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Missouri's auditor says a St. Louis charter school faked attendance numbers to get an extra $1.4 million in state funding.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday said St. Louis College Prep Charter School repeatedly reported attendance numbers that were higher than its enrollment.

Galloway's office referred findings from the audit to the Attorney General's Office.

St. Louis College Prep Charter School closed this year after the University of Missouri-St. Louis revoked its sponsorship of the school.

Issues preventing Missouri regulators from renewing the license for the state's only abortion clinic are "imminently fixable," the state's health director said Tuesday.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams testified during the second day of a state administrative hearing that will decide if the state can revoke Planned Parenthood's abortion license for its St. Louis clinic.

Some St. Louis County leaders are calling for a police leadership shakeup after a jury found that a sergeant was discriminated against because he's gay and recommended that he be awarded nearly $20 million.

Councilwoman Lisa Clancy says Police Chief Jon Belmar should resign because of what she described as a "culture of rampant racism and homophobia." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that she and another council members also called for County Executive Sam Page to replace members of the police board that holds the power to fire the chief.

A former FBI agent who helped to investigate former Gov. Eric Greitens is scheduled to go on trial next year on charges of perjury and evidence tampering.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that defense lawyers for 67-year-old William Don Tisaby, of Alabama, and special prosecutor Gerard "Jerry" Carmody agreed Friday to a March 30 trial date.

A University of Missouri student was charged Monday with abuse or neglect of a child just days after authorities announced that foul play is suspected in the disappearance of his wife, who came to the U.S. from China to study.

Joseph Elledge, 23, is jailed on a $500,000 cash-only bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records. Elledge is a senior mechanical engineering student. 

A former FBI agent who helped to investigate former Gov. Eric Greitens is scheduled to go on trial next year on charges of perjury and evidence tampering.

Reports say that defense lawyers for 67-year-old William Don Tisaby, of Alabama, and special prosecutor Gerard "Jerry" Carmody agreed Friday to a March 30 trial date.

Tisaby was hired by Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, whose officer charged Greitens with invasion of privacy for allegedly taking an unauthorized, compromising photo of a woman during a 2015 affair. The charge against Greitens was later dropped.

Officials at a St. Louis health center that serves needy, uninsured residents says a cyber-attack has caused a data breach that potentially affected 152,000 people.

The Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Center said Friday that the attack involved patient information such as addresses and social security numbers, but no patient medical records. Information on medical providers and health center employees also was breached.

The incident last month locked data and demanded a ransom to unlock it. The center says it refused to pay the ransom and contacted police.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police sergeant has testified that he was told to "tone down his gayness" to secure a promotion to lieutenant.

Keith Wildhaber testified at trial Tuesday that former St. Louis County Police Board of Commissioners member John Saracino issued the guidance in 2014.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cattle farmer charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder shot two brothers from Wisconsin, burned their bodies and dumped the remains on a manure pile on his property, investigators said.

Garland Nelson, 25, of Braymer, is also charged with two counts of abandonment of a corpse, two counts of tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution, two counts of armed criminal action, tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to documents filed in Caldwell County, Missouri.

A former female executive of the Kansas-based movie theater company American Multi-Cinema Inc. alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired in retaliation for asking for equal pay.

The Kansas City Star reports that Tonya Mangels, of Kansas City, Missouri, contends that as vice president of product marketing, she performed the same work as several other men in vice president roles. But she says in the lawsuit filed last week in federal court that she was paid between $117,000 and $149,000 per year less than them.

Court records say a suspect in the killing of a 13-year-old boy shot the victim while playing with guns in a mid-Missouri home.

The Columbia Missourian reports that prosecutors upgraded the charge against 19-year-old Cameron White on Monday from involuntary manslaughter to second-degree murder. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

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A Missouri group pushing to expand access to voting is going to court over how the state's top election official wants to describe the proposal to voters.

The group's attorney Chuck Hatfield argued in Cole County Circuit Court Monday that Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft was inaccurate and left out important parts of the proposal in his summaries.

Summaries are used to help voters understand sometimes complicated and lengthy proposals to change state law or the Missouri Constitution.

A St. Louis County man is charged with assault and armed criminal action for allegedly shooting a teenager who broke into his car.

Reports say that 41-year-old Charles Bams has the support of neighbors who say he had the right to protect his property.

The shooting happened Oct. 14 in Bellefontaine Neighbors. Police say teenagers were roaming the block trying to break into cars. One got into Bams' vehicle and Bams confronted the group.

Police say one of the teens appeared to reach for a weapon and Bams shot him in the leg.

A California woman who is a member of a tribe that is not yet recognized by the federal government is suing over a Missouri law that says only artists from federally recognized tribes can market their creations as "Indian-made."

Peggy Fontenot alleges that the law is a violation of her First Amendment right to free speech. She is a member of the Patawomeck, a tribe recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is seeking federal recognition, reports say.

Several students face discipline for editing a screenshot of a Missouri middle school website to include a racist slur against black people.

Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said Monday that the students posted the altered screenshot online so the image would pop up during Google searches for Gentry Middle School's official website.

Baumstark says Google took the image down after the district reported it.

Missouri officials are asking St. Louis police to provide security for an upcoming hearing on the state's effort to end the abortion license for a St. Louis clinic.

Both sides of the abortion issue have held vigils and protests over the licensing of Missouri's only abortion clinic, which continues to offer abortion services while the case is pending.

A former Missouri State Highway Patrol captain who led the policing effort during Ferguson protests is joining the St. Louis prosecutor's office.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner introduced Ron Johnson Wednesday as law enforcement liaison, a contracted position that will pay $50,000 for one year. Gardner says Johnson will work toward better "communication and collaboration" with city police, the FBI and other agencies.

The state is suing a southwest Missouri dog breeder over what officials call continued substandard conditions at the business.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Wednesday he filed a lawsuit that accuses Puppy Love Kennel and its owner, Cory Mincey, of violating the state law governing kennels.

Longtime Democratic Missouri state Sen. Yvonne Wilson has passed away at the age of 90.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri said Wilson, who died Monday, was an unflinching advocate for children and families.

She held several positions, including Director of Elementary Education, during a 35-year career in the Kansas City School District. She was elected to the Missouri House in 1999 and served until 2004, when she was elected to the state Senate. She was a state senator from 2004 to 2010.

Kansas City police say a man is in custody after the fatal shooting of a transgender woman.

Police Capt. Tim Hernandez said 30-year-old Brianna Hill of Kansas City was killed Monday morning in eastern Kansas City.

Hernandez said he could not discuss a possible motive but the shooting wasn't related to Hill being a transgender person.

The suspect waited for police to arrive after the shooting and was taken into custody. No charges have been filed.

Federal prosecutors say police seized 144 pounds of methamphetamine in tires stored at a shed at a Kansas City man's home.

The man, 38-year-old Jorge Rodriquez-Gonzalez, was charged this week in U.S. District Court with drug trafficking.

Charging documents allege a confidential source bought a minimum of one kilogram of meth from Rodriguez-Gonzalez at least five days a week.

Authorities say a kindergartner brought an unloaded gun to a Kansas City elementary school in a backpack, apparently without knowing it was there.

Kansas City Public Schools said in a news release that a teacher was notified after the Faxon Elementary School student found the weapon Tuesday. Police said that the school's security then secured the gun. The student's parents and state welfare officials were notified.

A former Missouri inmate alleges in a lawsuit that he went more than five hours without seeing a doctor after he suffered a spinal injury at a minimum-security penitentiary.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Jeremy Bradshaw is suing the Boonville Correctional Center and its contracted health care provider. Bradshaw was serving a seven-year sentence for unlawfully possessing a firearm in 2015 when he lost consciousness while using the bathroom. The complaint says he awoke in a pool of blood and couldn't move.

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Missouri isn't saving enough money to avoid having to cut spending or raise taxes if there is a recession, state Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday.

Galloway recommended that state lawmakers increase the amount in Missouri's Budget Reserve Fund to the maximum allowed under the state constitution and create a separate account to sock away even more money.

"Missouri is woefully unprepared for an economic downturn," she said.

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Missouri officials are developing a public safety campaign aimed at making young people aware of the risks of vaping.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson said at a news conference Tuesday that he is directing leaders of the state health, education and public safety departments to develop a statewide campaign within 30 days. The goal is to educate, warn and discourage vaping.

State health director Randall Williams says there has been an "explosion" in the number of youths who are vaping in Missouri and across the country.

Trolley service in St. Louis is in jeopardy unless the struggling Loop Trolley company secures more funding.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Loop Trolley Company is asking the county board for help after the city of St. Louis refused to provide more money. The trolley company says it needs to come up with $200,000 by November and another $500,000 for next year to continue operating.

Trolley Board President John Meyer Jr. says the trolley will begin reducing service on Thursday to save money.

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The CEO of Dow Inc. has donated $6 million to a new University of Missouri health institute that is focused on personalized medicine.

The university said Friday that the gift from Jim Fitterling is one of the first from an individual donor for the NextGen Precision Health Institute. The $220.8 million center is expected to open in October 2021. The state has contributed $10 million so far, with other funding coming from a combination of private and corporate support.

Gov. Mike Parson's campaign manager will be questioned by lawyers representing Planned Parenthood about his involvement in a decision to deny a new license to Missouri's only abortion provider.

An administrative hearing commissioner ruled last week that attorneys can question Steele Shippy, who was Parson's spokesman before becoming his campaign manager.

The Kansas City Star reports Planned Parenthood argues Shippy's testimony could provide information about why its clinic in St. Louis was denied a license to perform abortions.

A top St. Louis law enforcement official has sparked outrage by remarking that not all of the area children who have been killed by guns this year were innocent victims.

While the children who were under 10 years old were innocent victims, some of the older slain children had been linked to illegal activity, St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards said Thursday at an aldermanic committee meeting, expounding on what he said during an Oct. 3 interview on St. Louis Public Radio station KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Gov. Mike Parson speaking at a rally.
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Democratic Missouri gubernatorial challenger Nicole Galloway has outraised incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Parson in recent months, but she's still behind in cash to spend on her election bid.

Records show Galloway's 2020 campaign raised about $545,000 between July and the end of September compared to Parson's roughly $316,000.

But Parson has more than $1.2 million in cash on hand. Galloway has about $540,000.

A political action committee backing Parson also raised $1.2 million in the last several months and has close to $4.3 million in the bank.