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FROM READERS: Are you curious about what your dreams mean?

Anna Steely explains the meaning behind dreams about being naked.

GRAPHIC: A portrait of Missouri

The state of Missouri is 68,741.5 square miles, with 114 counties. Not every part of Missouri is the same, with different primary employers and median incomes.

NCAA places Baylor basketball teams on probation

The violations were considered major infractions, and they were announced less than a week after the Bears women's team won the national championship with the NCAA's first 40-0 season.

Official: Charges coming in Trayvon Martin death

A law enforcement official said prosecutor Angela Corey would announce the charges against George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at a 6 p.m. EDT news conference.

UPDATE: Lawsuit over Missouri Medicaid contracts goes to court

One of three companies chosen to handle Missouri's $1.1 billion Medicaid program, Centene Corp., has been a major donor to Gov. Jay Nixon. Molina Healthcare, a company that was not chosen, is suing over the bid award process. 

Cardinals miss out on sweep with 4-3 loss to Reds in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Reds made a three-run comeback in the fifth inning to beat to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. The Cardinals, who were missing three starting players, had hoped to snag their third win in Cincinnati.

Blues will start Halak in goal against Sharks

With Brian Elliott injured, Jaroslav Halak will start in goal in Thursday's playoff opener against the San Jose Sharks.

UPDATE: Missouri child care cut may hit thousands

The Senate Appropriations Committee cut $7 million of existing federal and state funding for child-care services among other other reductions. This could result in a loss of subsidized child care for 3,860 children.

UPDATE: Missouri Senate supports charter school expansion bill

In a voice vote, the Senate backed a measure that would allow charter schools to be set up in districts that have been declared unaccredited.

St. Charles County do-over caucus supports Paul after Santorum drops

A debacle ended the original St. Charles County Republican primary on March 17, and the new caucus happened hours after presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced the suspension of his campaign.

California prison panel denies Charles Manson's bid for parole

Manson, 77, will not be eligible for parole for another 15 years.

Missouri House rewrites voter ID ballot summary

Legislators have revised the ballot summary to amend the state Constitution that was rejected last month by Cole County Judge Pat Joyce.

UPDATE: Missouri House passes bill to reduce jail suicide lawsuits

The measure would require that anyone who sues because of a suicide prove the jail or detention center was grossly negligent.

Missouri child care cut might affect thousands

The Senate Appropriations Committee has backed a cut of about $7 million in federal and state funds that help subsidize child care for low-income working parents.

Missouri attorney general to appeal ruling on payday loan initiative

The Missouri attorney general's office said it will appeal a decision striking down the ballot title of an initiative that would limit payday loans.

Missouri Senate supports charter school expansion bill

The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that could allow charter schools to be formed outside of Kansas City and St. Louis.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veterans court bill deserves to pass

The proposed bill, passed in the Missouri House of Representatives by a 149-1 vote, would create a court to take on criminal cases related to substance abuse or mental illness of military veterans or current personnel.

Missouri Attorney General Koster reports raising more than $890,000

All campaign fundraising activity since January must be reported by Monday. Koster hopes the raised money helps build momentum heading into the fall campaign.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers push to allow digital billboards along highways

A Missouri House of Representatives transportation committee unanimously voted to support a measure that would allow more billboards to be converted to electronic format. 

Missouri House endorses property tax break amendment for military abroad

The amendment, now with the state Senate, would require a public vote later this year.

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