HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Authorities believe that two people arrested at a northeast Missouri Walmart store may be responsible for thefts in three states.  46-year-old John Benson of Randolph, Minn., and 28-year-old Sonya Hernandez of Austin, Minn., were arrested Monday at the Walmart in Hannibal. Employees of the store told police they saw them concealing several items.  Police say the pair had an enclosed trailer in the parking lot that was filled with flat-screen televisions, entertainment systems, clothing and several other items believed to have been stolen from stores throughout Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota.  Both suspects are jailed on $50,000 cash-only bond.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Around $57 million has been raised toward the project to revitalize the Gateway Arch grounds and the St. Louis riverfront. Leaders of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation outlined details of the plan yesterday. The total cost of the project is estimated at $553 million.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A new ranking lists Southeast Missouri State University as Missouri’s safest public four-year university. College information website StateUniversity.com released the ratings yesterday. The rating is based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officers.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri lawmaker wants to make sure humans have more legal rights than animals. Missouri House Republican Ward Franz has introduced legislation that would prevent animals from having rights equal to or greater than those of humans. The bill grew out of a contentious debate last year on rules for dog breeders.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Further debate is possible today on a measure that would change the state’s workplace discrimination laws. Missouri Senate Democrats argued against the bill about three hours last night, saying it would reverse decades of progress in civil rights legislation.