An election that saw Republicans gain unprecedented power in Missouri has been named the state's top story of 2016 by Associated Press reporters and editors.

Republicans were dominant from president on down in the November election, sweeping statewide races.

NFL owners approving the Rams' move back to Los Angeles after 21 seasons in St. Louis was the second biggest story of the year.

Coming in third was the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson reaching a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and ongoing efforts to move forward from the racial unrest that followed Michael Brown's 2014 death. That story was followed by several police officers being shot while on duty.

Rounding out the top five was three women being awarded nearly $200 million combined in talcum powder lawsuits in St. Louis.

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