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

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A 3-year-old St. Louis County boy is expected to recover after being accidentally shot by his 4-year-old brother. Police say the boys' 27-year-old father was taken into custody. Formal charges have not been filed. The 3-year-old was taken to a hospital with what was described as a graze wound.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Industry and special interest groups have spent more than $200,000 in the last three years on trips for Missouri lawmakers. Records show the travel-related spending in many cases included airline tickets, hotel rooms, meals and convention fees. Critics say lobbyist spending creates conflicts of interest when legislators go to vote on issues important to those lobbyists and industries.

CRESTWOOD, Mo. (AP) - The old Crestwood Mall is on the auction block. The vacant mall in southwest St. Louis County is being auctioned online starting today. The mall closed for good in 2013. The starting bid is $1 million. The auction runs through Wednesday for the 47-acre site that features 1 million square feet of space.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri utility regulators plan to hear evidence in June on a pair of cases challenging the electricity rates charged by Ameren Missouri. Noranda Aluminum requested a 25 percent reduction in the rates it's charged at its aluminum smelter in the southeast Missouri town of New Madrid (MAD'-rihd). The complaint alleges Ameren is earning more than it is authorized to from its electricity rates.

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