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  • Missouri man sentenced for killing witness in a murder case

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) – A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 34 years in prison for killing a woman who was a witness in a murder case against him. Michael Dumas was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder, assault and two counts of armed criminal action. Prosecutors say Dumas killed 46-year-old Sarah Simms in Independence in November 2018. Simms was in a car with Dumas in September 2017 when he allegedly was in a gun battle with another car, leading to the […]

  • Owner of boat that sank, killing 17, settles final lawsuit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The owner of a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, has settled its final pending lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. Thirty-one lawsuits have been filed against Ripley Entertainment since the former World War II amphibious vehicle sank in July 2018 at Table Rock Lake near Branson. A joint motion for approval of a confidential settlement was filed Thursday in the final pending suit, which was filed by Joseph and William […]

  • Police: Medical issue led to pickup truck slamming into Illinois Starbucks

    McHENRY, Ill. –  Police say the driver of a pickup truck had a “medical emergency” before slamming into an Illinois Starbucks. Police said in a statement Friday that the driver will not be cited or charged. The statement identified the driver as a 53-year-old man from Lakemoor. A McHenry police spokesman told The Associated Press that he could not release more information about the man’s medical issue. Police said the pickup truck ran off the roadway in McHenry and struck […]

  • Man serving life sentence in 1979 killing dies in prison

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A 75-year-old man serving a life sentence for killing another man more than four decades ago in southwest Missouri has died in prison. The Missouri Department of Corrections said in a news release that Willard Woods died Thursday at the Jefferson City Correctional Center of apparent natural causes. Woods was sentenced to life with no parole for 50 years for the 1979 killing of Allen House, whom he pulled a gun on after he saw him […]

  • Starbucks, home of the $4 latte, is moving into poor areas

    DETROIT – Starbucks has a point to prove: There’s more to the company than selling $4 lattes to rich people. The Seattle-based coffee giant that has cultivated a reputation for being socially responsible said Thursday it is expanding its effort to put more coffee shops _ and create more jobs, in poor neighborhoods. Starbucks plans to open or remodel 85 stores by 2025 in rural and urban communities across the U.S. Each store will hire local staff, including construction crews […]

  • Crews round up over 1,700 piglets after semi overturns in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 young pigs who were in a semi-trailer that overturned Thursday on a freeway just north of Des Moines.  The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. when the truck overturned on a ramp to Interstate 35. Iowa State Patrol troopers had to close the ramp at times as crews worked to capture and unload hundreds of pigs.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a tweet, “authorities […]

  • Plane slides off taxiway at Kansas City International Airport because of icy conditions

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Authorities say a plane has slide off the taxiway at Kansas City International Airport due to icy conditions that also have closed schools and government offices. KMBC-TV reports that airport spokesman Joe McBride said Delta Airlines A319 was taxiing from the terminal Friday morning when the nose wheel dropped off the taxiway pavement. Officials said there are no known injuries on that flight. The closure comes after the National Weather Service issues a winter weather advisory […]

  • Man sentenced to 4 years in prison in Missouri bank heist

    ST. LOUIS – A man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for robbing a St. Louis County bank. Mitchell Finley, 57, was sentenced Wednesday for the heist and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, the U.S. attorney’s office says in a news release. Court documents say he approached a teller in April, placed a white bag on the counter and announced that he was robbing the bank. The teller put $4,131 into the […]

  • Weather Service: Tornado hit southern Illinois on Saturday

    WARE, Ill. – The National Weather Service says a tornado packing winds of up to 100 mph struck far southern Illinois during last weekend’s severe weather outbreak. The weather service says in a summary of the severe storms and flooding that an EF-1 tornado left a nearly 1-mile-long path of damage Saturday morning in Ware, an unincorporated Union County community that’s near the Mississippi River. That storm caused no injuries but a weather service survey crew found that roofs were […]

  • Watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid

    WASHINGTON – The federal government’s watchdog agency said Thursday a White House office violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that the Office of Management and Budget violated the law in holding up the aid. The freeze is at the center of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The independent agency, which reports to Congress, said OMB violated the Impoundment Control Act in delaying the security assistance Congress authorized for […]

  • Voracek scores in OT, Flyers beat Blues 4-3

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Jakub Voracek scored in overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Tyler Pitlick, Michael Raffl, and Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers, who won for the third time in their last four games. Brian Elliott, playing for the first time since Jan. 7, stopped 30 shots and improved to 6-2 in his career against his former team. Justin Faulk, Ryan O’Reilly, and Alexander Steen scored, and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for […]

  • Parson calls for $100M rainy day fund in State of the State

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday called on lawmakers to set aside $100 million in taxpayer dollars to use in case of financial emergencies. The Republican governor proposed the new savings fund as he outlined plans for next year’s state budget and his policy priorities during a State of the State Address before the Republican-led Legislature. State Budget Director Dan Haug told reporters that the savings fund could be bolstered if lawmakers this year pass […]

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