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Lawmakers cancel hearings due to Missouri auditor's funeral

The Senate canceled all hearings Tuesday and the House canceled all hearings except for Budget and Ways and Means committee meetings so that lawmakers could attend the funeral in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton.

Kansas City streetcar construction to finish this fall

But the vehicles will undergo months of testing before passengers can start boarding. It's likely the streetcars won't be open to the public until early 2016.

UPDATE: No charges likely for Ferguson officer after federal investigation

Attorney General Eric Holder says he expects to announce results in two investigations in Ferguson before he leaves office, and announcements could be coming within days.

Southeast Missouri State to announce new president

Four finalists are in the running for the position that will open with the retirement of Kenneth Dobbins, who is stepping down Sept. 8.

Child was in back seat during fatal confrontation in Wellston

Unlike most of the previous police-involved shootings, this one did not lead to any significant protests, though the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that nine people gathered outside Wellston police headquarters Sunday, saying they were seeking more information.

UPDATE: Report shows economic growth likely in Midwest, Plains

One economist says the regional growth is likely linked to the energy sector.

Spokesman: 1 injured after small plane's 'hard landing'

One of the aircraft's two occupants suffered a broken arm Sunday night when it landed on the north side of the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

State Republicans, municipal leaders clash on jurisdictional authority

Republican legislators, including Columbia's Caleb Rowden and Kurt Schaefer, have argued that the state should have the final say on matters of finance. Columbia City Councilman Michael Trapp has said that bills limiting local control block the abilities of municipal governments to govern effectively.

Services planned for victims of southern Missouri shooting spree

Thirty-six-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge killed seven people late Thursday in four homes in the unincorporated town of Tyrone before killing himself.

Woman dies in crash on snow-covered stretch of I-70 in eastern Missouri

An eastern Missouri woman's vehicle went off the left side of the interstate before returning to the roadway and colliding with a tractor-trailer.

2 die in crash on snow-covered Missouri highway

The out-of-control car skidded into a tractor-trailer that was stopped Saturday because of an earlier crash on Interstate 44.

11 injured in chain of accidents on Missouri Interstate 44

The accident started during snowy weather with a semitrailer and a Greyhound bus.

Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population

The use of herbicides has devastated the milkweed population, leading to a 90 percent decrease in the number of monarch butterflies.

Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills seven, then himself

Many of the residents of Tyrone, Missouri, are related to both the man identified by police as the shooter and some of the victims.

Springfield area coping with string of violent deaths

At least seven of 12 recent deaths in Springfield have been linked to domestic violence, police say.

Man dies in blaze at St. Louis homeless encampment

The fire swiftly engulfed a tent near the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

First lady to take Gov. Nixon's place on Cuba trip

State Auditor Tom Schweich's death prompted the the governor to change his schedule. First lady Georganne Nixon will meet with the Cuban ministries of trade, agriculture, tourism and foreign affairs.

Tom Schweich left behind promise of political career that had barely begun

In his final days, the Missouri auditor described having knots in his stomach over what he thought was an anti-Semitic whisper campaign by a GOP consultant who now runs the state party.

Nixon appoints senior adviser as temporary Missouri auditor

The governor says he asked senior advisor John Watson to serve in that role to ensure work in the auditor's office continues.

Teen certified as adult for trial in St. Louis hammer death

A 17-year-old defendant has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the November death of 32-year-old Zemir Begic.

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