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MO flood victims now eligible for federal loans

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 16:36 Published in Local News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - People whose Missouri homes and businesses were damaged by floods and strong storms in August now can qualify for federal low-interest loans.

The U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday approved disaster aid for Pulaski and Taney counties, as well as their neighboring counties of Camden, Christian, Douglas, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Ozark, Phelps, Stone and Texas. The aid is for damage that occurred from Aug. 2-14.

Homeowners can get loans of up to $200,000 for their real estate, and owners and renters can get loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property. Businesses and nonprofit groups can get loans of up to $2 million.

President Barack Obama previously approved federal aid for public entities in 18 Missouri counties but denied a disaster declaration for individual assistance.

Coroner: Kidnapping suspect had 6 gunshot wounds

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 16:22 Published in Local News

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho coroner says kidnapping suspect James Lee DiMaggio died after being hit by six gunshots fired by FBI agents during a rescue in the wilderness this summer.

Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess confirmed Tuesday that the multiple gunshot wounds to DiMaggio's head, chest and extremities were the cause of death of the 40-year-old California man.

DiMaggio died Aug. 10 after his campsite was spotted in the vast Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. He became the focus of a massive manhunt for allegedly abducting 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and killing her brother Ethan and her mother Christina at DiMaggio's home about 65 miles east of San Diego. Hannah Anderson was rescued.

The final autopsy is pending a toxicology report. The death has also been classified as a homicide.

NY court weighs 'too intoxicated' murder defense

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 16:20 Published in National News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Three people convicted of murder in deadly crashes want New York's highest court to throw out their convictions, arguing they were too intoxicated to know the threat to others.

The Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday from the attorneys for Martin Heidgen, Taliyah Taylor and Franklin McPherson.

Heidgen killed a limousine driver and a 7-year-old passenger in a wrong-way crash on Long Island's Meadowbrook State Parkway in 2005. His blood alcohol content was 0.28 percent.

Taylor sped 80 mph down a Staten Island street without headlights, ran a red light and killed a pedestrian. She had taken Ecstasy, smoked marijuana and drank beer.

McPherson drove the wrong way on Long Island's Southern State Parkway in 2007 and killed another driver. His BAC was 0.19 percent.

Rulings are expected next month.

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