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College students spending spring break in Ferguson

The students say they're motivated to help Ferguson toward progress and to help residents become more engaged following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

UPDATE: Missouri's prisons see rise in number of inmates older than 50

George Lombardi, director of the Corrections Department, says that prisoners, regardless of age, have a high risk of health issues due to their lifestyle choices, so adequate care must be provided.

St. Louis parochial school adds facial recognition cameras

Doors automatically unlock for students, faculty, staff and volunteers after the system processes photos already uploaded of them.

Some states, Missouri included, fight to keep wood fires burning

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with regulations to significantly limit the pollution from newly manufactured residential wood heaters. Some states are refusing to go along with the regulations and are claiming the new rules could leave low-income residents in the cold.


Justice Department's Ferguson report resonates across U.S.

The report's findings have resonated beyond the St. Louis suburbs as residents in some communities across the country say they feel they face the same struggles with their police departments and city leadership.

Koster endorses new tuition aid plan, cigarette tax hike

Attorney General Chris Koster proposed to increase the state's cigarette tax and use the money for college scholarships.


Bird flu strain confirmed in 2 Missouri facilities, poses no public health concern

A strain of bird flu that's deadly to poultry but poses no immediate public health concern has been detected in Missouri, state agriculture officials announced Sunday.

States to wield Missouri ruling on Common Core test group

States uninterested in participating in the Common Core education standards are using a Missouri court ruling as a reason to pull away from the system.

Two injured in explosion at pallet business in St. Louis

Two workers were injured in an explosion at a pallet company in St. Louis. The workers were taken to the hospital and described as stable.

Pilot dies after medical helicopter crashes in St. Louis

The medical helicopter pilot who was killed in a crash near Saint Louis University Hospital has been identified a 52-year-old Ronald Scott Rector.

Problems arise for state efforts to curb campus sex assaults

Lawmakers in three states entered the 2015 session hoping to pass bills requiring college officials to promptly report all alleged on-campus sexual assaults to local law enforcement agencies.

Ferguson fires city court clerk over racist emails

A Justice Department report released Wednesday cited a series of inappropriate messages sent by an unspecified number of city employees.

Homeowners group relents, OKs playhouse for Missouri girl with cancer

The group said in a statement that its board gathered more information after meeting with a construction group and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Attorney General stops chain of online payday lenders in Missouri

The defendant, Martin Webb, admits no wrongdoing but will have to repay $270,000 in restitution to Missouri consumers.

Lindenwood student-athlete accused of two counts of sexual assault

Authorities said both crimes happened in February. Charges were filed Thursday against 18-year-old Joshua C. Anor of Belleville. He is being held on $20,000 bond.


Missouri town's water bills lost in the mail

Payment due dates will be extended, City Administrator Greg Camp said.

UPDATE: Danforth aide says Missouri auditor shot himself after call

The former senator's aide said Schweich threatened to kill himself during the call and handed the phone to his wife. Seconds later, the aide says, she hear his wife say 'He shot himself.'

Missouri Senate's student transfer bill could cost $224M

Missouri black caucus calls for renewed focus on Ferguson

Democratic Rep. Brandon Ellington said legislators should make a "Ferguson agenda" a high priority, however House Speaker John Diehl said House Republicans do not have such an agenda.

UPDATE: Missouri officials investigate bacteria as cause of deaths

The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment said in a statement Friday that the deaths appeared to be isolated and there was no risk of a public health risk.