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St. Louis' top prosecutor has added 22 more names to a list of city police officers who are not allowed to bring cases to her office, after a national group accused the officers of posting racist and anti-Muslim comments on social media.

The 22 new names brings to 59 the total number of officers on Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's "exclusion list" that she first announced in August. Gardner has said the original list included officers with credibility concerns, but declined to elaborate.

Missouri's case for possibly ending abortions at its lone remaining clinic includes a claim that three "failed abortions" there required additional surgeries and another led to life-threatening complications for the mother.

A Planned Parenthood spokesman says the state violated patient-privacy laws by releasing the records.

State attorneys filed the records in court Friday in response to a lawsuit by the state's only abortion clinic.

Organizers of a gay pride parade in St. Louis are reversing course and allowing police to march in uniform.

The decision announced Tuesday comes after Pride St. Louis asked police to not take part in the annual parade on June 30 because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that fueled the global LGBTQ movement.

Officials say vandals have spray painted apparent references to a Peru prison massacre on a wall at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed a former judge who has supported an anti-abortion pregnancy resource center — and been disciplined for publicly doing so — to an administrative panel that could handle an abortion clinic licensing dispute.

Parson earlier this month appointed former Macon County Associate Circuit Judge Philip Prewitt to the Administrative Hearing Commission.

A small hospital in southeast Missouri that has been closed since October will not reopen.

The board of Ripley County Memorial Hospital in Doniphan voted Friday to notify state authorities the hospital will be dissolved. The vote came as the hospital's certificate of need is scheduled to expire on June 28.

The Southeast Missourian reports the decision ends a desperate 13-month effort by the hospital board to find a health care provider to replace SoutheastHEALTH of Cape Girardeau, which announced plans to leave Ripley County in April 2018.

A former FBI agent who was involved in the criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been indicted as part of a perjury investigation.

William Tisaby turned himself in Monday, on the same day that an indictment against him was unsealed. He is charged with seven felonies stemming from allegations that he lied during a deposition.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she plans to issue an executive order to end a longstanding economic border war between her state and Missouri in the Kansas City area.

Kelly told reporters Friday that her executive order will mirror a new Missouri law that prevents incentives from being used to lure businesses across the border in the metropolitan area. The Missouri law takes effect only if Kansas acts.

It was the first time that Kelly publicly committed to issuing an executive order. In Missouri, such a policy requires a change in state law.

A non-profit group is hoping to save historic homes in Missouri's capital city that were damaged in a tornado last month.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that the Historic City of Jefferson is rounding up investors who are interested in salvaging historic homes that were damaged when an EF-3 tornado swept through the city on May 22.

Owners can sell their homes if they're eligible. A city official says properties deemed dangerous structure will not be considered for purchase.

Lincoln University curators have extended President Jerald Jones Woolfolk's contract for another three years.

The school announced the contract extension Friday after the Board of Curators approved it in a closed session Thursday. The news release didn't say if Woolfolk's new contract changes her salary.

Woolfolk was given a contract through 2021 when she was hired in 2018, and the latest extension keeps her under contract to the historically black college in Jefferson City until 2024.

Missouri could soon become the first state to allow outdoor cremations.

A bill dubbed the "Jedi Disposal Act" would allow licensed funeral directors to organize outdoor cremations at licensed crematoriums or private sites that have permits.

The bill got its name from the "Star Wars" movie franchise, in which two Jedi Knights are cremated in public ceremonies.

It passed nearly unanimously in this year's legislative sessions and is awaiting Gov. Mike Parson's signature.

Jurors have rejected a high-ranking St. Louis police officer's claim that her colleague was promoted to deputy chief instead of her because of gender bias.

A Missouri bar that served as a set location for the movie "Gone Girl" will reopen later this month.

The Southeast Missourian reports that The Bar in downtown Cape Girardeau had been closed since last fall. Representative for the management company that owns it and several other downtown properties say the establishment will resume serving drinks on June 27.

Organizers of the celebration to honor the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues expect a massive crowd, and security will be tight.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected Saturday for a parade and rally beneath the Gateway Arch to celebrate the Blues' first-ever NHL championship. The Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 Wednesday in the decisive Game 7.

St. Louis officials are asking for more time to determine which of the nearly 900 felony detainees should be freed from jail, citing concerns that a judge's ruling could put potentially dangerous suspects back on the streets.

U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig ruled Tuesday that St. Louis must stop jailing people awaiting trial simply because they can't afford bail. Her ruling also gave the city one week to hold detention hearings for inmates already behind bars.

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops approved new steps this week to deal more strongly with the clergy sex-abuse crisis.

But activists and others say the moves leave the bishops in charge of policing themselves and potentially keep law enforcement at arm's length.

As their national meeting in Baltimore concluded Thursday, the bishops stopped short of mandating that lay experts take part in investigating priests accused of child molestation or other misconduct.

The southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson is getting a new science attraction called WonderWorks.

The Orlando, Florida-based operation announced this week that the new location will open in November in the former theater for the Baldknobbers, one of the longest-running country music shows in town.

A parade 52 years in the making will finally happen Saturday in St. Louis, when the city celebrates the Blues' first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Wednesday's Game 7 in Boston. The Blues joined the NHL as an expansion team in 1967 and had never before won a championship.

The Blues took to Twitter Thursday to announce celebration plans. A parade will start at noon at 18th and Market Street and head east. A rally will then take place beneath the Gateway Arch.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum will close for about a year starting at the end of next month to undergo a $22 million renovation and expansion.

The Independence, Missouri, museum announced in a news release that the museum's last day open to the public will be July 22. The project will include a new entrance and lobby, a larger store and expanded exhibition galleries.

Besides the renovation, another $3 million is being raised for education, public programs and the library's endowment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will relocate two research agencies' headquarters to the Kansas City area, delighting Kansas and Missouri officials but intensifying critics' fears that research will suffer and be less accessible to federal policymakers.

Barring an unexpected development, Metro Business College plans to close its campuses in Cape Girardeau, Jefferson City and Rolla by the end of the year.

MBC founder and president George Holske said declining enrollment and the increased costs forced the decision to close. Holske is working with the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce to see if someone might want to work to keep the college open but he said the chances of success are slim.

Amtrak service between St. Louis and Kansas City will be partially restored this week.

The passenger rail service line and the Missouri Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that morning departures from the two cities on the Missouri River Runner route will resume Thursday. The afternoon departures will continue to use chartered buses, which will stop at all stations as close to the train schedules as possible.

The routes were suspended May 31 because flooding had diverted freight train traffic on to tracks used by the passenger rail service.

A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to threatening to commit mass shootings at several schools in northwest Missouri.

Andrew Lemon on Tuesday pleaded guilty to making a terrorist threat.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports Lemon admitted that on April 28 he sent messages to five friends via SnapChat saying he would commit mass shootings at several schools including Lafayette, Benton, Central and Savannah high schools and Truman Middle School in St. Joseph and Savannah.

Missouri's top election official has rejected a third petition for a public vote on a new law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft acted Tuesday. Last week he rejected two similar petitions for a referendum on the law.

Ashcroft says he's rejecting the petitions because of what's known as an emergency clause making part of the measure take effect immediately.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill aimed at stopping an economic border war with Kansas.

Whether the bill signed Tuesday has any impact depends on Kansas officials.

Both states have spent millions of dollars luring businesses across the state line in the last decade.

A new report shows that black drivers in Missouri are 91% more likely than white motorists to be pulled over by police.

Data released by the attorney general show disparities are sometimes even greater when only comparing stops of local residents.

The 2018 report comes nearly five years after Ferguson protesters drew national attention to longstanding concerns about police treatment of black communities.

Water levels are falling along the Missouri River and upper sections of the Mississippi River as the latest surge moves downstream.

The Mississippi is expected to crest Monday in Cape Girardeau at its fifth-highest level on record, closing floodgates and inundating some farmland. But in the St. Louis area, rivers were slowly returning to normal — a process that could take weeks.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a roughly $30 billion budget outlining state spending for the next year.

Parson on Monday approved the package of budget bills for the fiscal year that begins in July.

The budget includes $61 million more in core K-12 public school funding compared to this year. That meets funding goals outlined in state law.

Colleges and universities are each set to get at least $1 million more in funding.

A prominent donor to Republican causes has contributed $1 million to a political action committee aimed at overturning Missouri's restrictive new abortion law.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a filing with campaign regulators shows David Humphreys of Joplin contributed to the Committee to Protect the Rights of Victims of Rape & Incest. The donation comes after Humphreys said he would back a referendum asking voters to overturn the new law if Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed it.

An annual paddle boat race on the Missouri River is being postponed because of flooding.

The organizers of Missouri River 340 announced the decision Friday.

Race director Scott Mansker said in a Facebook post that the river would be in a "dangerous condition," through July 16-19, the event's scheduled dates.

He says it would be impossible for paddlers to safely navigate the river because it is too high after weeks of heavy rains.

A new date will depend on the river's water levels in the next few weeks.

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