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Some Missouri lawmakers on Thursday raised concerns that Republican Gov. Eric Greitens now has the power to appoint new members to a state ethics panel that's currently reviewing a complaint against him.

The six-member Missouri Ethics Commission will lack a quorum after Thursday, when three members' terms expired.

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A Swiss-based company will open an aluminum smelter in the Missouri Bootheel region, creating up to 400 jobs in one of the state's most impoverished areas.

Gov. Eric Greitens, U.S. Rep. Jason Smith and other political leaders will announce details about the new Magnitude 7 Metals plant Friday in New Madrid County. It's not clear when the plant will open.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the first commercial case of bird flu in the country this year has been confirmed at a turkey farm in southwestern Missouri.

USDA spokeswoman Lyndsay Cole said Thursday that the H7N1 avian influenza, a low-pathogenic form, was detected through pre-slaughter testing on a farm in Jasper County that houses 20,000 turkeys. The state put the farm under quarantine.

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Gov. Eric Greitens has signed a bill that will require businesses that might see high levels of human trafficking will be required to hang posters with information about a national human trafficking hotline.

The governor signed a bill Thursday that will compel businesses such as truck stops, bus stations, some hotels and strip clubs to hang the posters, starting March 1, 2019.

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The Missouri attorney general's office has an open inquiry into a veterans charity founded by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Hawley said Thursday that the office is looking into the charitable activities of The Mission Continues. It wasn't clear when the inquiry began.

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's office says it doesn't appear that Gov. Eric Greitens' staff violated records laws while using a secretive messaging app.

Greitens' office released the report Thursday. The attorney general's office confirmed the report.

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The Missouri House overwhelmingly approved a resolution authorizing an investigation into Gov. Eric Greitens.

There were no dissenting votes Thursday as the House adopted a measure setting forth the procedures for a seven-member bipartisan committee.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a former St. Louis-area Husch Blackwell lawyer to the state's Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

Greitens on Wednesday announced that he picked Maryville resident Joe Cornelison to serve on the board, which oversees public colleges and universities throughout the state. Cornelison is a retired Army colonel.

Cornelison replaces Republican Dalton Wright, who was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Wright was serving an expired term on the board.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is praising Missouri's revamped Clean Water Commission for allowing two new concentrated animal feeding operations in the state.

Greitens in a Thursday statement said the state needs "more farms, more jobs and less government."

Neighbors worried about pollution, smell and other issues have been fighting RNR Farms in McDonald County and Trenton Farms in Grundy County for years. Previous clean water commissioners voted against the chicken and hog farms.

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Farm-friendly members of Missouri's Clean Water Commission have voted to allow two new concentrated animal feeding operations.

The Tuesday votes came after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens last week appointed three new members to the board with agricultural ties.

At issue are permits for RNR Farms in McDonald County and Trenton Farms in Grundy County that the Department of Natural Resources granted last year. Neighbors worried about pollution fought against them.

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A federal judge is scheduled to learn how much progress Ferguson has made in addressing concerns about the mistreatment of black residents by the Missouri city's police and court system.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry will hear a status update Tuesday on the consent agreement between Ferguson and the U.S. Department of Justice.

A veteran’s ward in a Missouri prison is earning recognition for veteran rehabilitation.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the Missouri Veterans Project began at the Moberly Correctional Center six months ago. Its success has led to the establishment of similar programs at prisons in Jefferson City, Potosi and­­­ Boonville.

Department of Corrections spokesperson Karen Pojmann says mental health treatment for veterans is different than treatment for others, which led the department to try housing veterans together.

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Missouri's attorney general is weighing whether to appoint a special investigator to look into use by Governor Eric Greitens' staff of the app Confide. The app deletes messages after they've been read and prevents recipients from saving them.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported today that Attorney General Josh Hawley says he can't directly investigate Greitens because he's defending the governor's office in other legal cases, but he could appoint a special investigator.

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says he wants to develop the first statewide program to provide free legal help to military service members.

Hawley announced Monday that he plans to form a Military Legal Assistance Team. That team will work with attorneys from military bases in Missouri to find private attorneys who will provide pro bono services to service members with certain legal needs.

The team will formally launch early next year.

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens says he wants his five new appointees to the state veterans commission to fire the leader of the embattled St. Louis Veterans Home.

Greitens during his Monday announcement said he's calling for changes in leadership after an independent investigation found substandard care at the home.

Some patients, families and staff have complained for months about care at the home. But prior reviews didn't turn up any wrongdoing.

An appeals court has ruled that electric car maker Tesla Inc. can continue to sell its vehicles directly to consumers in Missouri.

The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed by the Missouri Auto Dealers Association.

A Cole County judge ruled last year that the Missouri Revenue Department violated state law by granting licenses that allowed the automaker to sell cars directly to customers instead of through a dealership.

U.S. Department of Justice and Ferguson, Missouri, officials say the city is still poring over old municipal court cases trying to determine which should be dismissed as part of an agreement with the Justice Department.

About 90 people showed up Wednesday night for an update on reforms in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown died in a 2014 police shooting that became a catalyst for the national Black Lives Matter movement.

Missouri transportation officials say this year's spike in Amtrak ridership continued to rise from July through October.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the state Department of Transportation found a 5 percent growth in the number of Amtrak riders on the twice-daily trains at the Jefferson City station. The department counted nearly 13,950 riders this year, compared to about 13,330 riders last year.

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  The St. Louis mayor's office says a medium-security jail that's the target of a lawsuit over its conditions is inspected multiple times a year and problems are addressed as they arise.

The office of Mayor Lyda Krewson on Monday issued a statement in responses to a lawsuit filed against the jail by former inmates who cited "inhumane conditions," alleging rodent feces in food, infestations of bugs and even snakes, and unbearable overcrowding.

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 A Missouri state school board member is among a growing list of people raising concerns with efforts by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens to replace the state's top education official.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday that board member John "Tim" Sumners wants to delay a meeting during which his colleagues are expected to call for Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven's ouster.

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Missouri's attorney general says his office will investigate Google for potential violations of the state's antitrust and consumer-protection laws.

A statement released Monday by Attorney General Josh Hawley's office says the agency has issued a subpoena to the tech giant. The investigation comes on the heels of a $2.7 billion fine issued to the company by the European Union for antitrust violations.

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A central Missouri judge says the caseload for her county's public defenders is so big that something must be done to ensure clients are given adequate representation.

The News Tribune reports that Cole County Presiding Judge Pat Joyce made her finding yesterday after public defender Justin Carver testified that attorneys within his district are, quote, "overburdened with cases." Joyce set a hearing for next week to work on a solution.

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St. Louis voters have approved a half-cent sales tax increase to fund pay raises for police, even amid lingering anger at police over handling of recent protests.

About three-fifths of voters supported Proposition P on Tuesday.

The Sept. 15 acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley in the shooting death of a black suspect led to angry demonstrations. Nearly two months later, protests continue, though the size of the gatherings has declined.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol has scaled back its hours on St. Louis interstate highways following a 90-day pilot program aimed at helping to reduce crime.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained a police memo showing that starting Oct. 14, troopers reduced their presence along Interstate 55 and Interstate 70 to about six hours a day. Troopers had been patrolling those interstates for 21 hours a day since July, when Gov. Eric Greitens announced a plan aimed at allowing city police to focus on dangerous crime.

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Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins — and one gourd — are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a "pumpkin lineup" online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered.

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The Mount Vernon School District is the first and so far only district to participate in a new program designed to use local cattle ranchers to add more meat to school lunches.

The program, MO Beef for MO Kids, is a joint effort of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Beef Industry Council, Opaa Food Management and the school district. The Joplin Globe reports the program will double the beef included in the students' lunches, using meat from Lawrence County, which is the top cattle-producing county in the state.

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St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones is expressing opposition to a proposed half-cent sales tax 

  increase that would be used to give police officers a raise, calling the proposal "tone-deaf."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jones on Tuesday joined activists and advocacy organization in denouncing Proposition P, which will be decided by voters Nov. 7. The proposal would bring in about $20 million in revenue, $13 million of which would help hire more officers and raise pay.

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Voters in St. Louis will soon be asked to weigh in on a half-cent sales tax increase that would be used to give police officers a raise.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the special election's timing could make its passage a challenge, as St. Louis police are currently facing criticism and lawsuits over their handling of recent protests. The protests followed last month's acquittal of a former St. Louis officer who fatally shot a man.

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Missouri's only nuclear power plant is undergoing a nearly $130 million repair project that includes the first overhaul of its main generator since the plant began operating in 1984.

The Callaway Energy Center shut down earlier this month for a regularly scheduled refueling and is expected to be offline for 60 days while repairs are made.

 U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she didn't object to a bill weakening federal authority to stop companies from distributing opioids, despite previously saying she wasn't around when it came up.

McCaskill told CNN on Monday that she was away from the Senate receiving breast cancer treatment when the bill was voted on in 2016. The measure passed with unanimous consent, meaning no lawmaker objected.

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