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A new report says a June survey of business supply managers suggests economic growth will continue over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states.

The report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 55.4 last month from 54.3 in May. The April figure was 55.9.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says "weak farm income, produced partially by tariffs and flooding, pulled regional growth below that of the nation."

Officials with Washington University in St. Louis have announced that campus staff will be paid a $15-an-hour minimum wage by 2021.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the raise, which was pushed by campus employees' union, affects close to 1,200 workers, but does not include working graduate students.

A $15 minimum wage across the region was one of the recommendations of the 2015 Forward through Ferguson report to address racial and economic inequality.

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Got an overdue book from a Kansas City library weighing on you? You're in luck; the Kansas City Public Library has forgiven $250,000 in overdue fines and will no longer charge late fees on any materials starting Monday.

The Kansas City Star reports that the changes were announced Friday at the library's southeast branch.

Mayor-elect Quinton Lucas said the decision was give more people access to the city's libraries.

About 9,000 patrons with suspended library cards will regain access to library resources.

The first authorized marijuana farmers in Missouri will have to commit a crime to begin growing, and regulators are expected to turn a blind eye.

In November, Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana and marijuana-infused products for patients who suffer from serious illnesses.

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Flood-damaged levees and other infrastructure along the Platte and Missouri Rivers will cost far in excess of $1 billion to repair, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A levee has broken north of Jefferson City as the Missouri River surges yet again there.

Jefferson City police said Thursday in a news release that crews are attempting to make repairs to the Turkey Creek levee. The release says the break isn't threatening either U.S. 63 or 54.

The break comes as the river prepares to crest Friday in the state capital at 29.9 feet (about 9 meters. That will be the fifth time it's crested there since April. The other crests have ranged from 28.13 feet (about 8.5 meters) to 33.44 feet (about 10 meters).

Several Missouri jail employees have been disciplined after an armed robbery suspect escaped by posing as another inmate and then was recaptured after crashing a stolen car while fleeing.

The mayor of a Missouri town resigned Tuesday, citing hatred, attacks and lies about him on Facebook.

Lexington Mayor Fred Wiedner wrote an open letter to the city saying the job was no longer worth the battle.

In the letter, Wiedner says he didn't sign up for the "mess."

Wiedner says the trouble began in February when the City Council voted to fire the city administrator, a popular longtime resident. Wiedner says he is comparatively new to town and the public blamed him.

Authorities have evacuated part of the northeast Missouri town of Kirksville, including several dozen jail inmates, after a construction crew cut through a gas line.

KTVO-TV reports that Liberty Utilities requested the evacuation as a precaution after the gas line was cut just before noon Wednesday. The electric company Ameren Missouri also temporarily shut off power to a large portion of the downtown area.

The parents of a slain Kansas City man are suing the manufacturer of the weapon used in the shooting and the dealer accused of selling it to a former fire captain who is charged in federal court with knowingly supplying firearms to felons.

A top Missouri Democrat says that Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway is planning to run for governor in 2020.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that state party Executive Director Lauren Gepford said Galloway is "very serious about the race and is taking steps to assemble a team and the resources it would take to win."

The thirty-seven-year-old Galloway, a Democrat, narrowly won a four-year term as auditor in November after being appointed to the post in 2015. She would be the first woman elected governor in Missouri.

Missouri's only abortion clinic is asking a state administrative panel to intervene before its license to perform abortions expires Friday.

The St. Louis Planned Parenthood affiliate on Tuesday asked the Administrative Hearing Commission to act to ensure abortions can continue at the clinic. A court order temporarily protecting the procedure will expire Friday.

The request comes as a legal fight with the state over the clinic's license plays out.

Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe is requesting another federal disaster declaration to help after flooding, tornadoes and severe storms hit the state.

Kehoe sent the request Monday on behalf of Gov. Mike Parson, who is on vacation.

The state is asking the federal government for individual assistance in more than 40 counties. If granted, a declaration would give residents in those counties access to federal help with temporary housing, home repairs, and other expenses related to severe weather damage.

A federal judge has approved a settlement calling for the NFL's Rams to pay up to $24 million to personal seat license holders in St. Louis.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. approved the settlement Monday.

Several St. Louis PSL holders filed a class-action lawsuit after the team moved to Los Angeles in January 2016. Thousands of fans in St. Louis had purchased PSLs that were good for 30 seasons, which was the length of the lease at the domed stadium where the Rams played in St. Louis. Rams owner Stan Kroenke took the team to California after 21 seasons.

University of Missouri System officials say a new health institute focused on personalized medicine should bring hope to Missourians suffering from deadly diseases.

The official groundbreaking for the $220.8 million NextGen Precision Health Institute was held on Friday at the University of Missouri campus.

A western Missouri prosecutor's lawsuit against a gambling machine provider could halt the proliferation of video gambling terminals in the state.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd is accusing Kansas-based Integrity Gaming LLC of installing illegal machines in two Parkville convenience stores.

Police seized five video poker-like devices from the stores in October 2018. Both store owners say Integrity Gaming set up the machines.

Company officials say their terminals aren't considered betting devices since the result of each game is predetermined.

Missourians looking for physicians to certify them to buy medical marijuana when it becomes available next year are running into resistance from doctors who are reluctant to prescribe the substance.

Instead, would-be users are turning to pop-up and specialty clinics advertising certification for about $200 or less.

The head of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Industry Association says most doctors are uninformed on the use of marijuana as medicine.

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Roughly 200 people gathered in the state capital to protest against Missouri's strict abortion law.

KOMU reports the protesters marched to the governor's mansion in Jefferson City Saturday morning.

Missouri has passed new restrictions on abortions in the hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide.

Liz Victrola says she joined the protest to remind lawmakers that they can be voted out if they don't listen to women's views.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on a wind project in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.

Liberty Utilities-Empire District announced Thursday the Missouri Public Service Commission has approved the project, which the utility says is an investment of more than $1 billion.

The continued threat of rain and higher-than-normal reservoir releases into the Missouri River will hamper the draining of flooded fields and delay repairs to many damaged levees.

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service said Thursday during a news conference that although water levels on the river have dropped below flood stage in most places, rain over the next week could cause parts of the river to rise as much as 2 feet (0.61 meters) from Rulo, Nebraska, to where it meets the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

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Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri is doubling down on efforts to rein in big-tech companies by proposing that Facebook, Twitter and other online behemoths be required to prove they’re not using political bias to filter content.

The bill follows repeated assertions by President Donald Trump and other Republicans that big tech companies have an anti-conservative bias. Tech companies have denied any bias, either left or right.

Missouri's only abortion clinic, already facing the threat of losing its license, says it will defy the state by refusing to perform a required pelvic examination days before an abortion.

Calling the exam requirement "disrespectful and dehumanizing," a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman confirmed that as of Thursday the St. Louis clinic no longer performs it during a consultation at least 72 hours before an abortion. Doctors do perform a pelvic exam at the time of the procedure.

Plans to drop the preliminary pelvic exam were first reported by CBS News.

The leader of Special Olympics Missouri says engineers have determined that the organization's main campus was not a total loss after it as damaged by a tornado in May.

The center in Jefferson City sustained significant damage when a tornado hit the city on May 22. The $18.5 million campus was damaged just six months after it had been dedicated.

The Lee's Summit School Board has reversed an earlier decision and approved equity training for teachers and district staff.

The board voted 6-1 Wednesday to pay St. Louis-based Educational Equity Consultants $97,000 for one year of training, with an option for three more years.

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A 34-year-old black man whose family was homeless at times during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, will become the city’s 55th mayor.

Voters on Tuesday chose Quinton Lucas over fellow City Council member Jolie Justus in a mayoral runoff, according to unofficial results that showed him with a commanding lead. Lucas will assume office in August, replacing Sly James, another black mayor who served two four-year terms.

A popular northwest Missouri park that features the state’s largest oxbow lake has canceled reservations through the end of summer because of flooding.

McDonald's has started a transatlantic barbecue feud with the introduction of a Kansas City-themed hamburger in the U.K.

Outgoing Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Sly James said Tuesday that the fast-food chain should "stay in your lane" in a tweet that included a picture of what he says a "real" burger looks like. Kansas City is known for its style of dry-rubbed, slow-cooked meats drizzled in tomato-molasses sauce.

Three St. Louis County jail staff members have been suspended after an inmate died in June.

Transportation officials say Interstate 29 in northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa has been reopened as flood waters recede.

The interstate has been closed since May 29 because of flooding and flood-related damage.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports traffic will restricted to one lane in some stretches between St. Joseph and Interstate 80.