JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he has been chosen to head up a public safety committee for the National Governors Association.
Nixon said Wednesday that the association's Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee focuses on the National Guard, criminal justice and veterans affairs, as well as other security and safety issues.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will be the vice chairman of the committee.
Nixon says committee members try to ensure that the governors' views are taken into account in federal policies.
A curious incident from the Belleville East High School homecoming dance.
Police say Curtis Hutchings was sitting in a parked car outside of the dance and was wearing makeup and a pink dress. KMOV reports that the middle-aged man had no legal grounds to be on school property and police were able to verify the possibility of lewd conduct.
Hutchings is held on a $50,000 bond.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A river worker is hospitalized after his boat was struck by a barge on the Missouri River near St. Charles.
The 51-year-old man's name has not been released following the accident on Wednesday. Police say he lives in the Rolla area. His condition was not immediately known.
Authorities say the man was doing work on a train trestle that crosses the river. He was driving a boat struck by a barge, even though the tug boat pushing the barge sounded its horn several times.
The boat capsized and went under the barge. Workers on a rescue boat took the victim to shore.
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the crash.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A reputed prison gang leader who was on probation in California has been captured in Missouri.
Forty-five-year-old Albert "Spanky" Amaya is jailed in Missouri's Pettis County while awaiting extradition. No attorney is listed for him in online Missouri court records.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Amays was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison in 2008 after he was convicted of extortion, his third felony conviction. But he was released in June after a voter-approved measure allowed "three strikes" inmates to seek re-sentencing.
The San Bernardino County district attorney's office placed him on GPS monitoring while seeking to send him back to prison. Authorities allege he was a crew chief for the Mexican Mafia prison gang and fled after cutting the GPS device.
The 7-year-old Mehlville boy who died in a house fire on Monday, will be laid to rest this week.
Brian Davis was the only family member who died in the blaze. Visitation for Brian is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at St. Mathias Church on Buckley Road.
His funeral will be Friday morning. Brian's grandmother and sister escaped the fire.
A broad warning from the Food and Drug Administration to consumers who buy "jerky treats" for their animals.
Nearly 600 dogs and cats have died from a mysterious outbreak that is tied to the treats. The FDA says there is not one particular brand to watch for, but the questionable treats come from China.
There is a fact sheet on the FDA website, so that owners can identify possible symptoms. That sheet can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm371413.htm
WHEELING, Ill. (AP) - Insurance brokers in Illinois say they're frustrated with the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law and the crippled federal website, healthcare.gov.
At a meeting of brokers Wednesday in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, many of them vented their feelings to Max Fletcher, a policy analyst for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.
Brokers also are worried that their profession is being threatened. They want to get the word out that they can help people and small businesses shop for health insurance.
Fletcher told the brokers to call on their legislators to support a state-run health insurance marketplace. He says Illinois could do a better job running its own system, although he concedes that's not likely to be a serious consideration in Springfield during the current veto session.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - About 50 passengers of a light rail train in suburban St. Louis are uninjured after an overhead power line fell on top of the train.
It happened Wednesday morning near a MetroLink station on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The passengers were stuck on the train for about an hour before being safely evacuated.
MetroLink service was shut down between Wellston and the North Hanley station until power was restored. Passengers in that area were taking a bus.
An estranged wife has led police in Swansea, Illinois to charge three members of a family with sexually abusing young relatives.
Swansea Police Chief Mike Arnold says the abuse came to light after a 36-year-old man's estranged wife spoke to authorities.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports the abuse may have begun in September 2009. Authorities say it involved girls who are now 16, 14 and 9 years old.
Two men are charged with criminal sexual assault and abuse and the woman who spoke with police is charged with indecent solicitation of a child.
A bit of history has returned to St. Louis. A small airplane once owned by Charles Lindbergh is now back on display at Lambert Airport.
Officials from the Missouri History Museum spent hours over the weekend installing the 1934 D-127 Monocoupe aircraft, which hangs once again over the C Concourse in Terminal 1.
The museum also installed a new interactive kiosk near the plane that displays the history of Lambert and Lindbergh. The plane was originally installed at Lambert in 1979. It was removed in March 2011 as part of terminal renovations.
Lambert officials say that over the years, the plane accumulated dust and other airborne pollutants so a conservation effort was necessary to make sure the plane was preserved.