OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A Kansas City-bound flight made an emergency landing in Omaha, Neb., on Christmas Day. Southwest Airlines says a fuel valve problem forced the crew to declare an emergency last night. Officials say the 109 passengers boarded another plane and arrived at Kansas City International Airport about two hours late.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two people are hospitalized following a house fire in St. Louis. Authorities say one person was trapped inside the home this morning and had to be rescued. Another person jumped from a second-story window and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A blizzard warning for southeast Missouri has been cancelled about 4 hours before it was scheduled to expire after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow in the state’s Bootheel.
The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., says snowfall in Missouri through Wednesday morning ranged from 3 1/2 inches to 9 1/2 inches, with the heaviest accumulations in the Sikeston area.
A meteorologist in Springfield says the storm slid farther south than initially anticipated and spared most of the Ozarks from significant snowfall.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – State officials have issued an emergency suspension for a Jefferson City doctor. Dr. Randall Meyer is accused of unnecessarily placing stents in six patients’ arteries. The Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts doesn’t know the last time it issued an emergency suspension and forced a doctor to stop seeing patients until a full hearing.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis County authorities are investigating after a man was found dead in his apartment. The man reportedly died of a gunshot wound, and police say the case is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities say the man may have died sometime Monday afternoon.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Construction of the first building of a proposed $34 million complex to serve homeless veteran in Kansas City is expected to begin early next year near the city’s VA Medical Center.
The St. Michael’s Veterans Center is to be spread across 24 acres and include 180 housing units in three buildings, along with a service center to provide an array of services for veterans.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are more than 1,800 homeless veterans in Kansas City. Supporters of the St. Michael’s project say the center could become a model for similar projects nationwide.