ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The family of a northwestern Missouri teenager who was struck and killed by a school bus has reached a $5 million settlement with the bus company. Mason Adams died in November 2010 after being hit by the bus while on his way to St. Joseph’s Lafayette High School. Part of the money will go toward a scholarship and baseball field in Mason’s memory.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several graduates of a St. Louis County prep school are alleging they were abused by two teachers decades ago. The former students say they suffered verbal and sexual abuse in the 1970s at Chaminade College Preparatory School. The Rev. Martin Solma says the accused teachers died years ago.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Three southwestern Missouri family members have been given prison sentences for their roles in a nearly $11 million mortgage fraud scheme. Charles Walker received a ten-year sentence, his wife, Linda, was sentenced to more than one year in prison and their adult son, Lee, was sentenced to 30 months behind bars. Prosecutors say they were involved in a scheme to buy residential properties at inflated prices.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin residents will vote on a $62 million bond issue to rebuild schools destroyed by a deadly tornado last May. If approved in an April 3rd vote, the revenue would also be used to build storm shelters for the district. The Joplin Board of Education voted last night to put the bond issue on the ballot.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A central Missouri lawmaker is filing legislation that would turn Interstate 70 into a toll road. The measure would allow the state Department of Transportation to contract with a private company to fix I-70 in exchange for being allowed to charge tolls.

GOLDEN CITY, Mo. (AP) – The pastor of a southwest Missouri church isn’t seeking charges against two teens accused of writing a racial slur aimed at Hispanics on his building. Pastor Greg Earl says he doesn’t want the teens to have a record. He wants them to come to his Golden City church, Mission of Encouragement, and get to know Hispanic members.

ORD, Neb. (AP) — A Missouri man suspected in a Nebraska homicide has been ordered to remain in custody until his preliminary hearing in March. John Oldson of Randolph, Missouri, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Catherine Beard. The waitress’ remains were found outside Ord, Nebraska, in 1992. She had disappeared about three years earlier.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield group is exploring whether felons deserve protection from discrimination. The Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights plans to take up the topic starting at its February 15th meeting. Commission chairman George Davis says if employers refuse to hire a felon, they need a valid reason.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Republican state senator from St. Louis County has proposed legislation that would allow Missourians who take out payday loans more time to pay them off. Payday loans must be paid off within 31 days. Senator John Lamping says people should get at least 90 days. The bill would make it illegal for payday lenders to roll over or extend loans beyond 90 days.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s agriculture department is offering loans to farmers who want to build “high tunnel” greenhouses that can grow produce year-round. The program is a partnership between the Missouri Department of Agriculture and federal agencies. The loans can help offset construction costs.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The Cape Girardeau County Commission has agreed to give up a section of a county road that was the frequent site of drug activity. Nearby residents say they plan to put up a gate in the vacant area to keep people away. The section of the dead-end gravel road has been popular with methamphetamine makers.