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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has approved spending over $250 million more this fiscal year.

Nixon on Monday signed legislation that includes $120 million in additional general revenue spending. Nixon had requested the extra money, in part because lawmakers last year budgeted for an anticipated $50 million from a tobacco settlement that has not yet come.

  A giant balloon that crash-landed in a southeast Missouri field has been traced back to Google.

Specifically, a project called Google Loon, which aims to bring internet access to rural areas.

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  The IBM service center in Columbia will not be receiving its last remaining incentive from the state government.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that comes in response to a large round of layoffs in January.

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  Two Dutch Street Artists traveled thousands of miles to paint a giant baby turkey on the side of a barn in Osage County.

The Columbia Missourian reports the two artists painted the mural, off U.S. 50, as part of a Honeysuckle White, Cargill corporation’s poultry bland, commercial outreach program.

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A Missouri judge is giving strong indications he may toss a lawsuit by activists seeking an independent investigation of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting case.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Joseph Walsh III heard 90 minutes of arguments Friday. Activists want Walsh to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate what they claim was misconduct by county prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

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Missouri has extended football coach Gary Pinkel's contract through the 2019 season and upped his yearly salary to $4.02 million, making him the 10th Southeastern Conference coach to have a yearly salary of at least $4 million.

Pinkel is headed into his 15th season at Missouri and is already the winningest coach in school history with 113 victories. He was making $3.2 million per year.

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  The Missouri House approved a measure Thursday to remove the cap on the number of times an aspiring doctor can retake the state medical exam. Currently, the state will not issue licenses to doctors after their third failed exam.

Rep. Keith Frederick, of Rolla, says other medical professions do not have such limits and that taking the exam multiple times does not reflect a physician's skill.

Some opponents have raised concerns that quality of care may suffer and patients may be put at risk. The measure now heads to the Senate.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has set a June execution date for a man convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter in 2000. 

Centralia will finally bury a fallen soldier tomorrow 45 years after he died. Rodney Griffin was killed more than four decades ago when his Army helicopter crashed in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. 

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Missouri's deputy state auditor says he and another official will lose their jobs once a new auditor takes office next week.

Deputy Auditor Harry Otto said Wednesday that he and chief of staff Trish Vincent will be replaced when Nicole Galloway is sworn-in.

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Emergency 911 systems in Missouri would get a new funding stream under a measure that supporters say is needed to enhance outdated services across the state.

The Missouri House voted 123-32 Wednesday to pass a bill that would allow local governments to collect a maximum $1.50 monthly fee on cellphones with voter approval.

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An effort by Missouri lawmakers to create statewide regulations for ridesharing companies including Uber and Lyft has received initial approval in the House.

The House on Wednesday approved the measure on a voice vote. Opponents from Kansas City and St. Louis say it would remove cities' ability to protect residents.

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Public access to footage from police cameras in Missouri would be restricted under a measure moving forward in the Legislature.

The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure that would exempt such footage from the state's open-records laws.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he has concerns about a bill passed by lawmakers that would reduce how long people can receive welfare benefits.

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A top business priority for Missouri Republicans is heading to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk, but the measure did not get the number of votes needed to override a potential veto.

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A constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all of Missouri's statewide elected officials is getting a closer look in the Missouri Legislature.

The House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would extend a two-term limit for the governor and treasurer to all other statewide officials.

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A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

The Missouri House on Tuesday voted 125-27 to approve a measure that would reinstate limits on noneconomic damages in those cases three years after lower caps were struck down by the Missouri Supreme Court.

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The University of Missouri has issued an all clear after an earlier reported bomb threat prompted the evacuation of two buildings.

A statement posted on the university's website Tuesday night said campus police and administrators were aware of a reported threat in the Student Center, which was evacuated. The statement said the Memorial Union building was also evacuated as a precaution.

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  Bishop Robert Finn is urging followers to pray for his successor.

The priest who led the Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph in Missouri for nearly 10 years has resigned under a church law that allows bishops to leave early for illness or some "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office. But the resignation does not provide a specific reason.

In 2012, Finn pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected child abuser, becoming the highest-ranking church official in the U.S. to be convicted of not taking action in response to abuse allegations.

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  A top business priority for Missouri Republicans is heading to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk, but the measure did not get the number of votes needed to override a potential veto.

The Missouri House on Tuesday gave final approval to a measure that would cut unemployment benefits to as low as 13 weeks from the current 20 weeks. The measure passed 88-68, well short of the 109 needed to override a gubernatorial veto.

Nixon vetoed a similar measure last year, and an override attempt fell short by just two votes in the House after succeeding in the Senate.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo staff is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

The journalism awards were announced Monday. The Post-Dispatch was honored for its photo coverage of protests that followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, by a white Ferguson police officer in August.

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The state's attorney general will defend the Missouri Senate in a lawsuit filed by a liberal advocacy group over alleged violations of the state's open records law.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office said Monday in a statement the office would provide legal counsel in the case involving administration of official Senate business.

  A Missouri Newspaper has brought home the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo staff was honored Monday for its coverage of the protests that followed the shooting death of Michael brown.

Missouri Republicans have stuck to their commitment of not expanding Medicaid this session but some incremental changes to the system are moving forward.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey said last week that they were taking what Republicans have characterized as Medicaid reform in small steps.

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  Research conducted at the University of Missouri indicates that more people are talking in advance about end-of-life wishes with their aged loved ones.

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  Sixteen national organizations are asking the University of Missouri to ensure the safety of Jewish students after anti-Semitic messages were found last week in a dorm.

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The public is getting a second chance to weigh in on an effort to review Missouri's educational standards. 

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A proposal to raise Missouri's fuel tax for the first time in two decades appears unlikely to move forward this session despite warnings from transportation officials about the future of the state's infrastructure. 

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A measure allowing Missouri lawmakers to hire defense attorneys for lawsuits is moving forward.

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The Missouri Senate is sending back to the House a measure that supporters say will address problems with the state's flawed student transfer law. 

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