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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.

Nixon expresses concern about Islamic State during Afghanistan trip

Nixon was part of a delegation of four U.S. governors who traveled to Afghanistan over the weekend to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops.

UPDATE: Ferguson officer shot; police say no protest link

Although there were two separate Michael Brown protests happening around the time the officer was shot Saturday night, the St. Louis police chief said he didn't think they were related to the attack.

Browns unmoved by Ferguson police chief's apology

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson apologized to the Brown family in video, but Michael Brown's mother said she wants actions, not words.

Wynton Marsalis to christen St. Louis jazz center

New St. Louis facility looks to revitalize jazz music in the city that's produced many famous jazz musician.

State plans $1 million fix of Roaring River lodge

After years of disuse, the Roaring River lodge built in the 1930s will be undergoing a $1 million renovation.

Steelman picked for University of Missouri Board of Curators

The Republican attorney from Rolla served six years in the Missouri House of Representatives and ran against Jay Nixon for attorney general in 1992.

Patrol: Fall is when deer-vehicle accidents common

Missouri recorded nearly 3,500 deer-vehicle accidents last year. No one was killed in any of them, but 303 people were hurt.

Group seeks federal investigation at Fort Leonard Wood

Protect Our Defenders said Thursday it was reacting to testimony during a court martial of a former drill sergeant.

Police, protesters scuffle after Ferguson apology

The police chief assured protesters Thursday that there would be changes in the wake of Michael Brown's death.

Ford to add 1,200 workers at Missouri plant

When the new workers start their shift in November, the Claycomo facility will be capable of making 500,000 vehicles per year — more than any other Ford plant in the world.


UPDATED: Judge hears arguments in same-sex ban lawsuit

The lawsuit, filed by 10 same-sex couples who are legally married in other states, is based on the same argument that led the Supreme Court last year to overturn part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Study finds wide gap in statistics between races

The report, from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, said a black infant was 3.6 times more likely than a white one to die in the first year of life.

UPDATE: Ferguson chief apologizes to Brown family in video

A public relations agency released the video on the same day Michael Brown's parents were in Washington with civil rights leaders.

Historic 1882 courthouse in Sturgeon awaits demolition

The Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas dates to 1882, but hasn't seen a court case since 1921. The city has hired a contractor to demolish the historic building, with work slated to begin any day.

Windows smashed, arrests made in Ferguson as protests flare up

Protesters can continue to voice their opinions, but it needs to be done in a safe manner, said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He urged leaders of peaceful protests to step forward and speak out against violence.

Opponents challenge Missouri gun rights measure

Opponents are challenging a gun-rights amendment approved by Missouri voters in August contending that the ballot language "misled and deceived voters."

Track workers deaths prompt transportation study

After an investigation revealed 15 railroad workers were killed on or near the tracks in 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending including Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards during job briefings for roadway workers.

Nixon replaces another lottery commissioner

Judene Blackburn joins the five-member panel of all new commissioners appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon revamped the commission and asked it to look at its contracts and how much money is spends on prizes and advertising.

UPDATE: Drill sergeant found guilty of sexual assaults

The charges against Angel M. Sanchez were filed in May, days before the release of a Pentagon study on sexual assault in the military.