JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — Funeral services have been set for a 29-year-old engineer killed in a workplace accident. Authorities say Matthew Pooker of Festus was helping change a track on a crane at Penzel Construction in Jackson when he became trapped between the track and railroad timbers. His funeral will take place Saturday morning in Hillsboro.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Heroin deaths have dropped sharply in St. Louis County. The county reported 14 deaths from heroin through April 10th. That’s down from 32 deaths in the same period last year. Officials credit a strong public awareness campaign as a difference-maker.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis principal will get $140,000 from the district after resigning amid a social media scandal. Former Clayton High School principal Louise Losos will also continue to be paid through the end of the school year. Losos’ resignation came after a former student alleged she had created a fake Facebook identity that listed many students as friends.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An agriculture chemical company faces $102,000 in federal fines for mislabeling pesticides at facilities in Missouri and Nebraska. The Environmental Protection Agency says Syngenta Crop Protection will pay the civil penalty for violations at a farm supply retailer in Savannah and at its facility in Omaha, Neb. The EPA says Syngenta has changed its practices to prevent similar violations.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) – Soldiers from the U.S. and nine other countries are meeting this week at the Army’s Fort Leonard Wood to talk about the evolving threat of improvised explosive devices. Participants will talk about coping with IEDs in Afghanistan and the best strategies for addressing the threat. Route clearance equipment used by U.S. forces also will be on display at today’s meeting at the southern Missouri post.
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) – A man’s badly burned body was discovered in the backyard of a rental home in a Kansas City suburb and police are investigating it as a homicide. Investigators in Lee’s Summit were trying to identify the man Tuesday. Lee’s Summit police Sgt. Chris Depue says the person renting the home noticed tire tracks and followed them to a grassy area where he found the body.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Funeral services will be held on Monday for three generations of a St. Louis family who were killed last weekend. Investigators say Eric Lawson fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and her mother and then set fire to their apartment, killing his 10-month-old son. A 3-year-old girl was injured.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Members of the Missouri House have given initial approval to legislation that bars local governments from regulating the speech and advertisements of centers that counsel women on abortion alternatives. Organizations that counsel women to carry their pregnancies to term sometimes advertise their services as help with unwanted pregnancies.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is getting more than $15 million from a national settlement with Abbott Laboratories involving the marketing of the drug Depakote (DEHP’-uh-koht). The anti-seizure and mood-stabilizing drug is prescribed for bipolar disorder, but the company says it marketed the drug for unapproved uses.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sen. Claire McCaskill is getting extra protection following a comment at a Tea Party rally last week. St. Louis area activist Scott Boston told a Tea Party gathering in Springfield, Mo., tomorrow, “We have to get Claire McCaskill out. We have to kill the Claire Bear ladies and gentlemen.” Boston says he did not intend the comment as a threat.