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Study finds minorities feel marginalized at Missouri State

Missouri State will have a committee study the report and recommend changes to curriculum, training, recruitment, and campus events and activities.

Bills that would restrict access to body camera footage

Lawmakers in nearly a third of the states have introduced bills to restrict public access to recordings from police officer-worn body cameras.

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state public records laws, or to limit what can be made public.

Six gold coins from 1860 stolen from Pony Express museum

The 1860 coins, five of which have been appraised to be in fine or extremely fine condition, are worth an estimated $6,000.

Civil War veteran to be buried in southwest Missouri

A civil war veteran will be buried with his family in southwest Missouri after his remains went unclaimed for more than a century. He will be buried April 11.

10-month-old baby rescued from burning vehicle in Rolla

The fire started Thursday when the baby was left unattended while his mother went inside a business, police said.

Missouri Senate passes bill to access $200 million in bonds

Senators voted 26-5 Thursday to lift restrictions on the bonds that had been intended to pay for a new mental health facility at Fulton State Hospital.

Kansas City proposes new regulations for ride-sharing

The city proposed new regulations Thursday that would lower permit fees for individual drivers.

Missouri Senate OKs measure that eases withholding on tip tax

The measure ensured businesses are not responsible for withholding taxes on tips employees fail to report.

Missouri children killed by father to be buried Saturday

Police said the children's father, Bill Williams, killed them before a 23-hour standoff Sunday at an apartment complex.

Smoke forces evacuation of Smirnoff Theater in Branson

Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin says the fire started in a storage room near the kitchen area.

Missouri school's PTO treasurer accused of theft

Authorities say that during three years as treasurer of Sappington Elementary School's PTO, Winifred Wright stole the funds that was supposed to pay for school outings and visits with Santa Claus.

New provost named for St. Louis University

Nancy Brickhouse will start as the Missouri college's chief academic officer starting July 1. She will replace Ellen Harshman, who is retiring after nearly 45 years at the school.

Joplin hospital that was rebuilt after tornado to reopen

The $465 million Mercy Hospital Joplin features 205 private rooms and features that will make it better able to withstand another disaster.

Legislators aim to curb abuse of pharmaceuticals in Missouri with monitoring program

Missouri is the only state in the U.S. that has not established a prescription drug monitoring program, which would create an electronic database to track prescribed controlled substances.

Failing grade in welfare reform alarms Missouri legislators

Missouri ranked last out of the 50 U.S. states in welfare policy in the Heartland Institute's "2015 Welfare Reform Report Card." According to a news release from the Heartland Institute, "Missouri has consistently scored the lowest grades on welfare reform" since 1996. 

Measure to legalize industrial hemp production passes through committee

The committee substitute bill included an amendment that would allow anyone who had a valid industrial hemp license to grow the plant in the state.

St. Louis Art Museum searches for George Caleb Bingham prints

Missouri schools that participated in a 1974 fundraiser might have limited-edition prints by Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. The original Bingham drawings are on display at the St. Louis Art Museum until May 17.

Nixon names Joplin chief new Missouri public safety director

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday nominated the Joplin chief to replace former Director Daniel Isom II, who left after only six months on the job.

GOP donor backs anti-Semitic claims of auditor who shot himself

Republican businessman and donor David Humphreys released a signed affidavit saying Republican consultant John Hancock told him on Nov. 24 that Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich was Jewish.