(AP) – State News Stories

| December 19, 2012 | 8:57 am
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(Montgomery City, MO) — An elementary school was locked down after a parent threatens to commit suicide in front of the students.  The unidentified man said he was on his way to Montgomery City Elementary, where his three children attend school, and planned to shoot himself there. He was eventually taken into custody after his car ran out of gas, and never reached the school. Montgomery City is about an hour and a half outside St. Louis.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 61-year-old Galena man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for possessing child pornography and selling counterfeit DVDs on eBay. Bruce Alan Starfield pleaded guilty in April.

(Clayton, MO) — The man who raped a Kirkwood girl last year is sentenced to nearly 30 years behind bars. Robert Hunt received a 28 year prison sentence on Tuesday. He was convicted of forcible rape and armed criminal action in October. Hunt was 19 at the time of the attack.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri budget officials are forecasting continued growth in state revenues for the next fiscal year. Gov. Jay Nixon and legislative budget leaders say they are projecting a 3.1 percent increase in state revenues for the annual budget that starts July 1. They said the expected net general revenues of $7.9 billion will mean another year of “fiscal discipline.” State officials expect an economic growth rate of 4.8 percent.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Kansas City say a 4-year-old boy who died after a shooting was the victim of a gang dispute. Police say Aydan Perea was taken off life support yesterday. He was shot on Saturday night as he sat with his father and two others in a car at a Kansas City home.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Authorities have completed their investigation into the deaths of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his 22-year-old girlfriend, formally ruling them a murder-suicide. The Kansas City Star reports that Jackson County prosecutors closed the case Friday. In a text, he wrote he “would shoot” Perkins “if she didn’t leave him alone.” Belcher and Perkins were the parents of a 3-month-old daughter.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s unemployment rate fell in November. So did the number of people with jobs. Figures released by the state Department of Economic Development show Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.7 percent in November. The department said that was its lowest level in 49 months. But the total number of nonfarm jobs also fell by 6,800, led by declines in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

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