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| September 18, 2012
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(Kansas City, MO) — A man who shot his former girlfriend at the Truman Sports Complex before turning the gun on himself on Friday has been identified. Police say 40-year-old Marcus L. Collins of Raytown drove into the parking lot outside Kauffman Stadium, called the 41-year-old victim over and shot her as she fled. Collins then took his own life. The woman remains at a local hospital.

(Kansas City, MO) — A homeless man has been charged with assault in connection to a weekend beating outside a Kansas City gas station. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Nicholas R. Burgess had been arguing with the 54-year-old victim outside a gas station near 31st and Mersington before the two started fighting. Burgess was arrested a short time later while the victim suffered severe head injuries during the incident.

(St. Louis, MO) — Testimony continues today in a St. Louis courtroom, as a death row inmate makes a plea for his life. Reggie Clemons was one of four men convicted in the rape and murder of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry back in 1991. Yesterday Clemons’ lawyers questioned a former cop involved in the case, alleging he altered police reports. The judge could recommend a retrial, commute his sentence or leave Clemons on death row.

(Kansas City, MO) — A man who was shot at a Kansas City apartment complex last week has died. Police say 22-year-old James Bradley-Piseno of Kansas City was shot in the head while driving near 56th Terrace and Swope Parkway on September 10th. He was pronounced brain dead and was later taken off life support.

BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) — Two people are hospitalized but expected to recover after their vehicle crashed and flipped into a creek in St. Louis County.  The accident happened about five o’clock this (Tue) morning in Ballwin when the vehicle left the roadway, flipped and ended up in Kiefer Creek.  The cause of the accident wasn’t immediately known.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the process for selecting appellate judges. The measure asks voters whether to change the composition of a seven-member panel that screens applicants for vacancies on the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Utility group Ameren hopes to increase its number of workers with experience in the armed forces. The St. Louis-based utility wants to recruit 200 veterans and military spouses over the next five years under a national program called Joining Forces.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Daytime classes at Maryville University in St. Louis have been canceled so students can volunteer. About 1,000 students will work today at about 80 sites throughout the St. Louis region. The day of service program called Maryville Reaches Out includes mural painting, working with homeless people and providing landscaping for an organization that provides equine-assisted therapy.

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