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A bill to promote awareness and research on mental illness among medical students is moving forward in the Missouri House.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Two Missouri Democratic lawmakers are calling for state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to step down, saying she has demonstrated a tendency "to abuse power."

Sen. Paul LeVota, of Independence, and House member Genise Montecillo, of St. Louis, said in a statement Tuesday the most recent example arose in recently disclosed emails from the education department dealing with a ballot measure to end teacher tenure and require that student performance guide employment decisions.

Missouri lawmakers have sent a nearly $25 billion budget to Governor Jay Nixon (D).