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News Minute: Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The mother of Michael Brown and the maker of a documentary about his death will be speaking at Harvard University. Brown was an unarmed, black 18-year-old when he was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The officer was not charged. His mother, Lezley McSpadden, will be at Harvard on Monday for a panel titled "The Movement for Black Lives: Justice for Michael Brown 4 Years Later." His death set off widespread protests and a national discussion about race and police.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has the highest rate of black homicide victims in the country, with neighboring Kansas coming in the top 10. The Kansas City Star reports that the Violence Policy Center released a study Wednesday that looked at 2015 data submitted by local law enforcement agencies nationwide to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The report says the homicide rate among African-Americans in Missouri was 46.24 per 100,000. The study doesn't offer an explanation for differences among the states or races.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The founder of a wilderness-themed retail giant is planning a new lodge adjacent to a well-known Missouri sinkhole. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris announced his plans Tuesday to build a new Top of the Rock Lodge. The lodge would be next to and overlooking the famous sinkhole that opened in 2015 at Branson's Top of the Rock Golf Course.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Fellow Democrats are calling for a Missouri lawmaker to resign after they say he repeatedly called into a St. Louis-area radio program in which the host is known for making racist and other offensive remarks. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 69-year-old Rep. Bob Burns, who represents Affton in eastern Missouri, called into KQQZ-AM Radio to Bob Romanik's show. Romanik is known for using racial, homophobic and sexist slurs.

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