State News Stories – July 11th

| July 11, 2013
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>>Leak Forces Evacuations

(Kansas City, MO)  —  A chemical leak forces the evacuation of a downtown Kansas City business.  Officials say that a construction crew punctured an underground storage facility with a drill, which resulted in a chlorine leak near Seventh and Broadway on Wednesday afternoon.  Several nearby streets were closed until crews repaired the leak later in the evening.

>>Man Gunned Down In KC

(Kansas City, MO)  —  Police are investigating a deadly shooting in south Kansas City.  The victim was found dead by his family shortly before 3:00 Wednesday morning at a home near 90th Terrace and Tennessee.  The suspect remains at large.

>>Sprint Deal Finalized

(Overland Park, KS)  —  Sprint Nextel has a new owner and a new name.  The Overland Park-based communications provider finalized its 21-billion dollar deal with the Japanese company SoftBank on Wednesday.  According to reports the newly named Sprint Corp. will make its debut on Wall Street today.

>>Street Repairs Needed

(Olathe, KS)  —  The city of Olathe is considering a special tax to pay for needed street repairs. Reports indicate the city will propose asking voters to approve a ten-year, three-eights cent sales tax this fall.  The city council will vote next month on whether to hold a mail-in election for the street improvement tax.

>>Highway Crash Injures Nine

(Kansas City, MO)  —  Nine people are recovering from a rollover crash along a Kansas City interstate.  Police are investigating if a tire blowout led to the accident along Interstate 435 near 103rd Street about 5:30 yesterday evening.  Seven of the victims are children and authorities say none of the injuries are considered life threatening.

>>Child Shot During Drive-By Shooting Dies

(St. Louis, MO)  —  A nine-year-old boy shot in the head during a drive-by shooting has died.  Police say Tyrese Short was a passenger in a car that was driving along Goodfellow around 3:30 Wednesday morning, when another car pulled up and opened fire.  Tyrese’s father and two other adults were in the car at the time but weren’t hurt.  Police say both the father another man in the car have criminal records, and could have been the intended targets.

>>Bicyclist Killed By Car In Fairview Heights

(Fairview Heights, IL)  —  A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a car in Fairview Heights.  According to reports the victim is 62-year-old Phil Lubeck, a well-known community activist.  He was killed Wednesday morning as he rode along Route 159.  Police say it appears Lubeck turned into the path of the car that hit him.  The driver is cooperating with the investigation.

>>Acid Leak Causes School Evacuation

(Hazelwood, MO)  —  A spilled pool chemical is to blame for the evacuation of Hazelwood East High School.  A hazmat team determined a small amount of muriatic acid, used to maintain PH levels, leaked from a tank yesterday releasing overwhelming fumes.  Two students and one adult were hospitalized after complaining of breathing problems.  The rest of the summer school students were evacuated to Kirby Junior High.

>>Quinn Halts Lawmakers’ Salaries Over Pension Reform Failure

(Undated)  —  Reaction varies widely to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s decision to suspend lawmakers’ pay until they develop a solution to the state’s pension crisis.  House Speaker Michael Madigan says hopes the strategy works, while Senate President John Cullerton calls the move political grandstanding.  State comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who issues state checks, says she’s seeking legal opinions on whether Quinn’s move is constitutional.  The governor says he’s also suspending his own pay until a pension reform plan is approved.

>>Nixon Signs Stan Span Law

(St. Louis, MO)  —  Governor Jay Nixon has signed a measure naming Missouri’s half of the new Mississippi River Bridge for Cardinals great Stan Musial.  The “Stan Span” is scheduled to open in January of 2014.  A federal law designating it the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is awaiting President Obama’s signature.

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