SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man is jailed in the fatal beating of his girlfriends’ 2-year-old son. The Springfield News-Leader reported that 21-year-old Austin Pelley was charged Monday with second-degree murder and child abuse. Benjamin Garrision died in June after two days of hospitalization. Court documents allege the boy’s mother asked Pelley to babysit while she took a test at Everest College, which has a Springfield branch.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new report shows Missouri gaining nearly 18,000 jobs last month while the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.2 percent. The state Department of Economic Development released the figures yesterday. The agency says the net gain of 17,900 nonfarm payroll jobs from July included 4,900 jobs in manufacturing and 10,200 jobs in the government sector — nearly all of those at the local level.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Democratic attorney general is playing up his record as a prosecutor in a new campaign commercial. Attorney General Chris Koster, a former Cass County prosecutor, is being challenged in November by Republican Ed Martin, who was chief of staff for former Gov. Matt Blunt. Koster’s ad features his county prosecutor badge. It also shows a black-and-white photo of Koster holding a shotgun as he says in a voiceover that the attorney general’s office protects Missourians and prosecutes those who hurt them.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s conservation agency says fly bites are spreading a disease that’s killing deer around the state. The Missouri Conservation Department says the small midge fly is suspected of causing a hemorrhagic disease found in the deer, though it can’t be transmitted to people. The agency says it has received nearly 3,000 reports of dead deer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A three-day summit on livestock biotechnology takes place in Kansas City this week. The convention opens today and will focus on addressing global problems through genetically engineered animals. Other speakers are expected to address the role of scientific innovation in feeding the growing world population.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A special review of the case involving Missouri death row inmate Reginald Clemons resumes later today. Attorneys met privately with the judge yesterday morning before a bailiff announced the hearing was on hold for the day because of unspecified legal issues. Clemons is one of four men convicted in the 1991 murders of Julie and Robin Kerry.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) — An annual academic conference is focusing on Ozarks studies. The three-day Ozarks Studies Symposium begins tomorrow at Missouri State University’s West Plains campus. Topics will include the impact of cultural and geographic isolation on Ozarks reside