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The Missouri Department of Conservation is proposing new rules on the handling of deer carcasses in an effort to combat chronic wasting disease.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the department's Conservation Commission is seeking public comments through early August on the proposed regulations that would further restrict how deer carcasses are transported. The rules also outline how meat processors and taxidermists should dispose of deer parts.

The fatal deer disease has been detected in 16 Missouri counties.

The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri says it will stop taking in feral adult cats trapped by animal control officers this summer in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and surrounding areas.

The Southeast Missourian reports that Humane Society executive director Tracy Poston said the new policy stems from animal control bringing in more feral cats than the organization can handle. Unless they are kittens, feral cats typically can't be handled or adopted out, society officials said.

The amount of untested rape kits with the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crime lab has substantially increased since last August, when a new law mandating police to submit kits within 14 days took effect.

The Kansas City Star reports that as of May 1, 403 kits were untested. The agency's website, which posts monthly updates, shows there were 179 in August.

The figures indicate the kits are not being tested at a higher rate despite more continuing to be submitted. Advocates say that increasing kit testing should also be required.

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St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says the city has pulled off the street several police officers accused of posting objectionable Facebook messages, while an internal investigation continues.

The decision to place the officers on administrative duty follows publication last weekend of a database that appears to catalog thousands of bigoted or violent posts by active-duty and former officers in St. Louis and other cities.

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Missouri health officials said Friday an ongoing investigation into reported abortion complications is the reason they’ve withheld a license for the last clinic performing abortions in the state.

The Department of Health and Senior Services says it’s still seeking answers from the clinic about why patients were unaware that they remained pregnant after what the officials described as "failed surgical abortions."

In a statement, Planned Parenthood accused state officials of fearmongering, and maintained it has “bent over backwards to cooperate with [the department].”

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Two former Missouri college students are suing a for-profit school, alleging they were deceived into borrowing thousands of dollars in student loans with false assurances about the quality of the education and their job prospects after graduation.

The Kansas City Star reports that Shayanne Bowman and Jackquelynn Mortenson filed the lawsuit against National American University in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The women say the school ran a "systematic, deceptive marketing scheme" that tricked them into applying for federal student loans that they cannot repay.

The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will remain at a high level because of all the rain that fell in the area over the last month.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will remain at 75,000 cubic feet per second because of all the recent rain.

The Corps' John Remus says the amount of water being released into the river is more than twice the average for this time of year.

More than $9 million in national flood insurance claims already have been paid to a couple hundred Missouri property owners since flooding began this spring.

But that may just be the beginning. Several hundred more claims were pending Wednesday, and officials expect another surge after the current floodwaters began receding and people can assess damage to their homes and businesses.

Missouri utility regulators have approved the acquisition of a large wind energy project by a Chicago firm.

The decision Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission was a necessary step for Invenergy to buy the rights to construct the proposed Grain Belt Express power line.

The project initiated by Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners would carry Kansas wind energy on a 780-mile (1,255-kilometer) path across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into an electric grid in Indiana that serves eastern states.

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The Mississippi River is testing sandbag fortifications as high water levels make their way downstream.

In St. Louis, the river isn't expected to crest until Friday, but river levels already are the second highest on record. The city itself is well protected by a flood wall, but sandbagging was underway in suburban Bellefontaine Neighbors. And residents of one apartment complex near the suburb of Affton were evacuated because of related flooding along the River Des Peres.

St. Louis police are conducting an internal investigation into allegations that current and former police officers posted racist, violent, homophobic and anti-Muslim statements on Facebook.

The posts were disclosed by a Philadelphia-based organization called the Plain View Project, which studied police officers' Facebook posts in St. Louis and seven other jurisdictions. Forty-three of the 3,500 accounts viewed by the group were tied to St. Louis.

The Missouri Constitution forbids lawmakers from accepting free lobbyist meals worth more than $5 — unless the lawmakers are official speakers at the dinner.

It also prohibits them from taking free tickets to St. Louis Cardinals or Kansas City Royals baseball games — unless they're throwing out the first pitch.

The Missouri Ethics Commission outlined those exceptions along with various others Monday as it released a series of interpretations about what state lawmakers and their staff can and can't do under the so-called Clean Missouri amendment approved by voters in 2018.

A St. Louis judge on Tuesday is set to weigh whether physicians from the state's only abortion clinic can be forced to testify amid a legal fight over the facility's license.

The state issued subpoenas to staffers, contractors and former medical residents who worked at Planned Parenthood's St. Louis facility, according to court documents filed by Planned Parenthood.

Mosquitoes are challenging volunteers helping in recovery and cleanup efforts after a tornado outbreak slammed southwest Missouri.

The Joplin Globe reports that state health officials have warned about mosquitoes after heavy rain in the region. The insects are a nuisance and can carry disease.

Volunteer coordinator Gary Stubblefield says volunteers cleaning up after an EF-3 tornado struck parts of Carl Junction on May 22 have asked for repellent contributions since their second day at the site. He says organizers have handed out hundreds of cans, and more is needed.

The swollen Mississippi River is straining levees, snarling traffic and forcing people from their homes as the water level in some places approaches record levels set during devastating flooding in 1993.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was touring flooded areas Monday in the northeast part of the state, where there have been around a dozen water rescues. Statewide, nearly 400 roads are closed, including part of U.S. 136.

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Flooding along the Missouri River has prompted the cancellation of this year's Katy Trail Ride, which was scheduled for June 17-21.

 

Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Park Foundation said in a news release that about 100 miles of the Katy Trail State Park between Boonville and St. Charles is closed because of flooding.

The Missouri River is expected to crest at near record levels early next week and it could be several weeks before the water recedes from the trail.

The annual five-day ride covers 240 miles and attracts hundreds of riders.

Emergency management officials say residents in and around the town of Winfield in northeast Missouri should evacuate after a leave there was breached.

Lincoln County Emergency Management officials said water started going over the Pin Oak levee in Winfield just after midnight Sunday and the levee had been breached by Sunday afternoon.

The warning said at the rate the water is moving, it was expected to reach homes in east Winfield Sunday evening.

Winfield, a town of about 1,400 people, is about 55 miles (88.51 kilometers) northwest of St. Louis.

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

The report issued Monday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 54.3 last month from 55.9 in April. The figure was 58.2 in March.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says tariffs and flooding have harmed several states.

A 25-year-old woman has died after being hit by a car in downtown Columbia.

Columbia police say in a news release that Katie Paul died Saturday night.

She and another pedestrian were struck by the car earlier in the night.

Paul was a fourth-grade teacher at Jefferson City's Moreau Heights Elementary School, according to the Columbia Missourian and the school's facebook page. 

Officials say it is unclear if anyone involved was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The crash is still under investigation.

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Midwestern farmers are enduring a spring like no other and are facing difficult choices in the coming weeks.

 

Most of the nation's corn and soybeans are grown in the Midwest, and the region's farmers have struggled for years with low prices, which got even worse due to a trade dispute between the U.S. and China.

This spring's seemingly endless storms have compounded their problems, keeping many farmers from being able to plant their crops.

Amtrak says flooding is forcing it to suspend service between St. Louis and Fort Worth, Texas, until June 7.

Amtrak officials said in a news release Friday that flooding has diverted freight train traffic onto tracks used by the passenger train service.

Service between Chicago and St. Louis and between San Antonio and Fort Worth will continue as usual.

No substitute transportation is available other than the scheduled Trinity Railway Express commuter train service between Fort Worth and Dallas, which is ticketed separately.

Relentless flooding persisted in the nation's midsection Friday, sending communities underwater and damaging or overtopping levees on three major rivers in two states.

The fast-flowing Arkansas River smashed a 40-foot hole in a levee in rural western Arkansas, causing water to spill into a nearby community. In northeast Missouri, a levee was overtopped on the Mississippi River, and another levee was topped on the Missouri River in the central part of the state.

A substantial sandbagging operation is underway Thursday against the rising floodwater of the River Des Peres in south St. Louis near the Mississippi River.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Mississippi is expected to hit a near-historic crest in coming days.

The River Des Peres is rising to near street level on one side. On the other, waters above street level are restrained by a small berm.

The News-Press in St. Joseph reports that flooding has closed part of U.S. Highway 36 in Livingston County east of Chillicothe in north-central Missouri.

A growing feud has led a presiding circuit court judge in Missouri — accompanied by two armed sheriff's deputies — to remove an elected circuit clerk from her office and appointed a replacement.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson hasn't announced whether he will seek a full term in 2020, but his fundraising outpaces that of those who were seeking the GOP nomination at this point in the 2016 race.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Parson has $3 million spread across two campaign accounts.

Gov. Mike Parson and his wife will move out of the Governor's Mansion next month to make way for a $3.3 million renovation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the work will include upgrading the heating and cooling system, fixing longstanding plumbing problems and restoring interior services. The work should take about a year.

Flooding has forced the closure of more than 300 roads throughout Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said Wednesday that the closures include a 67-mile stretch of Interstate 29, from just north of St. Joseph to the Iowa border.

Other major highways closed because of flooding include U.S. 54 at Louisiana, Missouri, and U.S. 36 west of Bevier at the Chariton River. Some streets near the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City also are closed.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday doubled down on the state's threat not to renew the license of the only abortion clinic in the state and said it would be "reckless" for a judge to weigh in until the state takes action.

Planned Parenthood's license for its St. Louis clinic is set to expire Friday unless the state renews it. But Parson said the state health department found "a series of deficiencies" at the clinic.

Concerns are high that flooding in the central U.S. will get even worse because of the most recent torrential downpours.

Strong storms that spawned dangerous tornadoes in Kansas and northwestern Missouri also brought heavy rain. Flash floods were reported in several places, closing roads and forcing water rescues.

Mark Fuchs of the National Weather Service, says Holt County in northwestern Missouri received 6 inches (15.2 centimeters) of rain, and a widespread area along the Iowa-Missouri border received at least 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain.

The ACLU of Missouri is seeking a statewide vote on a new law that will ban most abortions starting at eight weeks of pregnancy.

The ACLU said Tuesday that it has submitted a referendum petition to the secretary of state's office as a first step toward blocking and potentially repealing the law that Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed last week.

If the petition is approved for circulation, the ACLU would need to gather more than 100,000 signatures to block the law from taking effect on Aug. 28 and force a referendum in 2020.

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