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| October 8, 2012
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PAGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve arrested a suspect in a hit-and-run accident in suburban St. Louis that killed a four-year-old boy and injured his older brother. The State Patrol says the 54-year-old motorist was booked on suspicion of leaving an accident scene. The boys were hit by a pickup truck Friday in Pagedale.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fewer people are sending paper greeting cards, a worrisome challenge for the nation’s top card company. Kansas City, Missouri-based Hallmark Cards Incorporated announced last week it’s closing a Kansas plant that produced a third of its signature product. Hallmark is shedding about 300 jobs as it shifts work to two other plants.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been killed in a car accident in central Missouri. Sixty-two-year-old Everett Watson of Denver, Colorado died in the accident, which occurred Saturday on Interstate 70 outside Columbia. Local police said the vehicle rolled several times and caught on fire after leaving the roadway.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia hospitals don’t use the type of drug that federal officials have linked to recent cases of fungal meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there are more than 90 confirmed cases of the rare form of fungal meningitis nationwide. A public relations manager for University of Missouri Health Care says that the hospital system didn’t buy any steroid vials from a pharmacy that’s recalling the drug.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents have until Wednesday to register to vote in the November election. In addition to the presidential election, this year’s ballot includes races for U.S. Senate, Congress and governor.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri transportation officials say Amtrak ridership is up 74 percent in the state over the past five years. More than 192,000 passengers rode Amtrak in Missouri during the fiscal year that ended in June. Officials attributed some of the record ridership to higher gas prices.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A new study says students at Southeast Missouri State University provide a boost to the region’s economy. A study released by the university shows students spend more than $63 million locally on everything from rent to food to tattoos over the nine-month school year.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Foster care experts are gathering in Kansas City this week to talk about how to improve the state’s child welfare system. The meeting is expected to draw more than 400 people.

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