(AP) – State News Stories

| August 3, 2013 | 10:45 am
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DANVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say 15 children were taken to a hospital after a charter bus carrying students from the Missouri School for the Deaf overturned in eastern Missouri. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman Sarah Potter says none of the students has life-threatening injuries. Police say the crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday near Danville as the bus was exiting Interstate 70. Potter says children were heading home after the end of their summer term.

LIBERTY, Mo. (KMZU) – A Liberty man will spend the next decade-and-a-half behind bars after prosecutors said he repeatedly violated the terms of his probation. 76-year-old Conrad Witte pleaded guilty in 2004 to having oral sex with a three-year-old girl. He told authorities the toddler was a willing participant because she had unzipped his pants. Witte was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison, but was granted probation in 2005.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri health officials say they have been notified of a third confirmed case of cyclospora infection. The state Department of Health and Senior Services said yesterday the latest report of the stomach bug came from a health provider in the Kansas City metro area. The others were reported earlier this week from Jackson County and Taney County.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri officials say U.S. Bank plans to expand in St. Louis County, adding up to 260 new jobs. The Department of Economic Development said Friday that the expansion in Earth City is to house mainly mortgage customer service representatives and technology staff. Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank will be eligible for about $4.3 million in state incentives.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon says low-interest loans will be available to residents and business owners in several eastern Missouri communities hit by damaging weather from May 29th through June 10th. Nixon’s office said Friday the low-interest loans will be offered in the city of St. Louis and in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln and Warren counties.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The state’s top education official says an unaccredited St. Louis area district is expected to run out of money this year paying for students to transfer to accredited districts. Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said yesterday that the state would be going to the Legislature for help. The Riverview Gardens and Normandy districts are unaccredited, and a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling allows students to transfer to accredited districts.

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