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| October 5, 2012
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is accused of robbing several women outside Busch Stadium after a Cardinals game in August. Thurlester Johnson faces multiple counts of robbery, attempted robbery and armed criminal action. The women say they were forced at gunpoint to put their purses on the ground.

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri man who won a $1 million Powerball prize says he’ll use some of his windfall to pay off his small farm. Eddie Miller of Kingsville won by matching all five white-ball numbers in the September 22nd drawing. He says the money came a day too late for him to buy a 1955 Chevy he saw at an auction.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Work on Triumph Foods’ plant expansion in St. Joseph will start within the next 30 days. The $9.5 million addition will be 30,000 square feet. The pork processing company plans to add about 30 jobs as part of the expansion.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin is getting $2.4 million in federal funding to help test and clean up contaminated soil. A massive tornado ripped through the city in May 2011 and soil was contaminated with lead and cadmium.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man died this week, seven months after he was kicked and punched by two teenagers during a street robbery. Authorities say Lewis Rice was beaten so savagely in February that he never regained consciousness. Now prosecutors are debating whether to upgrade charges against the teens.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The EPA is fining Bayer CropScience nearly $14,000 to settle violations for distributing misbranded pesticides and insecticides. The federal government says the Kansas City-based company agreed to pay the civil penalty and also agreed to make changes to prevent similar violations.

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Officials in the southeastern Missouri city of Caruthersville are reversing their ban on door-to-door trick-or-treating. But officials say children will need to be accompanied by an adult. The city council voted Wednesday to prohibit the Halloween tradition because of safety concerns.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri architectural firm is getting a $351,000 low-interest state loan to help with an expansion. Corner Greer & Associates plans to use the money to expand, refinance a loan and boost cash flow.

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