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Some Missouri lawmakers are questioning Gov. Eric Greitens' plan to spend more money than the Legislature approved for foster care families.

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick said the GOP governor's effort to increase the spending infringes on lawmakers' authority to decide how state dollars are spent.

Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock says he is free of cancer more than three months after the 78-year-old St. Louis Cardinals great announced he had been diagnosed with a type of blood cancer.

Brock said in a statement Friday that a doctor's diagnosis that he had conquered multiple myeloma was "the greatest news ever." He credited God and thanked family, friends and fans for their support, saying he remained hopeful.

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A former student at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus is suing a fraternity, its parent organization and three members over an alleged hazing incident he says left him with near-fatal alcohol poisoning.

Brandon Zingale's lawsuit filed Thursday in Boone County alleges he and other Kappa Alpha Order pledges were forced to participate in a September 2016 vodka-chugging contest.

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Missouri state workers in Jefferson City are getting an extra holiday this year — Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse.

State officials said Friday that with up to 50,000 visitors expected in Jefferson City to see the eclipse from one of the best viewing spots in the nation, state workers in non-essential jobs in the capital city will get the day off.

State workers elsewhere in Missouri will have to report to work.

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A St. Louis judge declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to agree on a verdict in the case of a man accused of fatally shooting a homeless man five years ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports St. Louis Circuit Judge James Sullivan ended Willie C. Robertson's trial Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

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Storms that dumped several inches of rain on portions of the Kansas City area turned scary for two people after floodwaters briefly trapped them in the bar they own.

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The NAACP is moving forward with a travel advisory warning people to be careful while in Missouri because of a danger that civil rights won't be respected.

Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel said Thursday that national delegates voted the day before to adopt the advisory, which was put in place at a statewide level in June. Chapel said it's up for ratification by the national board in October.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has signed new regulations on abortion into law.

The first-year Republican governor signed the bill during a private ceremony in his Capitol office Wednesday.

Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday during a special session on abortion called by Greitens.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman whose 9-year-old daughter was killed by a teenage neighbor in 2009 has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit that requires the imprisoned killer to pay her more than $5 million.

Patricia Preiss signed a deal Monday to settle the lawsuit she filed against Alyssa Bustamante, who was 15 when she killed Preiss' daughter, Elizabeth. Prosecutors alleged Bustamante committed the crime to see how it felt to kill someone.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Police Department is looking at whether more training is necessary after an off-duty officer was wounded by "friendly fire" from a fellow officer looking for suspects.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the department is forming a committee to decide how to best train officers for such encounters.

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  Jefferson City police say a woman has died two days after an accidental carbon monoxide poisoning that had already claimed her husband's life.

Police said 44-year-old Lisa Feltrop died Monday afternoon. Feltrop was hospitalized since she, her husband and their 14-year-old daughter were found in their Jefferson City home Saturday. Her husband, 51-year-old Troy Feltrop, died at the scene.

Police say their 14-year-old daughter has made "remarkable progress" since Saturday and is now listed in stable condition.

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  Some Democratic Missouri lawmakers are reviving efforts to prevent cuts to in-home and nursing care for the elderly and disabled.

The Republican-led Legislature passed a bill this year to restore funding for about 8,300 seniors and disabled people at risk of losing in-home and nursing care through a Medicaid program. But Republican Gov. Eric Greitens vetoed that bill.

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  The owner of a closed Lawrence nightclub pleaded guilty to operating a sex trafficking operation in several states.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Monday in a news release that 43-year-old Frank Boswell, of Topeka, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. He is the former owner of the defunct Club Magic in Lawrence.

Prosecutors say Boswell's organization recruited mostly homeless or drug-addicted women to work in the prostitution ring.

The plea agreement calls for a sentence between four to five years. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 23.

Updated at 11 a.m. July 25 with statement from House Speaker Mike Madigan — Illinois lawmakers must hold the summer’s second special session due to disagreements over state’s K-12 school funding formula.

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St. Louis police used pepper spray to disperse a crowd protesting outside the city's medium-security jail because of lack of air conditioning at the facility.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports critics have sought to close the jail for years, alleging unsanitary conditions and abuse by guards.

About 150 people protested Friday evening outside the prison, demanding that the workhouse be closed. The pepper spray was used shortly after officers ordered the crowd to leave.

Thousands of people remain without power in the Kansas City area after severe thunderstorms moved through the area overnight.

The Kansas City Star reports utility officials believe the power outages will linger into Monday before everyone regains electricity. The storms that began Saturday generated winds gusts up to 70 mph that knocked down trees and power lines.

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Mediation is the next step for a federal lawsuit that alleges a former Missouri police officer nearly killed a teenager with a stun gun during a 2014 traffic stop.

Bryce Masters' lawsuit was filed against the city of Independence, its former police chief and the former officer who fired the stun gun, Timothy Runnels. Online court records show a mediator will hear the case Aug. 9.

Witnesses testified that Masters went into cardiac arrest when Runnels shot him with a stun gun after Masters refused to get out of his car. Masters was 17 at the time.

A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's order that Missouri taxpayers pay more than $156,000 to cover Planned Parenthood's legal bills tied to a legal dispute over a clinic's abortion license.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey's August 2016 decision that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services must pay the attorneys' fees and expenses incurred by what now is Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

Laughrey also blocked the state from revoking the Columbia clinic's abortion license.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are suing more than a dozen businesses in southwest Missouri suspected of being involved in human trafficking and prostitution under the guise of offering massages.

Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Thursday that his office and Greene County Prosecutor Daniel Patterson filed a lawsuit naming 16 businesses or individuals in Springfield.

Hawley says 18 businesses were raided in Springfield by law enforcement agencies and similar raids were being conducted in Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he'll stop funding cuts for foster-care families that he approved earlier this year.

Greitens in a Thursday Facebook post said cutting aid to families who care for foster children was not his intention.

Greitens last month signed a budget that included an across-the-board 1.5 percent cut in reimbursements for doctors and other providers who care for people on Medicaid. That meant cuts to foster-care families.

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A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's order that Missouri taxpayers pay more than $156,000 to cover Planned Parenthood's legal bills tied to a legal dispute over a clinic's abortion license.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey's August 2016 decision that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services must pay the attorneys' fees and expenses incurred by what now is Planned Parenthood Great Plains.

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Four former Republican U.S. senators from Missouri are urging Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Senate.

Former Sens. John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, John Danforth and Jim Talent asked Hawley to enter the race in a public letter dated Thursday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appellate court says a judge's blocking an ethics panel from requiring a conservative activist to register to lobby the Legislature was premature.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a Missouri Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday allows the Missouri Ethics Commission to again begin a hearing over whether Ron Calzone can appear before the House and Senate without formally registering.

Calzone heads the Missouri First group that promotes limited government.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal agency is conducting three Title IX investigations at Washington University in St. Louis — two related to allegations of sexual assault and the third a complaint about sexual harassment.

Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Jill Friedman said Wednesday that the investigations are being conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. All three cases were considered and resolved through the university's Title IX process, but claimants filed for additional review.

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Missouri Republicans are coalescing around Attorney General Josh Hawley as their favored candidate to challenge veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2018, which would set up a marquee contest between a wily incumbent and an up-and-coming political newcomer in a state that's trending conservative.

McCaskill is among 10 Senate Democrats running in states won by President Donald Trump, making the Missouri race an opportunity to flip a Senate seat to Republicans. The GOP now has a narrow majority of 52 Senate seats.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' nonprofit has donated $250,000 to a political action committee created to help stave off efforts by labor unions to repeal Missouri's right-to-work law.

The Kansas City Star reports that the source of the money given Monday to Missourians for Worker Freedom is unknown. That's because nonprofits, such as Greitens' A New Missouri Inc., aren't required to disclose donors.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate has dropped slightly.

The state's Economic Development Department announced Tuesday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went down from 3.9 percent in May to 3.8 percent in June.

Unemployment had been holding steady at 3.9 percent from March through May.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker from suburban St. Louis says he'll appeal the more than $114,000 in fines he has been assessed for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, blaming the supposed misconduct on the theft of his debit card and campaign computer.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Missouri Ethics Commission concluded Democratic state Rep. Courtney Curtis of Berkeley kept at least 11 bank accounts for his re-election fund, potentially allowing him to use some donations for personal use.

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The University of Missouri System has closed its $10 million medical research institute as part of an effort to cut costs.

University spokesperson Christian Basi tells the Columbia Missourian that the decision to close the International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine will affect 17 full-time and part-time employees through layoffs and contract non-renewals.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A dispute over a common weed killer is turning neighbor against neighbor across much of farm country.

The furor surrounding the herbicide dicamba has quickly become the biggest controversy of its kind in U.S. agriculture. And it is even suspected as a factor in the death of a farmer who was allegedly shot by a worker from a nearby farm where the chemical had been sprayed.

Crops near many treated soybean fields have turned up with leaves that were cupped and crinkled.

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