KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A fund has been established for a malnourished 10-year-old Kansas City girl who was recently rescued from a closet. Local Investment Commission officials say they’ll ensure the donations get to the girl, who weighed 32 pounds when police found her June 22. The girl’s mother has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, child abuse and child endangerment.

KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 23-year-old Texas man has drowned after jumping off a boat in a southern Missouri lake. The Missouri State Water Patrol says Gbenga Afolabi of Houston drowned yesterday at Table Rock Lake. Authorities say Afolabi started having trouble as soon as he jumped from the boat.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is backing Sarah Steelman in Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Steelman touted Palin’s support Tuesday as a potential boon in a GOP primary in which all three main candidates have been trying to appeal to conservatives.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials say state payrolls declined by 4,000 jobs in June while unemployment simultaneously decreased to 7.1 percent. Department of Economic Development officials say much of the decline in Missouri non-farm payrolls came in the local government sector, which shed 3,100 jobs in June.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri farmers who are suffering from this summer’s dry, hot weather could get some help through the state treasurer’s office. Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY’-ful) is offer emergency 24-hour approvals of low-interest loans through the Missouri Linked Deposit Program because of the drought conditions.

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Hannibal authorities say they’ve made 13 drug arrests as part of an effort to crack down on drug dealers in the northeast Missouri town. Authorities are still searching for two more suspects.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — Firefighters had to battle a five-alarm fire at a downtown St. Louis apartment complex yesterday, but no one was injured. The blaze caused severe damage to the building.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri regulators are reviewing the cyber security practices of electric utility companies. The Public Service Commission is asking power companies to provide answers to dozens of detailed questions about protections to shield the electrical grid against hackers.