(AP) – State Stories

| August 29, 2012 | 8:35 am
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LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A western Missouri couple already convicted in the sex-torture death of one woman have pleaded guilty in Clay County to murdering a second victim. Richard Davis and Dena Riley, of Independence, pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree murder. The Clay County case stemmed from the slaying of 36-year-old Michelle Huff-Ricci in 2006.

BURLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — Drought conditions are draining a reservoir used to cool the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant, but officials say there are no worries about safety or the plant’s ability to provide power. Projections show the reservoir would be at only 5 percent of its normal capacity by Nov. 1 if current drought conditions persist.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge revised the wording that Missouri voters will see when they decide this fall on a health care ballot measure. Cole County Judge Dan Green says the original ballot summary prepared by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan was insufficient and unfair.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The votes in a Republican primary for a Missouri House seat will be recounted. Rep. Thomas Long, of Battlefield, lost the GOP primary in southwest Missouri’s 130th House District to Republic businessman Jeff Messenger by 28 votes. A Sept. 6 recount in Greene County is planned.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) – The two teenagers charged in the death of a former Saint Louis University volleyball player now face more charges for another crime. St. Louis County prosecutors yesterday charged Keith Esters and Johnathan Perkins with first-robbery and other counts for allegedly robbing and kidnapping a woman in Brentwood on August 12th. Police say the same two 18-year-olds killed Megan Boken in St. Louis on August 18th.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri House leader is accusing Governor Jay Nixon of “playing politics” with businesses and local governments by highlighting the retroactive taxes that more than 120,000 people would owe if lawmakers override one of his vetoes. House Majority Leader Tim Jones says lawmakers have not decided whether to try to override Nixon’s veto of a measure that allows communities to resume levying taxes on vehicle purchases.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Midwest may get some much-needed rain when remnants of Hurricane Isaac arrive late this week. But the torrent of expected rain could create problems, stressing storm sewer systems and causing flash flooding. As much as four inches of rain could fall in the St. Louis area by Saturday.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The dean of a northern Missouri dental school is joining the state’s student loan authority. Christopher Halliday is an oral surgeon. His confirmation to the board for the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority still needs to be approved by the Missouri Senate.

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