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The Missouri Attorney General's Office has appealed a judge's ruling that blocked enforcement of parts of a voter photo identification law.

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Thursday announced the appeal was officially filed. Ashcroft says the attorney general also requested the ruling be put on hold as the appeals process plays out.

A southwestern Missouri lawmaker has resigned to accept a position on the state parole board.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday named Republican Rep. Don Phillips of Kimberling City to the Board of Probation and Parole.

Phillips previously led the House Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee.

Parson touted Phillips' previous work as a state trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in naming him to the parole board. Phillips now will be making decisions about whether prisoners should be granted parole or probation.

A window manufacturing company says it plans to build a $65 million factory in central Missouri, creating about 300 new jobs.

Quaker Window Products said Thursday it will construct the plant in Eldon, which is about 30 miles (48.28 kilometer) southwest of Jefferson City.

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a January 2016 rape at the University of Missouri.

Austin Campbell was sentenced Thursday after being found guilty in August of raping a woman who was sleeping in her dorm room in January 2016. He was a freshman at the school's Columbia campus at the time.

Authorities say one of two longtime pilots hurt when a small plane flipped at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport has died.

The Southeast Missourian reports 74-year-old Lowell Peterson, of Jackson, died from injuries he suffered in the accident Tuesday.

Cape Girardeau police say Peterson and Jack Mehner were the only ones on the plane. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Authorities have not said who was flying the plane.

A message distributed on behalf of the family said Mehner had successful surgery Wednesday on a neck injury.

Jackson County officials say a second person in the county has died from the West Nile virus.

The department announced the death Tuesday but provided no details.

The first death in the county from the virus was reported Sept. 19.

The virus is most commonly spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Jackson County Health Department Health Director Bridgette Shaffer says mosquitoes will remain active until the first hard frost.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is considering changing state regulations to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal disease that affects deer, moose and elk.

Barbara Keller of the conservation department said during a meeting Tuesday in Cape Girardeau that one possible change would prohibit importing deer carcasses from other states. The department also is considering restricting movement of carcasses within Missouri.

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The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri has canceled a campaign event with a preacher who once called for government regulation of homosexuality.

The Kansas City Star reports that Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley was scheduled to appear in Springfield on Wednesday with Texas pastor David Barton.

Backers of broad marijuana legalization are looking to break through a geographic barrier in November and get their first foothold in the Midwest after a string of election victories in Northeastern and Western states.

Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012, lightning speed in political terms.

Vice President Mike Pence says Democrats' opposition to the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is one more reason for voters to oust Sen. Claire McCaskill and elect Republican candidate Josh Hawley.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Pence accused Democrats of employing "search and destroy tactics" against Kavanaugh during a private fundraiser Monday in Springfield for Hawley. Pence also praised Hawley as a "man of principle."

Heavy rain across Missouri has caused rivers to suddenly spike, shutting down roads and threatening scattered homes and businesses in low-lying areas.

Nearly 70 roads are closed, mostly in northwestern Missouri, due to high water. The closures include stretches of U.S. 24 and Missouri 48.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City says it is ending its sponsorship of eight Kansas City charter schools.

Justin Perry, dean of the university's school of education, says the university will shift from oversight and accountability of charter schools to focus on education research.

The Kansas City Star reports the university will continue to work with charter schools and Kansas City public schools, by providing professional development, dual credit programs for high schools, and better preparing students for jobs and college.

Even with the Environmental Protection Agency predicting more flooding and more extremely hot days in Missouri because of climate change, the issue has been virtually absent from the state's U.S. Senate race.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports it asked Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley how they would address climate change if they win November's election.

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Missourians wanting to vote in the Nov. 6 election must be registered by Wednesday.

Residents must submit a completed voter registration application to local election authorities by 5 p.m. on Oct. 10. The applications may be submitted in person or by mail.

Registration also may be done online through the Missouri Secretary of State's website. Other places to register include at a driver's license office when applying for or renewing a driver's license, a library or any state agency where an applicant is obtaining a service.

Kansas City developer Dan Lowe says police have recommended setting aside an investigation of a claim made by a former employee that a spy camera was placed under her desk at Legacy Development.

Mary Caffrey, of Leawood, Kansas, sued Lowe, Legacy Development and others in May. She alleged that she was fired after she called police when she found the camera.

In response to the lawsuit, Lowe's lawyers submitted a police department report that says a detective recommended deactivating the case because no evidence was found from the spy camera.

A federal judge has ruled that some provisions of a St. Louis ordinance banning discrimination based on reproductive health decisions violate the U.S. Constitution and Missouri law.

A lawsuit questioned the city's 2017 ordinance that bars employers from hiring or firing workers based on whether they have had an abortion, been pregnant outside marriage, or used contraceptives or artificial insemination. Landlords also can't refuse tenants based on those criteria.

A federal judge denied Planned Parenthood's request for a mid-Missouri clinic to be temporarily exempted from certain abortion regulations, ensuring that the Columbia clinic will not be able to resume abortions.

The 26-year-old Missouri woman charged with intentionally driving her children into the Kansas River waived her right to a preliminary hearing and did not enter a plea at a brief court hearing.

Scharron Dingledine, of Columbia, Missouri, on Tuesday waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Her attorney, Carol Cline, said she and her client need more time to prepare before Dingledine's arraignment, which is scheduled for Dec. 3. No trial date is scheduled.

Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas is asking Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri to remove his name and praise for her from a new campaign ad.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Roberts wants McCaskill to remove from the ad his quote from 2017 describing her as a senator he seeks out to get things done on a bipartisan basis.

McCaskill is in a tight re-election race with Republican Secretary of State Josh Hawley, whose campaign paints her as an obstructionist. McCaskill says she is known for working across party lines.

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A former commander at Whiteman Air Force Base will take forced retirement over several misconduct allegations.

Capt. Earon Brown, spokesman for the Air Force Global Strike Command, confirmed Tuesday that Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV will stop work on Oct. 19, and retire Dec. 1.

Brown says the Air Force began investigating in May 2017 after concerns were raised about Tibbets, who was commanding the 509th Bomb Wing near Knob Noster, Missouri, at the time.

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Missouri is down to one clinic that can perform abortions after the license of another facility expired.

The Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic's abortion license expired Tuesday.

The site also has not been able to meet a new state requirement that doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals before they perform abortions. Federal appeals judges ruled last month that Missouri could enforce that rule as of Monday.

A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis is the last in the state that can provide abortions.


The University of Missouri has its first ever Nobel Prize.

Professor Emeritus George Smith shares the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two other researchers, one from Caltech in Pasadena, and the other from the MRC Laboratory in Cambridge. Smith was a professor at MU for 40 years. He won the Nobel for his development of a method called phage display, in which a virus that infects bacteria can be used to evolve new proteins.

Abortions at a Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic face cancellation this week.

Abortions were scheduled for Wednesday at the Planned Parenthood in Columbia.

But federal appeals court judges on Monday issued a mandate that allows Missouri to once again enforce a law that requires doctors to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in order to perform abortions. The Columbia doctor doesn't have those privileges.

A new federal grant will allow University of Missouri Extension to provide strength training and other programs to help older adults to live independently and reduce their fear of falling.

The $500,000 grant is from the Administration for Community Living, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will help about 6,000 Missourians.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university will work with Oasis Lifelong Adventure St. Louis, to expand the current programs to prevent fall.

The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan to clean up waste from a century of lead mining in southeast Missouri, but tourism businesses and environmentalists have concerns about it for differing reasons.

The Old Lead Belt is centered in St. Francois County, where lead- and zinc-mining operations existed from 1864 to 1972.

Waste known as tailings was left behind and littered the landscape and waterways including the Big River and Flat River.

Some of the nuclear waste buried near a smoldering underground fire at a Missouri landfill will be dug up and the rest will be capped under a new federal plan.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's remedy announced Thursday comes a decade after its initial cap-and-monitor proposal at suburban St. Louis' West Lake Landfill was met with so much opposition that the agency went back to the drawing board. The partial excavation plan slightly modifies a proposal announced in February.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is asking the full Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case of a death row inmate who claims lethal injection would be unconstitutionally cruel due to his medical condition. 

A victims' support group is putting pressure on Missouri's governor to intervene in a state investigation of potential clergy abuse, but Gov. Mike Parson's office says he doesn't have the authority to act at this point.

Missouri leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests in a Wednesday letter asked Parson to order Attorney General Josh Hawley to conduct a full criminal investigation.

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A St. Louis official who joined protests after a white police officer was acquitted of murder last year in the shooting of a black man is suing over the police response to the demonstrations.

Democratic Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green alleges in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that police used tear gas on her without justification on Sept. 15, 2017 , following a demonstration after former Officer Jason Stockley was acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith.

Screenshots of text messages show former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' staff used a message-deleting app on their personal phones to discuss government business with each other and people outside the governor's office, according to a published report.