ST. LOUIS (AP) - Credit unions in Missouri are increasingly offering attention-grabbing promotions like free gas or new mobile apps to lure customers in a crowded banking environment.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that First Missouri Credit Union employees gave out $4,000 in free gas this past week at a south St. Louis County Petro Mart. Cars lined up for hours in advance.
It was part of a larger effort by nearly 40 credit unions and community banks in Missouri and other states to persuade people to switch from larger national banks.
Credit unions are nonprofit cooperatives that are owned by their members. Most have opened up their memberships and are no longer restricted to a single industry
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Lee's Summit man whose life sentence and murder conviction in a 1983 prison stabbing were overturned by the state Supreme Court says state prosecutors continue to withhold evidence.
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in August 2011 that the state didn't disclose evidence tying another Moberly prison inmate to a weapon likely used to attack James Bausley.
The court threw out 53-year-old Reggie Griffin's conviction before Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Fusselman and the state Attorney General's Office quickly decided to file new murder charges.
Griffin was released on bond last year after initially receiving a death sentence. His lawyers want to disqualify the Attorney General's Office over a 2006 inmate interview the state acknowledges failing to turn over.
Both Fusselman and the Attorney General's Office declined comment.
CHICAGO (AP) - A seriously ill woman who'd lobbied to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois won't be eligible to get it herself because of a drug charge.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Michelle DiGiacomo won't be able to get the medicinal marijuana under the new bill Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month. She suffers from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal stenosis, among other things, and had been using marijuana for pain relief.
DiGiacomo got a license to buy medical marijuana in California, where it's legal. But it was still illegal in Illinois.
The 53-year-old Chicago woman was arrested in 2012 for having marijuana in her possession. She pleaded guilty to felony possession, months before Quinn signed the bill into law.
The drug charge disqualifies her from getting medical marijuana in Illinois.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A man wanted in the 1984 killing of a Joplin woman has been arrested in San Diego, California.
Joplin police say FBI agents arrested 64-year-old Paul Moses on Friday on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in the killing of 62-year-old Frances Ramsey.
The Joplin Globe reports that a felony murder warrant for Moses had been on the books since shortly after Ramsey's killing. Her body was found August 11th, 1984 in an unoccupied duplex that was being remodeled.
Authorities said Moses is being held in San Diego pending extradition proceedings to bring him to Missouri. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
Moses was described in court records in 1984 as a 35-year-old transient.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man was killed and a woman wounded by shots fired from a vehicle that was chasing other vehicles.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened early Saturday. Police identified the man who was killed as Desmond Adair of St. Louis.
Police say the suspect was in a vehicle that chased two vehicles through city streets. The vehicle in which Adair was riding struck a pole. Occupants in the second vehicle that was being fired upon stopped and pulled Adair out. They took him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A 23-year-old woman in the second vehicle was shot in the arm. She was listed in stable condition at an area hospital.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers could attempt to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of restrictions on lawsuits from uninsured motorists.
Under the legislation, uninsured drivers forfeit the ability to collect noneconomic damages from an insured driver. That would not apply if the insured driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It also would not apply to an uninsured motorist who lost coverage within the past six months for failing to pay premiums.
Missouri requires auto insurance.
Supporters contend it could encourage people to comply with the insurance requirement and would prevent those without insurance from driving up costs for the system. Opponents say there already are penalties for driving without insurance and that the bill protects those who break the law and hurt someone.
Lawmakers consider veto overrides September 11th.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The upcoming fall high school football season will include a St. Louis County home-school squad.
The 14-member Central Panthers practice at Rockport Baptist Church in Arnold and compete on the junior varsity level in their first season. They're led by a pastor-coach who was a 51-year-old backup middle linebacker at Westminster College in Fulton while earning his master's degree in theology.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the new Mid-East Missouri Homeschool Football Association hopes to add to at least two more teams with players from O'Fallon, Wentzville and St. Charles to the north, and Jackson and Cape Girardeau (juh-RAHR'-doh) in the south, as well as a Central varsity team next year.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association voted in 2012 to allow its members to play home-school teams.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Octogenarian protesters joined fresh-faced climate change activists Friday to recall and re-enact a series of civil rights demonstrations that changed hiring practices in St. Louis and paved the way toward greater equality for blacks.
Several of the 19 original marchers jailed for defying a judge's order against disrupting business at Jefferson Bank and Trust Company returned to mark the 50-year anniversary of protests that began on August 30th, 1963 and escalated into near daily demonstrations outside the city jail.
The group of community leaders, civic organizers and Washington University students convinced the bank and hundreds of other city businesses to hire more African-Americans as tellers and in other office jobs.
Participants were scheduled to gather Friday night at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, which sponsored several anniversary events.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Parts of southern Missouri experienced flash flooding this past month. Now parts of northern Missouri are in a flash drought.
That's the phrase being used to describe the sudden onset of drought conditions due to a spike in hot, dry, sunny days with low humidity.
A U.S. Drought Monitor map released last week shows that about a dozen northern Missouri counties are in a severe drought, and moderate drought conditions cover almost the whole northern half of the state.
University of Missouri climatologist Pat Guinan says this may have been the driest August since 1984 in northern Missouri. But because of cooler conditions earlier this summer, he says most crops were in decent condition until the last 10 days of August.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for possessing child pornography.
The Rev. William F. Vatterott was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
Vatterott was indicted in April after authorities alleged he possessed at least two images of an unidentified nude boy on his computer.
He has served at churches in Ballwin and St. Cecilia Parish in the city of St. Louis. He was placed on administrative leave in 2011 after a complaint was filed with Ballwin police.