(SALINE COUNTY, Mo.) The Slater man, charged with attempting to kidnap a child off a school bus, will appear in Saline County today, July 13th, 2015.

According to court documents, Norman D. Forrester will appear at 10:00 a.m. this morning for a hearing to set a trial date on his charges. Forrester was arrested in April of 2014 after he entered a school bus in Slater and attempted to forcibly take a child off the bus.

He remains in custody on charges of Child Kidnapping, Assault in the third degree, trespass on a school bus, and peace disturbance.


SMITHVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Two beaches at Smithville lake have been closed because of an outbreak of blue-green algae.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and health officials made the decision to close parts of the lake 20 miles north of Kansas City. The closure means no swimming will be allowed at Camp Branch and Little Platte, where the boat ramp and marina also will be closed.

The algae can be dangerous to humans and pets, causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, breathing problems and other unexplained illnesses. It’s not clear when the beaches will reopen.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Miss USA Olivia Jordan spoke of the need to discuss race relations en route to her pageant victory.

Jordan, who’s from Oklahoma, won the title during a pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday night. She beat out the other four finalists to win the crown.

The pageant has been largely overshadowed by comments made by co-owner Donald Trump bashing Mexican immigrants. Broadcasters, judges and hosts pulled out of the ceremony in protest.


EAST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — The owner of a suburban Chicago pub that has held an annual Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years isn’t testy at all that a nearby community plans to host its own celebration of the unusual dish this November.

J.R. Westberg, who owns the Parkside Pub in Huntley, said that his only criticism of East Dundee’s plan for its own event the day before Thanksgiving is the organizers’ lack of originality. They gave it the exact same name and scheduled it for the same date and time.

The Huntley festival often attracts more than 4,000 people to snack on the deep-fried turkey bits.


LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency says it has started a review of cervical cancer vaccines to see if they are linked to two rare conditions, but emphasized it hasn’t changed its recommendations for how the shots should be used.

The vaccines against HPV have been used in more than 70 million people worldwide and prevent cancers caused by HPV, including those of the cervix and womb.

In a statement issued on Monday, the European drug regulator said an investigation has started into a possible connection between the HPV vaccines and two conditions: complex regional pain syndrome, and POTS, a condition where the heart rate jumps abnormally after sitting or standing.

Current HPV vaccine information doesn’t include warnings about these conditions and no causal link has been found.