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Efforts to cut Missouri's prison population appear to be working, but a new report shows that's not enough to save the state money.

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The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is offering a buyout option for some of its academic administrators.

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A Missouri lawmaker wants to ban recipients of a federal food assistance program from using those benefits to buy energy drinks.

Democratic state Rep. Keith English of Florissant filed legislation recently to prevent Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds from buying the drinks.

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Columbia authorities say arson is suspected in two fires that have broken out amid a rash of vandalisms, burglaries and staff harassment at several churches.

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Nearly 900,000 people who paid fines for red-light violations in Missouri can apply for partial refunds as part of a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed against American Traffic Solutions, which operated the cameras in 27 Missouri cities. The settlement is for violations between 2005 and November 2014.


Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is asking lawmakers to cut dozens of filing fees to help the state attract new businesses.

On Thursday, Kander announced the fee cut as part of his agenda for the 2015 legislative session.

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The speed limit on portions of Interstate I-70 in Columbia is dropping to 60 mph.

The Missouri Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the former 70 mph speed limit will be reduced for safety on less than 3 miles of the interstate.

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A Missouri state senator is calling for Gov. Jay Nixon to resign for "failed leadership" during the protests in Ferguson following the fatal shooting of a Michael Brown.

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A Missouri lawmaker is again pushing legislation that would shift regulation of farm-raised deer to state agriculture officials. 

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Columbia is looking to bolster its cyber-security after a Christmas Eve attack shut down its website for nearly three days.

A state lawmaker wants to increase the speed limit on Missouri's rural interstates and freeways from 70 mph.

Authorities have arrested a man suspected of escaping from a series of Columbia bank robberies on a bicycle.

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From street-artist paintings on boards protecting store windows to signs bearing the now iconic statement, "Hands Up. Don't Shoot," cultural images from the Ferguson protests have become firmly established in recent Missouri history.

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Three Missouri lawmakers are urging the Army Corps of Engineers to commit some recently approved funding for levee improvements in northwest Missouri.

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  A Missouri lawmaker is proposing the state create incentives for health clinics at rural schools. State Rep. Jay Barnes recently filed legislation to encourage health centers at schools with large populations of students from low-income families. 

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An effort is underway to recall a Columbia councilmember who voted against a proposal to lessen penalties for marijuana cultivation. 

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Cancer medicine that previously could cost thousands of dollars soon will cost Missourians at most $75 a month.

More than 100,000 Missouri residents have signed up for health insurance through a federally run website during the first month of enrollment. 

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  AAA says Missourians on average are paying the least for gas in the country and prices in Kansas are the third lowest in the U-S. 

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is planning to install air monitors near two power plants that officials say are the largest sources of sulfur dioxide emissions in the state. 

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  Police in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley say their investigation confirms an 18-year-old pointed a gun and tried to fire at the officer who shot him to death in a convenience store parking lot last week. 

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Missouri and Kansas transportation officials have suspended installations of a guardrail system over concerns about its safety. 

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  Michael Sam dismissed the thought that his sexuality has cost him a spot in the NFL.

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  Missouri lawmakers have mixed opinions about whether they can use a new constitutional amendment to override some of Governor Jay Nixon's budget cuts when they go into session in January. 

The Columbia Daily Tribune is now reporting that the hacker activist group Anonymous was not responsible for hacker attacks that shut down both the city’s website and KOMU’s website. 

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  U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says Republicans have begun courting her and other moderate Democrats in hopes of avoiding filibusters in the next Congress. 

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  The Ferguson Police Department has suspended a spokesperson after he referred to the Michael Brown memorial as "a pile of trash."

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Missouri is the first state in more than five years to have a statewide average gas price of below $2 a gallon, and Oklahoma is expected to get there by the weekend.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has released $4.6 million to give state employees a 1 percent raise.

Nixon on Wednesday announced the raises will kick in Jan. 1, and that he's also freeing $2 million to boost the state's tourism efforts.

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  St. Charles County officials are putting off the purchase of body cameras for police until state lawmakers clarify what images captured by the cameras would have to be made available to the public.