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Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials likely will be getting a pay raise.

Legislative efforts to prevent the raise stalled Wednesday after a filibuster by some state Senate Democrats, who say the current $35,915 a year isn't enough considering the amount of work by lawmakers.

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Nearly 38 percent more Missourians than last year have signed up for health insurance under the federal exchange.

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Missouri Republican lawmakers want to expand notification requirements for minors in the state seeking abortions.

Current state law requires only one parent to give consent for a minor to get an abortion; the other parent does not have to be notified.

  

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 State officials say Missouri's Medicaid program will save an estimated $4.2 million in fiscal year 2016 by using a newer, cheaper drug to treat hepatitis C.

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  The Missouri secretary of state is pushing a bill that would allow the state to keep human trafficking victims' addresses secret.

Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday announced legislation that would expand the Safe at Home program to cover those victims.

The program gives confidential addresses to survivors of domestic violence, rape and some other crimes. The aim is to prevent the victims' assailants from tracking where they live and potentially harming them again.

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  St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman says he is running for attorney general in 2016.

Zimmerman announced his candidacy Tuesday, setting up a potential Democratic primary against state Sen. Scott Sifton of St. Louis County, who already has entered the race.

The Missouri attorney general's office will be open next year because Democratic incumbent Chris Koster is running for governor.

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  Two more cases of a deadly deer disease have been found in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Conservation on Monday reported that a Macon County adult buck and an adult doe in Adair County tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

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  Lobbyists for banks and credit unions say an exemption from a state consumer-protection law is needed to prevent excessive lawsuits against financial institutions.

Missouri Credit Union Association lobbyist David Kent said during yesterday’s legislative hearing that without a change, there could be a chilling effect on loans in Missouri.

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Transforming the Missouri Department of Transportation headquarters into a space for some legislative and executive branch employees is among the projects that could be funded with new bond revenues.

 

  Researchers from the University of Missouri say nurses with post-graduate training can help improve the quality of health care.

In a recently published study by the MU Sinclair School of Nursing researchers found that care is better in states where advanced practice registered nurses, also known as APRNs, are allowed to practice independently. Examples of APRNs include nurse practitioners.

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Governor Jay Nixon's budget request for more money both this year and next faces big hurdles from lawmakers.

Republican lawmakers this week raised concerns about approving new spending for this year at the same time the governor is withholding money from some priorities.

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One of Missouri's lowest-performing school districts is searching for a new superintendent.

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The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association is suing the state revenue department for allowing an electric car maker to sell directly to customers.

The car dealers filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cole County Circuit Court claiming Missouri violated state law by licensing California-based Tesla Motors as a franchise.

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  Missouri's chief justice says the state needs to make sure its municipal court system is driven by fairness rather than economics.

Chief Justice Mary Russell said in her State of the Judiciary address Thursday that the local municipal courts are often Missourians' first encounter with the justice system.

Legal defense advocates have identified the maze of municipal court fines faced by residents as one cause of anger in the St. Louis area following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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  U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she has been named the top Democrat on a committee that investigates federal agencies.

McCaskill said Thursday that she will be the ranking minority party member on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which is part of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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A Missouri Senate committee has voted to confirm Missouri's public safety director despite concerns about a racial discrimination lawsuit against him.

The committee voted 10-1 Tuesday to confirm the appointment of former St. Louis police Chief Daniel Isom II. The full Senate still must confirm him.

Isom would be one of the state's highest-ranking black officials. He was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon shortly after a white police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, in Ferguson.

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Missouri's unemployment has fallen again and now is at its lowest point in almost seven years.

The state Department of Economic Development on Tuesday released data showing the seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped to 5.4 percent in December, its lowest rate since April 2008.

Unemployment has continued to drop slightly in recent months, from 5.9 percent in October to 5.6 percent in November.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a $50 million increase in basic aid to public schools.

The details of Nixon's school funding proposal are included in an email sent Wednesday to education groups in advance of his State of the State address. The Associated Press obtained a copy from one of those organizations.

Missouri schools are getting nearly $3.2 billion in basic aid this year. They would need an additional $482 million next year to be fully funded under state law.

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A training campus for Special Olympics Missouri will be located in Jefferson City.

Phil Cook, chairman of the group's board of directors, said Tuesday the board chose Jefferson City over Columbia for its Training For Life Campus.

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Tyson Foods Inc. will pay $539,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail.

The settlement was announced Tuesday by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who sued the company last June.

Koster says that last May, Tyson discharged wastewater that contained an acidic animal feed supplement from its Aurora facility, eventually causing Monett's wastewater treatment system to fail and contaminating Clear Creek in Barry County.

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  The Supreme Court says lower courts should look again at an appeal from a Missouri man on death row for killing a woman and her two children 16 years ago.

The justices ruled Tuesday that Mark Christeson deserves the chance to argue that his court-appointed attorneys were ineffective because they missed a 2005 deadline to appeal his conviction in federal court by almost four months.

It is uncommon for someone to be executed without a federal appeals court hearing.

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Ferguson's first municipal election since a fatal police shooting sparked months of protests has drawn relatively little interest from prospective candidates as the filing deadline approaches.

Three of the St. Louis suburb's six City Council seats are up for election on April 7 and none of the three incumbents plans to seek re-election.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says two of those council members decided not to run again well before 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in August.

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A Missouri Republican who supports Medicaid expansion will introduce a bill that would cover veterans and their families.

Missouri residents with incomes below the federal poverty level, or $19,530 for a family of three, do not qualify for Medicaid or for subsidies to buy health insurance through a federally run website.

Sen. Ryan Silvey, of Kansas City, says that group includes veterans' families. He plans to introduce a bill expanding Medicaid for veterans that fall in the coverage gap created by Missouri's decision not to expand the program.

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A caretaker has been convicted of arranging the killing of a Columbia art dealer after forging the victim's will in an effort to inherit his fortune. 

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Republicans will push this session to reinstate some lawsuit damage award caps the Missouri Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional. 

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A newspaper review of military sexual assault programs found that reporting lapses and other mistakes contributed to a climate in which a Fort Leonard Wood drill sergeant preyed on female subordinates. 

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A Missouri House committee is suggesting lawmakers reject a pay increase for statewide elected officials in 2017.

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Attorneys say an investment firm has settled a federal lawsuit accusing it of bilking investors out of $39 million in a failed effort to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly. 

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Columbia police are looking for two people suspected of attacking a tow truck driver who stopped to help them.

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  A proposed open-air football stadium in St. Louis backers hope will convince Rams owner Stan Kroenke to keep the team from returning to Los Angeles will likely require voter approval of its public financing component. 

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