(AP) – State Stories – February 18th

| February 18, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Kansas City area man is accused of injuring two local fire department employees as they tended to accident victims. The Jackson County prosecutor’s office says in a release that 23-year-old Matthew Stockton of Grandview is charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. The charges stem from a Saturday crash that injured two fire department personnel who were treating people injured in an earlier accident.

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — State tests show that the odor from the Bridgeton Landfill outside St. Louis is not a health threat. The Department of Natural Resources on Friday released a summary of recent air sampling results from the landfill. An area deep within the inactive landfill has been smoldering for more than two years, emitting a foul odor that has generated several complaints. The landfill operator says it’s spending millions of dollars to address the problem.

MARIONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say several ranches in southwest Missouri have been targeted recently by cattle thieves. Lawrence County is one of Missouri’s top cow-calf producing counties and is among several area counties that have become the target of cattle rustlers. There are also $5,000 rewards for the conviction of cattle thieves.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The search continues for a Kansas City area teen reported missing nearly six years ago. Kara Kopetsky was last seen leaving Belton High School on May 4th, 2007. Sunday marks her 23rd birthday. To mark the birthday and remind the public of her disappearance, Kara’s family, police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have released an age-progressed drawing of what Kara may look like now.

DUTCHTOWN, Mo. (AP) — Residents of a tiny southeast Missouri town say they rely on their small post office and hope to keep it. The Southeast Missourian reports that the post office in Dutchtown was one of about 3,700 that narrowly escaped closure last year.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering several proposals to improve infrastructure that could hit Missourians’ wallets. One proposal could require residents to pay a higher sales tax in order to pay for transportation projects, and another would let electric utilities seek a surcharge to recoup costs from infrastructure projects. A third measure would call for issuing several bonds to fund college campuses and state facilities improvements.

UNION, Mo. (AP) — Opponents of a plan to build a 400-acre coal ash landfill near the Missouri River have appealed a court order that allows the project to move ahead. A circuit court judge ruled last month that the Franklin County Commission acted lawfully when it approved zoning changing allowing the development of the landfill. Ameren Missouri has since filed for a permit to build the coal ash landfill next to its Labadie power plant.

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