Authorities identify woman found dead in southeast Missouri

LESTERVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A woman found dead last week near the Black River in southeast Missouri had been missing since November. KFVS-TV (bit.ly/1P0WkbI) reports that the victim has been identified as 63-year-old Sharon Nelson, of Hillsboro. The Reynolds County Sheriff’s Department is investigating her death as a homicide. Her body was found Wednesday morning…

Events and demonstrations mark MLK Day in Midwest.

( KTRS ) Observers from St. Louis to Chicago marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with commemorations and demonstrations. A celebration in downtown St. Louis drew hundreds of participants, who braved temperatures hovering near the single digits on a 2.5-mile march. Speakers and marchers linked King’s legacy to contemporary efforts at job creation and police…