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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) – The driver of a motor-assist vehicle has died while responding to a fatal crash on Interstate 70 in suburban Kansas City. The first crash happened early this morning. Emergency crews were at the scene of that crash when a vehicle hit a motor-assist truck about an hour later. The motorist-assist driver died at the scene. Authorities say a section of I-70 was closed.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City police are investigating the brutal beating of a 44-year-old disabled veteran. The victim remained unconscious yesterday after the Tuesday morning beating inside the group home where he lives. The home’s manager says the victim had a friend over Monday evening, and there was some banging on the floors and walls overnight.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Republican challenger Dave Spence are squaring off in their first debate. The pair is expected to discuss economic development and Missouri’s economy during today’s event in Columbia. Nixon, a Democrat, became governor in 2009 and is seeking a second four-year term. Spence, of St. Louis, is a political newcomer. Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Jim Higgins also is participating in the debate.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Webster University in St. Louis is opening a new residential campus in the west African nation of Ghana. The campus will be located in the capital city of Accra and will open in the 2013-14 academic year. Webster says it’s the first American university to open a residential campus in Ghana with undergraduate and graduate programs.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis authorities in St. Louis have released the names of three people killed when a car fleeing from police crashed on the Grand Boulevard bridge and split in half. A 21-year-old man who was also in the Nissan Maxima remains hospitalized with injuries suffered in the crash just before 3 a.m. yesterday. Police identified those killed as 22-year-old Lamont Cross, 23-year-old Gregory Franklin and 20-year-old Dasha Rhodes, all of St. Louis.

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The former police chief in the southeast Missouri town of Caruthersville has been sentenced to five years of probation for forgery and theft. Chris Riggs was also ordered to pay back $37,000 stolen from the city’s criminal investigation fund at sentencing yesterday. He had pleaded guilty to one felony theft count.

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to last year’s beating death of an Afghanistan war veteran who he said had entered his home and begun “acting crazy.” Twenty-eight-year-old Anthony Cheek was initially charged with second-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Chad Clayton. He died in a hospital after being punched by Cheek, who said Clayton had head-butted him.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Seven Missouri colleges will share nearly $1 million in state grants to educate more nursing students. The grants range from $124,000 to $150,000 and are funded by state licensing fees paid by current nurses. Universities may use the money to hire faculty, buy equipment and offer scholarships.