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    In the midst of a tight race to determine which teams will make the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament field, Missouri S&T's baseball team will look to improve its position in the mix as it faces Missouri-St. Louis in a four-game series this weekend. This weekend's series – which was scheduled to take place at the S&T Ballpark – has been moved to Crane Stadium at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., and will begin on Friday afternoon due to the weekend weather concerns in the Midwest.

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A transgender woman has filed a harassment lawsuit against two Missouri construction companies.

   The Columbia Daily Tribune  reports that J. Aubrey Simonetti sued Columbia-based Keith Contracting and Grove Construction General Contracting on Tuesday. She alleges one company fired her over the issue of her 2015 transition, and the other canceled an interview with her.

   Simonetti says a Keith employee told her she was fired in July 2015 because of "her sex and for wearing women's clothing and makeup."

   FULTON, Mo. (AP) - A woman says she once called an abuse hotline because she suspected a central man whose body authorities believe was found in a dumpster this week was being abused at a group home.

   Mary Martin told The Columbia Daily Tribune  she wasn't allowed to have contact with the man, Carl DeBrodie, after she called the hotline.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri local governments no longer would be able to mandate union working conditions for construction projects under a bill passed by the Legislature.

   House members voted 104-52 Thursday to send the measure to Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who's called for the policy change.

   Counties, cities and other local governments currently have the option to issue bid requirements mandating union working conditions for contractors if the projects are less than half funded by the state.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit settlements and judgments.

   House members voted 150-1 on Thursday to pass legislation to require the attorney general and administration commissioner to update lawmakers and others monthly on state legal expenses.

   CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say 54 cases of mumps have been confirmed among students at Southeast Missouri State University. 

   KFVS-TV reports that there also are another 23 probable cases among students at the Cape Girardeau school. School leaders believe the peak of the mumps outbreak has passed, but expect to see more positive cases on campus and in the community. Students are being urged to receive a booster dose of the vaccine that protects against mumps, as well as measles and rubella. 

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed a bond measure for a new music and dance conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

   Lawmakers voted in favor of the resolution Thursday. It will soon move to the governor's desk.

   The legislation would grant the authority to issue as much as $48 million in state bonds to cover half of the estimated $96 million project. The plan would ask the state to pay off $5.5 million annually for 10 years.

   Improved athletics facilities, a new clearly defined “arrival district” off of U.S. Highway 63, student housing and academic districts, and continued growth of corporate partnerships with further development of Innovation Park are all planned changes at Missouri University of Science and Technology, as outlined in an updated Campus Master Plan.

   The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved the updated plan during its meeting on the Missouri S&T campus on Thursday, April 27.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri's Columbia campus has announced revised policies related to protests, with the changes coming nearly two years after the campus was besieged by demonstrations over racial concerns.

   The new policies announced Thursday include a commitment to "protecting the rights of expression, assembly, protest, and dissent." Outdoor areas will be made available whenever possible, even for unscheduled gatherings.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has passed a school choice bill that would create education savings accounts for students with disabilities, foster children and children with parents in the military.

   The bill passed Thursday by a 20-12 vote. It now moves to the House.

   The legislation would create a tax credit program that parents of children with special needs could use to pay for educational expenses such as private school tuition, online classes and home schooling.

   P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists and Vernon Fiddler scored with 5:05 left, sending the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

  Adam Larsson scored his second goal of the third period with 4:40 to play, and the Edmonton Oilers blew a two-goal lead in a wild third period before beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in their second-round playoff series opener.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two men once detained at the Jackson County jail are separately suing over the lockup's conditions they say included sewage issues.

        The Kansas City Star  reports one federal lawsuit Wednesday by Joshua Riechmann alleges his jail cell stunk like a sewer. He alleges that when inmates in adjoining cells flushed, urine and human excrement at times backed up into Riechmann's toilet.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A man serving a 27-year sentence in federal prison isn't having much luck persuading judges that his prosecution violated his supposed religious right to traffic heroin. 

   The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Timothy Anderson's appeal of his St. Louis convictions last year of conspiracy and of possessing heroin with plans to deal it. 

   SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Family members of a man whose death was caused by Arkansas death row inmate Kenneth Williams say they forgive him, and they bought plane tickets so the condemned man's daughter and granddaughter could visit before his scheduled execution Thursday.

   Kayla Greenwood, is the daughter of Michael Greenwood, who was killed in a 1999 traffic wreck with Williams after he had escaped from prison. Williams faces execution Thursday for killing Cecil Bore while on the run.

   CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Kerry Turman, a longtime bassist for The Temptations, has died after a performance in Missouri. He was 59.

        The coroner in Cape Girardeau County says Turman was found dead at a local hotel early Sunday, shortly after performing Saturday night in Cape Girardeau. The vocal group is currently touring with the Beach Boys.

        Turman had performed with The Temptations since the 1980s. The group had several hits in the 1960s and '70s, including No. 1 song "My Girl."

  FULTON, Mo. (AP) - Investigators say DNA from the mother of a missing Missouri man could help to determine if it was his body found encased in concrete inside a dumpster in a storage unit.

   Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers says he is 95 percent sure the body found Monday is that of 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie, who had lived at a group home for the developmentally disabled in Fulton for nine years. Fulton is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of St. Louis.

   Myers says he expects to meet DeBrodie's mother Wednesday.

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - An audit launched in the wake of unrest following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson found the city's court system "in disarray" and disorganized.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released details of the audit Wednesday. The report gives the St. Louis suburb's court system a "poor" rating, the lowest available.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis' city minimum wage could rise to $10 an hour starting next week now that the state's highest court won't reconsider its ruling upholding it.

          The Missouri Supreme Court in February rejected claims by business groups that setting a wage higher than the state's $7.65 one would spawn regulatory confusion. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to revisit that, ending the issue.

        The ordinance sets a $10-an-hour minimum wage in the city this year, climbing to $11 in 2018.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are pushing legislation that would make it harder for judges to require domestic violence victims to disclose confidential addresses.

   House and Senate leadership announced Wednesday that they would push an amendment to allow the secretary of state to intervene if a court wanted to require a person protected under a state program to release a confidential address.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri representatives have approved that the state pay an extra $241 million in unexpected expenses for this fiscal year.

  Most of the money comes from federal funds, and most of it will go toward unexpected Medicaid expenses. About $44 million comes from state general revenue.

   The state has allocated about $10 million to the Department of Transportation for vehicle replacements and equipment improvements.

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