POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — A southeastern Missouri woman remains jailed following a deadly crash over the weekend. Police say 25-year-old Joshua Phelps and 29-year-old Jason Carrington died Saturday morning when the woman’s Jeep crashed into the Black River. Authorities say the 24-year-old woman confessed that she had been drinking.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A well-known St. Louis pastor briefly returned to the pulpit during Easter Sunday services after suffering a massive heart attack. The Rev. Earl Nance had been out nearly four months before addressing the crowd at Mount Carmel Baptist Church yesterday. Nance says he hopes to be back in the pulpit full-time next month.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new study shows Jefferson County has the highest smoking rate in the St. Louis area. The report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found 30 percent of Jefferson County adults smoke. Statewide, the study shows 24 percent of adults light up.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Workers are starting improvements at the Missouri Capitol and a nearby building that houses the state Supreme Court and attorney general’s office. The projects include repairs to some exterior steps at the state Capitol. The Supreme Court is to get a new heating and air conditioning system plus repairs to its cornice. In all, the projects are expected to cost more than $1.5 million.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — State officials say cleaning up litter along Missouri’s highways costs about $5 million annually. Department of Conservation spokesman Dan Zarlenga says the agency also spends about $ 1 million a year picking up litter in the state’s forests, conservation areas and river access. The state is looking for more volunteers to pick up trash this month.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A man who led a public crime fight in Kansas City after his teenage son’s 2009 killing is headed to prison. Forty-two-year-old Nelson Hopkins Senior was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for an armed robbery committed last summer in suburban Blue Springs.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Small Business Administration says taxpayers could wind up on the hook for $1.1 million to cover a loan Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver took to build a car wash. The agency guaranteed roughly 75 percent of the 2002 Bank of America loan to the firm that owns the business, Cleaver Company LLC. Cleaver’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment this weekend.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers return to the Capitol tomorrow after an Easter holiday. Members of the House and Senate have six more weeks remaining before they have to adjourn on May 18th.  A measure moving through the legislature could expand the state’s Amber Alert system to include certain fugitives as well as missing children. The bill’s already been approved in the House and is now part of a larger crime bill that’s moving through the Senate.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Lottery transferred a record $30 million into public education accounts last month from ticket sales. Officials partially credit the large revenue with strong sales for the record-high Mega Millions jackpot.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A vintage electronic carillon that’s known as the Bells of Peace could soon be ringing in one of Kansas City’s most troubled areas. The collection of bells played from a keyboard is being installed at St. Therese Little Flower Church. The bells first rang when the Liberty Memorial was rededicated in 1961.