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Missouri state senators pick leaders

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Republicans and Democrats in the Missouri Senate have elected leaders for the 2015 session. Majority Republicans on Thursday nominated Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey…

Missouri voters reject teacher tenure measure

By SUMMER BALLENTINE (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri voters on Tuesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to limit Missouri teacher-tenure protections and tie educator evaluations to student performance data.…

Holder: Ferguson police need ‘wholesale change’

By ERIC TUCKER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that there was an obvious need for “wholesale change” in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. The statement at…

Teacher union gives $500K against Missouri measure

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A teachers’ union has poured an additional $500,000 into a campaign to defeat a Missouri ballot measure that seeks to link teachers’ jobs to student…

Religious leaders seek clemency for condemned man

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Several religious leaders from across Missouri are asking Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency for a man scheduled to be put to death this week. Mark…

Central Methodist receives $3.6 million gift

(FAYETTE, Mo., AP) — Central Methodist University has received the largest donation in the 160-year history of the school in Fayette. School officials announced the$3.6 million gift from Jay and…

Missouri budget amendment drawing ad spending

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — A conservative group has spent an estimated $670,000 so far on TV ads encouraging Missouri voters to back a proposed constitutional amendment limiting the governor’s…

Jackson County Courthouse annex to expand

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo., AP) — The Jackson County Courthouse Annex in Independence will be undergoing a $6.8 million renovation and expansion. The county Legislature this week approved a contract for the…

Club owner accused of allowing topless dancing

(DIXON, Mo., AP) — A Missouri strip club owner is facing 10 misdemeanor charges accusing him of allowing dancers to perform topless, allowing alcohol to be consumed at the club…

Wilson attorneys: Not responsible for leaks

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Attorneys for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson say they are not responsible for recent leaks of information related to investigations into the shooting death of Michael…