ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal trial involving a lawsuit that Michael Brown's parents filed over his 2014 police shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, now won't happen until at least next year, though a judge is giving both sides time to resolve the matter out of court.

    U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber has scheduled the wrongful-death case filed by Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden to go to trial in February 2018. It had been docketed for October.

   UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence visited a suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery where more than 150 headstones were damaged earlier in the week. He says there is "no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism."

    Pence says at the cemetery in University City that the people of Missouri are inspiring the nation with their "love and care for this place." He is thanking them for "showing the world what America's really all about."

    Pence was joined by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

At a joint news conference in Mexico City on Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the tension between the U.S. and Mexico. After talks with his Mexican counterpart, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, Tillerson said that "in a relationship filled with vibrant colors, two strong sovereign countries, from time to time, will have differences."

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's unemployed would again face losing several weeks of jobless benefits under a bill advancing in the state House.

    House members in a Wednesday voice vote gave the measure initial approval.

    Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick's bill is a revival of a failed 2015 plan to cut the maximum benefits to 13 weeks if the state's jobless rate is below 6 percent. That's seven weeks fewer than what's now allowed.

    Missouri's unemployment rate in December was 4.4 percent. More current data is not available.

   UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) - A suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery badly damaged by vandals is getting a show of support from volunteers, well-wishers and financial contributors from across many faiths.

    Muslim groups have launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Jewish cemetery in University City, Missouri, with a goal of $20,000. By midmorning Wednesday, $66,000 had been raised.

    Cleanup continued Wednesday. The cemetery has posted on Facebook that 154 headstones were damaged in a crime discovered Monday morning.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has given initial approval for legislation establishing a prescription drug monitoring program.

    Senators on Wednesday voted 20-13 to create a database that tracks when prescriptions for controlled substances are written and filed. The goal of such programs is to prevent people from going to multiple doctors to get prescriptions for drugs such as painkillers - sometimes known as "doctor shopping."

    Missouri is the only state that doesn't have such a system.

In America, there is a rare echelon of pop stars so big they only need one name: Madonna, Cher, Prince. In Italy, that name is Zucchero.

  The Missouri Senate is debating the so-called Real ID Act WEDNESDAY. That bill is meant to bring the state’s driver’s licenses in line with federal ID regulations.

  The measure is opposed by dozens of Republican lawmakers, who argue the bill would infringe on their 4th Amendment right to privacy.

  Bill sponsor Republican Ryan Silvey of Kansas City is passionate about getting it passed this session.

This week United Nations officials declared that a famine in South Sudan is growing — fueled by a deadly combination of drought and conflict. They estimate that nearly 4 million people are already struggling to get enough food. And officials expect the famine will spread to more areas in the coming months affecting an additional 1 million people.

Meanwhile the threat of famine is looming over three other countries: Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, putting a total of 1.4 million children at risk of death this year.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made his way to the Duma, the lower house of parliament, on the eve of Defender of the Fatherland Day. The Feb. 23 national holiday was once known as Soviet Army and Navy Day, and Shoigu, dressed in the uniform of a general, came to boast about the Russian military's latest achievements.

"We tested 162 types of contemporary and modernized weapons in Syria, which showed a high level of effectiveness," Shoigu said. Only 10 weapons systems performed below expectations, he added.


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    Seven members of Missouri S&T's swimming team have been selected to compete at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships, slated to begin March 8 as part of the NCAA's D-II Sports Festival in Birmingham, Ala.  Two of the S&T individual qualifers are making return appearances to the national meet, led by Jon Glaser, the Great Lakes Valley Conference's "Swimmer of the Year" for 2017.