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People in Ferguson and across the country marked the one-year anniversary of the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s changed? What hasn’t? And how is it the media is still so tied to the center of this story? Donald Trump continues to steal the headlines in the GOP presidential push, investigative powerhouse ProPublica teams up with the online review site, Yelp, and Jon Stewart issues us all a challenge. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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  The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a state House member over allegations that he allowed lobbyist gifts for others to be reported as his. 

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One year after the death of Michael Brown, the people of Ferguson remember what happened there -- and what it has meant to the community. 

We'll look at the media coverage of the anniversary, the protests that erupted again in the streets of that St. Louis suburb and how the media remains at the center of it all.

Missouri Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Thomas Darrough, of Columbia, as the new Boone County Treasurer. The position became vacant after former Treasurer Nicole Galloway was appointed as Missouri State Auditor. 

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Missouri lawmakers are set to try to overturn the governor's veto of two bills that would allow court fees to raise money for capital improvement projects.

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  St. Louis' mayor has nominated seven candidates for an eventual civilian oversight board that will review complaints against the city's police.

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  A year ago, Ferguson, Missouri was a quiet working-class suburban town. The uneasy relationship between its growing black population and its mostly white police force barely registered in local headlines.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon is planning a cross-state trip to announce plans for the state commission that oversees training and education for law enforcement officers.

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  The latest figures show Missouri revenues are down in some key categories.

Kirksville's city council has given the go-ahead for residents looking to downsize to a smaller — much smaller — home.

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A Missouri state lawmaker has apologized for telling media he believes he wasn't impaired after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.

State Rep. David Hinson apologized Tuesday to Cole County Associate Circuit Judge Thomas Sodergren and says he is guilty.

The St. Clair Republican previously told The Associated Press he didn't believe he was actually intoxicated. Hinson said last week that he agreed to the charge to avoid court expenses and potentially losing his driver's license for a year.

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A Missouri state senator has left his credit union job following allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward Capitol interns. 

Amid their hunt for a bunch of statewide candidates, Missouri Democrats now have at least one well-known contender for secretary of state:  former KMOV reporter Robin Smith.

Smith, who just retired from her 40-year TV career, announced Sunday that she plans to run for the statewide post — which will be open in the 2016 election because Democratic incumbent Jason Kander for running for the U.S. Senate.

The inaugural 2016 debate for the White House on Thursday will be the first time many voters will be tuning into the volatile GOP campaign, and candidates are praying they'll get a boost and not a bust from the face-off.

"The level of engagement has been very low," said Rick Wilson, a Florida-based national GOP strategist. "This will be a week where we will probably have record viewership on Fox News for a primary debate, and it's going to get a lot of attention and a lot of focus."

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  A city of Ferguson spokesman says a commotion involving dozens of people has broken out at a town hall meeting.

You could say Maida Coleman has come full circle.

The former state senator worked at the public service commission back in the 1980s. There, she was a clerk who certified trucks that traversed across the state.

Flash forward to Thursday, and Coleman is about to return to the agency that regulates public utilities – but on a different level. Gov. Jay Nixon tapped Coleman to serve as a PSC commissioner, effective Aug. 10. She replaces Robert Kenney, a St. Louis attorney who was nearing the end of his six-year stint on the PSC.

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  State Senator Scott Sifton said he's dropping out of the race for Missouri attorney general in 2016 and instead will seek re-election to his Senate seat.

  A legislative panel that said it would investigate Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's decisions involving the state's response to last year's Ferguson protests has met just twice since December.

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  Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri's ethics laws need to be revamped in light of accusations that led to the resignations of two state lawmakers this year.

Nixon on Tuesday criticized the culture in the Capitol during remarks at a school administrators' conference in Columbia.

His comments follow the announced resignation of Democratic Sen. Paul LeVota amid accusations that he made unwelcome advances toward interns. Former Republican House Speaker John Diehl left office in May after admitting to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

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  Special elections have been scheduled to replace three Missouri lawmakers who resigned.

Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced elections will be held Nov. 3.

One vacancy comes after former Republican House Speaker John Diehl, of Town and Country, resigned in May. He admitted to exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

Democratic Rep. Kevin McManus resigned after his election to the Kansas City City Council. Independence Republican Rep. Noel Torpey left office in December to take a job with a group that has lobbied the Legislature on utility issues.

Banks with $1 billion or more in assets would see dividend payments received for putting their money into the Federal Reserve’s bank, reduced to 1.5 percent from 6 percent as part of the Senate plan to pay for three years of road work in its six-year highway bill.  

Bank groups are opposing the plan and have been joined by mortgage lenders. 

Facing heavy pressure from some of his party's top officials, state Sen. Paul LeVota announced Friday night that he was resigning from his seat.

In an announcement posted to his Facebook page, the Democrat from Independence cited "media attention" as being a "distraction from doing the people's work." The Missouri Senate detailed sexual harassment and retaliation allegations in a report released on Wednesday.

In a rare Sunday session, the U.S. Senate gave overwhelming approval to a plan to re-authorize the charter of the Export-Import Bank, as part of its six-year highway bill.  The bank’s charter expired in June.  All four U.S. senators from Missouri and Illinois voted for the plan, backed by Democrats and mainstream Republicans. Tea Party Republicans have long opposed the bank, calling it “corporate welfare” for big business. Supporters disagree and say the bank helps businesses of all sizes.

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  Missouri's Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has called two former interns' claims that state Senator Paul LeVota made unwanted sexual advances toward them "deeply troubling."

Updated 5:26 p.m., July 24 - It appears that the University of Central Missouri is siding with one of its students over allegations that she was sexually harassed by State Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, while working for him as an intern earlier this year.

  Is any publicity good publicity for Donald Trump?  He’s certainly testing that proposition with his attack on John McCain’s war record.  And some say the media are depriving more serious presidential contenders of oxygen by focusing so much on the real estate mogul and reality TV star.  Amateur drones are getting in the way of California firefighters.  The publisher of the celebrity gossip site Gawker pulls a salacious story, prompting two of his editors to quit.  Critics accuse journalists of being too quick to blame sexism for the resignation of Reddit’s CEO.  And Harper Lee’s new novel raises some difficult questions for reviewers.  It’s Views of the News with Missouri School of Journalism professors Mike McKean, Lynda Kraxberger and Jamie Grey.

Underscoring the political power of the abortion issue in Missouri, Attorney General Chris Koster’s announcement that he has “opened an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri have violated state law” touched off a series of actions on both sides.

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  Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve new lighting features for Stephen’s Lake Park.

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  Republican lawmakers and gubernatorial hopefuls are calling on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to arm the National Guard after the recent attack on two Tennessee military facilities.

Another Republican is jumping into next year’s race for Missouri governor.

Bob Dixon currently represents Springfield and parts of Green County in the Missouri Senate, having first been elected to the 30th District seat in 2010 and re-elected last year. Before that he served four terms in the Missouri House.

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