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A Missouri-based nursing home operator has agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle claims that it and its affiliates provided unnecessary therapy to residents and billed Medicare.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the deal announced Wednesday resolves claims involving questioned therapy by Reliant Care Group of the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights from January 2008 to April 2014.

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Missouri residents are questioning U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill during town halls.

More than 100 people peppered the Democrat with questions during an evening town hall Wednesday in Ashland, Missouri.

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Missouri revenue growth appears to have reached the threshold to trigger income tax cuts.

Data released Wednesday by the state budget director show net general revenues hit more than $9 billion during the fiscal year that ended Saturday. That's a 2.6 percent increase compared to the year before.

Revenues appear to have grown enough in recent years to trigger gradual income tax cuts passed by lawmakers in 2014. Missouri Office of Administration spokeswoman Ryan Burns said whether the cuts will take effect is currently under review.

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Crews at Kansas City International Airport have restored water service to one of its terminals, a day after a water main break prompted travelers to rely on shuttles to go to another terminal to use restrooms.

Officials say the 12-inch pipe failed Tuesday afternoon, forcing crews to shut off water to the airport's Terminal B. Portable toilets were brought in. Water service was restored shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Airlines that use Terminal B include Southwest Airlines, Delta and Alaska. Flights were unaffected by the water disruption.

 

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A former south central Missouri sheriff's deputy accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in 2011 will be tried in suburban St. Louis' St. Charles County. 

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A parent has sued the Blue Springs School District alleging an unchecked culture of bullying contributed to the suicides of one student and the subsequent suicide of that student's best friend.

The Kansas City Star reported the lawsuit filed last week says the two teenage boys were bullied, harassed and discriminated at one of the middle schools and a high school. The lawsuit filed by Rebecca Lewis accuses the school district of violating anti-bullying laws by downplaying complaints.

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  Lincoln University in Jefferson City is struggling to respond to a budget gap created by cuts in state and federal appropriations and a history of being mostly forgotten by government officials.

The university is one of two historically black colleges in Missouri. It says it will lose $3.8 million in state and federal funds for the 2017-2018 academic year. In response, Lincoln is cutting 48 positions and reducing employee pay by 0.5 percent. It's also increasing tuition by 2 percent.

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Top Republican recruit U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri says she's not running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat in 2018.

Wagner said in a statement Monday that she's instead running for re-election to her suburban St. Louis House seat.

Wagner's announcement creates a vacuum for Republicans hoping to win the U.S. Senate seat. McCaskill is among 10 Senate Democrats running in 2018 in states won by President Donald Trump.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has signed legislation to make it tougher to prove workplace and housing discrimination in court.

Greitens signed the measure late Friday.

The legislation has been blasted by Democrats and groups such as the state NAACP. The Missouri NAACP last week cited the measure in issuing an advisory telling travelers to be careful while in the state because of a danger that civil rights won't be respected.

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A project involving scientists from Missouri is designed to help bumblebees by tracking their buzzing and activity.

The Columbia Missourian reports scientists developed an acoustic listening system to monitor bee activity in a specific area. The goal is to analyze bee activity for several years and give warnings if bee populations are declining.

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A major financial ratings agency has downgraded the University of Missouri system's credit outlook from stable to negative, citing enrollment declines on the flagship campus in Columbia and declining state revenue.

Moody's Investor Services on Thursday also affirmed the university's Aa1 credit rating, the second highest rating possible. Moody's said the university's revenue and overall financial health give it the flexibility to deal with year-to-year financial challenges.

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Missouri Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer is the state's next chief justice.

Fischer's term begins Saturday and ends in 2019. In Missouri, Supreme Court judges take turns serving as the chief justice. The chief justice acts as the administrative leader of the state's judicial system.

Former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt appointed Fischer to the high court in 2008. Voters in 2010 chose to keep him on the court for a 12-year term that expires in 2022. Before that he was elected as an associate circuit judge in Atchison County in 2006.

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Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is creating a taskforce to find ways to revamp Missouri's prison system.

Greitens announced his executive order Friday. He's directing the taskforce to find ways to ensure there's enough room for the state's most violent offenders without expanding prisons.

Greitens also wants the taskforce to find ways to reduce the number of convicts who reoffend.

The panel will be led by Corrections Department Director Anne Precythe or her designee.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is signing bills to allow farm equipment on highways at night and tax propane used as vehicle fuel.

Greitens announced his support Thursday. One new law will allow farm machinery with proper lighting on state highways at night.

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The final pieces of a Confederate Monument have been removed from a St. Louis park.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that most of the 38-foot-monument was removed from Forest Park in St. Louis on Wednesday night. The monument stood in the park for decades before it became the focus of a dispute between the city and the Missouri Civil War Museum.

Updates with details of planned vote Friday — Illinois' Senate minority leader is calling it quits come Saturday. Republican Sen. Christine Radogno's announcement Thursday came as lawmakers are still trying to nail down an elusive budget deal. 

Meanwhile, House Speaker Michael Madigan said he'll call a $36.5 billion spending plan for a vote Friday while Democrats and Republicans continue to negotiate tangential issues crucial to a state budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Chicago Democrat reiterated Thursday that in order to pay for that plan, there would need to be an income-tax hike, though no legislation for that has been filed.

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Missouri appellate judges are reinstating descriptions of initiative petitions against right to work laws that were approved by the former Democratic secretary of state.

The Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District on Tuesday ruled eight of 10 original summaries of the petitions were sufficient. Judges added wording to two.

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A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after spending nearly a decade in prison has settled a portion of his lawsuit against police.

A federal judge was informed during a teleconference Tuesday that the settlement in Ryan Ferguson's lawsuit against six Columbia Police Department members is awaiting signatures. Court records say the attorneys expect the deal will be finalized this week or next. No details were disclosed. Attorneys for Ferguson and police didn't immediately return emails from The Associated Press.

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Missouri senators won't reconvene until at least after the July 4 holiday to consider legislation on abortion.

Republican Majority Leader Mike Kehoe on Tuesday announced the next Senate meeting is scheduled for July 6. But he said that's a technical session and no work will be done.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens called lawmakers back to the Capitol for the second time this summer to work on abortion policy.

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Missouri members of the NAACP and others are rallying against legislation to make it more difficult to sue for discrimination.

Roughly 40 people protested Tuesday at the Capitol and taped opposition notes outside Gov. Eric Greitens' office. The bill is pending on Greitens' desk. The Republican governor has not said if he'll allow the bill to become law or veto it.

In part because of the bill, the state NAACP issued an advisory telling travelers to be careful while in the state because of a danger that civil rights won't be respected.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says it's constitutional to commit sex offenders to secure confinement after prison.

In two rulings Tuesday, the high court supported the Missouri law, which allows sexually violent offenders to be committed indefinitely to mental institutions.

A man convicted of sodomy and a man convicted of rape challenged their commitments and the constitutionality of the law.

Illinois lawmakers are looking at a Democrat-pushed budget plan that would raise income taxes and make steep spending cuts as a way to end the budget impasse.

Already, the state has been without a spending plan for two years, and the next fiscal year begins Saturday.

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The Missouri NAACP is issuing an advisory telling travelers to be careful while in the state because of a danger that civil rights won't be respected.

The advisory cites a bill passed by lawmakers and awaiting action by Gov. Eric Greitens that would make it more difficult to sue for housing or employment discrimination.

State chapter President Rod Chapel said Monday that the organization is considering a full boycott of the state. The NAACP in February launched an economic boycott in North Carolina.

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The University of Missouri Libraries is asking book lovers for some help.

Library officials have a wish list of more than 400 books that they hoped to buy but are not able to because of budget cuts.

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The number of Missouri House races lacking major-party opposition has been on the rise.

An analysis by The Associated Press of last fall's elections found that 60 percent of Missouri House races lacked a Republican or Democratic candidate — ranking in the top tier of states nationally.

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The University of Missouri's Board of Curators has voted unanimously to revoke an honorary degree it granted to Bill Cosby.

University system President Mun Choi recommended that the board strip the comedian of a doctorate in humane letters he received in 1999. Choi cited allegations from several women that Cosby sexually assaulted them. Choi says Cosby's actions do not reflect the university's values.

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Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens says he prefers a ramped-up House version of a bill to tighten state abortion laws

Greitens told reporters Thursday in Jefferson City that he supports the latest House iteration, which has more stringent restrictions than what senators had initially approved.

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A Missouri circuit judge says Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's office wrote a confusing and grammatically incorrect summary of a referendum to repeal right to work.

A summary is meant to help voters understand ballot measures. But Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green on Thursday ruled the right-to-work summary could confuse voters.

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A lawmaker says Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will sign his bill to ban people convicted of sex offenses against children from coming within 500 feet of children's museums.

Cassville Republican Sen. David Sater said Wednesday that he's meeting with Greitens for a bill signing in Jefferson City Thursday.

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University of Missouri System President Mun Choi wants the university to rescind an honorary degree given to Bill Cosby nearly 20 years ago.

The system's Board of Curators will vote Friday on Choi's recommendation. A university staff memo sent to the curators says sexual assault allegations against Cosby are "incompatible" with the honorary doctorate in humane letters given to him in 1999.

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