State Stories – AP

| April 30, 2013 | 10:10 am
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members voted yesterday to approve legislation making changes to the sex offender registry. The proposal would group sex offenders into three tiers based on their risk of committing another offense. Eventually, people could file a court petition to be removed from the registry.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new audit is taking issue with the way Missouri Governor Jay Nixon billed aircraft flights to the State Emergency Management Agency. State Auditor Tom Schweich (shwyk) says SEMA paid about $55,000 for Nixon to fly to disaster sites and promote recovery efforts. The audit says there’s no record of SEMA personnel accompanying him on any of the flights.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Southeast Missouri State University women’s basketball coach is facing charges for a multi-state car theft conspiracy. William Smith is one of 21 people who were charged last week in the auto theft conspiracy.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Missouri’s two U.S. senators want the Pentagon to reconsider a proposed troop realignment that could reduce the number of soldiers stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri by nearly 4,000.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Former game show host Bob Barker is donating several of his awards to Drury University. Barker is an alum of the Springfield school and got his started in local radio while he was a student.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A federal investigator with the Social Security Administration plans to testify before a Missouri Senate committee looking into the disclosure of a list of concealed gun permit holders. The Missouri State Highway Patrol acknowledged recently that it had twice obtained a list of Missouri concealed gun permit holders and provided it to the Social Security Administration for a potential investigation into fraudulent claims for disability benefits.

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — One man is dead and five other people injured after a man apparently became angry at a family gathering in southeast Missouri and drove into a crowd. The incident happened Sunday at a home in Sikeston. Police say the injured included two 3-year-olds and a 4-year-old, along with two adults.

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a St. Louis-area teenager told police he led them on a lengthy chase because he didn’t want to miss prom. Nineteen-year-old Daniel Buck of O’Fallon is charged with felony resisting arrest following Friday’s chase in Wentzville. Buck also allegedly told police he fled because he was driving with a revoked license and nine warrants for failure to appear on various charges.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two St. Louis neighborhoods are ranked by a website as among the most dangerous in the nation. NeighborhoodScout.com compiled rankings based on FBI crime data. The Fountain Park neighborhood ranked 12th on the list, and the Columbus Square neighborhood ranked 22nd.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Evangel University in Springfield will confer degrees on a record number of graduates this Friday. The school says 552 students will graduate, breaking the previous record of 494 set in 2009. Major General Cecil Richardson, who recently retired as U.S. Air Force chief of chaplains, will be the commencement speaker.

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