HILLSDALE, Mo. (AP) — A 56-year-old St. Louis-area man is accused of chasing three people in his neighborhood with a machete. The incident happened yesterday in Hillsdale. Police say the man later barricaded himself inside a home before officers entered and apprehended him without incident.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found burning in a parking lot. The body was discovered last night behind a Faultless Linen Service office. Investigators are working to identify the woman and a cause of death.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are trying to determine whether street racing was the cause of a multi-car accident near the Gateway Arch. The accident occurred earlier today on a road notorious for street racing. At least three people were hospitalized after four cars crashed. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate panel is endorsing a proposed referendum that would change the way vacancies in statewide offices are filled. The measure would limit the governor’s ability to appoint people to certain posts. Instead, the governor would be able to appoint a temporary replacement who would fill in until a special election can be held.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – Three prominent actors will perform a Biblical adaptation in Joplin this weekend ahead of the first anniversary of last year’s deadly tornado. Two dramatic readings of the Book of Job are scheduled for Sunday. The free performances will feature Oscar nominees David Strathairn and Paul Giamatti, as well as Independence native Arliss Howard.

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) – A St. Louis man has been charged in the murders of a Minnesota daycare provider and her elderly parents in what authorities believe was a botched effort to find a teenager who accused him of rape. Police say 34-year-old Eddie Matthew Mosley faces second-degree murder charges.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) – A Guatemalan official says the U.S. government has said it won’t return a girl adopted after being snatched from her Guatemalan mother in 2006. The girl, Anyeli Hernandez Rodriguez, was adopted by a Missouri couple. Last year, a Guatemalan judge ordered that the girl be returned.

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — The dry spring weather means parts of southeastern Missouri are contending with a drought. Most of the region has received only about two-tenths of an inch of rain so far this month, putting the area about nine to 10 inches behind the average rainfall for the year. New Madrid (MAD’-rihd) and Mississippi counties are in a moderate drought, and most of Scott and Stoddard counties are classified as abnormally dry.

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Hannibal, St. Louis and other spots along the Mississippi River are getting prominent roles in a new movie. “Waterwalk” is a drama about a father and son who retrace a historic 1,000-mile canoe trip, much of it down the river.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis advocate for the homeless is offering a new area where homeless people can set up tents. The Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center yesterday revealed an encampment area just off Interstate 44 near the Missouri Botanical Garden. He calls it “Integrity Village.”