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Review of Missouri education standards divisive

Missouri is among 45 states that adopted Common Core, but it is one of several now backing away.

Missouri lawmaker wants referendum on lottery

The lottery had record sales of nearly $1.16 billion during the 2014 budget year that ended June 30. Yet the amount of lottery proceeds transferred to education declined to $267 million this past year from a high of nearly $289 million in 2013.

Round-table discussion in St. Louis to focus on making police forces more diverse

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who was put in charge of Ferguson security by Gov. Jay Nixon days after Brown was killed, said Ferguson is providing an opportunity for police agencies to learn and improve.

McCaskill plans events focused on campus assaults

Sen. Claire McCaskill's events will be in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Kirksville, Maryville, Rolla, St. Joseph, St. Louis, Springfield and Warrensburg.

ACLU suit questions '5-second rule' in Ferguson

On Aug. 18, police began enforcing a rule to keep protesters moving along West Florissant Avenue, or face arrest.

Missouri colleges get $20 million from federal grants

The Missouri funding was included in $450 million of job-training grants announced Monday by the White House and federal education and labor departments.

Political action group drops marketing firm over reporter flap

The PAC backed Republican-led efforts to reduce Missouri's income tax, which led to a law this year prescribing a gradual income tax cut. A marketing firm had contacted writers, including five reporters, asking for articles.

Bidder selected for Missouri Senate renovations

The state Office of Administration says work should begin in mid-to-late October on the project.

Missouri turkey population rebounding

After a population downturn in the early 2000s, wild turkey numbers have gone up in three of the past four years.

UPDATE: St. Louis challenge to gay marriage ban in court

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has said he personally supports gay marriage but is obligated under the law to oppose the city's move.

Nov. 19 execution date set for Missouri inmate

Leon Taylor had been scheduled for execution in September, but the court withdrew that execution warrant after his lawyers argued for more time to work on his case.

UPDATE: COMMENTARY: City of Ferguson demands high fees to turn over files

The city has demanded high fees to produce copies of records that, under Missouri law, it could give away free if it determined the material was in the public's interest to see.

8 arrested in Ferguson protest

Police said they would enforce a noise ordinance at 11 p.m., and police made a few arrests involving those who continued to make noise.

Missouri Supreme Court to hear child abuse case

Peter D. Hansen, who is a Seventh Day Adventist, said his religion encourages vegetarianism and that his son's punishment of food restriction didn't constitute child abuse.

New group to talk about Missouri energy plan

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday announced the names of more than 50 business, labor, education and energy leaders who will start work to hash out a plan for state energy use Oct. 1.

Jefferson City woman killed in Arkansas motorcycle crash

The report said Tanya Marie Humphrey was a passenger on the motorcycle when the driver lost control in a curve on state Highway 16 and overturned.

Missouri turkey population rebounding

The growth should mean hunters will see more turkeys in the woods. 

Farmers: Failure to override veto jeopardizes future of Missouri dairies

An agriculture bill that some say could have led to more chronic wasting disease in deer galvanized support against a dairy insurance bill.

Gov. Nixon's Ferguson response: a no-win situation

Gov. Jay Nixon received thousands of phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from people throughout the nation and around the world about his actions in response to the events in Ferguson. Most of the correspondence was critical of the governor.

Plan to privatize Cape Girardeau psychiatric center stuns workers

Employees of a southeast Missouri youth psychiatric center say a new state plan to keep the center open might be better than shutting it down, but they're afraid the change will leave children without appropriate treatment.

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