ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are looking to suspects who burglarized a church on the city’s north side three times this month. Thieves have taken computers, refrigerators and other items from New Direction Christian Church. The church is getting a new security system after wires on the old system were cut during another break-in months ago.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Greene County authorities are asking for the public’s help in the deaths of a rural southwestern Missouri couple killed last year. Rebecca and Russell Porter disappeared from their Willard home last April and their remains were found in July about 60 miles away. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri official has been named director of athletics at Southeast Missouri State University. The school announced yesterday that Mark Alnutt is expected to take over the role in about a month. He replaces John Shafer, who retired last June.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation that passed in the state Senate would require county assessors to consider the impact of foreclosures and bank sales on the real estate market when they set the value of a property. Now, some assessors only consider voluntary sales when they decide how much a home is worth for tax purposes.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Higher fuel prices may be slowing economic growth in rural areas of the Midwest and Plains. Economists say there are signs that the higher energy and fuel prices are slowing growth in agriculture-dependent areas, while slower global growth has already harmed some rural areas that are dependent on agricultural sales. The survey includes data from Missouri and nine other states.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Health officials say a college student in St. Louis has been diagnosed with the bacteria responsible for bacterial meningitis. The student is a female undergraduate at Washington University. Students who had casual contact with the woman are not considered to be at risk.

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Kansas City teenager has been charged involuntary manslaughter and texting while driving for a crash that killed another motorist. The Platte County prosecutor announced the charges yesterday against 16-year-old Rachel Gannon, who faces trial as an adult. Missouri outlaws texting while driving for people under 21.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers want to bar anyone accused in the death or abuse of a child from running a day care center while the criminal charges are pending. The House and Senate both passed measures yesterday establishing “Sam Pratt’s Law.” The name comes from a 2009 case in which a young boy died at an illegal day care center in the town of Pilot Knob, Missouri.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A measure that’s moving through the Legislature would require Missouri officials to automatically start an investigation if they receive three reports within three days of a child being abused. The measure cleared the Senate yesterday and is now in the House.