COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Ed Martin is getting help in his run for state attorney general from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Martin and Perry campaigned yesterday in Columbia. Martin, a St. Louis lawyer who was chief of staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt, is challenging Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Friends of a homeless Army veteran say the 63-year-old man would have been happy to see the many people who attended his funeral in St. Joseph. The special service for Leonard “Lippy” Radek took place yesterday at Meierhoffer Funeral Home. Radek will be buried today.

GREEN CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in north-central Missouri say the smell of ether turned a burglary investigation into a meth bust with four people arrested. A Sullivan County sheriff’s deputy went to a home near Green City on Friday night to check a burglary report.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Corrosion and stains on the surface of the Gateway Arch may be unsightly, but they’re not a danger to the iconic monument. The National Park Service has released an engineering report indicating the stains may be caused by the welds that hold together the 630-foot monument to westward expansion that sits near the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Embattled Missouri Congressman Todd Akin says he won’t seek a court order to drop out of Missouri’s Senate race by today’s deadline. Instead, Akin’s planning to rev up his campaign with a new statewide bus tour. He’s repeatedly apologized and reaffirmed his commitment to the Senate race since top Republicans called on him to quit because of remarks he made last month about pregnancy and rape.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Missouri agencies are working together to replace thousands of trees that were knocked down during highway projects. The Missouri Department of Transportation is buying 250,000 seedlings from a Conservation Department nursery and will distribute the trees to youth groups and schools for planting.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is working with Monsanto to find ways to fight corn rootworm, one of U.S. agriculture’s most damaging pests. The St. Louis-based company is the nation’s leading seed producer.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Rice farming is beginning to take place in other parts of Missouri. Farmers have grown rice for more than two decades in far southeastern Missouri’s Bootheel region. But now the grain is grown as far north as Cape Girardeau.