ST. LOUIS (AP) — A big methamphetamine roundup in eastern Missouri has netted 21 arrests. Authorities reported this afternoon that suspects from Franklin and Jefferson counties are facing charges accusing them of being part of a meth manufacturing and distribution network. Several police agencies were involved in the arrests, including the Drug Enforcement Administration. Missouri has led the nation in the number of clandestine meth lab seizures every year except one for the past decade. The suspects range in age from 21 to 48.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A St. Joseph-based hospital group has announced an arrangement with the Mayo Clinic. Heartland Health says they will become part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The agreement allows patients at Heartland’s primary hospital or any of its clinics to receive second opinions or consultations from doctors at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn. The second opinions and consultations will be at no added cost and will be handled through the electronic transfer of hospital charts and records.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Flags will fly at half-staff across Missouri to honor a soldier from Rolla who was killed in Afghanistan. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags to fly at half-staff on Friday at government buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis to honor Pfc. Richard Lewis McNulty III. The 22-year-old McNulty was killed May 13 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. McNulty was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Alaska.

CLIMAX SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Climax Springs school officials are considering how to respond to a report that the district needs more than $3 million in improvements. School officials say they’ve known for years that the school campus, built in 1938, needed repairs. But voters have rejected three proposed bond issues in the last six years. Superintendent Michael Diekmann says the district hired an independent engineering firm to specifically detail the district’s needs. He says telling voters exactly what needs to be done might convince them to support a future bond issue.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After five decades of operation, the University of Missouri Press will close. University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe said Thursday that the book publishing operation would be phased out beginning in July. Ten employees will be affected by the closing. The Missouri Press publishes about 30 books a year, and has published about 2,000 books since it started in 1958.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The police chief of a small southwest Missouri town has been indicted on forgery charges for allegedly falsifying traffic citation reports. Lanagan Police Chief Larry Marsh was indicted on three counts of forgery for issuing citations referencing a non-existent Missouri statute and two counts of forgery for submitting false reports to the attorney general’s office about the details of its traffic stops. Another Lanagan police officer also was indicted on two forgery counts. A state audit released last November said Marsh had improperly reported traffic stops on U.S. 59 as occurring on a city street. The auditor estimated that allowed the town to avoid paying more than $36,000 to the state.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – Most students at Missouri Western State University will pay $6.48 more per credit hour next semester. The university’s governing board approved the increase Wednesday. Students who take 30 credit hours would pay about $194 more next school year. The increase is expected to raise $850,000 annually for the university in St. Joseph.

PHOENIX (AP) – A judge has set a June 27 hearing to consider whether the Tucson shooting rampage suspect is mentally fit to stand trial. Jared Lee Loughner is being treated at a Missouri prison facility where he has been forcibly medicated with psychotropic drugs for about 10 months in a bid to make him mentally fit. His stay in Missouri is set to end June 7, but U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered that Loughner will remain there pending further notice. Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the January 2011 shooting that killed six people and wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others. Burns had ruled in the past that Loughner isn’t ready for trial, but believed Loughner can eventually be made mentally fit.

DALLAS (AP) – Poison control centers across the United States are reporting a rise in cases of children swallowing laundry detergent packets. The tiny, brightly colored packets are marketed as a way to get rid of the mess that comes with bulky bottles and boxes. But doctors say children can confuse the packets with candy. Missouri residents have reported 25 incidents so far this year. Patients who swallow the packets often show more serious symptoms than other detergent incidents. A spokesman for Tide, which introduced its Pods in March, says all cleaning products need to be handled carefully.