An Independence church is scrambling to get its water back on after copper thieves stole pipes from the basement of Anchor Point Baptist Church. The church’s pastor says the thieves broke a window and took at least 50 feet of pipe. The church hopes to have the damage repaired before Sunday services.

A former Cole County Sheriff’s employee is facing charges after authorities say she stole nearly $16,000 from the department. Thirty-eight-year-old Deborah Thomas of Jefferson City is set to appear in court next month. Investigators say she used the department’s credit cards for her own use.

Convicted murder Nicholas Sheley is scheduled to be sentenced today for the 2008 death of a 65-year-old central Illinois man. Sheley’s pleaded not guilty to killing two people in Missouri as well as five others in Illinois.

A Missouri House committee that’s reviewing the state’s response to recent natural disasters expects to prepare a report on its work by early next month. Missouri’s faced numerous natural disasters this year, including tornadoes in Joplin, St. Louis and Sedalia, along with a blizzard and flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

The search for a new University of Missouri system president continues tomorrow when curators meet for the third time this month. The curators are seeking a replacement for former President Gary Forsee, who stepped down in January to care for his wife as she battles cancer.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she’s joining a proposal that would prohibit bonuses for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives while the companies are under federal control. A recent report shows 12 executives at the two firms received more than $35 million in total salary and bonuses in 2009 and 2010.

Missouri officials are looking to manage the deer population by allowing hunting in five state parks on upcoming weekends. The parks will be closed to everyone but hunters with special permits.

A Kansas City restaurant owner is challenging two proposed ballot measures that would raise Missouri’s minimum wage. Victor Allred has filed suit in Cole County and has support from the Missouri Restaurant Association. He claims the cost estimates and ballot summaries for the proposals are insufficient and unfair.