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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 lawmakers are poised to send Governor Jay Nixon legislation to overhaul the state's criminal laws. House Majority Leader John Diehl says the chamber will vote on a measure that passed the Senate earlier this year. The measure creates new classes of felonies and misdemeanors, and reorganizes crimes to fit the new penalty structure.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members plan to advance legislation that seeks to address a student transfer law requiring unaccredited school systems to pay for students who want to attend better-performing schools in nearby districts. A House committee could vote on a measure this week. Republican House member Rick Stream says there likely will be changes to what the Senate approved in February.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Utility regulators plan to hear evidence in June on a pair of cases challenging the electricity rates charged by Ameren Missouri. The Missouri Public Service Commission scheduled a June 4th hearing on a request by Noranda Aluminum for a 25 percent reduction in the rates it's charged at its aluminum smelter in New Madrid. The commission says it expects to make a decision in the case by July 30th.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 31-year-old St. Louis priest accused of sexually abusing a grade school student has been released on bail. The Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang was released on bail Friday from the city jail. He is accused of sexually abusing a male student at St. Louis Cathedral School.

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