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U.S. ends brake-line rust probe, urges people to wash vehicles

The agency urged people in 20 cold-weather states and Washington, D.C., to get their car and truck undercarriages washed several times during and after the winter and to get their brake lines inspected for rust and replace them if necessary.

Missouri governor approves tax incentives for data storage centers

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Thursday to exempt data storage centers from some state and local sales taxes. Nixon vetoed a similar bill last year.

Missouri House endorses tax credit aimed at boosting ports

The House on Wednesday gave initial approval to a measure that would provide tax credits to companies that increase their use of Missouri ports.

St. Louis police to launch new community engagement unit

The unit — which will include one lieutenant, two sergeants and three officers — will study how departments around the nation interact with their residents.

Missouri Supreme Court vacates execution order for ex-jailer

Kimber Edwards had been scheduled to be executed May 12.

2 die in 8-vehicle accident near Lake Ozark

The victims, 50-year-old Robin Dinwiddle and her daughter, 27-year-old Kenda O'Leary, both of Eldon, died at the scene. 

Missouri House endorses refund application after tax audits

The measure passed on a voice vote and faces another vote before moving to the Senate.

Video of fatal police shooting may have major impact

The graphic video has shed new light on the investigation. Murder charges came quickly after the video was released.

Foundation to pay for Kansas City museum renovation

The Bloch Family Foundation said it plans to pay for the $11.7 million gallery renovation at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which will begin this summer. This means almost 30 works from artists such as Monet and Van Gogh will be added sooner than had been expected.

Senate narrowly passes Missouri social services budget

At issue in the overnight session was an increase in social services funding of roughly $100 million less than proposed by the House.

Missouri lawmakers override veto of local elections bill

The measure will not remove any superintendents currently serving on school boards, but it will prohibit any from running for re-election or election.

Observers, new council members optimistic in Ferguson

Twice as many Ferguson voters went to the polls Tuesday as compared to the April 2014 election, and elected three new City Council members, two of whom are black. Now half of the Ferguson City Council is African-American.

Missouri House OKs bill requiring hospital disclosures

Republican Rep. Sheila Solon, of Blue Springs, said hospitals have been placing people on observational status instead of admitting them.

Missouri House advances additional sex education requirement

The measure would require the inclusion of information about sexual predators, particularly online.

Missouri Supreme Court hears challenge to traffic fines law

The law at issue caps the percentage of revenue cities can collect from traffic violations at 30 percent and requires cities to file reports with the state and turn over any amount over that.

Missouri legislature set to reconcile differences in budget

Several key parts of Missouri's $26 billion spending plan for next fiscal year will be resolved by negotiators.

Public comments sought on final NAWS environmental study

A U.S. Bureau of Reclamation report released Tuesday is another step in the long-delayed project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota.

Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out

The virus H5N2 has caused outbreaks at turkey farms throughout the Midwest, including two in Missouri. Here are answers to questions including how the birds get the flu and what happens after that.

Fired Ferguson clerk fired over emails says she's not racist

Mary Ann Twitty told The Associated Press on Wednesday that emails linked to her "were jokes," and that "of course I'm not racist."

Missouri Senate passes bill amnesty to delinquent taxpayers

Delinquent taxpayers would need to pay between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 to qualify. They also would need to comply with state tax laws for the next eight years.