(AP) – State Stories

| September 10, 2012 | 7:35 am
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BOWLING GREEN, Mo. (AP) — Five inmates have escaped from the Pike County Jail in eastern Missouri. Authorities say an inmate’s family member called the sheriff’s office Saturday night to report an escape. A check of the jail revealed that the inmates were missing in Bowling Green, which is 70 miles northwest of St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have received a report that someone jumped off a Mississippi River bridge. Crews are searching the waters near the historic 138-year-old Eads Bridge, which connects St. Louis and East St. Louis, Illinois. The report about the possible jumper came in around 11:30 a.m. yesterday

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Boulder-based Aurora Organic Dairy has agreed to a $7.5 million settlement in a five-year-old consolidated class-action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit was initially filed on behalf of two St. Louis-area mothers in 2007 who claimed the dairy used unfair and deceptive practices to sell non-organic milk at organic prices. In 2009, a federal judge in St. Louis dismissed the suit, saying Aurora’s products had been deemed organic by a USDA-accredited certifying agent.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis says adolescents with autism are much more likely to be bullied. The research shows that more than 46 percent of surveyed adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder said they’d been bullied, compared with nearly 11 percent of the general adolescent population.

MARBLE HILL, Mo. (AP) — The death of a southeast Missouri man has been ruled a homicide. An autopsy was conducted Friday on the body of 35-year-old Jefferey Robins. It confirmed that Robins died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head. The autopsy also showed that the deadly shot was fired by someone else.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two anti-war protesters are set to stand trial today in Jefferson City on misdemeanor charges for trespassing at central Missouri’s Whiteman Air Force Base. Retired Kansas City minister Ron Faust and another man from Iowa are accused of entering the base without permission earlier this spring during a protest of unmanned military drones.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several mayors of cities along the Mississippi River will be in St. Louis later this week to talk about how to make the mighty waterway more sustainable. The drought’s caused low water on the river, which is affecting barge traffic and recreation.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri deer hunters are being asked to help state environmental officials track the spread of chronic wasting disease, especially in northern counties. The Department of Conservation will take tissue samples of deer that were killed in six counties. Chronic wasting disease attacks the central nervous system of white-tailed, mule and other types of deer.

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