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News Minute: Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators have endorsed legislation that could lead to the development of a preschool rating system by private or nonprofit groups. The bill given initial approval today comes two years after a law was enacted barring the creation of a preschool rating system by the state, higher education institutions or quasi-governmental entities.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation revising a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay the costs when students transfer to neighboring districts. The bill would limit the tuition paid by struggling districts and allow the receiving schools to set policies for how many students they accept.

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP) - An escalating fire district feud in west St. Louis County has led its board of directors to purchase used bulletproof vests for safety. Monarch Fire Protection District Captain Chris Gelven tells the Post-Dispatch that the three board members, fire chief and his assistant won't wear the vests but instead prop the protective clothing along a half-wall that sits in front of their desk at meetings. Gelven is a shop steward for the firefighters' union, which has fought the rehiring of an assistant chief after his 2011 dismissal.

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police are helping investigate a suspected drive-by shooting death of a 19-year-old man in southwestern Illinois' Washington Park. Authorities say Lamont Gregory died last night at a St. Louis hospital shortly after being shot outside the Crown Mart convenience store.

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