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General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

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The former chairman and CEO of MTV International will become a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees.

State education officials could step in quicker to assist failing Missouri school districts under legislation backed in the House.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before the state officials can intervene. The new legislation removes the waiting period.

When the state Board of Education revokes a district's accreditation, it then would decide whether to set conditions for the local school board to remain in place or determine when an alternative governing system for those schools would take effect.

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 Missouri lawmakers have rejected a plan that would have increased property taxes on the state's best farmland.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight categories based on land quality. The State Tax Commission recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

The Senate voted 19-8 on Thursday to reject the proposal. The property tax changes were for 2013 and 2014.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing more than $5 million that had been withheld from public education because of budget concerns. 

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says three people have been killed in severe storms that swept across southern Missouri.

Nixon cited the three fatalities in a news release as he headed to view the damage.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman has recruited the speaker of the Missouri House to serve as her campaign chairman.

A hospital in Branson treated 32 people in the hours after a tornado hit the tourist destination.

A report by the Missouri auditor says a state-created workers' compensation company has enjoyed a competitive advantage while functioning in a best-of-both-worlds situation.

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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver will be among the participants at a Missouri River meeting next month.

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The already booming University City Loop is about to get a big infusion of money — an $80 million project by nearby Washington University.

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One of the key players in the effort to bring a China Hub to Lambert Airport now says that St. Louis has probably missed the opportunity.

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Some low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Missouri could have to pay more out of pocket to qualify for Medicaid coverage under changes being initiated in the state program.

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A bipartisan redistricting commission reached an agreement over Missouri's 34 state Senate districts.

Missouri voters could decide whether to change the way in which replacements are selected for vacancies in statewide offices.

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Anyone hoping to get a Missouri driver's license would have to understand English under legislation passed by the state House.

The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would forbid automated phone calls known as "robocalls" from going to numbers on the state's no-call list.

Drivers who are distracted while behind the wheel could be charged with a misdemeanor — even if they haven't broken any other laws — under legislation endorsed by a Missouri Senate committee.

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The Republican race for Missouri's attorney general's office has gained a second candidate.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a state fund designed to offer incentives to science or technology companies.

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Chris Koster's office is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate its space.

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A Missouri senator says he wants the full chamber to debate a measure allowing tolls on Interstate 70.

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An Associated Press survey of the nation's top methamphetamine-producing states shows national lab seizures rose again last year.

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An angry email that named four Missouri state senators and mentioned an Arizona congresswoman who was shot and wounded last year has been traced to an eastern Missouri resident.

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Missouri House members have voted to reject a tax plan that would increase property taxes for the best farms.

Property taxes for farms are based on the land's "productive value." Farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality, with the best in Grade 1 and the worst in Grade 8. The Missouri Tax Commission has recommended increasing productive values for the four highest grades.

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights sent three proposed ordinances to the city council that are designed to work together to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Some Joplin residents are questioning how the city's school district used millions of dollars it received in donations after the May 22 tornado.

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

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