(AP) – State Stories

| September 26, 2012 | 8:36 am
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt says he’ll work for Congressman Todd Akin. Blunt was among several leading Missouri Republicans who urged Akin in August to quit his challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The pressure followed Akin’s televised comment that women’s bodies can avert pregnancy from what he called “legitimate rape.”

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — St. Joseph has decided against exploring the elimination of fluoride in the drinking water supply. A majority of City Council members ruled against a study to end the practice. St. Joseph has been fluoridating its water since voters approved the addition of 1 part per million in 1988. The level was reduced last year to meet new federal recommendations.

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Police say the driver of an ice cream truck has been shot in an attempted robbery. Witnesses say the 47-year-old driver was in a cul-de-sac yesterday afternoon when several men approached the truck demanding money. The driver was shot several times, including once in the head. He remains in a hospital in suburban Kansas City.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man is accused of posing as a police officer and robbing a woman he arranged to meet at a motel. Thirty-year-old Aaron Hall has been charged with robbery, kidnapping and armed criminal action in connection with the August 19th incident. The crime was one of four similar attacks from early May through mid-August. Prosecutors say more charges are possible.

CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a University of Missouri graduate student who was killed last month when a Megabus slammed into a bridge pillar along an Illinois interstate is suing the bus operator. The double-decker bus was headed from Chicago to Kansas City.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri education officials say high school students are making slight improvements to their scores on Advanced Placement exams. About 63 percent of the students who took the tests earned scores that qualified them to receive college credit. That’s up from 62 percent the year before.

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s record-hot summer and ongoing drought are expected to make this year’s fall foliage slightly less dramatic. Officials with the Mark Twain National Forest say trees will likely remain in survival mode and protect themselves by dropping leaves and going dormant early, with muted colors.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fountains around the Kansas City metropolitan area soon will be flowing with pink water as part of an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer. It’s the ninth year that area fountains have turned pink to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is in October.

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