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Author James Patterson donates to St. Louis independent bookstore

Author and literary patron James Patterson announced Monday that he has given $473,000 to 81 independent book sellers around the country in the third and final round of his campaign to keep local stores in business.

Suspect in custody in Missouri officer's shooting

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the suspect is being questioned in connection with the shooting of the Pleasant Valley officer.

Missouri bill would ban aid for immigrant students

State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick filed legislation this week that would prevent anyone without legal status from getting state aid for higher education.

Missouri elk population grows, but no hunts yet

The Missouri Department of Conservation said it would start issuing a handful of permits if the herd grows to about 200 elk — a target that remains several years away based on current reproduction rates.

Bill upping status of Missouri WWI museum advances

The U.S. Senate last week passed legislation that would elevate Missouri's Liberty Memorial to national status. The bill will head to the House next.

Prosecutor releases more Ferguson documents

Additional records from the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown were released Saturday. The documents include the interview transcript of Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was shot.

Woman, child killed in central Missouri fire

The fire early Friday in Barnett is being investigated by the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office.

Missouri scholarships sought for online university

Some traditional schools are opposing a possible rule change that will expand college scholarships to Missouri students enrolled in an online university. A legislative committee is to hold a hearing Wednesday regarding the rule change.

NAACP: Cause of damaged Journey for Justice bus window uncertain

The existence of a bullet that allegedly damaged the back window of a bus during the NAACP'smarch from Ferguson to Jefferson City is being called into question.

Judge puts limits on police tactics in Missouri

Judge's order requires police to warn crowds of impending use of tear gas and provide 'reasonable' time for people to disperse.

Hackers hit Missouri retirement system website

The system said no funds were disbursed as a result of the fraud. As a cautionary measure, members' access to their online accounts has been blocked.


St. Louis couple gives $25M to Genome Institute

The contribution will help researchers study and sift through large amounts of genetic data.

Missouri bill would stop enforcement of traffic cameras

State Rep. Paul Curtman of Pacific filed legislation this week that would prevent the practice, which has fallen under legal scrutiny.

Social media conflicts spill into Springfield schools

School police in Springfield are responding to an increased number of problems among students, such as harassment and threats, that originate on social media.

Missouri Supreme Court won't hear syllabus case

A Boone County court previously ruled that course syllabuses are closed records protected by federal copyright laws.

Report: Missouri near bottom in anti-tobacco money

The only state ranked worse is New Jersey, where no spending is listed. But the report says the New Jersey figure hasn't been confirmed by the state health department.

Environmentalists want hold on Callaway plant extension

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment wants a 20-year-extension for the nuclear power plant halted until legal challenges about fuel rod storage are settled.

Mo. bill would give parents time off to attend school events

If the legislature approves, parents could take eight hours from work each year to attend an event with a child.

Independence mulls building state's largest solar farm

The city set a goal for the city-owned Independence Power and Light to produce at least 10 percent of its power from renewable energy by 2018 and 15 percent by 2021.

Missouri lawmakers investigating Ferguson security

A House and Senate investigative committee met for the first time Thursday and pledged to use subpoenas, if necessary, to compel members of Jay Nixon's administration to testify and turn over documents.