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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he wants his five new appointees to the state veterans commission to fire the leader of the embattled St. Louis Veterans Home.

Greitens during his Monday announcement said he's calling for changes in leadership after an independent investigation found substandard care at the home.

Some patients, families and staff have complained for months about care at the home. But prior reviews didn't turn up any wrongdoing.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Roy Reed, who covered key events during the civil rights movement for The New York Times before returning to his native Arkansas to write and teach, has died. He was 87.

Reed died Sunday night at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, according to his wife, Norma Reed. He had a severe stroke on Saturday at his home in the nearby unincorporated community of Hogeye.

After stints at the Joplin Globe in Missouri and the Arkansas Gazette, Reed reported on the civil rights movement during the 1960s for The Times.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Latest on a judge ordering Arkansas to stop issuing birth certificates (all times local):

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Arkansas officials say they won't issue or amend birth certificates in response to a judge's order halting the program until the state complies with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to amend a state birth certificate law it says illegally favors heterosexual parents.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his senior staff are using a secretive app that erases messages after they're read.

The Kansas City Star reports that use of the Confide app by the governor and some of his top advisers is raising concerns that it could be used to undermine open records laws. But it's unclear whether the governor and his staff are using the app for state business, personal use or campaign work.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An eastern Arkansas woman has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after being convicted in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from a federal program meant to feed underprivileged children.

Jacqueline Mills was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. The 42-year-old must also pay more than $3 million in restitution.

Race violence expert Guy Lancaster, who serves as editor of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, has edited a new a collection of essays titled, “Bullets and Fire: Lynching and Authority in Arkansas 1840 to 1950." The book is published by the University of Arkansas Press.

A diagram of the first floor of the Red Wolf Convention Center on Arkansas State University's Jonesboro campus.
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Work will start soon on a convention center in Jonesboro.  

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin told the Jonesboro City Council last night that construction work on a hotel and convention center on the campus of Arkansas State University will start in February.  The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has received paperwork that included information about when construction will start and when it is expected to be complete. 

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More than a dozen Arkansas residents are headed to Washington, D.C., to join thousands from across the country at a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the group of residents left Little Rock on Tuesday. Officials with the organizing groups United We Dream and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement say they expect up to 17,000 people to attend Wednesday's rally.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Sen. Al Franken and sexual misconduct allegations (all times local):

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Female senators are calling on fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign.

In Facebook posts and Tweets, the women said the two-term senator should step aside after a fresh allegation that he forcibly tried to kiss a woman in 2006.

BENTON, Ark. (AP) - A former Saline County prosecuting attorney will become a Saline County Circuit Court judge.

The Saline Courier reports that Gov. Asa Hutchinson has chosen Barbara Womack Webb to succeed current Judge Bobby McCallister.

McCallister has been suspended and announced he will resign Dec. 15 as he faces charges of failing to pay or file taxes.

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The last step in banning dicamba during the bulk of the 2018 growing season and a significant increase to the fines for farmers who use it illegally will be decided by Arkansas legislative committees during the next week.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas judge has asked the high court to reconsider his request to appeal his federal bribery conviction.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The public corruption trial of a former Arkansas senator will start next week after a federal judge denied a request to delay it.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that former Sen. Jon Woods and co-defendants Oren Paris III and Randell Shelton Jr. will stand trial in a reported kickback scheme. Woods faces 15 counts of fraud, all related to either wire or mail transfers of money.

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Arkansas State University-Newport’s Criminal Justice Department is dedicated to a fallen Newport officer. 

The department has been named after the late Lt. Patrick Weatherford, calling it the "Lt. Patrick Weatherford Criminal Justice Department."  Weatherford was killed in the line of duty in June while assisting another officer during a traffic stop.   

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Congresswoman Diane Black wants Tennessee's General Assembly and Congress to disclose sexual harassment claims and settlements involving lawmakers and staffers.

Black told The Tennessean Thursday that victims should be released from non-disclosure agreements and Congress and the Assembly should identify perpetrators, but shield victim identities.

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