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   MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims that a St. Louis suburb is violating federal housing laws by disproportionately revoking occupancy permits of blacks, women and disabled residents.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council's lawsuit filed Monday accuses Maplewood of violating the Fair Housing Act.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri-Kansas City students are expressing ongoing concerns about a lack of transparency following an alleged rape in a dorm last month.

   The Kansas City Star  reports university administrators called a meeting Monday to hear from students, faculty and staff after a protest last week regarding better protection against sexual violence for students.

   Freshman Zoe Rickman, who lives near the dorm where the rape allegedly occurred, says she only heard about the alleged incident from Facebook.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Saint Louis University's medical school is on probation after an accrediting agency found what it called multiple curriculum gaps and inadequate policies. 

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the school remains accredited but has two years to fix roughly 20 action items identified as non-compliant by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. 

   A Missouri Senate committee is weighing whether to allow charter schools to expand beyond St. Louis and Kansas City. 

   The bill sponsor, GOP Senator Bill Eigel of St. Charles says increased competition from charter schools will make all schools better. 

   But Democrat Jason Holsman of Kansas City says they don’t belong statewide, especially if established schools are doing well on annual performance reports:

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has voted to prohibit local elected officials from accepting lobbyist gifts. 

   The proposal received initial approval Tuesday with a voice vote. It would prevent any local government official, including superintendents or charter school operators, from accepting lobbyist gifts.  

   The measure would apply to cities, counties, municipalities, school districts or charter districts. 

   The St. Louis Blues extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's House budget leader says lawmakers might not have changed corporate tax law if they'd known what it would actually cost.

   Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press that lawmakers had poor information when the 2015 bill came up for a vote.

   The measure was estimated to cost about $15 million annually. Corporate tax revenues dropped more than $155 million the first fiscal year it was implemented, though it's not clear whether that was all from the tax change.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The parents of a Wichita woman who was missing since Jan. 15 say a body found in a car pulled from the Missouri River was that of their daughter.

   A car belonging to 20-year-old Toni Anderson, a Missouri-Kansas City student, was pulled from the river near Parkville Friday.

   Police have not confirmed the identity of a body inside the car. But Anderson's mother and father told Kansas City-area media the body was Toni's.

   Her mother, Liz Anderson, says no foul play is suspected in her daughter's death.

   FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) - After weeks of testimony from both sides, the Florissant City Council lifted a ban on pit bulls but increased regulations on dangerous dogs. 

   The council voted Monday to end a ban on pit bulls. However, a new ordinance contains stronger language requiring residents to register their pets and for enforcing rules on spaying and neutering. 

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports supporters of the pit bull ban said they were concerned about public safety, while opponents said safety depends on people being responsible dog owners. 

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A circuit judge has approved a settlement of a lawsuit against the University of Missouri Board of Curators over a Columbia firefighter's death.

   The amount of the settlement in the February 2014 death of Fire Lt. Bruce Britt was not disclosed.

   Circuit Judge Jodie Asel approved the settlement Monday, with the condition that Britt's mother would not intervene and a conservator is appointed for Britt's 6-year-old daughter.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri First Lady Sheena Greitens has found a treasure trove in the governor's mansion storage locker.

   Greitens says she heard that there might be some children's books left over from past events at the mansion. She hoped to find enough to hand out at an Easter egg event next month.

   But when she arrived in the storage locker, Greitens says she was "blown away" to find a mountain of about 20 boxes full of hundreds of children's books from Scholastic.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri will pay $80,000 to a search firm helping the university find a new men's basketball coach. 

   The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university released details of its contract with the Parker Executive Search firm on Monday. 

   The fee doesn't include direct expenses, which are capped at $9,600. The contract also doesn't include costs for such things as committee travel and background investigations, which will be billed separately. 

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is giving paid parental leave to state executive branch workers.

   The Republican announced an executive order Monday to grant up to six weeks paid leave for primary caregivers and three weeks for secondary caregivers to spend time with newborn or adopted children.

   The change doesn't apply to employees who work for the Legislature, judiciary or other statewide elected officials.

   State policy allows for up to 12 weeks unpaid leave. That could be split if both parents work for the state.

   Lawmakers have strengthened legislation designed to curb misuse of herbicides in Missouri. 

   The bill passed last month by the House would allow the state Department of Agriculture to issue fines of up to 2-thousand dollars an acre. But a Senate committee Monday boosted the fines to 10-thousand dollars per violation before passing it unanimously. 

   Bill sponsor Representative Don Rone of New Madrid County says he’s okay with the tougher penalties:

   FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A filmmaker is denying that surveillance video in his documentary about the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, was edited in a deceptive way.

   Jason Pollock's documentary raises new questions about events leading up to the fatal Aug. 9, 2014, encounter in which white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was 18, black and unarmed. Wilson was later cleared of wrongdoing.

   After dropping its first home game of the season in Sunday's opener against Illinois Springfield, Missouri S&T got a clutch hit from Eli Miller to force the nightcap into extra innings and gained a split with a run in the 13th inning to take a 6-5 decision.  UIS took the first game 3-1.

   Missouri S&T finished its weekend at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships with four more All-America and two school record performances to end up in 14th place in the final team standings.

   CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says two people are charged after a shooting injured a sheriff's deputy and one of the suspects.

   The patrol says Mississippi County Sheriff's deputies were executing a search warrant related to a narcotics investigation Friday in Wyatt when one of the suspects began shooting and deputies returned fire.

   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - All-star catcher and retired broadcaster Tim McCarver will be honored by the Liberty Bowl at a dinner this summer.

   The Liberty Bowl says in a news release that McCarver will receive its Distinguished Citizen Award on June 25.

   The event will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

   McCarver attended Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. He played 12 of his 21 major league seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

   McCarver was a TV network analyst for more than three decades. He retired after the 2013 season.

   FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A convenience store is disputing a new documentary's claims that surveillance video suggests Michael Brown didn't rob the store before he was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.

   Filmmaker Jason Pollock tells The New York Times he believes the previously unreleased footage shows Brown trading a small amount of marijuana for a bag of cigarillos around 1 a.m. on Aug. 9, 2014. Pollock reasons Brown intended to come back later for the cigarillos.

   An attorney for the store and its employees says no such transaction took place.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A generation after St. Louis elected its first African-American mayor, many in the black community are convinced that unchecked egos cost them the chance to regain leadership of the racially divided city.

   Lyda Krewson, a white alderwoman, defeated black city Treasurer Tishaura Jones by fewer than 900 votes in Tuesday's Democratic primary. St. Louis is heavily Democratic, so Krewson will be the overwhelming favorite in the April 4 general election.

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