SPANISH LAKE, Mo. (AP) – St. Louis County police are searching for the driver of an SUV involved in a hit-and-run that killed a toddler and injured a teenage girl. Authorities say the 2-year-old boy and the teen were struck yesterday evening in North St. Louis County. Witnesses told police the child was trying to cross the street when the SUV hit him. The girl was struck while trying to pull the child out of the vehicle’s path.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a Kansas City house fire as suspicious. The city’s Bomb and Arson squad has been asked to investigate this morning’s blaze. The home’s owner and his family were not in the residence at the time of the fire.
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A 17-year-old Kingsville boy has drowned while jet skiing on a private lake. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says Kalen Littlefield and another man were on the watercraft yesterday on a lake near Harrisonville when it overturned. Authorities say Littlefield was not a strong swimmer, and neither rider was wearing a life jacket.
TROY, Mo. (AP) – An eastern Missouri man has his prized gun back following an emotional appeal on Facebook. Chad Smith of Troy discovered Saturday that his Smith & Wesson pistol had been stolen. The weapon had been handed down to him from his father. The gun turned up on his porch yesterday after he posted a video offering forgiveness for the thief.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A man has died after a struggle with Kansas City police officers. Police said in a release that a woman called police early today reporting that a man she didn’t know had jumped into her car and was refusing to leave. When officers arrived, the man also refused their commands to leave the car. Police physically forced the man out, and as they struggled with him an officer stunned him once by pressing a stun gun against his body. Officers noticed he didn’t look well and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but the man died later at a hospital. The man’s identity has not been released.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – New southeast Missouri congressman Jason Smith has proposed a balanced budget amendment as his first piece of legislation. The constitutional amendment would require a three-fifths vote of the House and Senate for federal spending to exceed revenues. Smith won a special election earlier this month.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – University of Missouri workers will soon be able to receive domestic partner benefits. The university’s Board of Curators voted unanimously to expand health insurance coverage and other benefits. The expanded benefits begin in 2014 and come after years of lobbying efforts by system employees.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Retired coal miners and their supporters are planning a rally in downtown St. Louis in an ongoing dispute with Patriot Coal. St. Louis-based Patriot wants to make significant changes to health benefits for retired miners and reduce pay and benefits for current miners. The company says the moves are necessary for survival.