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| June 14, 2013
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PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri jury has convicted a former Cub Scout leader on several charges of sexually abusing two girls. Daryl Lemasters will be sentenced in August. The Platte City man was convicted on four counts including statutory sodomy, sexual exploitation of a minor and child enticement.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After 10 days in St. Louis, a solar-powered plane is on its way to Cincinnati. The Solar Impulse took off from Lambert Airport earlier today. The plane arrived in St. Louis on June 4th as it attempts to complete a cross-country trip. The aircraft flies at about 40 mph and carries only the pilot.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A special Missouri House panel will spend the next several months reviewing the performance of state agencies. The House Interim Committee on Government Responsiveness and Efficiency was created by Speaker Tim Jones. Committee chair Sue Allen says she plans to start with the Department of Social Services.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri curators are set to begin their search for a new chancellor of the Columbia campus. Brady Deaton announced this week that he will retire in November after nearly 10 years as chancellor. The curators meet today and will likely hire a search firm to vet candidates.

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in the St. Louis suburb of University City suspect foul play in the deaths of two men found inside an apartment. The bodies were found yesterday morning after one of the victims didn’t report to work and someone from his company went to check on him. The victims are ages 59 and 77. Names have not been released.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Room and board at Lincoln University in Jefferson City will cost more, starting in the fall. The university’s curators voted yesterday to increase room rates by $80 per student for fall and spring, and $40 per student for summer. The vote comes two months after the curators voted not to increase in-state tuition.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has named a former St. Louis-area school official to the State Board of Education. Nixon announced the appointment of Vic Lenz today. Lenz, a Republican, is the former board president for the Lindbergh School District.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials are cracking down on parking violations downtown after several months of lax enforcement. City officials acknowledge on-street parking enforcement has been lenient for more than a year in part because there are only two parking control officers handling the downtown area.

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