JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are heading back to their districts for the long holiday weekend. Next week, the House is scheduled to take up a measure allowing the governor to name an acting official to a vacant statewide office until an election can be held to fill the post.
WATERLOO, Ill. (AP) — Family and friends are saying their final goodbyes to an Air Force veteran and two of his sons who died last weekend while hiking in southeast Missouri. The bodies of the Illinois family members were found on the Ozark Trail in Missouri’s Reynolds County.
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis area police are searching for a 19-year-old man who’s been missing for 15 months. Keith Johnson was last seen in October 2011 in Berkeley. Authorities remain puzzled about what happened to him.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri National Guard says there’s still one soldier working in Joplin, 20 months after guard members responded to the devastating tornado that killed 161 people. The remaining soldier is in Joplin as part of the state’s Workforce Investment Board.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis police have found the 2-year-old daughter of a woman who was discovered dead along a road on the city’s north side. The child, Tiana McNeil, was found last night with an acquaintance of her mother, 27-year-old Tatiana McNeil. The mother’s death has been ruled a homicide, but no arrests have been made.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Nearly eight months after a house fire killed two brothers in Springfield, investigators are still trying to determine a cause. The blaze last May killed 24-year-old Keith Gray and 29-year-old Roger Gray. Fire officials last summer ruled the fire wasn’t cause by electrical or gas malfunctions. Assistant Fire Chief Randy Villines said this week that the department had not ruled out any other possible causes, including arson.
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) – An autopsy reports lists accidental drowning as the cause of death for a Northern Michigan University soccer player who was found unresponsive in a campus pool. The body of Arianna Alioto of Columbia, Mo., was found November 30th in the pool after a team workout. Officials say there’s no indication of foul play.