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Missouri lawmakers pass school standards measure

By JORDAN SHAPIRO (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri lawmakers finalized legislation Thursday that would charge groups of parents and educators with writing new student achievement benchmarks, potentially paving the…

Contractor for Obama health reform law scrutinized

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Several U.S. lawmakers are demanding answers after some Missouri media outlets reported that employees at a center processing applications for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s…

Judge: Kansas City streetcar proposal legal

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A Jackson County judge has ruled that Kansas City’s proposal for a new tax district to extend streetcar lines is legal. The Kansas City Star…

‘Halo’ TV series, ‘Halo 5′ game launching in 2015

By DERRIK J. LANG (LOS ANGELES, AP) — Master Chief is returning to the battlefield next year. Microsoft announced plans Friday to release the video game sequel “Halo 5: Guardians”…