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SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS — The rain-engorged Mississippi and Missouri rivers continued their troubling rises Friday, posing new headaches and costs to barges carrying everything from steel to fertilizer while also threatening a key crossing for motorists between Illinois and Missouri. Locks are being closed at points along the Mississippi that represent important gateways between the Upper Mississippi and points south to the Gulf of Mexico, where grains and other imports make their way to global markets. Idling the locks could snarl barges headed north of St. Louis to Minnesota as well as those southbound from middle America to New Orleans. By Jim Suhr And Jim Salter.

MISSOURI TAXES

JEFFERSON CITY — Though Gov. Jay Nixon has now raised concerns, emails show that an official in his administration signed off on a legislative draft in January that contained wording that inadvertantly removes a tax exemption for prescription medications. By David A. Lieb.

RACIAL PROFILING

JEFFERSON CITY — Black motorists were more likely to be pulled over by police in Missouri last year, according to an annual report released by Attorney General Chris Koster. The annual traffic report compares the racial breakdown of the state's driving-age population to the racial composition of drivers in the roughly 1.6 million stops made this year. By Jordan Shapiro.

CATS-MEDICAL TRAINING

ST. LOUIS — Washington University officials have stopped using live cats in a medical training course, a practice that some animal rights groups have protested for several years. By Jim Salter.

OPEN RECORDS-SECURITY

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation shielding security plans for public buildings and schools from open-records requests. The measure permanently restores two exemptions to the Missouri Sunshine Law that expired in 2012. By Jordan Shapiro.

ST LOUIS-DOWNTOWN POLICE

ST. LOUIS — People in downtown St. Louis can expect to see extra police patrols this summer. Mayor Francis Slay on Thursday announced the move is part of the effort to promote downtown as a destination for residents, event goers and nightlife.

MISSOURI LOTTERY-ATMS

ST. LOUIS — Missourians soon could pick up a lottery ticket while gassing up or getting cash from the ATM. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Missouri Lottery plans to begin selling Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets at gas pumps and through ATM machines.

DEADLY EXPLOSION

HAVEN, Kan. — The son of a Missouri woman who died in a home explosion near Cheney Reservoir has reached a confidential settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit. The settlement approved Thursday in Reno County Court ended a lawsuit filed after Mary Lou Hemmy's death in October 2011. The 60-year-old Independence, Mo., woman was killed when the owner of a home she was visiting turned on an electric furnace, causing an explosion and fire.

CONVICTION OVERTURNED-RELEASE

OZARK — A southwest Missouri woman whose 2009 murder conviction was overturned is out of jail on bond while awaiting a new trial. Paula Hall of Sparta was released Thursday from Christian County jail after posting a $25,000 bond. She had been in prison for seven years for the murder of Freda Heyn, a 68-year-old great grandmother who disappeared in November 2003 from Oldfield, which is about 30 miles southeast of Springfield.

ALSO:

— ROBBERY-BROTHERS SHOT — Two brothers who operate a St. Louis convenience store are injured after being shot during a robbery.

— MISSOURI-TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER — The Missouri Department of Transportation has a new chief engineer.

— MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM — A retired Emerson executive is the new interim president for the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

— HELICOPTER CRASH-IDS — Authorities have identified two people killed in a helicopter crash last week in southwest Missouri.

— HOMELESS VETS-ST LOUIS — A new effort from U.S. Housing and Urban Development is expected to get about 60 homeless veterans off the streets of the St. Louis area.

— CAPE GIRARDEAU-SHOOTING — Cape Girardeau police hope autopsy results offer some clues into a shooting at a home that left two people dead.

— MISSOURI-SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS — The University of Missouri says its campus in Columbia will become smoke-free beginning July 1.

— HOSPITAL-CAR — A teenage driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after she struck a parked car and a garage wall, then backed into a glass window at the St. Luke's Hospital emergency room in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield.

— NIXON-TRAILS — Severe weather forecasts for this weekend have caused Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to move his scheduled exercise challenge kick-off.

— VA HOSPITAL ATTACK — The central Missouri veterans' hospital where one patient allegedly beat another to death is not immune to violence.

— PUBLIC DEFENDERS — Legislation that could ease the caseload of Missouri public defenders is being considered by Gov. Jay Nixon.

— CALLAWAY-SERVICE RESUMES — The Callaway Energy Center nuclear power plant in central Missouri is back in service after several weeks of refueling and maintenance.

— COAL ASH-SETTLEMENT — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a settlement with a suburban St. Louis company over the unauthorized dumping of 140,000 tons of coal ash.

— MISSOURI BEACHES — High levels of bacteria have prompted Missouri officials to close the swimming beaches at four state parks.

WEEKEND FEATURE EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-CITIZEN PATROL

LEE'S SUMMIT — Robynn Saucier stood on the sidewalk near her Lee's Summit home and carefully aimed the radar gun at the black Ford 500 motoring down the roadway toward her. "Let's see what this one does," she said. "Forty-one?! . She's not even slowing down. . What an idiot." By Glenn E. Rice, The Kansas City Star.

EXCHANGE-RESCUED RACE HORSES

PARK HILLS — Their racing days may be over, but the retired and rescued race horses at the Renaissance Ranch near Park Hills are riding again, this time for science. The rescued horses are riding in a study that will help veterinarians analyze lameness in horses which occurs due to an injury affecting a leg or foot. The study data will also be used to teach students about lameness and show them what to look for in a horse that isnt walking properly. By RenÉe Jean, Daily Journal.

EXCHANGE-TOY TRAIN

ST. LOUIS — For 25 winters, the sidewalk at Seventh and Locust streets was a place for youngsters at heart to press their noses against cold glass and watch model trains rush from tunnels and bridges. The exhibit was a throwback to the old days of a bustling downtown, when elaborate layouts were marquee features of the Christmas windows at big department stores. By Tim O'Neil, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

SPORTS:

BBO--INTO THE NIGHT

The Royals and Cardinals should have known something was up when the first pitch was delayed an hour by rain. The game moved quickly after that — right up until the top of the ninth inning, with the Royals leading and the rain back in force. Umpire crew chief Joe West had a decision to make. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman.

AP Photos MOJR132, MOJR135, MOJR130, MOJR136, MOJR131.

BBN--GIANTS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller (5-3, 2.02) is among the ERA leaders heading into the opener of a three-game series against Matt Cain (4-2, 5.00) and the defending champion San Francisco Giants. St. Louis took two of three in April and knocked out Cain in the finale. Starts 7:15 p.m. CDT. With hometown lead on losing team.

BBA--ROYALS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kansas City, with new hitting coach George Brett, opens a weekend series against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Derek Holland (4-2) pitches for the Rangers against Wade Davis (3-4). Start 7:05 p.m. CDT. By Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins. With hometown lead on losing team.

FBN--CHIEFS WORKOUTS

KANSAS CITY — Andy Reid is willing to admit he is overloading the Kansas City Chiefs with as much information as he possibly can ahead of the team's mandatory minicamp next week. Reid said after wrapping up three weeks of voluntary workouts Friday that the idea is to give them as much of the playbook as possible. Even though the team has only been together a short time, Reid said there's already enough of the offense and defense installed that the Chiefs couldn't possibly use everything in a game. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta.

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