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Here are today's top stories from The Associated Press.

Missouri transportation director to resign

The department announced Thursday that Kevin Keith's medical leave is effective immediately and he will resign July 1.

Anniversary of American Care Act finds two Americas

The number of people who voluntarily sign up for the program will largely depend on the state's political culture.

Scientists find universe is 80 million years older than previously believed

Scientists seem to have gotten a good handle on the Big Bang and what happened just afterward, and may actually understand a bit more about the cosmic question of how we are where we are.

Mayors press for federal focus on Mississippi River

The river has experienced both flooding and drought in the last two years, threatening a river that supplies drinking water to millions and is a major shipping corridor.

Replacement of tornado-ravaged Joplin High School starts

The first structural beams for the new three-story school were dropped into place Wednesday morning, KOAM reported.


UPDATE: Parolee in Texas shootout may be linked to death of prison chief

Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, was driving a Cadillac in Texas that matched the description of the vehicle seen leaving the home of a Colorado prison chief, who held two degrees from MU, was shot.


Mo. Catholic bishops want birth control appeal

The state's bishops argue that people should not be forced to pay for birth control if it is against their beliefs.

Nixon touts $1.2 billion trade agreement with South Korea

Nixon said Thursday that the state had entered into compacts with the Korea International Trade Association, the Korea-U.S. Economic Council and the Korea Importers Association.

Volunteers plan cleanup of Civil War sites

The Civil War Trust is coordinating the cleanup April 6, dubbed Park Day. Nationwide, more than 100 historic sites in 24 states will be cleaned.

DNA test shows Missouri hunter shot wolf last year

The hunter who shot the animal in Howard County in October thought it was a coyote.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lowering income taxes to lure or keep business in Missouri won't work

Funds to local governments, schools, human services, even infrastructure will have to be cut to accommodate that deficit, which is exactly what Kansas is facing with projected revenue more than $700 million short of budgeted expenditures after passing a similar law last year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri Tigers face Colorado State in NCAA Tournament

Colorado State beat the Missouri men's basketball team 84-72 in the Tigers' first game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Thursday evening in Lexington, Ky.

Up and down night for Kulas in Missouri women's basketball team's WNIT loss

Tigers junior forward Bri Kulas played well enough to convince coach Robin Pingeton to put the ball in her hands for the potential game-tying shot. But it wasn't enough.

Missouri women's basketball team ends season on familiar note

The Tigers went cold for the last four minutes of their WNIT game against Eastern Illinois, overtaken with just seconds to play in a 60-58 loss Wednesday at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri men's basketball team holds loud practice in quiet arena

No. 9 seeded Missouri was getting ready to play Thursday night in its first game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament against No. 8 Colorado State.


Localized version of "God in the Box" documentary to screen at Ragtag Cinema

A localized version of documentary "God in the Box" will screen Thursday night at Ragtag Cinema, with a question and answer session with original "God in the Box" director Nathan Lang, Rev. Tim Carson and others to follow.


Longtime Missouri prison director shot to death in his home in Colorado

Tom Clements, former director of adult institutions for the Missouri Department of Corrections, who moved to Colorado in 2011 to take over as director of the state's department of corrections, was shot and killed Tuesday night. No motive for the slaying was determined Wednesday.

Public Works Department takes public comment on Grasslands project

Grasslands residents gave their comments on 10 options from the Columbia Public Works Department to help alleviate traffic in their neighborhood.

Risks of older drivers, pushes for more stringent laws reviewed

Susan Cohen shared the story of her son, who died after being struck by a car driven by an 82-year-old. The driver didn't seem to be aware that someone was trapped under her car, Cohen said. The cognitive process slows as people age, which could affect driving