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A measure supporters say will protect religious student groups at Missouri universities is headed to the Senate after a House vote. 

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About 300 members of the Missouri Medicaid Coalition marched through the Capitol halls on Thursday, March 19, urging lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults.

Republican legislative leaders have said that expanding Medicaid is a nonstarter this year.

Democratic House members have used debate on next fiscal year's budget as an opportunity to criticize the GOP for blocking the measure, which could mean as much as $2 billion in additional federal money.

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Members of a Missouri Senate panel have signed-off on a bill granting amnesty to some delinquent taxpayers. But there's a catch. 

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Police in Columbia say they've failed to identify a suspect in a case involving a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was raped by several football players, months before she committed suicide. 

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A potential Republican candidate for governor in 2016 is making the rounds in Missouri.

Eric Greitens shook hands and visited state lawmakers Tuesday in the Capitol before speaking at a Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation fundraiser later in the day.

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A central Missouri man is facing a federal charge for allegedly threatening to shoot President Barack Obama.

Twenty-four-year-old Cameron Stout, of Stover, was charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City with making threats against the president.

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A measure to block local governments from banning or taxing plastic bags is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.

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  Refillable containers for liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes would have to be child-proof under a Missouri proposal that has initial approval in the House.

Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, said during debate Tuesday that children need to be protected from possible exposure to the potentially fatal liquid.

The measure faces another vote in the House before moving to the Senate.

The bill would not affect containers sealed by the manufacturer that are not intended to be opened by consumers.

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  A bill to ban Missouri's A+ Scholarship from going to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has passed the state Senate.

Senators approved the measure 25-8 on Tuesday. The legislation now moves to the House.

The bill would make the state's A+ Scholarship available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The scholarship money pays for two years of free tuition at community colleges.

Republican bill sponsor Sen. Gary Romine says it's unfair to open the scholarship to immigrants in Missouri illegally when money for the program already is stretched thin.

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A bill that would require Missouri school districts to meet new state requirements for anti-bullying policies is moving to the Senate.

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Missouri's transportation director says a lane closure on an Interstate 70 bridge is one symptom of problems arising from a funding shortfall.

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  Missouri’s oldest death row inmate is appealing to the governor ahead of his execution, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

Attorneys for 74-year-old Cecil Clayton argue he suffers from dementia, and the lingering effects of a 1972 sawmill accident that cost him part of his brain.

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Local governments in Missouri could be one step closer to more than 100 million dollars in federal aid for storm shelters.

Those governments would be getting reimbursed for building the shelters as well as repairing critical facilities after disasters.

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  Ferguson officials are facing criticism for the fees they’re seeking for open-records requests.

The St. Louis suburb has been flooded with those requests since the shooting of Michael Brown in August.

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The Missouri Public Service Commission has asked Grain Belt Express for more information about a proposed high-voltage transmission line that would run through part of southern Randolph County despite the commission's staff recommending that it deny the company's application for certification.

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An investment banker and a St. Louis law firm are settling for up to $8.25 million in a lawsuit over bonding for a failed Missouri sweetener factory.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports a settlement deal filed earlier this week will give investors back more than 80 percent of losses on the plant that never was built.

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A Missouri Republican wants to see bonds approved by voters used to fund a new nursing home for veterans in order to reduce a 2,000-person waiting list.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Lindell Shumake, of Hannibal, is scheduled for a House committee hearing Monday.

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With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest.

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The Missouri House has passed a budget for more than $26 billion in state spending next fiscal year.

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A year ago, Komdown "Dow" Boyer of Bonne Terre, Missouri, appeared headed for deportation to Thailand following her conviction for stealing from the pizza restaurant where she worked, even though prosecutors and her employers fought on her behalf.

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The police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. A city official with knowledge of the situation said Thomas Jackson submitted his resignation letter today.

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Immigrants living in Missouri illegally couldn't receive scholarships or in-state tuition under a bill approved by the House.

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Mack Rhoades believes running a school in the Southeastern Conference job is not a big leap forward from Houston.

Missouri's new athletic director takes over next month and said he'll be leaning on Mike Alden for advice during the transition. He said the challenge will be to continue the momentum led by Alden the last 17 years.

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A spending plan to increase money for Missouri K-12 public education has won initial House approval.

The House spent hours Tuesday tweaking a package of bills that outline a roughly $8.8-billion general revenue budget for next fiscal year.

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The Missouri Senate has moved forward a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic awards in medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors or hospitals.

The Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to limits on noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering, in medical malpractice cases.

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Economic development officials say building a new football stadium in St. Louis could bring nearly $300 million in net tax revenues to Missouri over the next 30 years.

A panel of House members Monday discussed the state's options to replace the 20-year-old taxpayer-funded dome currently in the city.

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  A Republican lawmaker says Missouri should lead the way in eliminating the annual ritual of switching clocks an hour forward and then back again.

Rep. Mike Kelley of Lamar is sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would ask voters whether Missouri should use daylight savings time all the time.

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Missouri governor Jay Nixon says municipal courts need to be reformed to restore trust between citizens and the government eroded by abuses like those detailed in a Department of Justice report on Ferguson.

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A new Joplin hospital that replaces one destroyed by a deadly tornado is preparing to open.

The Joplin Globe reports that hundreds turned out Saturday for an open house in advance of the March 22 opening of the new Mercy Hospital Joplin. It replaces St. John's Regional Medical Center, which was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado.

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Attorney General Chris Koster is calling for Missouri to increase the state's cigarette tax and use the money for college scholarships.

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