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St. Louis Holocaust Museum Announces $18 Million Expansion That Will Triple Its Size

The St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center announced Monday that it will build an $18 million expansion to house more exhibits. When finished in 2021, the museum will triple in size to 35,000 square feet and have more room for permanent and temporary attractions. The project also will add a second level to the museum and two classrooms.

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A state senator from southwest Missouri wrote to his constituents on Monday saying the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1973 was worse than slavery. 

“What a horrible mark that is upon the history of our nation, surpassing the barbarism even of slavery,” Republican state Sen. Ed Emery wrote in a newsletter to the people living in his district around Nevada, Mo.

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A substitute teacher, a homemaker and a truck driver make up some of the eight jurors selected Monday to hear the first dicamba-related lawsuit to go to trial.

In Missouri’s bootheel, where farming is a major industry, it took several hours for U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. to weed out those with connections to herbicides, Monsanto or Bader Farms.

The trial centers around a lawsuit filed by the Dunklin County-based peach orchard, which is Missouri’s largest producer of the fruit. The farm’s lawsuit alleges dicamba-based weed killers repeatedly drifted from neighboring cotton and soybean fields, damaging more than 30,000 trees.

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A state senator from southwest Missouri wrote to his constituents on Monday saying the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1973 was worse than slavery. 

“What a horrible mark that is upon the history of our nation, surpassing the barbarism even of slavery,” Republican state Sen. Ed Emery wrote in a newsletter to the people living in his district around Nevada, Mo.

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A substitute teacher, a homemaker and a truck driver make up some of the eight jurors selected Monday to hear the first dicamba-related lawsuit to go to trial.

In Missouri’s bootheel, where farming is a major industry, it took several hours for U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. to weed out those with connections to herbicides, Monsanto or Bader Farms.

The trial centers around a lawsuit filed by the Dunklin County-based peach orchard, which is Missouri’s largest producer of the fruit. The farm’s lawsuit alleges dicamba-based weed killers repeatedly drifted from neighboring cotton and soybean fields, damaging more than 30,000 trees.

Democrats in the Missouri House say they’re confident voters will approve Medicaid expansion, and they want to strengthen other health care measures in 2020. 

In a press conference Monday, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, said the need for Missouri to expand Medicaid is vital, despite Republican efforts to kill the idea. 

“Since 2014, no fewer than seven rural hospitals have closed,” said Quade. “In no small part because the governor and Republicans have refused to expand Medicaid.” 

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The University of Missouri is tracking all new students on campus this semester through a cellphone app to learn whether they're attending class. 

It's a test expansion of a program the university has used for four years to track class attendance of freshmen student athletes and athletes in academic trouble.

Supporters of the program say it helps attendance, which improves academic performance. Critics worry that the university may one day add uses for the program that could violate student privacy.

Abortion Among Key Issues in Missouri 2020 Governor's Race

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Abortion is expected to play a key role in Missouri's 2020 gubernatorial race. Republican Gov. Mike Parson is seeking to keep his seat. 

Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway wants to replace him. Parson has a big advantage over Galloway in the Republican-dominated state.

But University of Central Missouri political scientist Robynn Kuhlmann said the issue of abortion could tighten the race.

Four Missouri River States Unite to Try to Limit Flooding

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A USGS research boat on the Missouri River
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Four states along the Missouri River are joining forces to look for ways to avoid the kind of flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage last year. 

Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas are pooling their money to pay for half of a $400,000 study with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to measure how much water flows down the Missouri River.

State officials hope to present a united front to federal officials to gain more influence over how the river is managed after devastating floods in 2011 and 2019.