KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors in Cape Girardeau County are planning to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a state Supreme Court ruling throwing out blood test results on an unwilling suspect. The Missouri high court ruled the officer should have obtained a judge’s warrant for the 2010 test that came during a routine drunken-driving stop.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A panel of Missouri lawmakers is considering a proposal to charge tolls on parts of Interstate 70. Private companies would finance the project up front and collect tolls on I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis. The tolls would help pay for highway improvements.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s unemployment rate fell to 8 percent, but the state’s overall payroll still declined by several thousand jobs.  The state Department of Economic Development reported yesterday that Missouri’s net nonfarm payroll declined by 11,800 jobs in December. Officials say that includes seasonal job losses in private educational services because of holiday and semester breaks at colleges and universities.  Missouri’s unemployment rate in December declined two-tenths of a point to 8 percent, the lowest rate since January 2009.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is expected to announce that 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a share of about $308 million in emergency funds to help them recover from an unusually intense year of natural disasters. Missouri and Utah will receive more than one-third of that total after record flooding in both states.

JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police say crime’s down sharply in Jennings since the county took over police duties. The county began providing full police services in Jennings last March. County police say crime dropped 13 percent in 2011 compared to the year before.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri graduate who helped lead the effort to create the Martin Luther King Junior National Memorial is bringing a piece of the new tribute to Columbia. The school plans to honor the slain civil rights leader during a ceremony later this month.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City is reopening two of its Chinese galleries later this month to coincide with the Chinese New Year. The newly renovated galleries will reopen January 27th. They’ll hold works from ancient China such as tombs, jade carvings, lacquered vessels and ceramic sculptures.