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STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri cancer patients who rely on oral chemotherapy pills could see lower costs under legislation sent to the governor's desk Thursday. The House gave final approval to the bill that would prohibit insurance companies from charging patients significantly more for oral cancer drugs than traditional intravenous treatments. Supporters said the measure would increase access to effective medication for cancer patients. By Jordan Shapiro. SENT: 470 words.
JEFERSON CITY — Legislation creating special tax breaks for businesses that relocate to Missouri has been put on hold in the state House. The bill had received initial approval Wednesday and was scheduled for a second House vote Thursday that would send it to the Senate. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has approved a mid-year spending bill that includes money for education and social services. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 200 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
KANSAS CITY — Religious leaders and the 12-year-old daughter of a man recently deported from Kansas City gather Thursday outside a federal immigration office in a bid to have the man returned to the U.S. UPCOMING: 400 words.
WASHINGTON — After 18 years of searching for his family history, a Missouri man has found his half brother living just 80 miles away. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote late last year about Don Schroeder's nearly two-decade search for his birth father, James White. Schroeder's birth mother dated White just twice before White left for the Army and dropped out of sight. Schroeder, born in May 1955, was then adopted by parents who have since died. SENT: 450 words.
JAZZ SITE DEMOLITION
ST. LOUIS — A three-story building in midtown St. Louis where jazz greats such as Count Basie, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington once played is facing demolition after being declared a public safety hazard. Jazz stars were drawn to the Castle Ballroom in the 1930s and it is considered one of St. Louis' last remaining buildings with historic connections to the city's black community, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Severe weather last year caused one of the walls to collapse at the vacant building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. SENT: 390 words.
— EGG LAWSUIT-IOWA — Gov. Terry Branstad says he has joined a lawsuit filed in Missouri seeking to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens.
— INFANT'S BODY FOUND — Warrensburg police are asking the public for information on any woman who was close to delivering a child in February or March, and any suspicious circumstances surrounding the birth.
— SCHOOL SUED — The Jefferson City school district and two high school administrators have been dropped from a lawsuit filed over a relationship between a teacher and a former student.
— ST LOUIS-WATER — St. Louis officials say the Missouri River is to blame for a foul smell in drinking water.
— ELLISVILLE-RED-LIGHT CAMERAS — A St. Louis County town is ending use of red-light cameras.
— MISSOURI STATE-LOCKER PHOTOS — A former Missouri State University professor is charged with taking photos of men undressing in two campus locker rooms.
— GALLATIN FIRE — A fire destroyed three businesses in a small northwest Missouri town.
— SCHOOL SHOOTING DRILL — A realistic school shooting drill at a southeast Missouri high school prompted several teachers concerned about their safety to seek legal advice from the local prosecutor.
— HIT AND RUN-CHESTERFIELD — A Chesterfield woman is charged with leaving the scene of a hit and run accident that killed a pedestrian.
— SEABEE MEMORIAL — A monument honoring U.S. Navy Seabee veterans will be unveiled this weekend in Bloomfield.
— GIFT-CARD HEIST — Two sisters from St. Joseph are charged with stealing gift cards from a hospital where they volunteered.
— OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING — An eastern Missouri police officer shot and killed a man as he was running from officers during a chase.
— PLOW DRIVER-AWARD — A Missouri Department of Transportation worker has been honored for saving a woman from a burning home while he was plowing snow last month.
— JUVENILE MURDERERS — A Missouri Senate panel has endorsed legislation that would change how the state sentences juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.
— LEWIS AND CLARK-STATUE — A St. Louis riverfront statue of explorers Lewis and Clark is getting a new home that its creator hopes will mean less time underwater for the Mississippi River tribute.
— WINTER-BLOOD SHORTAGE — This year's brutal winter is causing problems with the blood supply in the St. Louis region.
COLUMBIA — After guiding Missouri to a seven-win improvement and an appearance in the SEC championship game, coach Gary Pinkel signed a new contract that boosts his annual salary above $3 million and extends his previous deal by three years to the end of the 2020 season. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Royals continue to audition candidates for the starting rotation when they face the Chicago White Sox in a Cactus League game. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 2 p.m. CST.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Minnesota Twins take on the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition game. UPCOMING: 550 words. Started noon CST.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators continue a five-game home stand Thursday night hosting the St. Louis Blues with Pekka Rinne in net. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CST.
— BKC--E KENTUCKY-SE MISSOURI. Starts 8:30 p.m. CST. APNewsNow.
— BKC--SEATTLE-UMKC. Starts 7:05 p.m. CST. APNewsNow.
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