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Columbia Public Schools have abandoned the idea of offering an "alternate meal" of a cheese sandwich and apple for students who owe more than $15 to the district.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports district nutrition services director Laina Fullum sent parents and guardians an email in early August explaining the proposal that was to go into effect Aug. 25.

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Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner says he's ready to move forward with a campaign for Missouri governor in 2016.

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Missouri's Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt met Pope Francis and was there when he donated a rare bible to the Library of Congress.

The pope donated a St. John's illuminated Bible to the national library during a visit to Washington, D.C. on Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner and Blunt, who chairs a committee on the library, were present when Francis donated the Bible.

The ability of a Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic to offer medication-induced abortions after November is in question after a University of Missouri Hospital's governing committee decision.

  The city of Ferguson has turned to a Fortune 500 company based in the St. Louis suburb for financial assistance.

Ferguson's finances were deteriorating before Michael Brown's shooting death by police spurred protests and looting.

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Washington University's chancellor says the St. Louis school is thrilled to be hosting another presidential debate.

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Kansas City, St. Louis, and the State of Missouri have been awarded a combined 1.4 million dollars from the the Environmental Protection Agency.

A proposal that called for Kansas City's minimum wage to increase to $15 per hour won't appear on the November ballot.

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Activists are planning two initiative petitions, one for Columbia and one for the state, which would ease restrictions on marijuana and legalize the drug for medical use.

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Missouri's attorney general is taking Walgreen’s back to court, saying they are violating a settlement reached last year over its pricing practices.

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A former Missouri Democratic state lawmaker has formed a campaign committee for a bid for treasurer in 2016.

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Investigators say the deaths of two men whose bodies were found at the site of a now-closed mobile home park near Columbia are the result of an apparent double-homicide.

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  The city of Joplin is planning a series of events in May to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the tornado that tore through the community.

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Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says he's still reviewing legal uncertainties surrounding a proposal to enact one of the nation's most restrictive unemployment laws in Missouri.

Nixon said Thursday that he has questions about legal issues surrounding the measure. The law cuts unemployment benefits to as few as 13 weeks if the unemployment rate drops below 6 percent.

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The Missouri House was 13 votes short of overriding Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the right to work bill during its veto session yesterday. 

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Missouri's Republican-led Legislature will be meeting to consider overriding more than a dozen vetoes made by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, including several on bills affecting workers' paychecks.

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MU announced Tuesday that its School of Medicine dean has resigned after less than a year on the job.

A Joplin councilman resigned the same day a hearing was scheduled to resolve ethics questions.

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Missouri Republicans are changing the way they award delegates in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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 A former Missouri police officer has pleaded guilty to violating the constitutional rights of a minor by deliberately dropping the restrained teenager face-first onto the ground. 

A reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown is recommending the consolidation of the metro area's police departments and municipal courts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch received a copy of the Ferguson Commission's 198-page report ahead of its official release on Monday. The newspaper says the commission recommends changes in several areas to address social and economic divisions highlighted since the shooting.

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  December sentencing is set for a man who admitted in federal court that he helped orchestrate a cyberattack that disabled a police union's website during the unrest following last year's Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown.

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A Florida man faces up to 20 years in federal prison after authorities say he was trying to help plan an attack on an upcoming 9/11 memorial in Missouri.

 The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that 20-year-old Joshua Ryne Goldberg was arrested and charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.   


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 A judge rejected the plea of a Columbia man accused of providing a false alibi to a caretaker convicted in the murder-for-hire killing of a disabled art dealer.

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Missouri businesses could see another drop in workers' compensation insurance premiums next year.

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Supporters of medical marijuana in Missouri have hired a prominent political consultant to help with a campaign to put a proposal on the 2016 ballot.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation is investigating about 10 percent of the 200 ideas it's received under a new program aimed at improving Interstate 70.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled a November execution for an inmate convicted of killing three workers at a Columbia convenience store more than two decades ago.

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Missouri's fire marshal says investigators are not able to determine the cause of an August fire in Osage Beach that killed four children.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a fire investigator's report released Tuesday found the damage was so extensive he could not determine whether the fire was started by cigarette butts in a can or by electrical wiring from an air conditioning condenser on the condo's landing. The can was on the floor of the landing between the condenser and a wall.

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The former school of a 9-year-old Ferguson girl who was shot and killed in her home last month released plans to memorialize her with a new playground.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports The Crossing church in Chesterfield will pay for the new playground at Koch (Coke) Elementary in the Riverview Gardens School District in honor of Jamyla Bolden, who was doing homework on her mother’s bed when someone fired shots into their home.

Bolden's classmates wanted the playground to be in Bolden's favorite colors, purple, pink and lime green.