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STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

CHEMOTHERAPY COVERAGE

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.

EGG LAWSUIT

JEFFERSON CITY — Five other states on Thursday joined Missouri's effort to strike down a California law barring the sale of eggs produced by hens kept it cages that don't meet size and space requirements. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit last month in California challenging the egg law that is set to take effect in 2015. Attorneys general for the states contend the California law violates the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by effectively imposing new requirements on out-of-state farmers. By Jordan Shapiro. SENT: 360 words.

MISSOURI TAXES-RELOCATIONS

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House members passed a variety of new tax breaks Thursday but held off on one awarding incentives to businesses that relocate to Missouri because it may have been drafted more broadly than intended. The proposed new tax breaks could aid computer data centers, international air cargo exporters and investors in high-tech new businesses. All of those initiatives have stalled in past years because, like this year, they are paired with a reduction in tax credits for developers of low-income housing and historic buildings. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 340 words.

SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House members approved a mid-year spending bill Thursday that includes money to keep a St. Louis County school district afloat, to offset a drop in casino tax revenues for education and to help fund the state's Medicaid program. The legislation would provide $5 million to prevent the unaccredited Normandy School District from becoming insolvent before the current school year ends. The district faces financial difficulties while paying tuition and transportation costs for students to leave under a state transfer law requiring it. SENT: 240 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

KANSAS CITY — The 12-year-old daughter of a man recently deported from Kansas City tried to meet with immigration officials Thursday to plead for her father's return from Mexico, but officials said she and an advocacy group helping the family were turned away because no one was available after they showed up unannounced. By Maria Sudekum. SENT: 430 words.

GOOD SAMARITAN-HIGHWAY DEATH

ST. LOUIS — A Franklin County woman faces a negligent homicide charge in the northern Arkansas death of a Wildwood man who pulled over to help after he saw her car crash on an interstate. Fifty-one-year-old David P. Moessner was struck and killed on Feb. 28 by a different driver. The public relations manager at AT&T in St. Louis was driving with his wife to visit their daughter at the University of Arkansas. SENT: 370 words.

MARINE BASE EXPLOSION

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A dropped or kicked grenade was the "most probable cause" of an explosion that killed four Marines, including one from Missouri, during a training exercise last year at Camp Pendleton and a captain and master sergeant who were in charge were relieved of their duties, a base spokesman said Thursday. The Nov. 13 blast occurred as ordnance disposal specialists were collecting unexploded rounds from a firing range at the San Diego County base for demolition — part of their training in the dangerous work of bomb disposal. SENT: 350 words.

LOST BROTHER

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.

IN BRIEF:

— INSANE CLOWN POSSE-FESTIVAL — An annual festival headlined by the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse will be held in Ohio this year, after sites in Missouri and Illinois fell through.

— SEX CHARGE — A Texas man faces federal charges of traveling to Missouri to have sex with two underage girls after agreeing to pay $400 to a police officer who posed as their father.

— HORSE RESCUE — One of 11 horses rescued from a south-central Missouri property last week has been euthanized.

— BURGLAR-MUNCHIES — A St. Louis-area man has been sentenced to six years in prison for breaking into a church freezer and stealing ice cream.

— 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.

SPORTS:

FBC--MISSOURI-PINKEL

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. The new deal announced Thursday increases his guaranteed salary from $2.8 million to $3.1 million, plus $300,000 in deferred compensation and a $100,000 raise each season. It also boosts the total salary of his assistant coaches by another $540,000, to $3.2 million, including $50,000 raises for offensive coordinator Josh Henson and defensive coordinator Dave Steckel. SENT: 350 words, photo.

BBO--WHITE SOX-ROYALS

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Jose Abreu hit his first home run as a Chicago White Sox split-squad and the Kansas City Royals tied 6-6 on Thursday. The Cuban defector who signed with the White Sox for six years and $68 million in October, connected for a two-run shot into Chicago's bullpen in right field off Brad Penny in the fifth inning. By Alan Eskew. SENT: 640 words.

BBO--CARDINALS-TWINS CCD

FORT MYERS, Fla. — While most of his Minnesota Twins teammates headed home for the day, right-hander Ricky Nolasco stayed at Hammond Stadium after Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals was rained out and threw a simulated game. Working in the covered batting cages to a handful of extra players, Nolasco threw between 50 and 60 pitches under the close watch of Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson. By Mike Berardino. 550 words, photos.

Thursday night games:

— HKN--BLUES-PREDATORS. 700 words, photos.

— BKC--E KENTUCKY-SE MISSOURI. APNewsNow.

— BKC--SEATTLE-UMKC. APNewsNow.

Also:

— BKC--T25-MVC COACH OF YEAR — Wichita State's Gregg Marshall, whose team is the first to go unbeaten in the regular season in a decade, was a near unanimous choice as Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year for the third straight season. APNewsNow.

— FBN--CHIEFS MOVES — The Chiefs released linebacker Robert James and tight end Dominique Jones on Thursday as they prepare for the start of free agency next week. APNewsNow.

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