BC-MO–Missouri News Digest 12:05 am, MO

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KANSAS CITY — A car came crashing into a Kansas City day care center Tuesday when a sport utility vehicle rear-ended a parked Cadillac, injuring the SUV’s driver and three children, police said. The Cadillac was parked and had no driver when the Range Rover rear-ended it, pushing it into the day care and trapping two children under the Cadillac. The three children were being treated for mild to moderate injuries, said Children’s Mercy spokeswoman Jessica Salazar. The SUV’s driver, meanwhile, was in stable condition at a hospital, Kansas City police Capt. Tye Grant said. By Heather Hollingsworth.

AP Photos MOCR103, MOCR102, MOCR101, RPHH101.


JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s Republican House speaker said Tuesday that getting enough votes to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a tax cut measure is an “uphill battle,” while Nixon said lawmakers can’t support the tax bill and investments in the state’s mental health hospital. House Speaker Tim Jones said he hopes to override Nixon’s veto. However, he said no final decision has been made and that Republicans will be meeting in August. Lawmakers return to the state Capitol in September, and a successful override would require the vote of every Republican House member or support from some of Nixon’s fellow Democrats. By Chris Blank.


KANSAS CITY — Pressure is mounting among Missouri lawmakers and landowners to end a federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways. Pushback to the National Blueway program began after the 700-mile-plus White River, which flows through southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, was made part of the program in January. But even after the Interior Department dropped the White River from the program earlier this month and put the program on hold, opponents remain unsatisfied. Many of the hundreds who attended a House Natural Resources subcommittee field hearing Monday in southern Missouri want the government to do away with the program entirely. By Heather Hollingsworth.


ST. LOUIS — Fast food workers in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas are hopeful that their participation in brief strikes will lead to better pay and working conditions. The strikes Monday and Tuesday were part of an effort in selected cities, including New York and Chicago, organized by the Fast Food Forward campaign, which was launched last year. Among the goals is to increase the minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, to $15 per hour.


LINCOLN, Neb. — Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska on Tuesday identified prepackaged salad mix as the source of a severe stomach bug that sickened hundreds of people in both states, but federal authorities said it’s not clear whether cyclospora outbreaks elsewhere in the U.S. are also linked to that produce. Cyclospora is a rare parasite that causes a lengthy gastrointestinal illness, and outbreaks of the illness have been reported in 15 states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that it’s not clear whether all of the illnesses are linked to a single source. The outbreak has sickened at least 145 residents in Iowa and 78 in Nebraska. By Grant Schulte And Mary Clare Jalonick.

AP Photo AP Photos MOCR103, MOCR102, MOCR101, RPHH101.NY122.


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.


WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $410 million on Tuesday to settle accusations by U.S. energy regulators that it manipulated electricity prices. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from the agencies that run the power grids in California and the Midwest. The improper conduct occurred between September 2010 and November 2012, FERC said.


— JUVENILES-LIFE SENTENCES — The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered new sentencings for two teenagers given life terms without parole for unrelated St. Louis killings.

— TRASH-INFANT BODY — Police in Kansas City say a fetus found dead in a trash truck was a boy born prematurely.

— MISSOURI-MISSING RUNNER — Police in northwest Missouri say a body found in a construction crew’s portable toilet has been confirmed as that of a Liberty man.

— 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.



ST. JOSEPH — The Kansas City Chiefs will call some running plays eventually, even if it doesn’t happen until the last week of training camp. Jamaal Charles has been assured of it. That doesn’t mean the Pro Bowl running back hasn’t been busy the first week of practice. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta.

AP Photo MOOW105.


PITTSBURGH — The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t hitting at the moment. They’re not panicking either. A 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon dropped the Cardinals out of first-place but didn’t exactly send off alarm bells throughout the organization even as their losing streak hit a season-high five games. By Sports Writer Will Graves.

AP Photos PAGP108, PAGP107, PAGP104, PAGP103, PAGP106, PAGP101, PAGP102.


CLEVELAND — The Indians believe they’ve found the right reliever to fix their issue against left-handed hitters. Cleveland acquired lefty Marc Rzepczynski from St. Louis on Tuesday, adding an experienced veteran to a bullpen that has struggled all season to retire lefties. The Indians’ left-handers have a 6.47 ERA. By Sports Writer Tom Withers.


— BBA–ROYALS-TWINS. Tuesday night’s game at Minneapolis. By Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski. With hometown lead on losing team.

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