KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The FBI is looking for suspects in two weekend bank robberies. The holdups occurred less than an hour apart Saturday morning at a Bank of the West branch in Blue Springs and at Blue Ridge Bank and Trust in Raytown.

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault in a drunken-driving crash that killed a teacher and injured her son.  According to court documents, 53-year-old Patrick McCormick of Chesterfield was driving in an Aug. 26 accident involving 50-year-old Janet Esrock of Chesterfield. The math teacher in Creve Coeur died Sept. 11. Police say McCormick’s blood-alcohol content was 0.14 about two hours after crash. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court today will hear arguments on cases that could affect the November ballot. The issues could determine if voters will decide whether to raise the minimum wage, increase tobacco taxes and limit interest rates on payday loans. Among the issues is whether the state auditor has the legal authority to prepare financial estimates for ballot initiatives.

OAKVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis County Police Welfare Association has been helping county officers and police department civilians for more than a half-century. But funds are starting to dry up.  The annual fundraiser for the association fell short of expectations. The annual golf tournament normally brings in about $50,000. This year, it made only $32,000.

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southeastern Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to a felony stealing count linked to what authorities say was her theft of nearly $500,000 from her employer. 48-year-old Kathy Ellsworth of Dexter had faced 66 felony counts in Stoddard County, including 34 counts of forgery.  Authorities say Ellsworth was working as a bookkeeper for the unidentified victim when the theft of $485,000 took place between December 2009 and mid-November of last year.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri residents soon could get a tax break for donating to facilities that provide care to the developmentally disabled. Governor Jay Nixon is signing the tax credit measure today along with bills addressing education and health care for foster children.

WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State University’s plans for new student housing on its West Plains campus have been delayed because bids for the project came in higher than expected.  The university planned to build apartments with 295 beds, a commercial area and other amenities by next fall, to be offered to juniors and seniors. It had estimated the cost of the project between $29 million and $30 million.  Missouri State officials say the three bids ranged from $33.5 million to $34.7 million.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri researchers have developed a potential new stroke treatment that targets an enzyme critical to brain function.  Zezong Gu is an assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences at the university’s School of Medicine. His research team has developed a drug that could delay the onset of a type of stroke that occurs when blood clots block blood flow to the brain.