 10 on the November ballot.

The proposal would allow legislators to reverse a governor's decision to freeze or slow the rate of spending for items in the state budget. It also would limit the governor's ability to assume new revenue from policy proposals when making budget recommendations.

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A new Missouri law requiring a 72-hour abortion waiting period is to take effect this week, and the state's only abortion clinic isn't planning to try to stop it.

The law tripling Missouri's current waiting period was enacted September 10th when legislators overrode a veto by Governor Jay Nixon. It is to take effect Friday.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tutoring program created by a prominent Ferguson police shooting protester will receive $500,000 in public money to expand its efforts.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced the federal grant to The North Campus Thursday in St. Louis.

The program is overseen by St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, whose public profile has grown dramatically since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is planning to travel to Missouri colleges and universities to discuss ways of addressing sexual violence on campuses.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Boone County officials and some vendors say they are concerned the closing of the Central Missouri Events Center could hurt the region's economy.

The center, formerly known as the Boone County Fairground, will hold only a few events before closing shortly after Thanksgiving. The decision came after county voters in August soundly defeated a proposed eight-cent sales tax to support the center, other county parks and economic development.

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The University of Missouri has been awarded two federal grants worth more than $830,000 to implement programs on family farms.

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  Eight more people have been arrested following another night of protests in Ferguson.

No violence was reported from the Sunday night protest that was at times boisterous in the St. Louis suburb where unrest has been common in the month-and-a-half since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer.

Protesters banged drums, pots and pans. Police said they would enforce a noise ordinance at 11 p.m., and police made a few arrests involving those who continued to make noise.

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  Missouri's assistant attorney general has argued that state law, backed by the vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.

Jeremiah Morgan defended Missouri's same-sex marriage ban Monday in a St. Louis courtroom. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison is deciding whether the ban is constitutional.

St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert argued the state has no business treating gay and lesbian couples as "second-class citizens."

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Four longtime Methodist youth camps across Missouri are facing an uncertain future following the dismissal of the sites' directors.

The head of the Missouri State Highway Patrol says law officers are "planning for the worst" in anticipation of a grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot a black 18-year-old.

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COLUMBIA (AP) - The University of Missouri has concluded its investigation into federal grant spending after a wildlife biologist's complaint to the federal government.

Assistant professor Dylan Kesler's False Claims Act lawsuit alleged that two colleagues in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences improperly paid their spouses from pools of federal scientific research money while the women remained home with newborns.

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  Some Ferguson residents have received body cameras to videotape police.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports We Copwatch of California raised more than $6,000 to purchase 110 devices. The group distributed the cameras and trained residents on how to use them over the weekend.

Ferguson's police chief says residents are entitled to wear and use the small cameras. He says the department's officers have been told not to interfere with that right. He also noted many people already have been recording police on their phones.

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  Educators and parents chosen to rewrite learning benchmarks for Missouri children are divided on how to move forward.

Work groups tasked with writing new education standards spent their first meeting Monday clashing over the state education department's involvement and how to rework the national goals currently in place.

A law passed in May requires new goals for learning in each grade to replace the standards adopted in the Common Core. Those standards are used to create consistency between states, but opponents say they were adopted without enough local input.

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Four newly appointed Missouri Lottery Commission members say they want to make the agency more efficient so that more of its proceeds can go to education.

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A judge is giving residents of a small Maries county town a chance to choose public humiliation over jail time for some legal problems.

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Missouri lawmakers plan to review the effects of a 2011 merger of the state Highway and Water patrols after a man drowned this year while in trooper custody.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has extended into January the term of the grand jury considering whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The grand jury was due to have its four-month term expire Sept. 10, the same day St. Louis County Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington extended the term to Jan. 7. St. Louis County Court Administrator Paul Fox says it's the longest extension allowed under Missouri law.

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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has released $143 million of education funding that he had frozen, because lawmakers sustained most of his vetoes of tax-break bills.

Nixon announced the release of the money Thursday, after lawmakers concluded a veto session in which they overrode 47 line-item budget vetoes and 10 vetoes on other bills.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislative budget leaders plan to try to override about 50 line-item budget vetoes, despite new doubts from the attorney general about their authority to do so.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri is preparing to execute a man convicted of killing two people while robbing a Columbia restaurant in 1998.

Earl Ringo Jr. is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Ringo would be the eighth person put to death in Missouri this year and the 10th since November.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans are clashing again with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on gun legislation.

A vote scheduled for Wednesday could overturn his veto of a bill allowing specially trained teachers to carry guns in school and other residents to openly carry firearms in cities.

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  Missouri lawmakers are poised to vote this week to enact one of the nation's longest abortion waiting periods.

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  Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is accusing Gov. Jay Nixon of violating the state constitution by making budget cuts in 2012.

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The nurse who was walking across part of Missouri announced this morning that she will not be continuing her walk.

Sherry Payne posted on her organization’s Facebook page that the RV she was using in her trek from Clinton to Augusta was hit in Jefferson City on Sunday night. While the driver of the other car is still unknown, Jefferson City Police Department confirmed that there were no injuries in the crash.

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The St. Louis police chief has promised a vigorous investigation after six apparently unrelated homicides in an 18-hour period and renewed his call for tougher gun crime penalties.

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