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Nixon outlines plan for new mental hospital

Monday, 09 December 2013 15:13 Published in Local News

FULTON, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the budget he proposes next month will include a bond issuance to rebuild the Fulton State Hospital.

The hospital admitted its first patients in 1851. Patients now include those committed by the courts for evaluation and treatment. It also is the statewide treatment facility for people who have been found not guilty or unable to stand trial because of mental disease.

Nixon said Monday a new facility will mean better care for patients and safer working conditions for employees. Officials estimate a new facility will cost $211 million.

Missouri's budget taking effect in July includes $13 million to design the new hospital. Nixon initially froze all the money but released $2 million in September. He announced Monday he was releasing the remaining $11 million.

Person found shot to death in parked car

Monday, 09 December 2013 14:34 Published in Local News

No motive or suspects have been announced after a person was found shot to death in a car in south St. Louis.

Police were called to the scene late Sunday night. In the 5100 block Wabada they found the victim dead in the driver's seat of the car. Police say the victim had been shot in the head.

Four inductees announced for Hall of Famous Missourians

Monday, 09 December 2013 13:17 Published in Local News

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.

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