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| July 27, 2013
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BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Human remains found in an eastern Missouri septic tank have been identified as those of a Cape Girardeau tattoo artist missing since December.  Authorities in St. Francis (FRAN’-sis) County made a positive identification Friday of 38-year-old Samuel Francis.  The decomposed remains were found Thursday on unoccupied property near Bonne Terre (bahn TEHR’), about 70 miles north of Cape Girardeau. County coroner James Coplin says it could take weeks to determine how Francis died.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the help of some Democrats, Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature appears prepared to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a high-profile bill that seeks to nullify federal gun-control laws in Missouri and make criminals out of federal agents who try to enforce them.  The Republican-led Legislature is to meet in September to consider a veto override.  The gun bill originally passed with comfortable margins in the House and Senate.

(Jefferson City, MO)  —  Missouri’s state treasurer is warning residents about a new email scam.  Clint Zweifel  [[ ZWY-ful ]] says targets will receive an email saying they’re owed millions in Unclaimed Property that was discovered during an audit.  Current emails are coming from someone named Alexis James and say the person is entitled to 23-million dollars.  Zweifel says the name and dollar amount could change, and he never charges to return Unclaimed Property.  Anyone suspicious of an email should contact the state treasurer’s office to confirm it’s legitimate.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials say they’ve been notified of two cases of intestinal illness from cyclospora.  The state Department of Health and Senior Services said Friday the reports came from health providers in Jackson County and southwest Missouri’s Taney County.  The agency is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if Missouri’s cases are linked to suspected outbreaks in several other states. Health providers advise people with diarrhea, severe stomach cramps or nausea to seek medical attention.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge at St. Louis has passed a major milestone with the final piece of the deck in place.  Workers on Friday placed a 30,000-pound floor beam between edge girders on the Mississippi River crossing, the last remaining 10-foot gap on the bridge.  The bridge, which is expected to open early next year, will carry Interstate 70 traffic between Missouri and Illinois. The $670 million bridge is being built with a combination of federal money and funds from Missouri and Illinois.

(St. Louis, MO)  —  An activist group wants to block tax breaks for Peabody Energy.  The organization MORE tells the “St. Louis Business Journal” that city aid and tax breaks shouldn’t go to companies involved in “unsustainable energy production.”  Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment wants its proposal on St. Louis’ March ballot.  Under the amendment, any company that deals in fossil fuels or has businesses ties of at least one-million dollars with fossil fuel companies would receive no public funds.

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