Missouri works to dig out from snowstorm
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A large swath of southern Missouri is working to dig out from a storm that has coated the region with a mix of snow, ice and sleet.
The National Weather Service says that from Thursday to Friday, 6 to 12 inches of snow fell in areas of the state south of Interstate 44, with some of the heaviest accumulations recorded near the Missouri-Arkansas state line.
Another storm system was forecast to hit the state overnight into Sunday, dumping 1 to 3 inches in north and west-central Missouri, with the heaviest snows near the Iowa-Missouri border. Only a dusting of snow is expected further south.
Although a wind chill advisory covering much of the southern half of the state was allowed to expire mid-morning Saturday, temperatures remain well below average today.
COLD SNAP-IMPROMPTU RACE
Mo. runners organize impromptu race in the snow
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Bitter cold didn't stop a group of southeast Missouri runners from competing on a snow-covered course.
As it began looking increasingly like the St. Jude Memphis Marathon in Tennessee was going to be canceled because of the weather, runners in Cape Girardeau started talking. They decided they wanted to run anyway, and a free event dubbed the St. Jude's Frostbite Half/Full Marathon was hastily organized.
Saturday's race in Cape Girardeau (juh-RAHR'-doh) attracted 26 heavily bundled participants, with 22 finishing the half-marathon. Only one racer finished the whole 26.2 mile course with a time of five hours and 40 minutes.
Missouri Running Company co-owner Kim Kelpe helped organized the race and competed in it. She described the run as "brutal." The temperature measured only 11 degrees when the race started.
EAST ST LOUIS-TEENAGER KILLED
Police probe East St. Louis teen's shooting death
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in East St. Louis, Illinois are investigating the shooting death of a teenager whose body was found in snow near his home.
Police Chief Michael Floore says 18-year-old Roman Brooks was found before dawn Friday by ambulance workers.
He says the teenager lived three houses away from where his body was discovered lying on the ground.
Illinois State Police are assisting in the investigation.
Suspect takes plea in Joplin homicide case
(Information in the following story is from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com)
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A second defendant in a Joplin homicide case has agreed to a plea deal that will require him to testify against the alleged shooter.
The Joplin Globe reports that 22-year-old Cody Stephens pleaded guilty Friday in Jasper County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and first-degree burglary in the in the July 2012 death of 23-year-old Jacob Wages.
Circuit Judge David Mouton has delayed formal acceptance of the plea bargain.
Under the deal, the Jasper County prosecutor agreed to limit Stephens' sentence to 15 years. Stephens wouldn't be sentenced until after next month's trial of alleged shooter Daniel Hartman on charges of first-degree murder and burglary.
Prosecutors say the suspects broke into Wages' home because they believed he had $5,000 and a pound of Ecstasy pills.
MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
LA deputies convicted in KC mortgage fraud scheme
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Los Angeles deputies have been convicted in a Kansas City-area mortgage fraud scheme.
The U.S. attorney's office announced Friday that 43-year-old James Arthur Nash Junior and 37-year-old Arman Nshanian have been found guilty of multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The Corona, California men are among nine defendants.
Prosecutors said that in 2005 and 2006, lenders made about $11 million in loans on 16 residential properties in several Missouri cities, with buyers receiving about $2 million from the loan proceeds. The scheme resulted in a financial loss to mortgage lenders of nearly $5 million.
Prosecutors said Nash fraudulently purchased two residential properties in Blue Springs and received $100,000 from each property. Nshanian fraudulently purchased a residential property in Lee's Summit and received $100,000.
Backers seek clemency for imprisoned Mo. grandma
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Supporters of a Missouri woman who has spent the last 27 years behind bars for the death of her husband are again asking Gov. Jay Nixon to set her free.
Patty Prewitt was a 35-year-old mother of five in 1984 when someone shot her husband, Bill, as he slept in their Holden home. Prewitt says a stranger broke into the house, but authorities focused on her as the primary suspect.
Prewitt's trial attorney says prosecutors failed to tell the defense that a neighbor reported seeing a suspicious car in the area on the night of the killing.
The 64-year-old Prewitt was convicted of murder in 1985 and has no chance of parole until 2036. But her supporters say they are optimistic that Nixon will grant clemency and set her free.
Bosnian memories preserved in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Five thousand miles from Sarajevo, a small Catholic college in St. Louis wants to preserve the intimate stories of Bosnian exiles displaced by war in the former Yugoslavia two decades ago.
The Bosnia Memory Project at Fontbonne University began several years ago when professor Benjamin Moore and a colleague created a class on the local immigrant experience. An estimated 70,000 Bosnians live in the St. Louis area, making it the largest such settlement outside the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Moore and his students have recorded nearly 60 interviews in an oral history project but eventually hope to have 1,000 entries. He says the project provides a vital historical record for younger Bosnians who grew up in the United States and know little about the country their parents and grandparents called home.
4 people selected for Hall of Famous Missourians
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Four new inductees into the Hall of Famous Missourians include a physician credited as the father of osteopathic medicine and a science fiction writer.
The hall is a collection of bronze busts that generally has honored people chosen by the House speaker. However, half the new inductees this time were chosen through a public nomination and vote.
The four inductees were identified to The Associated Press by House Speaker Tim Jones before they were publicly announced.
The people's top choice was Andrew Taylor Still, who founded the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville. Science fiction writer Robert Heinlein also won public support.
For his part, House Speaker Tim Jones chose suffragist Virginia Minor and the late conservative politician Mel Hancock.
Mason, No. 3 Auburn beat No. 5 Missouri 59-42
ATLANTA (AP) - Tre Mason ran for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading 3rd ranked Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over Number 5 Missouri in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.
Auburn (12-1) is likely headed to the BCS championship game after Number 2 Ohio State lost to Michigan State 34-24 in the Big Ten championship game. The Tigers are likely headed to Pasadena, California to face top-ranked Florida State, which routed Duke 45-7 in the Atlantic Coast Championship game.
Auburn set an SEC championship game record with 677 yards, including 545 on the ground. Mason had scoring runs of 7, 3 and 1 yards before bursting up middle on 13-yard TD to seal the victory with 4:22 remaining.
After both defenses got lit up like a video game, Auburn finally stopped Missouri (11-2) on fourth-and-1 deep in its own territory to set up Mason's last TD.
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