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Fireworks go off in front of police, who with protesters in front of police headquarters in St. Louis on Monday, June 1, 2020. The small group of protesters was originally part of a much larger group demonstrating earlier in the afternoon against the death of George Floyd. (Colter Peterson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

4 St. Louis officers shot, ex-captain killed during protests

Jun. 2, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protests that began peacefully over the death of George Floyd turned violent in the St. Louis area, where four police officers were shot and wounded and a retired St. Louis police captain was killed by looters at a pawn shop, actions that the governor blamed on “criminals”...

Court rules that Chiefs don't owe $1M in back taxes

Jun. 2, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has found that the Kansas City Chiefs don't owe $1 million in back taxes on the decade-old Arrowhead Stadium renovation after all. The Kansas City Star reports that the court found Tuesday that the state's Administrative Hearing Commission erred last...

'Time is up': Missouri advocates slam policing disparities

Jun. 2, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri civil rights groups are calling to vote out elected officials following nearly two decades of data showing black drivers are disproportionately pulled over by police in the state. New data from the Attorney General's Office show black drivers were about 95% more likely...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jun. 2, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 31 Elections are, by definition, always about politics, whether they involve a local bond issue, school board seats or choosing the president of the United States. But the simple act of voting must always be above politics. Those who take the time to vote deserve to be hailed as...

Protesters chant as they march in the street way from the City Justice Center Monday, June 1, 2020, in St. Louis. Protesters gathered to speak out against the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Missouri protests remain tense in Kansas City, St. Louis

Jun. 2, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri protests continued Monday over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of African Americans, with gatherings in Kansas City, Jefferson City and St. Louis, where protesters smashed windows on a downtown business and stole items before the building caught on fire....

Missouri governor cuts $209M from budget because of virus

Jun. 1, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's governor on Monday cut another $209 million from this year's budget, including deep cuts in education, following a steep drop in revenues because of the coronavirus. Republican Gov. Mike Parson's cuts included $123 million in core funding from public K-12 schools, $34...

Coronavirus brings changes to polling places in Missouri

Jun. 1, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Voters who turn out for local elections across Missouri on Tuesday will find several changes made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and election officials will be watching to learn lessons for much larger and busier elections looming in August and November. Election officials...

Protesters march on South Florissant Road in front of the Ferguson police station on Saturday, May 30, 2020, demonstrating against the death of George Floyd in custody of Minneapolis police officers. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Kansas City imposes curfew after protests turn violent

May. 31, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials imposed a partial curfew and pleaded for calm on Sunday after overnight protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and law enforcement's treatment of blacks devolved into violence that left several businesses damaged and at least 10 people injured....

In this May 29, 2020, photo, police in protective gear held protesters back during a George Floyd protest at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Gov. Parson activates National Guard to respond to protests

May. 30, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson on Saturday evening activated the Missouri National Guard to help respond to protests around the state that he described as creating hazards to safety, welfare and property that are beyond the abilities of local authorities to manage. But St. Louis County Executive Sam...

Crowds of people gather at Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill in Gravois Mills, Missouri, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Several beach bars along Lake of the Ozarks were packed with party-goers during the Memorial Day weekend. Several political leaders in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, as well as the state of Kansas' health secretary, have condemned Lake of the Ozarks revelers for failing to practice social distancing, amid fears they could return to areas hard hit by the coronavirus and spread the disease. (Shelly Yang/Kansas City Star via AP)

Missouri reports 33 new COVID-19 deaths, making total 771

May. 30, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri reported another 33 COVID-19-related deaths Saturday, up 4.5% in a single day, increasing its total for the coronavirus pandemic to 771. The state Department of Health and Senior Services also said the number of coronavirus cases rose by 1.3%, up 167 cases to 12,962 as of...