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| July 26, 2013
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BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — An autopsy will be performed on human remains discovered in a septic tank in eastern Missouri. The decomposed remains were found yesterday in a tank on unoccupied property near Bonne Terre. Authorities say the discovery resulted from a seven-month missing-person investigation.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are searching for a suspect after the director of catering at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel was shot to death while driving home. John Paulsen was on his way home early Sunday after a Saturday night wedding. Authorities say he was shot to death after pulling over his car in south St. Louis.

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Hannibal, Mo., are trying to determine who is responsible for burning an American flag that sits atop Lover’s Leap, a high bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River and downtown.  Hannibal Parks and Recreation director Andy Dorian says he was “disgusted” by the vandalism. Police Chief Lyndell Davis says little evidence was left behind, but he remains hopeful leads can be developed.  Hannibal is the boyhood home of Mark Twain. The northeast Missouri town of 17,000 draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

MOSCOW MILLS, Mo. (AP) — Three cats are OK after being saved from a burning eastern Missouri mobile home by rescue crews.  The fire broke out Thursday night in Moscow Mills. The Lincoln County Fire Protection District says that firefighters encountered heavy smoke. Two cats came to a window and were pulled to safety. Once the fire was out, two other cats were found dead inside. The fifth cat was disoriented with smoke inhalation.  Firefighters say the blaze was caused by unattended cooking.

WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) — The police chief of a St. Louis suburb has released all the city jail’s inmates because his department didn’t have the money to feed them. Wellston Police Chief G. Thomas Walker said he released five people being held on misdemeanors. Walker says he has no control over the police budget.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Council wants managers of the city pension funds to avoid investing in gun manufacturers.  The council’s vote on Thursday followed appeals by Mayor Sly James to pass the symbolic act as a response to gun violence in the city.  Councilman John Sharp was the only member to vote against the proposal. James said the measure was not aimed at lawful gun owners.  The resolution asks the boards of the city employees, firefighters, police and police civilian pension systems to consider adopting policies against investing in companies that make guns.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s insurance agency says it’s just the second in the nation to give customers an online example of insurance policies available in the state. The Missouri Insurance Department has posted sample homeowners’ and auto policies on its website. The goal is to provide a one-stop shopping site for insurance customers.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The new Stan Musical Veterans Memorial Bridge at St. Louis is expected to pass a big hurdle today. The Missouri Department of Transportation says workers will place a 30,000-pound floor beam between edge girders on the Mississippi River span. MoDOT says it’s the last piece of structural steel for the bridge.

REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri writer has turned his quest to pray for his local school district into a book. David Burton’s “Prayers for My Public School” contains nearly 200 prayers and blank areas for readers to write in their own. The Republic resident says his book is intended to be inspirational and challenging.

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