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The last time the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life met, members threatened to hold a Nixon administration official in contempt unless she produced documents identifying which hospital had a working relationship with Columbia's Planned Parenthood clinic. That became a moot point when Department of Health and Senior Services Director Gail Vasterling sent the committee a letter stating that Colleen McNicholas, M.D., had received admitting privileges from University of Missouri Health Care.

Hackers stole hook-up site Ashley Madison's member database and made it searchable online. Since that happened, media outlets around the world have been scouring the data and identifying users. Is it ethical for journalists to publish the data, given it's been made available to them via illegal means? Chava Gourarie, Columbia Journalism Review: “ Is it ethical to write about hacked Ashley Madison users? ” Australian Associated Press: “ Radio hosts tell woman live on air her husband had Ashley...

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Protestors and supporters of Planned Parenthood lined the sidewalks of Providence Road outside the Columbia clinic Saturday morning. Protesters from groups like 40 Days for Life came out from across the state as part of a national day of protest. Kathy Forck , the organizer of the protest, said over 300 rallies were held around the country.

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson is maintaining that a proposed new dress code for interns is not, and will not, be among the recommendations for improving their working conditions. House members have been working on several suggestions, which Richardson says will be released at a later date.

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Enough Missouri senators appear to support an unemployment bill to vote to overturn Democratic Governor Jay Nixon's veto.

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The Kansas City Council has agreed to put a citizen group's minimum wage petition on the November ballot.

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Missouri's Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says he thinks the federal Environmental Protection Agency should be eliminated.

Fifteen months before the 2016 election, Missouri’s major candidates for the U.S. Senate – Republican incumbent Roy Blunt and Democrat Jason Kander – are ensnared in two familiar issues: The use of private planes; Accusations that each is too tied to special interests. A key difference is that, for the most part, the attacks aren’t coming from the candidates or their campaigns. Rather, they’re being launched by party surrogates on their behalf.

Gov. Jay Nixon made a return appearance Thursday to the State Fair's annual ham breakfast, after pulling out of last year's event due to the unrest in Ferguson. He told reporters at the fair that progress has been made in advancing social justice in Ferguson one year after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by former police officer Darren Wilson.

Emotions are running high 10 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on New Orleans, so what was a Chicago Tribune columnist thinking when she wrote that she prayed for a storm like Katrina to wipe out Chicago? Also, how Pro-Publica and the New York Times worked together to determine a special relationship between AT&T and the National Security Agency, Sesame Street ’s move to HBO and more. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a state constitutional amendment on gun rights does not allow convicted felons to possess firearms.

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At a time when so many are writing anniversary stories looking back on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Chicago Tribune columnist Kristen McQueary wrote a column under the headline "In Chicago, Wishing for a Hurricane Katrina." That headline was changed after readers took great offense to McQueary's assertion that the city of Chicago needs a storm the size and strength of Katrina to reset the city's mounting debt, it's struggling schools and it's political infighting. Kristen...

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A group of Missouri gas station and convenience store owners is backing taxing cigarettes an additional 23 cents per pack.

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The Missouri House is working on new intern rules aimed at preventing sexual harassment after recent scandals led two legislators to resign.

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The St. Joseph City Council is considering an ordinance to end some court fees.

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A former spokeswoman for various causes backed by conservative donor Rex Sinquefield has been hired as the communications director for the Missouri Senate.

A Missouri Senate committee is threatening legal sanctions against a member of Gov. Jay Nixon's cabinet after the first day of hearings into the operations of Planned Parenthood in Missouri. Committee chairman Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, on Thursday asked Department of Health and Senior Services Director Gail Vasterlingto disclose the name of the hospital that has a working agreement with Planned Parenthood's Columbia clinic. Vasterling refused.

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A Missouri law professor and Republican candidate for attorney general has argued his emails and other work documents aren't subject to state open records laws.

Court fees – which came under Justice Department criticism after the unrest in Ferguson – are getting attention again. In a press release issued Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon thanked the Missouri Bar for backing his veto of two bills that would have raised some court fees. Senate Bill 67 and House Bill 799 would have added new fees to court cases to help pay for building and maintaining new and existing county jails around the state.

Former Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, who resigned less than a week ago, says his new title is “director of business development’’ at a Clayton-based lobbying firm, Gate Way Group . Dempsey, a Republican from St. Charles, said in an interview that he began work this week. His resignation from the state Senate was effective last Friday.

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. Mark Berman, Washington Post: “ Washington Post reporter charged with trespassing, interfering with a police officer ” Tierney Sneed, Talking Points Memo: “ WaPo reporter arrested in...

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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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