Update at 10:21 a.m. ET. Strikes Down Key Provisions Of Immigration Law:

The United States Supreme Court invalidated three of four challenged provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.

The high court upheld the part of the law that asked police to check the immigration status of those stopped for another violation.

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St. Louis needs more immigrants. That’s the gist of a new report from St. Louis University.

Professor Jack Strauss presented the findings of his study Tuesday to city and county leaders, including St. Louis mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, at a regional economic development conference.

At about 4.5 percent, Strauss says St. Louis has the lowest rate of immigration among the nation’s largest 20 cities.

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Study says region needs more immigrants

A new study to be released this morning says the St. Louis region needs to attract more immigrants if it wants to thrive in the current economy.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch got an advance look at the study, written by Saint Louis University professor Jack Strauss.

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Missouri officials are both praising and condemning President Obama’s executive order today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.

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Around 300 people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today to protest two bills backers say are designed to combat illegal immigration.

Rally leaders were especially critical of a Senate bill that would require all law officers to check the immigration status of those they stop, detain or arrest if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that they’re in the country illegally (SB 590).  Vanessa Crawford is Executive Director of the group Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.

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An interest group is angry over a bill that would require all public schools to verify the immigration status of incoming students.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the bill also would require law enforcement officers to check immigration status during all traffic stops when they have reasonable cause. And it would create a misdemeanor for not carrying proper citizenship documentation. It is sponsored by state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee's Summit Republican.

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Legislation to be considered by lawmakers next year would require Missouri’s Attorney General to sue the federal government to enforce federal immigration laws.

The bill is sponsored by GOP Senator Will Kraus.  He says whenever state or local authorities arrest someone who happens to be in the US illegally, the feds release that person about 60 percent of the time.

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Immigration agents arrested 17 people in Missouri as part of a nationwide crackdown on convicted criminal immigrants.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday they arrested 2,901 criminal immigrants in the last week.

Only one of those arrested in Missouri was female. ICE officials said in a news release that the arrests included a 34-year-old Sudanese man from St. Joseph, convicted of third-degree domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance, and a 37-year-old Nicaraguan man from St. Louis, convicted of illegal re-entry after deportation.

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A spokesman says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will sign a bill to allow the children of immigrants, both legal and illegal, to get private college scholarships and enroll in state college savings programs.

Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman says the governor will sign the bill Monday.

Called the Illinois Dream Act, the measure creates a panel to raise private money for college scholarships. Supporters say this will help illegal immigrants who graduate from Illinois high schools go on to college because they may otherwise not be able to afford it.

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Green Sales Tax Holiday Begins in Missouri

The Third Annual Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday begins today and runs through April 25. Those wishing to purchase new Energy Star-qualified appliances in Missouri during the holiday will save at least 4.225 percent off the purchase, representing the elimination of the state's sales tax from the purchase, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue.