(AP) – State Stories

| September 11, 2012 | 7:53 am
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has found two anti-war activists guilty of misdemeanor trespassing at central Missouri’s Whiteman Air Force Base. Ron Faust of Kansas City and Brian Terrell of Maloy, Iowa, were among 40 protesters who demonstrated at the air base in April against the use of unmanned military drones. They face a maximum six-month prison sentence.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The family of an elderly Columbia couple who died in a natural gas explosion has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against Ameren Missouri. The settlement was over the March 2008 blast that destroyed the couple’s home and killed them. The lawsuit claims the utility failed to monitor a buildup of natural gas under the home.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former lawyer in St. Louis County is going to prison after embezzling nearly $500,000 from dozens of clients. Jonathan McKee was sentenced yesterday to five years in federal prison. Prosecutors say he kept settlement money from insurance companies that should have gone to more than 85 clients.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has extended a state of emergency declaration until mid-November. Nixon said the extension is because of drought, heat and the risk of fire. He is giving farmers additional time to complete projects approved through a state program to dig wells and upgrade irrigation systems.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers will begin meeting at the Capitol today before deciding whether to override any of Governor Jay Nixon’s vetoes this week. Legislative committees are holding meetings today and the House and Senate convenes their annual veto session tomorrow.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee wants to review the effectiveness of the state’s job-creation incentives. The panel will examine the Missouri Quality Jobs program and other economic development tax credits when the Legislature convenes in January.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge is set to hear arguments today in a lawsuit over Missouri’s new law that makes it a crime to disturb a worship service. The law makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally disturb or interrupt a “house of worship” with profane language, rude or indecent behavior or noise that breaks the solemnity of the service.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Some Independence tourist attractions will waive entrance fees for one day later his month. Five of the city’s attractions will be free on Saturday, September 29th as part of National Museum Day. The event is coordinated by the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.

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