(AP) – State Stories – January 29th

| January 29, 2013 | 8:49 am
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A federal regulator is ending its inquiry into the University of Missouri Health System after the university pledged to make changes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outlined violations at the health system’s allergy clinic. The school responded with a list of planned fixes but also said the clinic is considered a doctor’s office and isn’t part of University Hospital, which requires federal certification.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is joining a bipartisan group of senators who are urging President Barack Obama to quickly appoint people to fill inspector general positions at six federal agencies. The Democrat was one of 16 senators who signed a letter sent to the White House.

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri water district is getting $520,000 from the state to improve its drinking water system. The grants and loans will help the Jefferson County water district meet demand through 2028.

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal will hold a special event this weekend to mark the 150th anniversary of the author’s pen name. Samuel Clemens adopted the name Mark Twain in 1863.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A 22-year-old man has been shot during a robbery near the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The victim and a friend were driving near the landmark last night when two men flagged them down. After the car stopped, the two men robbed the victims and one of the suspects fired several shots into the vehicle. The victim was struck in the leg.

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A Cass County man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his four-month-old daughter. Twenty-two-year-old Moreno Salinas of Lake Winnebago received his punishment yesterday in the April 2010 death of Avee Marie Hunter. Salinas was convicted after a cousin told authorities the two conspired to kill the baby by abusing her.

BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is calling on the state to perform air quality tests after a foul smell resulted from an underground landfill fire in the Bridgeton area. Coalition director Kat Logan-Smith says residents are complaining about health effects, but are not getting any official information. It’s unclear how long the fire has been burning, but Logan-Smith says landfill fires can sometimes burn for years.

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