BC-MO–Missouri News Digest 2:30 pm, MO

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KANSAS CITY — Authorities say three children and an adult were injured after an SUV collided with a car and sent it through the front of a Kansas City day care. The crash occurred Tuesday at the Christian Academy Child Care east of downtown around 1 p.m. Kansas City police Capt. Tye Grant says a Range Rover rear-ended a Cadillac, sending the car into the center. About 40 children were inside. By Heather Hollingsworth.


FULTON — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says there would be no money for a new state mental health facility if lawmakers override his veto of tax cuts. Nixon has frozen $13 million for planning and designing a new facility at Fulton State Hospital, the oldest public mental health facility west of the Mississippi River. Speaking at hospital Tuesday, Nixon said the funds could begin flowing if the Legislature sustains his veto of the tax-cut bill. Backers of the cuts have begun a campaign encouraging lawmakers to override the veto during their annual veto session in September. By Chris Blank.


ST. LOUIS — More than 200 fast food workers in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas were part of a national strike aimed at raising the pay for workers in the industry. By Jim Salter.


KANSAS CITY — Pressure is mounting to end a federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways. Pushback to the National Blueway program began after the White River was made part of the program in January. The 700-plus-mile river flows through Missouri and Arkansas. By Heather Hollingsworth.


HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Fifteen years after a pair of North Texas road-rage killings put Douglas Feldman onto death row, the rage still appears to exist. Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials declined to make Feldman, 55, available to reporters as his scheduled Wednesday evening execution approached. One media session several weeks ago never even began, because he ripped the telephone from the visiting cage outside death row and became disruptive. It was among 136 disciplinary cases Feldman’s has accumulated in prison. By Michael Graczyk.


ST. LOUIS — The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in suburban St. Louis has a $45 million expansion plan that includes the construction of a new building that would accommodate more than 100 new researchers. The center, in Creve Coeur, said Sunday that it plans to break ground early next year on the three-story building. The new center adds 80,000 square feet of space to the current 170,000 square feet. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. By Jim Salter.


LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska health officials say a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that has sickened 78 people in the state since mid-June. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced its findings on Tuesday. Outbreaks of the same illness have been reported elsewhere in the U.S., but it’s not clear if prepackaged salad mix is also linked to those. Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness.



ST. LOUIS — Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that it logged a second-quarter loss reflecting overall weakness for coal used in making steel. The company said it will keep tightening its belt for the rest of the year. The St. Louis-based company — among the world’s biggest coal producers — posted a net loss of $72.2 million, or 34 cents per share, during the April-June quarter. That compares with losses of $435.5 million, or $2.05 per share, a year earlier. By Business Writer Jim Suhr.


— CAT DROWNED — Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd says Missouri state law does not allow him to charge a Kansas man who drowned a cat in Lake Waukomis.

— OBIT-BISHOP FITZSIMONS — Bishop George K. Fitzsimons, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina from 1984 to 2004, has died at the age of 84.

— JEFFERSON CITY BUDGET — Officials in Jefferson City are starting work on the capital city’s budget, which includes consideration of whether to eliminate funding for a public access channel.

— COUNTY COLLECTOR-THEFT — A former southeast Missouri county collector is facing felony charges of stealing.

— LOTTERY-BIG WINNER — A Kansas man has hit the jackpot in Missouri.

— UPLANDS PARK-DISSOLUTION — The chairman of the village board in the St. Louis suburb of Uplands Park says he’ll keep fighting to keep the village from dissolving.

— DOG ABUSE-TRIAL — A jury trial is underway for a suburban St. Louis man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and injuring her Italian greyhound so badly that the dog had to be euthanized.

— LECTURER-UMKC — A former part-time lecturer at the University of Missouri-Kansas City says in a lawsuit against three university officials that his class was cancelled because he refused to give preferential treatment to an athlete.

— BOYFRIEND STRUCK — An eastern Missouri woman is accused of running down her boyfriend while her two children were inside the car.

— SCHOOL TRANSFER — The superintendent of Mehlville schools says the St. Louis County district has room for just 150 transfer students from the troubled Riverview Gardens School District.

— HOSPITAL-SHOOTING DEATH — Kansas City police are investigating the death of a man who suffered a gunshot wound in his hospital bed.

— SMOKING K2-PROBATION — A Joplin man who gave synthetic marijuana known as K2 to his 15-year-old daughter and her girlfriend will serve five years’ of probation for felony child endangerment.



KANSAS CITY — Jamaal Charles is the big name getting the big carries. Knile Davis is the guy just trying to hang on — to the ball, that is. The Chiefs hope that the established vet and the rookie with the questionable hands can help carry them to success under new coach Andy Reid. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta.


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, separated by a half-game in the NL Central standings, play a doubleheader on Tuesday at PNC Park. Pittsburgh’s A.J. Burnett (4-7, 2.96 ERA) faces Lance Lynn 12-5, 3.98 ERA) in the opener. First game starts 3:05 p.m. CDT. By Sports Writer Will Graves. With hometown lead on losing team.


MINNEAPOLIS — With trade rumors swirling around him, Ervin Santana (6-6, 3.06) takes the mound for the Kansas City Royals against Mike Pelfrey (4-8, 5.15) and the Minnesota Twins. Starts 7 p.m. CDT. By Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski. With hometown lead on losing team.

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