ST. LOUIS (AP) - A western Missouri judge has scheduled a hearing next week to determine if Gov. Jay Nixon can be deposed for a Chillicothe man's third murder trial.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Platte County Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. set the hearing for Thursday.
Attorneys for Mark Woodworth are seeking to depose Nixon, who was attorney general when then-special state prosecutor Kenny Hulshof was appointed to the case.
Woodworth's 1995 conviction for the shooting death of neighbor Cathy Robertson was overturned on appeal. Woodworth was convicted again four years later and sentenced to life in prison. The Missouri Supreme Court overturned that conviction in January.
Woodworth now is facing a third trial.
The judge denied requests from Woodworth's attorneys to dismiss the case and to impose sanctions against prosecutors.
Police have identified the Normandy High School freshman who died after being punched in the chest yesterday.
Wellston Police say 15-year-old Marquez Oliver and a friend were goofing around during lunch--they were taking turns punching one another in the chest. Oliver collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where he died.
Authorities are still investigating to see if Oliver had a preexisting medical condition that contributed to his death.
A day after a Normandy High School student died following an incident at the school, police are still trying to piece together what happened.
KMOV TV reports police say the 15-year-old student collapsed after another student, 14, reportedly struck him in the chest.
Officers say the interaction was believed to be friendly, and the students were simply horsing around. After the student collapsed, he was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The incident was believed to have happened shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday. It is unknown if the student suffered from a preexisting medical condition that may have led to the collapse. Police are currently collecting statements from other student witnesses.
All lanes on Hanley Road, south of Manchester, are now open.
Lane restrictions of varying severity had been in effect on Hanley since Wednesday, when a Metropolitan Sewer District contractor began repairing a damaged storm sewer pipe that runs below Hanley. That work is now complete.
However, MSD’s contractor will return to the scene within the week to permanently restore any pavement uprooted by its repair project. (Temporary patches presently cover these excavated areas.)
The permanent restoration will require lane restrictions that will be announced later by MSD.
Hazelwood Mayor Matt Robinson says volunteer groups and businesses have dropped off some precious supplies for residents.The United Way will also be on site today (Friday) to help coordinate volunteer and donation efforts.
On the Hazelwood School District’s Facebook page, they are letting people know what needs to be donated:
Batteries for flash lights
Where: The Learning Center, 15955 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant, MO.
Friday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Regions Bank is the target of a cyber attack. The bank used social media to alert customers by tweeting yesterday saying, "We are currently under cyber attack and our website and online banking are experiencing issues."
Evelyn Mitchell, corporate communications spokesperson, told KSDK-TV that "Regions is aware of a potential Internet service disruption that may temporarily impact our customers' ability to access our website or use our online banking service." She said no customer information can be accessed or compromised.
On Tuesday, Midwest BankCentre reported it had identified 109 loan applicants who had personal information exposed as a result of a security breach.
MidwestCentre Bank officials say they're in the process of contacting the affected individuals by phone or overnight mail to provide them with enrollment details for one free year of the LifeLock Ultimate service. The Secret Service and the FBI investigations into the data breach are ongoing.
Alton Fire Chief Rich Mersinger says a Bethalto man was burned on his face and heads when a cigarette he was smoking ignited his oxygen tank.
The (Alton) Telegraph reports the man, described only as in his mid-50s, was injured Wednesday.
Mersinger says the victim appeared to have suffered first- and second-degree burns.
The man was treated at the scene before being taken to an Alton hospital. His medical status is not immediately clear.
Mersinger considers the case a reminder that people should refrain from smoking when they're using oxygen or are indoors where it's in use. He says oxygen is a fire hazard.
Midwest BankCentre continues to respond to the security incident involving more than 100 loan applications.
Bank officials say they're in the process of contacting the affected individuals by phone or overnight mail to provide them with enrollment details for one free year of the LifeLock Ultimate service.
The Secret Service and the FBI investigations into the data breach are ongoing.
Bank officials say their own investigation is also underway. They are encouraging customers with any questions about the breach or the LifeLock offer to call.
Some schools initially closed after Wednesday night's storms will be open today.
Shenandoah Elementary School in Chesterfield will hold classes today, despite roof damage. Parkway District officials say some students will meet in different classrooms until repairs are made.
Some schools in the Hazelwood district will also be back open today, but several other remain closed. Classes are cancelled at Hazelwood West High School, West Middle School, McNair Elementary, Russell Elementary, Armstrong Elementary, and West Early Childhood Center. After school activities are also cancelled.
The Internal Revenue Service is warning metro-east tax-filers about a scam that could cost them.
IRS officials in Illinois say phoney tax preparers are luring mostly low-income and non-English-speakers with promises of big tax refunds.
The scammers may appear very legitimate, often setting up shop in a storefront office. They use the victim's personal and financial information to file false tax returns, pocketing the money.
The victims don't get a refund, and some have lost federal benefits, like social security or veterans benefits because of the scams.
IRS officials say taxpayers should be wary of tax preparers who don't ask for proof of income and eligibility for credits and deductions.