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Springfield, Missouri, is celebrating a man whose civil rights case changed the course of American history.

Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Oliver Brown — the lead plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. The 1954 case led to desegregation of schools.

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Missouri's third-largest county has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers and drug distributors, accusing them of causing the drug epidemic through aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioids.

Officials in St. Charles County filed the suit Monday, seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit says the suburban St. Louis County spends millions of dollars each year to combat the public nuisance created by opioid abuse.

Advocates for the disabled say funding cuts to in-home care could force some Missouri residents into nursing homes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports about $8 million of the $50 million the state Legislature initially cut last year has been restored. Republican State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick is chair of the House Budget Committee. He says the cuts affected more than 7,800 disabled Missouri residents. 

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Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, as water becomes increasingly scarce.

Missouri has had below-average rainfall since winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Missouri is experiencing drought, with several counties in northern and southwestern parts of the state especially hard-hit. 

An ethics panel says there's reason to believe that former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens broke the law over how his campaign reported a donor list it obtained from a charity he founded. But the Missouri Ethics Commission director in a Friday letter wrote that the local prosecutor won't press charges.

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson said he didn't find evidence of "willful misrepresentation" over when The Mission Continues donor list was reported.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has sued the St. Louis Housing Authority over conditions at a low-income housing complex, alleging problems that include rodent and pest infestations, mold and structural failures.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, cites concerns at the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex. It also names the company that manages the complex, McCormack Baron Management.

The lawsuit alleges that the problems have long been evident but have not been resolved.

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri candidate who recently won a surprise victory in the Republican primary for state auditor is now facing questions about whether she's eligible to run.

The Kansas City Star reports that Saundra McDowell will face Democratic incumbent Nicole Galloway in the Nov. 6 general election. Many Republican officials, however, worry that McDowell could undercut the party's chances of ousting Galloway this fall.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A jury has awarded Missouri prison guards compensation for work they performed before and after their shifts.

A Cole County jury on Tuesday awarded $113.7 million to 13,000 current corrections officers or those who worked at the Department of Corrections since 2007.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports legal filings in the case say the guards weren't paid for entrance and exit procedures they must perform every day, even though they are in uniform and expected to respond at any time.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri state trooper who was driving a boat when a handcuffed Iowa man fell out and drowned is suing to get his peace officers' license back.

Anthony Piercy filed a lawsuit this week against the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the agency's director.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City shopping district has banned the use of new dockless electric scooters in the area because of safety issues. The Kansas City Star reports that users of the Bird scooter rentals were notified Wednesday not to ride or drop off in the Country Club Plaza.

Kansas City struck a six-month deal with California-based Bird Rides Inc. last week to put a limited number of electric scooters on the city's streets. The move came after the company dropped about 100 scooters into the city without notice or clearance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State and federal officials are asking Exxon Mobil to pay more than $1.8 million in compensation for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The state Game and Fish Commission proposed the settlement Tuesday, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

The funds would pay for wildlife restoration and compensate the government for damage caused when the 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower near Lake Conway.


TUSCUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri detention officer has been charged with having sex with a female inmate.

Miller County jailer Samuel Evans, of Eldon, was charged Friday with a felony of having sexual conduct with a prisoner. He posted $10,000 bond.

Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregoire said in a statement he was disappointed in Evans' actions. He said he will not tolerate that type of conduct in his employees.

Online court records don't name an attorney for Evans.

JOPLIN — Two Joplin companies are at the forefront of the country's battery development industry.

A new company, ZAF Energy Systems, is joining longtime local manufacturer, EaglePicher Technologies, in transforming how batteries are made and used, the Joplin Globe reported .

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The powers of organized labor are being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether to ban mandatory union fees in all workplaces.

The vote Tuesday on a so-called right-to-work law marks the first time the public will get to weigh in on union powers since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this summer that government workers cannot be forced to pay union fees.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Boone County prosecutors have reduced some charges against a 32-year-old woman charged after a car crash killed one of her three children.

Demetres Washington of Columbia was charged in April 2017 with second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree assault. Prosecutors on Friday amended the three kidnapping charges to second-degree kidnapping.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Few members of Congress are more entrenched than William Lacy Clay of St. Louis, but a once-homeless woman spurred to activism in Ferguson believes she could be the next Democrat to pull off a big primary upset.

Cori Bush watched in June as her friend, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, shocked the political establishment by beating 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley in the New York Democratic primary. That has fueled Bush's optimism heading into Missouri's Aug. 7 primary.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tourist boat was on the lake despite wind speeds far exceeding allowable limits when it sank last month in Missouri, killing 17 people, according to a certificate of inspection made public Wednesday.

The Coast Guard announced that it has convened a formal Marine Board of Investigation into the July 19 accident involving a Ride the Ducks of Branson duck boat. The vessel sank at Table Rock Lake near Branson during a storm. A news release announcing the investigation included a link to the certificate of inspection issued by the Coast Guard on Feb. 7, 2017.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Hawley is suing the owners of an eastern Missouri quarry after two men died there this year.

Hawley on Monday announced the lawsuit against The Offsets in the Mine La Motte area north of Fredericktown. He's asking a judge to close the site until the owners address safety concerns. A message left seeking comment from The Offsets was not immediately returned Monday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank this month in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people's safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, a lawsuit alleges.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network, raising questions about the extent to which Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 elections.

McCaskill, who is up for re-election this year, confirmed the attempted hack after The Daily Beast website reported that Russia's GRU intelligence agency tried to break into the senator's computers in August 2017. The Daily Beast report Thursday was based on the site's forensic analysis after a Microsoft executive said last week that the company had helped stop email phishing attacks on three unidentified candidates.

Top Missouri Republicans are joining together to fight a ballot initiative that would change redistricting.

The group Missourians First on Thursday announced former Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will lead the effort. Top Republican lawmakers are also helping.

The Missouri county that includes Kansas City is the latest municipality to sue opioid makers, distributors and pharmacies over what it calls the "worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history."

Jackson County alleges in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court that the epidemic has burdened the county with opioid-related hospitalizations, emergency medical responses to overdoses, babies born in withdrawal, incarcerations and child welfare cases, The Kansas City Star reports. It says more than 300 people died of opioid overdose deaths in the county from 2013 to 2017.

BRANSON — The Better Business Bureau is warning people to do their research before buying a timeshare in Branson and to beware of high-pressure sales tactics.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced Tuesday that she wants to enshrine into law federal recommendations to improve duck boat safety such as getting rid of canopies that can trap passengers if the vehicles sink, a move that comes after a deadly accident in Missouri.

McCaskill said during a speech on the Senate floor that she is drafting legislation following the sinking of a sightseeing boat last week on Table Rock Lake near Branson that killed 17 people.

Television helicopters hovered as thousands of protesters flooded the streets not far from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

The images of a convenience store set ablaze and heavily armed officers introduced many people to Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb that would become synonymous with the national debate over police treatment of minorities.

The government announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday to assist farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China and other trading partners.

The plan focuses on Midwest soybean producers and others targeted by retaliatory measures.

President Donald Trump will be visiting an Illinois steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.

The White House says Trump will talk about trade during an event Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Steel Corp. plant in Granite City, Illinois, near St. Louis for his first trip to Illinois since becoming president.

Missouri House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty is resigning effective Sunday.

The Kansas City Democrat gave her resignation letter Friday to Gov. Mike Parson. She's stepping down several months before her final term would have ended so that she can start a new job Monday as head of Jackson County's Assessment Department.

State conservation officials say six black bears have died after being hit by vehicles in Missouri this year.

Missouri Department of Conservation biologist Laura Conless says the number of deaths is higher than last year but is not an unusually high number.

Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump against claims that the president is too soft on Russia, telling a St. Louis crowd that Russian aggression has been met with "American strength and action."

Pence spoke Thursday at a downtown hotel. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Pence said Trump's policies are making a positive difference in St. Louis and around the country.