JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s disaster management agency will hold a statewide earthquake drill next week as part of Earthquake Awareness Month. More than 350,000 Missourians are expected to participate in the exercise on February 7th that marks that 201st anniversary of the 1812 New Madrid (MAD’-rihd) earthquake.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bat discovered in a Crawford County cave has tested positive for deadly white-nose syndrome. The illness doesn’t infect people or livestock, but has killed millions of cave-dwelling bats since it was discovered in the country in 2006. It has been confirmed in six Missouri counties.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri will install a tabletop replica of a Martin Luther King Junior statue this week at the university’s library. The bronze replica is 2 feet tall and weighs 30 pounds and sits on a slate of the same granite used for the national statue.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – A convicted sex offender is facing statutory rape charges after allegedly running off with a St. Charles County teenager for more than a week. Twenty-seven-year-old Benjamin Kinkade of Wright City is jailed in St. Charles County on $50,000 bond. The 16-year-old St. Peters girl went missing after her father dropped her off at work on January 14th.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Kansas City hospital has received $1 million to provide quick genetic testing for critically ill children. Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics announced the gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation today. Officials say the money will fund a Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, which focuses on diagnosing inherited pediatric diseases.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The massive Budweiser sign at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis is coming down today for the first time since it’s installation in 1979. The brewery is spending $500,000 to upgrade the sign. The replacement process is expected to take five weeks.