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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tishaura Jones has called systemic racism the biggest obstacle to progress in St. Louis, and the city’s new mayor used her inauguration speech on Tuesday to pledge to fight back against all types of discrimination.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves.

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CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) — A southeastern Missouri city has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle its part in a lawsuit brought by the family of a Black man who died in jail after having his neck pinned down for several minutes by the knee of a white sheriff.

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Missouri is preparing to launch a $5 million ad campaign to urge residents to get the coronavirus vaccine as appointment times begin to go unfilled in some places even though the state expanded eligibility to everyone age 16 or older.

A Washington man became the 15th person to win a Show Me Cash Jackpot prize when his ticket matched the winning numbers from the April 1 drawing, according to a press release from the Missouri Lottery. 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue that now is the time to increase …

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“If you run ‘em, we’ll ride ‘em,” a railroad advocacy group proclaimed in a rally Thursday at the Capitol, calling upon state lawmakers to restore daily cross-state passenger service to its pre-COVID-19 levels.

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The Franklin County Health Department reported nine new COVID-19 cases Friday, 16 new cases Thursday and 17 new cases Wednesday, bringing the countywide total since the pandemic started one year ago to 9,243 cases. The number of probable cases reported was 2,033.

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Members of the Missouri House of Representatives’ Budget Committee approved last week a proposed budget that would slash Amtrak funding, causing the railway to reduce the number of trains operating between Kansas City and St. Louis.

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The field of potential candidates seeking to replace Sen. Roy Blunt narrowed Monday when Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe announced he will not seek the Republican nomination in 2022 but will instead run for governor in 2024.

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Americans will be getting extra time to prepare their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service says it's delaying the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17.

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An attempt to gradually increase Missouri’s motor fuel tax rate for the first time in more than two decades passed the Senate Thursday, a feat celebrated by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and transportation advocates around the state.

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Sen. Roy Blunt said the decision to run for a Senate term is an eight-year decision, with two years running for office, followed by six years in office if successful.

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By the end of the year, the tree-covered hills of the former RockyVine campground just outside of Dutzow will be alive with the sound of laughter as the first residents of Bethel Hills Community move into their new homes. 

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Eric Greitens' political future seemed doomed by scandal when he resigned as Missouri governor. Now, he appears primed to test whether Sen. Roy Blunt's retirement provides a path for redemption within a Republican Party searching for direction after former President Dona…

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Although the site is still pending approval from all parties, David Hoffmann said he hopes to construct his promised 50- to 95-room hotel high on the bluffs of Montelle Winery.

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A bill sponsored by state Rep. John Simmons, R-Washington, would require a photo identification to vote is waiting to be taken up by the Senate.

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QARAQOSH, Iraq (AP) — Pope Francis urged Iraq’s Christians on Sunday to forgive the injustices against them by Muslim extremists and to rebuild as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds in the community’s historic heartland, which was nearly erased by the Islamic S…

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Pope Francis opened the first-ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday with a plea for the country to protect its centuries-old diversity, urging Muslims to embrace their Christian neighbors as a precious resource and asking the embattled Christian community -- “though small like a …

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O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The effort to free Lamar Johnson, who has spent 26 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn’t commit, hit another roadblock Tuesday when the Missouri Supreme Court refused to grant a new trial.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Local health officials in Missouri would be prevented from ordering businesses and schools to close for more than 15 days during an emergency without getting permission of elected officeholders under a Republican bill that got initial backing Wednesday.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Cities along the Mississippi River will take part in a global system to determine where plastic pollution comes from and how it ends up in waterways as a first step toward solving the problem, officials said Wednesday.

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St. Louis’ first-ever female mayor will be replaced by another woman, after city Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderwoman Cara Spencer on Tuesday bested two men in a new primary election format to advance to next month’s general election.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated — and he pushed states to get at least one shot into the arms of teachers by the end of March to hasten school reo…

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Detectives are looking at data from the “black box” of Tiger Woods' SUV to get a clearer picture of what occurred during the Southern California rollover crash that seriously injured the golf star, authorities said Wednesday.

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An unwelcome, expensive and possibly illegal surprise was the topic of discussion at an emergency city meeting Thursday night in New Haven. The Board of Aldermen and other city officials met to discuss a quadruple increase in the price of the city’s natural gas in February compared to Januar…

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies.

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