JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A conservative group is ramping up pressure on Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill with a new round of ads on Missouri TV stations. Crossroads GPS said yesterday that has bought nearly $1 million of ads to run in the next two weeks.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has been asked to decide if a state Senate candidate from St. Louis qualifies for the Democratic primary ballot. The Missouri Court of Appeal’s Eastern District said in a ruling yesterday that House member Jamilah Nasheed does not appear to meet the residency requirement for running in the 5th District. But the court transferred the case to the state Supreme Court because of the importance and general interest of the issue ahead of the August 7th primary.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – The national service group AmeriCorps is boosting its Joplin volunteer force with 150 new full-time corps members over the next three years. Congressman Billy Long joined AmeriCorps leaders in announcing a $2.8 million federal grant for the program yesterday afternoon.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Authorities in southern Illinois say a 19-year-old St. Louis man was shot and killed during a confrontation with Belleville police. The victim was shot once in the chest yesterday and died at a hospital. His name was not released. Illinois State Police say officers responding to a disturbance at a tavern found two men kicking cars and trying to damage a window before the fatal shooting.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon is set to sign legislation today that lets Missourians add their cellphone numbers to the state’s No Call List for telemarketers. Cellphone numbers that are added to the list would be off-limits to most phone and text message solicitations.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for leading what prosecutors say was one of the largest cocaine trafficking rings in the metro area. Thirty-seven-year-old Alejandro Corredor was the last of more than a dozen defendants to be sentenced as a result of an investigation dubbed Operation Blockbuster.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s attorney general says people should be wary of text messages that claim to alert people to free Walmart or Costco gift cards. People have been unknowingly clicking a link in the text messages and installing malware on their cellphones that lets identity thieves access personal information.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A southeast Missouri courthouse is nearing the century mark, and that’s cause for celebration this weekend in the tiny town of Benton. The building was designed in 1912 and dedicated in 1914. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.