ST. LOUIS (AP) — Flags are flying at half-staff on state buildings in St. Louis today to honor a fallen firefighter. Forty-six-year-old Jeffery Hudson died in his sleep last Wednesday after returning to a firehouse following a call. He’d been with the department for 18 years.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers representing a 56-year-old St. Louis man whose rape and murder conviction were overturned say they expect a quick ruling on the state’s appeal of that decision. George Allen Junior’s spent nearly three decades in prison, but has been free since mid-November.

NEW MADRID, Mo. (AP) – Two canoeists from Canada have been rescued from a river island in southeast Missouri, but their plan to paddle the length of the Mississippi is on hold for now.  Sharon Riley and Kevin Caners have been canoeing down the Mississippi River from northern Minnesota to New Orleans when their canoe floated away before sunrise Saturday.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been charged in a weekend shooting death at a southeast Missouri nightclub. The shooting happened early Sunday at a Cape Girardeau (juh-RAHR’-doh) club called The Spot. Officers responding to a call found 32-year-old Sikeston resident Nicholas Gilbert inside the nightclub with at least one gunshot wound. Malcolm Harris was taken into custody later Sunday and was being held on $100,000 cash bond yesterday.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Authorities allege a southwest Missouri man held a 65-year-old woman captive for two days while he sexually assaulted her and played Russian roulette with her. Fifty-six-year-old Ricky Casteel is charged with multiple felonies, including forcible rape and felonious restraint. He is jailed in Newton County. Authorities say the woman didn’t seek help until Casteel threatened her again on Thursday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Kansas City say 10 western Missouri men have been charged with conspiring to steal nearly $1 million worth of commercial trucks, trailers and cargo. An indictment unsealed yesterday says the conspiracy involved the thefts of five trucks and 17 trailers between 2005 and 2011.