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| September 3, 2012
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man. Marcus Wells was shot early Saturday morning at an apartment building and died at a Springfield hospital.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man has discovered his twin sister and her friend shot to death in a townhome in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. She was found early Friday. Relatives identified the women as 30-year-old townhome resident Claudia Williams and her 29-year-old friend, Tasheera Johnson.

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis school district has ousted its superintendent. The Hazelwood School Board decided last week to remove Superintendent Steve Price as he was beginning his third year with the district. In announcing the decision, officials said “new leadership is needed to guide the district.”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Campfires once again will be allowed at Missouri conservation areas, thanks to rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac. The Missouri Department of Conservation had issued a fire ban in June for its public properties because of the hot, dry summer. But the department has now lifted that burn ban for all of the nearly 1,000 conservation areas that it manages. The department says managers of conservation areas still could re-impose bans for specific sites, if they believe the fire danger is too high.

ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) – A special prosecutor says no action should be taken against an alderman in the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters. Alderman Gus Elliott altered a computer file criticizing another alderman to make it appear the file was produced by the city’s communications director. The prosecutor, Rick Brunk, urged the city and other parties “to amicably resolve their differences” without any further legal action. Brunk declined to elaborate.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A new report shows Columbia could seek voter approval to raise the hotel tax to pay for a new terminal at Columbia Regional Airport. Cities like Columbia are authorized to impose a hotel tax of up to 7 percent to fund the “promotion, operation and development of tourism.” The report also says the city could also legally levy a fee on each occupied hotel room.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A hot summer gave Missourians plenty of reasons to want to cool off at state park swimming beaches, and a drought seems to have helped offer more opportunities to do so. Water testing records show bacteria has been high enough to close state park beaches less frequently than during the past two years.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The University of Missouri is trying to mend fences with authors, while restoring the reputation and funding of its academic press. The university announced plans in June to close the press, prompting outrage in the academic community. Some authors demanded their publishing rights returned. That decision was reversed Tuesday, when university officials said the press would continue to produce books and digital publications.

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