KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man will be sentenced in August after he was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a woman in 2010. Twenty-one-year-old Carlton Manuel Junior was also convicted of armed criminal action for the death of Denise Peterson, who was shot in the head.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Saint Louis University scientists are working on a clinical trial of a meningitis vaccine. The trial is part of a national study of an investigation vaccine for meningococcal B disease. The life-threatening bacterial infection kills at least 50,000 people a year.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Home prices in the St. Louis area are inching up again after falling for several months. Data from Clear Capital shows that home prices in St. Louis rose less than one-tenth of a percent between February and May. Still, prices are down 2.1 percent from a year ago.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A special commission is accepting applications for appointment to the Missouri Supreme Court. The person selected will replace Judge William Price Junior, who announced earlier this week that he’s resigning from the seven-member court in August so he can return to private practice.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The caretaker for a 67-year-old St. Louis man is in custody and expected to face charges following his death. Police say Howard Spracher was malnourished and had injuries when he was found unresponsive about 10 p.m. Tuesday. He died at a hospital. Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide with an autopsy planned. The caretaker is a 48-year-old woman.

WEBB CITY, Mo. (AP) — Crowder College in Webb City will receive $1.1 million to building a tornado safe building on its campus. The school says the Federal Emergency Management Agency had approved funding for the project. The Joplin Globe reports the safe room will hold nearly 1,400 people.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A candlelight vigil has been scheduled in Springfield to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the unsolved disappearances of three women. The vigil in memory of 47-year-old Sherill Levitt, her daughter Suzanne Streeter and Streeter’s friend Stacy McCall began at six this morning at Phelps Grove Park. The women disappeared on June 7th, 1992. A $42,000 reward has been offered for cracking the case.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Republican congressional critics are denouncing what they call a “same-sex ceremony” held last month at the Army’s Fort Polk training base in Louisiana. Missouri GOP Congressman Todd Akin says the ceremony violated Defense Department policy because Louisiana state law didn’t permit same-sex marriage or civil unions.