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   Mike Leake allowed four hits over eight innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Wednesday night. Yadier Molina hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Molina's streak ties Kolten Wong for the Cardinals' longest this season.  Leake (5-2) struck out five and walked none. He maintained a National League-leading 1.91 ERA.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The new chancellor of the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia says he'll press for partnerships and "strive for inclusive excellence" at the school that has grappled in recent years with racial acrimony.

   Alexander Cartwright was introduced Wednesday as the Columbia campus' new overseer. He has served since September 2014 as the State University of New York's provost and executive vice chancellor.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The federal agency investigating an April 3 explosion that killed four people in south St. Louis plans to release findings of its investigation on Thursday.

   The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board will issue a report into the explosion at Loy-Lange Box Co. The blast sent a van-sized steam condensation tank hurtling through the air, landing through the roof of a neighboring business.

   One worker died at Loy-Lange, and three people died at Faultless Healthcare Linen after the tank landed in that company's office.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Confederate monument in St. Louis' Forest Park has been vandalized after both supporters and opponents of the monument clashed over whether it should be removed.

   KMOV-TV  reports that police were on hand Tuesday night as people on both sides of the debate gathered at the monument. There were arguments, but no physical confrontations and no arrests.

   Hours later, vandals painted graphic language on the monument.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Democratic state lawmaker has taped messages from constituents to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens's door urging him to veto a bill pre-empting St. Louis' minimum wage increase.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., of St. Louis, took the action early Wednesday. He said he was "inspired" by Greitens who led a group of rally-goers to lobby opponents of a utility bill that's the focus of a special session.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is one of several states where proposals to punish adults in cases where children gained access to unsecured weapons have stalled in the Legislature.

   The issue arises after Missouri has recorded six children ages 3 and under dying in accidental shootings between 2014 and 2016. The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network examined cases across the country in which children killed themselves or other children with unsecured firearms.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A health system based in Kansas City, Missouri, has signed an agreement with Washington University in St. Louis that gives patients access to clinical trials through the university's National Cancer Institute-supported research.

   The Kansas City Star  reports the agreement between St. Luke's Health System and the university's Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center will take effect June 1. Patients should start having access to trials by late summer.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City is pulling out of the federal health care exchanges in Kansas and Missouri next year because of mounting financial losses.

   The company's announcement Wednesday makes it just the latest insurer to drop out of the government-backed marketplaces that were a pillar of the Obama-era federal health care overhaul law. The nation's third-largest insurer, Aetna, announced earlier this month that it will completely leave the exchanges for 2018.

   University of Missouri System tuition is going up this fall.

   In its monthly meeting Tuesday, the UM System Board of Curators voted to raise tuition and fees on all four system campuses. These changes will take effect at the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year, which starts July 1. 

   Undergraduate tuition on all four campuses will be going up by about 2 percent. Nonresident graduate students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla will feel the greatest increase. Their tuition will go up 6 percent. 

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has given final approval to a proposal that supporters say would bring hundreds of jobs to the southeastern corner of the state.

   The proposal passed Wednesday with a 120-17 vote.

   The original bill would've allowed steel-works facilities and aluminum smelters to negotiate lower utilities rates than what is allowed under current law. Lawmakers later expanded the proposal to allow any new facility using more than 50 megawatts of electricity a month to negotiate lower rates.

   Logan Forsythe doubled in a run in the 13th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Tuesday night after a stellar duel between starters Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn. Forsythe played for the first time in a month and struck out in his first four at-bats before walking in the 11th and delivering the winning hit in the 13th. His double off Jonathan Broxton (0-1) scored Enrique Hernandez.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A court ruling requires Missouri to at least temporarily remove GPS monitoring devices from some sex offenders.

   The injunction was filed Monday in Cole County in a lawsuit filed against the state on behalf of a sex offender from St. Charles County.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports  the Department of Corrections Board of Probation and Parole installed 364 GPS ankle monitors on sex offenders in April because of new security requirements. Lifetime monitoring was not part of the offenders' sentencing agreements.

   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program.

   A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two years and with it would go millions of dollars in grants for reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns.

   Landmarks Illinois director Frank Butterfield says small communities could miss out on much needed economic development funding.

   TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas' child welfare agency says it last had contact in February 2012 with a boy who was murdered and fed to pigs in 2015 but had later contact with other family.

   The Department for Children and Families on Tuesday clarified an earlier statement about 7-year-old Adrian Jones and his family. The boy's father and stepmother are in prison for his death in Kansas City, Kansas.

   A May 5 statement said the department's last contact with the family was February 2012.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities say a 2-year-old Missouri girl died after her mom's boyfriend injured the toddler using "wrestling moves."

   Authorities say one of the moves 24-year-old Richard Gamache Jr. of House Springs allegedly used involved picking up the girl and slamming her to the ground.

   Jefferson County Sheriff David Marshak says the girl was hospitalized after having a seizure on May 16. She died three days later.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Dashcam video shows that a University of Missouri-Kansas City student seemed confused when she was stopped for wrong-way driving but let go without a road sobriety test before her car went into the Missouri River.

  A North Kansas City police officer had stopped Anderson on Jan. 15, the last night she was seen. She'd just left her job as a server at a strip club. The officer told her to go park and collect herself. She wasn't asked to exit her car.

   Police Maj. Kevin Freeman says that the officer "acted reasonably."

   The full Missouri House is poised to take up a bill Wednesday that’s designed to reopen a shuttered aluminum plant in southeastern Missouri. St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin has the details:

   The bill will allow the state’s Public Service Commission to negotiate a lower utility rate with Ameren Missouri to reopen the Noranda aluminum plant and to build a new steel plant nearby.

   GOP Representative Don Rone of Portageville is the bill sponsor. He says the project’s backers have almost everything they need:

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton plans to retire at the end of the next academic year.

   Morton announced his decision Tuesday in an email to faculty. He has been chancellor since 2008, after being an administrator at Aquila Inc.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri System is set to hire the provost and executive vice chancellor at the State University of New York to run its flagship campus in Columbia, two years after the previous chancellor resigned amid protests over racial concerns on campus.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has endorsed a bill authorizing discounted electric rates for steel and aluminum production facilities after removing a more controversial provision.

   The revised bill is expected to be considered Wednesday by the full House after the chamber's utilities committee voted Tuesday to advance it.

   The lower rates for those facilities could be offset with higher costs for other customers.

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