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BUSINESS-BORDER WAR

2 companies moving from Kansas to Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri has apparently won another round in the continuing border war with Kansas that involves using tax incentives to entice businesses to move across the state line that runs through the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Leawood, Kansas-based Cbiz Inc. and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC have announced plans to move their headquarters and 450 employees to Kansas City, Missouri's Country Club Plaza next summer.

The Kansas City Star reports the moves come as officials in Missouri and Kansas have been seeking a truce in the border war, in which each state has used tax incentives to lure businesses away from the other.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development says the moves will trigger millions of dollars in potential incentives from Missouri if the companies meet job creation and investment criteria.

NORMANDY SCHOOLS

State alters transfer plan for Normandy

NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Board of Education is altering its transfer policy for the troubled Normandy School District, a move that will allow additional students to transfer.

The unaccredited St. Louis County district is now under state supervision. The state board voted in June to prohibit students who did not attend Normandy in 2012-13 from transferring in 2014-15.

A new policy approved Tuesday allows students who transferred in 2013-14 to continue to transfer, regardless of where they attended in 2012-13. State officials say the move means that about 60 more students will be able to transfer.

Some students wanting to transfer must still find alternatives because school districts are no longer obligated to enroll students from Normandy, and some have informed transfer students they may not return.

SHERIFF INDICTED

Ex-Missouri sheriff indicted in property thefts

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri sheriff has been indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations that he stole property recovered in criminal cases and sold a stolen firearm.

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says in a news release Tuesday that 46-year-old Ronald Snodgrass of El Dorado was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Snodgrass was St. Clair County sheriff from January 2001 to December 2012 before losing a bid for re-election.

The indictment alleges Snodgrass stole a riding mower and a Polaris Ranger UTV, as well as selling a rifle that he knew had been stolen. Dickinson says the former sheriff "treated the county's evidence room like his personal tool shed."

FATAL FIRE-SUSPECT

Woman sought in fatal house fire

NORTHWOODS, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County police are searching for a 36-year-old woman they say is a suspect in a homicide and arson investigation.

Police say she is wanted in connection with an incident on July 6, when Northwoods police responded to a house fire. Officers found 49-year-old Dana Williams dead.

ST LOUIS-STABBING

Man fatally stabbed by woman in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 24-year-old woman is in custody after a man was stabbed to death in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 33-year-old Tyrone Barnett of Hillsdale was stabbed in the neck shortly after midnight Wednesday. Police say a woman Barnett knew was the assailant.

Police say the two had been arguing just prior to the stabbing. Barnett was pronounced dead at a hospital. The woman was arrested at the scene. As of midday Wednesday, charges had not been filed.

FRAUD SCHEME-SENTENCE

St. Joseph woman sentenced for $1 million fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A St. Joseph woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison with no parole for stealing nearly $1 million from two companies she partially owned.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday the 63-year-old Vicky Diane McDonell also was ordered to pay more than $940,000 in restitution to Max Pro Consultants, Inc., and MPC Billboards, Inc.

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson said in a news release that the restitution includes the more than $906,000 she stole from the companies and legal fees paid by the victims in a civil suit against McDonell. The victims dropped the lawsuit because they couldn't afford to pursue it.

Court documents indicate McDonell's fraud scheme lasted from June 1997 to March 2009 at Max Pro, a real estate company that manages properties holding billboards, and MPC Billboards a billboard sales company.

BARGES-BRIDGE

Mississippi River reopens after barge accident

LOUISIANA, Mo. (AP) - A railroad bridge is undamaged and Mississippi River traffic is moving again at Louisiana, Missouri, after barges broke free from their tow and became stuck under the bridge.

Fifteen barges became dislodged about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday from a tow operated by Marquette Transportation Company of Paducah, Kentucky. Three of the barges passed under the Louisiana Railroad Drawbridge, but 12 became stuck.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said Wednesday that the barges were separated two at a time throughout the day. Rail traffic was allowed to resume across the bridge at 7 p.m., and about an hour later, river traffic resumed.

No one was hurt. Vega says the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Louisiana is about 90 miles north of St. Louis.

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