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Man sentenced to equivalent of life as teen granted parole

A man who was effectively sentenced to life in prison for a robbery he committed as a teenager in St. Louis has been granted parole, years after the judge who sentenced him had a change of heart.

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More districts modify COVID-19 rules after Schmitt letter

 Two Kansas City area districts are dropping mask mandates and modifying quarantine rules in response to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's threats to file legal action against districts over the regulations.

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AP seeks answers from US gov’t on tracking of journalists 

The Associated Press sought answers Monday from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter. 

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Missouri funeral home board ousted amid inspections conflict

Gov. Mike Parson’s office appointed four new members to a state board that oversees funeral homes amid complaints that the previous members had beefed up inspections too much after one crematory was found in such disrepair that body fluids were leaking onto the floor.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations up dramatically in Missouri

COVID-19 cases are rising sharply again across Missouri, prompting renewed concerns about overcrowding at hospitals and long waits for emergency services and hospital beds.

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Missouri effort launched to put legal marijuana to 2022 vote

The leader of a campaign to legalize marijuana use in Missouri said he is confident the issue will pass if his group gathers enough signatures to put the question on the 2022 election ballot.

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Missouri AG demands that local COVID mandates end

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday warned school districts and local public health agencies that he will take legal action if they do not stop enforcing COVID-19 mandates such as mask wearing and quarantines.

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Missouri governor proposes $15 minimum pay for state workers

Missouri state employees would get a 5.5% pay raise and earn at least $15 an hour under a proposal put forth Monday by Gov. Mike Parson to try to make the state a more attractive place to work.

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