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  • Missouri man accused of burglarizing police department

    PARMA, Mo. (AP) _ A southeast Missouri man is accused of burglary after allegedly targeting a most unlikely place _ a police department. The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that New Madrid County deputies were called Tuesday after an employee of the small town of Parma saw a man sitting on a table in the police evidence room. The suspect was gone by the time deputies arrived. A back door had been pried open, the evidence room was ransacked, and several […]

  • Teenager arrested after Columbia school shooting threat

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ A 15-year-old student is facing a possible felony charge after allegedly threatening a shooting at Battle High School in Columbia. Police said in a news release the student was arrested Tuesday afternoon after school administrators reported a rumor about a possible school shooting on the last day of school. An investigation determined enough information existed to arrest the male student on suspicion of making a terrorist threat, which is a felony. The student’s name was not […]

  • Illinois to receive $1M of Johnson & Johnson settlement

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Illinois will receive just over $1 million of a $33 million multi-state settlement with Johnson & Johnson to resolve allegations the health care giant sold numerous nonprescription medicines that didn’t meet federal quality requirements. The settlement was announced Wednesday by attorneys general in 42 states, including in Illinois. The case dates to 2009, when Johnson & Johnson began dozens of voluntary recalls of popular over-the-counter medicines for children and adults, including Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl. Those and […]

  • Middle-school students pass hanging body while in bus

    RAYTOWN, Mo. (AP) _ A Kansas City-area middle school is offering support to students who saw a body hanging from a tree during their bus ride. Raytown Middle School said 14 students on a bus witnessed the scene Tuesday. Kansas City police spokeswoman Kari Thompson said the person committed suicide. The Kansas City Star reports the bus driver notified the Raytown district. The students were brought in to school and Raytown Middle School families were notified. In a letter to […]

  • Animal shelter in Missouri gets rid of gas chamber

    MOBERLY, Mo. (AP) _ An animal shelter in central Missouri has officially ended its use of a gas chamber to euthanize animals. The Columbia Missourian reports the city of Moberly dismantled and discarded its gas chamber on Wednesday in exchange for a $3,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States, which will fund training and other resources. The Humane Society says Missouri is among four states with operational gas chambers in animal shelters, though Moberly Animal Control director […]

  • St. Louis official defends Soulard tank inspection

    A St. Louis official is defending the city’s method of inspecting industrial-sized water tanks following a federal agency’s report on a tank explosion that killed four people. The giant steam-filled tank exploded April 3 at Loy-Lange Box Co., flew into the air and smashed into a neighboring building. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board said Thursday that the tank was restarted that morning even though it needed emergency repairs. The agency also found no evidence of a city […]

  • Nurses taken hostage in Chicago area hospital standoff sue

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Two nurses held hostage by a jail inmate at a suburban Chicago hospital have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were assaulted during the standoff earlier this month. Police fatally shot Tywon Salters May 13 at a Geneva hospital. He was being hospitalized when he took a Kane County correctional officer’s gun and held nurses hostage. The lawsuit alleges Salters was a known “high security risk,” yet one officer assigned to him was found sleeping and another […]

  • 21 indicted in Thailand-to-US sex-trafficking ring

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Twenty-one people have been indicted in what authorities are calling a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring that brought hundreds of women from Thailand to America and forced them to work as prostitutes. Authorities say the members of the ring also laundered millions of dollars in earnings. The case announced Thursday builds upon an indictment unsealed in October. The indictment unsealed Thursday says the sex-trafficking ring started in 2009. Women were brought from Bangkok, Thailand, to several U.S. cities, including […]

  • Family sues Naperville high school, police over teen’s death

    WHEATON, Ill. (AP) _ The family of a Chicago-area teenager who allegedly took his own life by jumping from a parking deck is blaming the school he attended and police for his death. Corey Walgren was accused in January by Naperville North High School officials of having child pornography on his phone and playing it for his friends. Attorney Terry Ekl says the 16-year-old had consensual sex with a girl, the sounds of which were on his phone. Corey’s family […]

  • Kansas City-based health system signs cancer trial agreement

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A health system based in Kansas City, Missouri, has signed an agreement with Washington University in St. Louis that gives patients access to clinical trials through the university’s National Cancer Institute-supported research. The Kansas City Star reports the agreement between St. Luke’s Health System and the university’s Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center will take effect June 1. Patients should start having access to trials by late summer. The partnership puts St. Luke’s in competition with […]

  • Debate on punishing adults when children find guns stalls

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri is one of several states where proposals to punish adults in cases where children gained access to unsecured weapons have stalled in the Legislature. Th issue arises after Missouri has recorded six children ages 3 and under dying in accidental shootings between 2014 and 2016. The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network examined cases across the country in which children killed themselves or other children with unsecured firearms. Missouri law makes it a […]

  • Rabid bat in St. Louis County prompts warning to residents

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ A bat in St. Louis County has tested positive for rabies, and health officials say it should serve as a reminder for people to be cautious around bats and other wildlife. The county said Wednesday that the bat is the first to test positive for rabies this year in St. Louis County. Health director Faisal Khan says residents should never handle or interact with wild animals because some of them carry rabies. Wild animals acting strangely […]