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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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Visitors were quarantined briefly after two of the Kansas City Zoo's five gorillas got out of their habitat and roamed into a non-public feeding area.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $888,000 contract to repair a northwestern Missouri levee damaged during last year's flooding.

South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea Monday, despite Pyongyang's threat to respond with a "merciless" attack.

North Korea did not carry out the threat as it focuses on internal stability two months after the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il and prepares for nuclear disarmament talks with the United States later this week. But with American forces scheduled to conduct additional military exercises with ally South Korea over the next few months, tensions are expected to remain high in the region.

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Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri lawmakers to pass ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court rejected the most recent law because of how it was approved.

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Governor Jay Nixon is calling on Missouri lawmakers to pass new ethics legislation after the state Supreme Court threw out a 2010 ethics law.' That law was tossed out because of the way legislators approved the law. Nixon will outline the element he wants to see in a new law during a news conference today.

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In some of the first higher education layoffs announced this year in reaction to state funding reductions, Northwest Missouri State University will cut 20 jobs and eliminate or reorganize eight academic departments in a campus-wide move to reduce costs.

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job.

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Lawyers have been back in court arguing over the authority of Missouri's governor to make budget cuts.

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A Missouri state senator says religious groups should not be barred from receiving state funds to operate their schools.

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The state Senate is moving quickly to try to postpone Missouri's candidacy filing period because of uncertainties over the state's new legislative districts.

Authorities investigating the October 2009 disappearance of a Missouri girl had seized muddy clothes and shovels from the home of a neighboring teenager who later confessed to killing and burying the girl, according to secretly filed court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an individual health insurance mandate but uphold other parts of the federal health care law. 

 Former University of Missouri running back Derrick Washington has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault against an ex-girlfriend.

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Six levee, drainage and road districts in northwest Missouri will receive a total of about $1.2 million in community development block grants to help repair damage from flooding along the Missouri River. Gov. Jay Nixon's office said in a release that the six districts are located in Atchison and Holt counties.

Levee districts applied for the grants to cover either the 20 percent local cost share required under the Army Corps of Engineers' maintenance program, or for the entire cost if the levee district is not part of the Corps' system.

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The Missouri Supreme Court plans to take another look at the state's newly redrawn congressional districts.

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The University of Missouri system is renovating its administrative headquarters at the same time officials cite nearly $37 million in critical campus repairs.

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Missouri Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appear headed for a debate over workplace discrimination laws and a requirement to show a photo ID at the polls.

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Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr wants the city to distribute weather radios to all Joplin homes that don't already have one.  Rohr says a survey indicated 58 percent of Joplin homes don't have a weather radio, meaning the city would have to distribute about 11 thousand radios at a cost of more than 300 thousand dollars.

The Joplin Globe reports the state denied the city's application for money to fund the project. The American Red Cross donated 50 thousand dollars and Rohr says he will ask the Joplin Tornado First Response fund for an additional 250 thousand dollars.

A Missouri teenager who had described the slaying of a young neighbor girl as an "ahmazing" thrill made an emotional apology Wednesday to the girl's family and was sentenced to a potential lifetime in prison.

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A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Missouri lawmakers are trying again to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

House members Tuesday gave first-round approval to the photo-ID requirement by a 104-54 vote. The measure needs another vote before moving to the Senate.

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The state of Missouri has filed criminal charges against a shuttered Georgia company accused of using fake signatures on phony foreclosure documents.

A Boone County grand jury on Friday issued a 136-count criminal indictment alleging forgery against DocX and its former president, Lorraine Brown. The company closed in 2010 amid criticism of mortgage companies signing legal documents not reviewed by its employees in a practice called robo-signing.

Attorneys for a Missouri teenager who admitted killing a young neighbor girl are contending that a troubled childhood and an antidepressant drug may have contributed to the murder.

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A Missouri lawmaker wants to let school districts lease advertising space on buses to help cover transportation costs.

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