DONIPHAN, Mo. (AP) — Three Doniphan residents are charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 2010 deaths of an elderly southeast Missouri couple. Prosecutors say charges were filed today in Ripley County against 47-year-old David Youngblood, his 19-year-old daughter, Chantele Youngblood and 19-year-old Keith Boyles. Officials say Loyd and Irene Piatt were shot to death in their home, which was then set on fire. The suspects have pleaded not guilty to the same charges for the similar deaths of two people in July 2010.
ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The EPA added a contaminated site in southwest Missouri to a federal pollution cleanup list. The Compass Plaza Well site in Rogersville is now on the Superfund National Priorities list. It’s polluted with a commercial solvent called TCE.
FULTON, Mo. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding two public meetings today in Fulton on Ameren Missouri’s request to renew its license for the state’s only nuclear power plant. The St. Louis utility’s license for Callaway nuclear plant expires in 2024.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis School District’s annual food drive reached a major milestone. So far, the school district’s collected 1 million cans this year in its “Hearts for Hunger” drive. Students from kindergarten through high school participate in the program to donate food to local food pantries.
BELGRADE, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri school superintendent says 11 students are hospitalized after their school bus slid off a narrow two-lane highway and overturned in a ditch. The injured were among 35 students in kindergarten through 12th grade who were on the Valley R-6 School District bus that crashed Tuesday afternoon near Belgrade, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Senator Claire McCaskill is among five lawmakers being targeted by issue ads funded by the conservative 60 Plus Association. The 60-second ad features Pat Boone talking to seniors about a portion of the federal health care law and says an Independent Payment Advisory Board could ration Medicare. The group is spending $3.5 million to run the ads for two weeks.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The House Budget Chairman has responded to Governor Jay Nixon’s criticism over a proposed cut in state aid for the blind. Kansas City Republican Ryan Silvey says Nixon’s administration should contact him to discuss funding education and blind assistance after Nixon completes his ” campaign rallies.” The governor spoke at a rally in Columbia yesterday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Opponents of redrawn Missouri Senate districts have dropped their federal lawsuit, bringing some clarity to an otherwise chaotic redistricting process. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the suit yesterday — a day after the redistricting commission approved the final version. The plaintiffs’ attorney gave no reason for why the lawsuit was dismissed.