KENNETT, Mo. (AP) — Three people ranging in age from 17 to 34 are facing charges for the robbery of a 93-year-old southeast Missouri man. Police say Orville Abmeyer of Kennett was sitting in a swing outside his home Sunday afternoon when two women approached him. Abmeyer told police that one of the women grabbed him and took the wallet from the pocket of his coveralls. The wallet contained $230, then fled in a car driven by a man.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Investigators haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause of suspicious fire that destroyed a southwest Missouri mosque. State and federal investigators said in a Thursday statement that for now, the cause of the Aug. 6 fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin is officially “undetermined.” But they say the investigation remains open and the finding could change if new information comes forward.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal weather forecasters say the drought appears to be leveling off, although it is likely to continue at least through November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center Forecasters previously had predicted the drought would linger through October. The center said today it appears the drought isn’t getting worse.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An economic index for 10 Midwest and Western states has dropped again, and an economist says the drought is “dampening economic activity across the region.” The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped further into negative territory this month, hitting 47.1, compared with 47.9 in July and 56.7 in June. Any score below 50 on the index, ranging from 1 to 100, suggests economic contraction in the months ahead for several Midwestern sates including Missouri.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s chief medical officer has dismissed the case against a former Seward doctor who was accused of prescribing drugs that led to overdose deaths. Reportedly, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joann Schaefer, says the state failed to prove that Dr. Barbara Froehner’s treatment showed a pattern of negligence in five deaths on her prescriptions between 2008 and 2010. Froehner is currently a family physician at Fort Leonard Wood.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of the St. Louis Cardinals, including manager Mike Matheny, are going to Joplin to help build homes in the tornado-ravaged community. The Cardinals ambassadors will join professional builders and Habitat for Humanity volunteers on Monday to help build five homes in the designated “Cardinals” neighborhood. It is part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s “Joplin Challenge” initiative to help the community recover from the 2011 tornado.