ST. LOUIS (AP) — A five-year-old heart patient who was taken from a St. Louis hospital by his father has been found safe in suburban Chicago. An Alsip, Ill., police dispatcher says Porter Stone was found at a hospital in the city this morning and the father, 33-year-old Jeffery Stone, was in custody. A missing child alert was issued after Porter was taken from the hospital yesterday.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a $24 billion budget that includes pay raises for state workers. Senate passage of the budget came early this morning after some Republican senators dropped a two-day stalling effort. The budget also avoids cuts to a blind health care program.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Nearly one year later, the Army Corps of Engineers says intentionally breaching the Birds Point levee may have saved billions of dollars in damages. But the Southeast Missourian reports farmers are still reassessing the cost to them. The breach last May flooded 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Cape Girardeau man for showing a gun during an altercation at a gas station. Authorities accused James Swift of reaching into his car during an altercation last November and putting his gun in his waistband. Swift’s attorney calls the dropped charges a victory for Second Amendment rights.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has moved to impose new restrictions on the closing of rural post offices. Under the measure, the ailing U.S. Postal Service would be barred from closing post offices for one year if they are located in rural areas — those with fewer than 50,000 people. The exception would be if there was no community opposition.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Medical computer systems developer Cerner Corp. has broken ground on a complex in Kansas City, Kan., with offices for 4,000 employees. Cerner is headquartered in North Kansas City, Mo., and has a second campus in Kansas City, Mo.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate committee is considering legislation that would require every high school student to learn CPR. The measure would make CPR a graduation requirement. The measure’s already been approved in the House.
JAMESPORT, Mo. (AP) — State conservation officials have confirmed another mountain lion sighting in Missouri. A trail camera spotted the big cat in Grundy County earlier this month. It’s the state’s 29th confirmed mountain lion sighting since 1994.