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  • Binnington makes 40 saves to help Blues beat Flames 5-0

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jordan Binnington stopped 40 shots for his sixth career shutout and Oskar Sundqvist scored twice to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Zach Sanford had a goal and three assists, David Perron and Vince Dunn also scored and Robert Thomas added three assists to help the Blues improve to 9-1-2 in their last 12 games. David Rittich finished with 26 saves for Calgary, which has lost […]

  • Illinois reports its fifth death connected to vaping

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A fifth Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related lung injury. The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday did not release any information about the victim, nor when or where the death occurred. According to the department, 187 people in Illinois, ranging from 13 years to 75 years old have experienced lung injuries after e-cigarette use. Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says it is important that people not use e-cigarettes or […]

  • Berkeley mayor charged in election fraud case

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – The 81-year-old mayor of a St. Louis suburb is accused of submitting fraudulent absentee voter applications in what prosecutors say was an effort to illegally influence the city’s municipal elections. Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins was charged Thursday with four counts of committing an election offense and one forgery count. The charges were filed by Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who was assigned as a special prosecutor. The alleged crimes occurred in the run-up to the […]

  • Chinese national who worked at Monsanto faces espionage charge

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – Authorities say a 42-year-old Chinese national who worked at Monsanto in St. Louis stole important proprietary property and tried to take it to China. Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Haitao Xiang, formerly of Chesterfield, was indicted by a federal grand jury on eight charges, including conspiracy to commit economic espionage and three counts of theft of trade secrets. According to the indictment, Xiang worked at Monsanto and its subsidiary, The Climate Corporation, from 2008 to 2017. […]

  • Missouri election officials downplay registration changes

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office is downplaying changes to the voter registration process called for in a new legal settlement. Voter advocacy groups on Thursday settled a lawsuit in which they accused the state of violating federal voter laws for not automatically updating voter information after they change addresses. As part of the settlement, the Revenue Department is updating its website to automatically redirect users changing their address to the Secretary of State’s site […]

  • Fire extinguished at former Missouri State Penitentiary

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a housing unit at the former Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. Jefferson City Fire Chief Matt Schofield said the fire was seen Wednesday afternoon on the top of the building. The fire was extinguished quickly. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports Schofield said he was not aware work was being done at the building, which was significantly damaged in the May […]

  • Columbia man admits attempted arson at Planned Parenthood clinic

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a man has admitted he tried to burn down a Planned Parenthood clinic in Missouri because it provides reproductive services. Forty-two-year-old Wesley Brian Kaster, of Columbia, pleaded guilty Thursday to maliciously using explosive materials to damage a building owned by an organization that receives federal financial assistance and to violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Prosecutors say Kaster broke the glass front door of the Columbia Health Center and threw […]

  • Review: 90% of Missouri’s backlogged rape kits untested

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A sweeping review has found that close to 90% of the backlog of Missouri rape kits has never been tested. Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Wednesday that only 830 of about 7,000 total kits in the backlog were previously tested. Rape kits are DNA samplings and other evidence secured via medical procedures conducted immediately after an attack. They can be used by law enforcement and prosecutors to catch and convict rapists. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office […]

  • Missouri jail escapee captured in makeshift hut in Delaware

    PRINCETON, Mo. – Authorities say an inmate who escaped twice from a Missouri jail was captured more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) away in Delaware where he was living in a makeshift hut in a wooded area. The U.S. Marshals Service says in a news release that 27-year-old Drake Kately, of Kanss City, Missouri, was captured Tuesday near New Castle, Delaware. Kately escaped most recently in September from the jail in Mercer County, Missouri, after making a hole in his […]

  • Missouri, voting rights groups settle lawsuit

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Voting rights advocates are settling a lawsuit against Missouri for allegedly violating federal voter laws. Groups including the League of Women Voters of Missouri settled the lawsuit with Missouri Thursday. The groups say the Department of Revenue violated federal voter laws by not automatically updating voter information after they change addresses. The settlement agreement requires the agency to update its change-of-address website. Under the agreement, residents will be redirected to the secretary of state’s voter-registration site […]

  • Death of 1-year-old in Missouri investigated as suspicious

    BERKELEY, Mo. –  Authorities are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy in suburban St. Louis as suspicious. St. Louis County police said in a news release that officers from Berkeley responded to a report of an unresponsive child Wednesday. The child was taken to a hospital where he died. Police in Berkeley asked St. Louis County police to investigate. No details were released about why the death was considered suspicious, and the child’s name wasn’t immediately released.

  • 4 plead guilty in $5.4 million meth distribution conspiracy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – Four people, including a mother and two of her children, have pleaded guilty in a $5.4 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Federal prosecutors say 67-year-old Linda Kay Ballard; her 27-year-old son, Eric Edward Ballard, both of Atchison, Kansas; and her 35-year-old daughter, Charlsie Kim Harris, of Garden City, Missouri, pleaded guilty Wednesday. A fourth person, 48-year-old Anthony Dewayne Fifer, of Mexico, Missouri, also pleaded guilty to distributing meth from January […]

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