AP – State Stories

| December 26, 2012 | 8:23 am
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BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a southwest Missouri man accused of plotting attacks at a movie theater and Walmart store say they repeatedly struggled to find mental health care for their son. Bill and Tricia Lammers say they reflected on their struggles in the wake of the elementary school massacre in Connecticut. Twenty-year-old Blaec Lammers was arrested last month.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is revising a wellness incentive plan after six city employees and one Jackson County worker were charged with defrauding the insurance giant. Federal prosecutors say the workers falsely claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash rewards by lying about taking part in physical activities.

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — Two northeast Kansas teenagers have helped round up thousands of books for a Missouri hospital where both have been treated for serious illnesses. The Tonganoxie High School seniors led a book drive earlier this year for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Their campaign brought in about 4,800 volumes, along with more than $1,100 to buy e-readers and electronic books.

HIGH RIDGE, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man is in custody after investigators say he kidnapped a woman at gunpoint from her Jefferson County home. Authorities say the 34-year-old wanted to rob a jewelry store the woman and her husband owned.

RIVERVIEW, Mo. (AP) – Firefighters couldn’t keep flames from damaging a suburban St. Louis home on Christmas Eve, but did manage to save a bit of the holiday. Firefighters noticed wrapped Christmas presents inside the empty home in Riverview and pulled the gifts out.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia city leaders are hoping a study of housing discrimination will show how often the problem occurs and how best to confront it. The city will use $4,300 in federal money for the project.

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