ST. LOUIS (AP) — Low fuel has been cited in the deadly crash of a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter in 2010. The National Transportation Safety Board says the chopper had just three quarts of jet fuel in its tank before it went down near St. Louis. The pilot, 47-year-old Patrol Sergeant Joe Schuengel, died in the crash.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say more than 20 business robberies in recent months may be related. Authorities have arrested five suspects believed to be part of a ring, but others have eluded police. According to reports most of the businesses hit by the robbers have been fast-food restaurants.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in three cases that challenge the new boundaries of state Senate and U.S. House districts. Missouri’s legislative and congressional districts are adjusted every 10 years. It’s dropping from nine Congressional districts to eight.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ proposal to take over the city’s recently unaccredited school district is being tweaked following a series of meetings with community members and Missouri lawmakers. One of the changes would let voters decide if they want the mayor to continue to run the district after three years.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY’-ful) says his office helped provide a record number of low-interest loans to businesses last year. About 1,400 small businesses and farms were approved for $410 million in deposits.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A bill that would require public schools to verify the immigration status of incoming students is drawing fire from an interest group. The sponsor of the Missouri legislation, Senator Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit, said his bill would lead to better tracking but wouldn’t exclude children of illegal aliens. But the Missouri Immigration and Refugee Advocates’ group calls the legislation a really bad idea.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fourteen people have been charged in a $5 million conspiracy to provide thousands of Missouri identification documents to illegal immigrants through a St Joseph office. A U.S. Attorney in Kansas City announced the indictments yesterday and said 13 of the defendants are in custody and have appeared in court.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri School Boards’ Association is opposing a proposal to have the Kansas City mayor run the city’s recently unaccredited school district. The group’s president, Vic Lenz, said yesterday that the track record of urban school districts controlled by mayors is “mixed at best.” He called it outrageous to advocate for the replacement of a locally elected school board.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former officer of St. Louis-based Edward Jones Trust Company has admitted defrauding three clients of more than $188,000. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 36-year-old Duane Cook of Florissant pleaded guilty yesterday to one felony count of mail fraud. A St. Louis U.S. District Judge has set sentencing for April 6th.