INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri judge is expected to hear a custody petition filed by the mother of a Kansas City Chiefs player who killed his girlfriend before taking his own life. Cheryl Shepherd, mother of Jovan Belcher, is seeking custody of 4-month-old Zoey Belcher. Relatives of Kasandra Perkins have filed a petition in Texas also seeking custody.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Democrats say they’ll push for broader smoking restrictions at the state Capitol. Smoking’s barred in the House chamber and public galleries, but has been allowed in private offices. Party leaders say they’ll push to make it illegal to smoke in any area of the Capitol that’s controlled by the chamber.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An 11-ton monument of the Ten Commandments has a new home, years after the death of the southwest Missouri artist who created the piece. The stone sculpture that’s more than 15 feet tall will be installed on property owned by the Sac River Cowboy Church.
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) — A Catholic parish in eastern Missouri is in mourning after someone stole relics that were brought to the church from Rome more than 50 years ago. The nine relics were stolen from Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church sometime around Christmas.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The flu is hitting Missouri earlier than usual this year. Statewide, there have already been more than 9,800 cases of the flu this season. That’s more than 16 times the average of the past five flu seasons at this point. Federal officials say Missouri is one of 29 states already reporting high levels of flu-like illnesses.
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Two men have been accused of stealing gold football championship rings and other items from the home of a St. Louis Rams coach. The New Year’s Eve break-in occurred at the Kirkwood home of Rams tight ends coach Rob Boras. The two suspects are being held on $50,000 bond.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new venue for musicians and comedians is coming to St. Louis this year. The River City Casino’s $82 million expansion includes an events center that will open in May or June. The expansion also includes covered parking and a 200-room hotel.