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Missouri's biggest cities and counties have banded together to track the prescription and sale of opioids.

St. Louis County, the city of St. Louis and several other counties have their own prescription drug monitoring program set to go online next month.

Missouri is the only state without such a system, thanks largely to the efforts of a Republican state senator who has concerns about patient privacy and the potential for health records to be hacked.

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ST. LOUIS - One of St. Louis County's two election directors has been suspended and the other is mulling retirement in the wake of a mistake that resulted in ballot shortages at dozens of precincts.

Republican elections director Gary Fuhr said in an interview Wednesday that he's leaning toward retirement even though the St. Louis County Elections Commission is urging him to reconsider.

The commission on Tuesday suspended Democratic elections director Eric Fey for two weeks, and elections coordinator Laura Goebel for one week.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY - The top two elections officials in St. Louis County will testify before the Missouri House Urban Issues Committee after ballot shortages affected nearly eight percent of precincts on Tuesday.

Committee Chairman Courtney Curtis, a Democrat from Ferguson, announced the hearing Wednesday. Curtis initially asked that both Democratic elections director Eric Fey and Republican director Gary Fuhr testify Thursday. The directors requested a delay to allow more time to gather information on what went wrong.

A date for the hearing has not been set.

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Two protesters arrested in Ferguson during protests last year are challenging the St. Louis County ordinance cited in their arrest, calling it too vague.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $24 million to St. Louis County to aid community betterment projects in distressed areas.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The state is suing 13 St. Louis County municipal courts over what it calls fiscal failures.

The state says the cities of Beverly Hills, Breckenridge Hills, Pagedale, Pasadena Park and Upland Park didn't file required annual financial reports to ensure they didn't exceed a cap on traffic court revenue.

The lawsuit claims that Crystal Lake, Hillsdale, Mackenzie and Velda Village Hills didn't indicate how much of their operating revenue came from court fines and fees.

(Updated 1:50 p.m. Friday, March 14)

State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has dropped his bid for re-election – ending two weeks of political suspense about his intentions.