(AP) – State Stories – January 15th

| January 15, 2013
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Early figures from 2012 show that violent crime was up in St. Louis. FBI statistics released yesterday show violent crime in the city increased 6 percent in the first half of the year. Violent crime also declined in Columbia and Kansas City but rose in Independence and Springfield.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say a man died this morning in a shootout with police following a low-speed chase along an interstate. Authorities say the chase began in Independence and ended in eastern Kansas City after the man got out of his vehicle and began firing at officers.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee plans to hold a hearing today on a measure that calls for elections to fill vacancies in statewide elected offices. The proposal would allow the governor to appoint an acting officeholder until an election could be held. The appointee would be barred from running immediately for the post.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new partnership is creating the largest continuing legal education provider in the Kansas City area. The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association are teaming up to teach attorneys.

OLIVETTE, Mo. (AP) – Police in several St. Louis-area towns are investigating a string of smash-and-grab crimes. Six times over the past few weeks, suspects have busted through the front doors of closed restaurants in Olivette, University City, Clayton and Richmond Heights. In some of the incidents, nothing was taken. Authorities are trying to determine if the same suspects are involved in each crime.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) – Two shoppers injured in a shooting at a Kansas City-area mall are suing the shopping center’s operators. Dilon Yates and Rochelle Moore claim Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group didn’t provide adequate security at the Independence Center Mall before the shooting last January. Yates was shot in the leg and Moore injured a foot in the incident. Eric Bratton was convicted last week in connection with the shooting.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Funeral services are scheduled this week for a longtime columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the South Suburban Journals. Jim Fox of Affton died Sunday at the age of 91. Fox’s funeral will be Friday morning in St. Louis County. Fox worked for the Post-Dispatch for 33 years and continued writing regular columns for nearly 10 years after his retirement.

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