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UPDATE: Missouri History Museum working to preserve plywood art in Ferguson

People have decorated the wood with bright colors and positive sayings since a grand jury last month declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The museum says it's in the planning stages of collecting some of the art for research or possibly for an exhibit.

Rebuild Joplin ends work after building 180 homes

Rebuild Joplin coordinated the work of more than 10,000 volunteers, who donated nearly 200,000 hours of work, The Joplin Globe reported

Missouri lawmakers tout bill for World War I coin

Legislation approved by Congress in the past week is meant to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the war, which lasted from 1914 to 1918.

Missouri lawmaker wants to lower voting age to 16

Democratic Rep. Karla May of St. Louis this week filed a joint resolution to amend the state constitution to reduce the legal age to vote from 18 years old.

Missouri bill would set deadline to finish ballots

The bill would set a deadline of eight weeks before an election to make changes to ballot initiatives or referendum, about two weeks earlier than the generally accepted standard.

Missouri high court to hear felon gun-rights case

Just months after Missouri voters approved stronger constitutional gun rights, the new amendment is being put to the test by a convicted drug dealer who is citing it as a reason his former felony shouldn't disqualify him from carrying a gun.

Police investigate homicide of Springfield man

A 30-year-old Springfield man was found early Sunday with what police said appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Bel-Ridge, Missouri, mother charged with toddler's stabbing death

A mother was charged Saturday with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of her 19-month-old son. Bond has been set at $100,000.

Kansas City hospital researchers map children's genetics to find disorders

The genetic mapping can find rare, hard-to-detect disorders, which could reduce the number of tests needed.

Parents of drowned Iowa man sue Missouri State Highway Patrol

The parents of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson have filed two lawsuits accusing the Missouri State Highway Patrol of negligence. Ellingson drowned while in Trooper Anthony Piercy's custody.

NAACP Journey for Justice ends march with rally in Missouri Capitol

Protesters received encouragement and some resistance in Jefferson City as they finished their 134-mile trek from Ferguson, Missouri.

Missouri's cost for Ferguson security near $12 million

The Missouri National Guard and State Highway Patrol have racked up nearly $12 million of costs while providing security stemming from protests in Ferguson and the St. Louis area.

Feds: Centralia man planned gun sales to Ferguson protesters

Dakota Moss of Centralia, about 60 miles east of St. Louis, remained jailed Friday, two days after being charged with stealing firearms from a federal firearms licensee, carrying a firearm during a violent crime, possessing a stolen firearm and being a felon with a firearm.

Ferguson marchers protesting indictment arrive at Missouri Capitol

Protestors arrived at the Missouri Governor's Mansion and walked into the state Capitol to hold a rally.

Schools trying to bridge financial divide in arts

Kansas City school, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, show how arts can be a boon for economically challenged children.

Missouri bill could protect employee's passwords

If passed as is, employers could fire or discipline those who don't give them access to their online accounts.

Breaking bread, 9 million times over

The Benedictine Sisters of Clyde, Missouri, have been producing altar bread for churches around the world for over a century. The group produces white, wheat and low-gluten varieties of the bread used during Catholic Mass.

Journey for Justice march pushes toward Jefferson City after resistance

Protesters from as far as Detroit and South Carolina have joined the NAACP's protest march from Ferguson to Jefferson City. The marchers plan to arrive at the Governor's Mansion on Friday afternoon.

Marijuana legalization petition open for public comment

Secretary of State Jason Kander opened a petition amending Article I of the Missouri Constitution for public comment. 

Millions spent to amend Missouri Constitution

Two campaigns in particular spent out hundreds of thousands of dollars in a media blitz leading up to the Nov. 4 elections: a group supporting restrictions on the governor's budget-balancing powers, and opponents of a measure to tie teacher evaluations to student performance.