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Missouri lawmakers are advancing a proposed ban on donation of fetal tissue from abortions.

House members voted 120-34 Thursday to outlaw the practice. The vote follows Republican outcry over undercover videos released last summer that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts.

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A six-month waiting period before Missouri lawmakers could lobby is a few steps away from a final vote.

House members voted 131-19 Thursday to limit when lawmakers can lobby after the end of their terms.

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Missouri lawmakers have voted to summon a regional Planned Parenthood CEO to explain why she should not be held in contempt of the state Senate for defying a subpoena that demanded documents on how the organization handles fetal remains.

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Former University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin is preparing to take on a new role at the school but details of what he will be doing remain unclear.

Peabody Energy's bankruptcy filing helps draw attention to plans for financially troubled coal companies to cover the potential cost of filling in mines that close.

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Election officials say an overworked staff, a tight timetable and technical glitches are to blame for the ballot shortage in several St. Louis County precincts.

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Conservative stalwart Phyllis Schlafly's endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has led to internal strife — and what she claims was an attempt to oust her — at the organization she formed nearly a half-century ago to fight the Equal Rights Amendment.

Peabody Energy, the nation's largest coal miner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the industry.

Mines and offices at Peabody, a company founded in 1833 by 24-year-old Francis S. Peabody, will continue to operate as it moves through the bankruptcy process. However, Peabody's planned sale of its New Mexico and Colorado assets were terminated after the buyer was unable to complete the deal.

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Republican Josh Hawley says he would create a public corruption unit if he is elected Missouri attorney general.

Hawley told The Associated Press the new unit would help make fighting corruption among public officials a top priority.

The proposal is part of an ethics plan Hawley says he wants to implement if he wins the election. Hawley is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law and an attorney.

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 A report says the University of Missouri boosts the state's economic output by 25 percent, and that each dollar of state support means $38.43 in economic activity over the next 25 years.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that state lawmakers are considering a final decision on the university's appropriation of the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Missouri would pay testing fees for residents taking a high school equivalency test for the first time under a proposal that has won initial approval in the state Senate.

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The Missouri House is advancing legislation to ban donation of fetal tissue from abortions.

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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a mid-year spending increase to Missouri's $26 billion budget.

Senators voted 31-0 Tuesday to pass a budget supplement of $466 million in state and federal money, which largely reflects higher health care costs than officials estimated last year. Higher drug prices have been the biggest factor driving costs, and caseloads have also increased.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee has approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would declare a right to life for unborn children "at every stage of biological development."

The amendment approved Tuesday does not include any exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to save the mother's life.

The Kansas City Star reports ( ) critics of the legislation say it would make abortion illegal in Missouri, while supporters disagree.

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  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican businessman Donald Trump and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been certified as the winners of Missouri's presidential primaries.

The results of the March 15 primaries were made official Tuesday. But the losing candidates still have seven days to request a recount.

Trump led Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 1,965 votes out of more than 939,000 cast in the Republican primary.

Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 1,574 votes out of more than 629,000 cast in the Democratic primary.

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Missouri business leaders are forming a coalition against a proposal that would protect some businesses that object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

State LGBT advocacy group PROMO announced the coalition hours before a scheduled House hearing on the legislation Tuesday.

More than 60 businesses have joined the group Missouri Competes, including Square and Google Fiber.

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The public has a chance to give Missouri lawmakers feedback on a proposed constitutional amendment to protect some businesses that object to same-sex marriage.

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Missouri would legalize the growing of industrial hemp as a raw material for manufacturing under a measure advancing in the Legislature.

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A Missouri Supreme Court ruling last month opens the door to possible parole for a Jasper County man and 80 other inmates who were convicted as juveniles of first-degree murder.

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The University of Missouri says it's planning to close two more dorms on the Columbia campus because of a drop in residency.

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Lawmakers are advancing legislation to make Missouri one of the first states to adopt policies allowing for daily fantasy sports.

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A St. Louis nonprofit is helping those with Alzheimer's disease stay in their homes longer, a model that the founder says benefits the person with the disease while saving millions of dollars for taxpayers who often foot the bill for nursing home care.

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Four siblings in the family that founded Anheuser-Busch now say they want to buy the sprawling Grant's Farm animal refuge near St. Louis.

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The Missouri House has approved statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

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Fantasy sports could continue in Missouri without facing gambling regulations under a bill advancing in the state Legislature.

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Facing an estimated $15 million budget shortfall, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is considering elimination of up to 85 positions over the next two years.

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The University of Missouri has seen grades steadily rise, like most colleges and universities across the nation.

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 A proposal to censure a Planned Parenthood official is advancing to the floor of the Missouri Senate.

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The Missouri Senate has voted to override the governor and block a wage hike for home-care attendants.

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed updating the state's laws on when police can use deadly force.