IMPERIAL, Mo. (AP) – Two Hillsboro men died this weekend after their car rear-ended a tractor-trailer in Jefferson County. Thirty-one-year-old Joseph Davis and 57-year-old Matthew Held both died at a St. Louis hospital.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – A pastor is suing the city of St. Louis for blocking efforts to establish a tent camp for the homeless. Reverend Larry Rice was one of three people arrested last month as police took down the new homeless camp. The longtime advocate was arrested after he refused to leave the camp he’d opened earlier in the day.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is awarding more contracts to fix damaged Missouri River levees. Corps officials say they hope to finish repairs by November.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – A group of volunteers working in Joplin are helping residents recover their emotional health. The program called Healing Joplin trains volunteers to seek out and listen to people who are struggling with post-disaster anxiety. Since last June, the volunteers in bright blue shirts have been knocking on doors and handing out fliers seven days a week offering assistance with emotional healing from the massive storm.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Advocates of people with eating disorders are urging Democratic Governor Jay Nixon to spare a program for them from cuts this year. Despite a 2010 law creating the Missouri Eating Disorder Council, it hasn’t been formed because it never has been funded. Nixon cut funding for the council out of the 2012 budget. Lawmakers again inserted money for it in the 2013 budget, which takes effect July 1st. Nixon’s office has received dozens of emails and letters from people imploring him to preserve funding for particular programs, including the Missouri Eating Disorder Council, public colleges and universities and Area Health Education Centers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City group is working to get 10,000 dogs and cats spayed or neutered by the end of the year. Volunteers and leaders of Spay and Neuter Kansas City went door-to-door this past week trying to persuade pet owners to have their animals operated on. The group is on track to have 6,500 pets undergo the procedure this year but wants to reach the 10,000 mark.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is making it illegal to capture wild deer and keep the animals as pets. The ban – which takes effect July 1st – won’t apply to people who already have deer in captivity, though they won’t be able to add to their collections. The agency says the new regulation is part of its effort to prevent chronic wasting disease. The illness has been confirmed in northern Missouri and northern Illinois but not in Arkansas.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis’ famed Crown Candy Kitchen may be best-known for its thick malts. But its Bacon Lettuce Tomato sandwich will soon be introduced to a national TV audience. The Travel Channel’s Adam Richman has picked Crown Candy’s “Heart-Stopping BLT” as a contender for the nation’s best sandwich. The program “Best Sandwich in America” will feature the St. Louis favorite in an episode airing 8 p.m. this Wednesday.