(AP) – State Stories

| September 24, 2012 | 7:59 am
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FENTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County woman is dead after falling from the back of a motorcycle. The accident happened Saturday night on Highway 141. County authorities say the 50-year-old Fenton woman was on the back of a bike driven by her husband, who swerved to avoid a merging car.

GIBSON, Mo. (AP) – Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found along a southeastern Missouri road. The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Autumn Medley of Kennett. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former lawmaker has been appointed to a Missouri commission responsible for art displayed at the state Capitol. Governor Jay Nixon on Friday tapped Harold Caskey of Butler to the Missouri State Capitol Commission. Caskey served seven terms in the Missouri Senate and was the chairman of the Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Members of the Kansas City Royals are slated to be in Joplin to work with Habitat for Humanity building homes for victims of last year’s devastating tornado. The team says pitcher Danny Duffy will be among the Royals in Joplin today. The team will work with staff from Habitat for Humanity on five homes in the “Royals neighborhood.”

St. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Two St. Joseph men died this weekend during a single-vehicle accident in northwest Missouri. Twenty-year-old Aric Anderson and 31-year-old Douglas Arrow died in the crash late Saturday when their car hit an embankment, throwing them from the vehicle.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis native says he’s being detained in Dubai and falsely accused of smuggling guns. Steve Dolan, who grew up in St. Louis, is a vice president for APL Emirates and has lived in Dubai for two years. Dolan says Dubai authorities have accused him of smuggling guns and have confiscated his passport. Dolan is a cousin is Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, who’s also from the St. Louis area.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield police say crews have recovered the body of a 75-year-old woman from a Springfield lake. A Police Lieutenant says the woman was driving in a sport-utility vehicle when she veered left and went into the lake before 5 p.m. Saturday.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri will chip in nearly $330 million next year to pay for state worker pensions. The state government will pay about 20 percent more than in the current year largely because of lower investment returns and longer life expectancies. The board for the Missouri State Employees Retirement System approved the increase by a 10-1 vote.

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