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  • Corrections officer severely hurt in Kansas City jail attack

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say a corrections officer was assaulted by a prisoner at the Jackson County Regional Correctional Center and is in critical condition. The Kansas City Star reports police were dispatched to a local hospital Wednesday night in response to an assault. A supervisor told police that the corrections officer was in the jail when he was attacked. The newspaper reported that the officer suffered life-threatening injuries.

  • Kansas City police: officer severely hurt after jail attack

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City police say a corrections officer was assaulted by a prisoner at the Jackson County Regional Correctional Center and is in critical condition. The Kansas City Star reports police were dispatched to a local hospital Wednesday night in response to an assault. A supervisor told police that the corrections officer was in the jail when he was attacked. The newspaper reported that the officer suffered life-threatening injuries.

  • Missouri day care hopes to end cycle of poverty

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A St. Louis day care center hopes to break the cycle of poverty by providing services for both parents and children. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that SouthSide Early Childhood Center offers free resources such as health and developmental screenings for children, and classes for parents. Parents can learn how to cook, save money and build credit. Parents also have access to donation bins of clothes, shoes and books. SouthSide provides early care and education for […]

  • Missouri school district sued over alleged sexual misconduct

    MONETT, Mo. (AP) _ A southwest Missouri father has filed a lawsuit alleging that his daughter was sexually assaulted by a classmate on a school bus trip. The Springfield News-Leader reports the lawsuit claims that Monett School District and Monett High School officials didn’t report the alleged assault to police and didn’t protect the victim. The incident reportedly took place in November 2016 during a high school trip to a St. Louis sporting event. The lawsuit says a male student […]

  • Fort Leonard Wood to serve thousands of Thanksgiving meals

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) _ Fort Leonard Wood is once again preparing for a traditional feast that serves thousands of Thanksgiving meals. Food program manager William Moffitt says his team and a food service contractor will provide nearly 12,000 meals during a lunch-time celebration Thursday and more than 35,00 meals throughout the day. More than 300 food service workers will cook five tons of turkey, 1,100 pounds of shrimp, 3,500 pounds of beef and more than 2,000 assorted pies. […]

  • Santa to swim with the penguins at Missouri zoo

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Santa will be taking several breaks from making toys this year to swim with the penguins at the Kansas City Zoo. The zoo says the first swim will be at 2 p.m. Friday. Santa also will don scuba gear to take a dip with the penguins on Saturdays and Sundays this week as well as the following three weekends. The zoo opened its $15 million Helzberg Penguin Plaza in 2013. The exhibit features Humboldt, King, […]

  • Man pleads guilty to illegal manufacture of steroids

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) _ A northwest Iowa man has pleaded guilty to illegally manufacturing anabolic steroids. Prosecutors say 23-year-old James Nhan, of Orange City, entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Court documents say Nhan admitted that, from late 2014 until Dec. 15, 2015, he manufactured anabolic steroids and intended to distribute some to various customers. Experts say anabolic steroids are considered controlled substances that are related to testosterone and promote the growth of skeletal […]

  • Ex-boarding school students win lawsuit over mistreatment

    KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) _ An Iowa judge has awarded a default judgment to parents and former students who sued a southeast Iowa boarding school, alleging it used isolation boxes and allowed sexual harassment and abuse. Lee County documents say the owner of Midwest Academy, Ben Trane, and the other entities never responded to the lawsuit filed against them in March 2016. The judge granted the complainants’ judgment motion last week. A hearing to establish damages will be held after Trane’s […]

  • 3 charged in April slaying of Chicago area Lyft driver

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Three Chicago area teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder in the April shooting death of a Lyft driver. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Maywood Police Department says the two 19-year-old suspects were identified as Maywood residents Trevon Thomas and Denarvis Mendenhall. The name of the third suspect _ also a Maywood resident _ was not released because he is 16 years old. The release says that Thomas and the 16-year-old were arrested earlier this month […]

  • Court: Stress no grounds for rescinding guilty pleas

    CHICAGO (AP) _ An appeals court in Chicago says a lower court in Indiana was right to refuse to permit a couple to rescind their guilty pleas in a tax case on grounds their prosecution caused them severe stress. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said stress was common to anyone facing prosecution and wasn’t sufficient reason to take back pleas. It added that neither George nor Barbara Gasich could claim they were under some “Napoleonic delusions” when they […]

  • Fire at Metra station in Wheaton

    WHEATON, Ill. (AP) _ A fire at the Metra station in Wheaton has forced Metra to close the ticket office. WLS-TV in Chicago reports that firefighters were called to respond to the blaze Wednesday night at the station on West Front Street that runs trains with the Union Pacific West line. They say the fire started in a storage room where the furnace is located but that the cause remains under investigation. They say nobody was in the building at […]

  • Report says multiple DCFS workers in Illinois attacked

    CHICAGO (AP) _ At least a dozen Illinois Department of Children and Family Services workers have been attacked or seriously threatened while trying to protect children or investigate mistreatment allegations since 2013. The Chicago Tribune analyzed government and police records to help to determine the figure. The newspaper reports the violence can be serious, though it’s rarely publicized. One DCFS investigator was chocked and pushed by a mother after being called to a Chicago elementary school last week on a […]