JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator from St. Louis is asking the state auditor to analyze the cost of the death penalty. Democrat Joe Keaveny (KEH’-vih-nee) is introducing a bill that would also require the state auditor to compile a report comparing the costs of capital punishment with the costs of a life sentence.

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 23-year-old northwest Missouri man is due in court today to face charges that he hacked a woman to death with a hatchet and severely wounded another woman. Quintin O’Dell is charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 22-year-old Alissa Faye Shippert. He’s also charged with assault and other offenses in the razor slashing of another woman several months later.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Large crowds are expected today for a six-hour public visitation for Cardinals great Stan Musial. The Archdiocese of St. Louis is asking fans not to bring mementos to the cathedral, but leave them instead at the Musial Statue at Busch Stadium. The 92-year-old died last Saturday.

ST. PETERS, Mo. (AP) – A teenager from St. Peters has been reunited with her family after being missing for nine days. Sixteen-year-old Molly Linhardt was found safe yesterday in Monroe County. She disappeared on January 14th after her father dropped her off at work. Authorities say she was with a 27-year-old man who was convicted of statutory rape in 2002 after having sex with a 12-year-old girl.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Bridge demolition work scheduled for this weekend in St. Louis has been delayed because of a weather forecast that calls for the possibility of precipitation. Missouri Department of Transportation crews originally planned to close Interstate 64 between Kingshighway and Forest Park Parkway starting tomorrow night. The plans now call for the work to begin on February 1st.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A new report says the tax incentive battle between Kansas and Missouri is a prime example of how states are squandering taxpayer dollars in the name of job creation. The report by Good Jobs First says states should stop providing subsidies for companies that move existing jobs to new locations across state lines.