Drowning cases on the rise in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Missouri has already seen nearly as many drowning cases in the first seven months of this year than in all of 2014. The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/1LA4k16 ) reports that two recent drowning deaths pushed the total number in the state this year to 26, two fewer than all of last year.…

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder to announce run for governor

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder plans to announce his candidacy for governor on Sunday. Kinder’s campaign committee has scheduled a 4 p.m. Sunday political announcement near the scene of last year’s protests and civil unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. St. Louis County Republican Chairman Bruce Buwalda told…

Appeals court upholds Illinois fracking rules

ST. LOUIS (AP) – An Illinois appeals court has upheld the state’s rules for the high-volume oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking. The appellate court sided with a Madison County judge who rejected an environmental group’s legal challenge. The 5th District Appellate Court on Friday issued an opinion agreeing with a November ruling…