President Obama to visit Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Kansas City, where he's expected to speak about the economy.
The White House announced Saturday that President Obama will arrive in Kansas City on Tuesday evening and deliver remarks on the economy Wednesday morning at the Uptown Theater. The White House says in a release that the free event at the Uptown Theater is open to the public, but tickets are required.
The last time Obama visited the Kansas City area was in September, when he spoke at the Ford plant in Claycomo.
KANSAS CITY-TERRORISM REPORT
Report: Kansas City airport terrorist travel hub
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A report compiled when Kansas City was seeking federal terrorism and emergency response grants claims Kansas City International Airport is a hub for terrorist travel.
The Kansas City Star reports the Feb. 7 document prepared by Kansas City area emergency management officials seeking federal security grants was sent to the Department of Homeland Security to provide a threat picture for the Kansas City region. The report says KCI is a primary hub for known or suspected terrorist travel.
Kansas City Police Capt. Daniel Gates says he sent the report to the Federal Emergency Management Agency so FEMA could evaluate the region's terrorism risk. Gates says the report shouldn't create fear.
Mayer Nudell, a terrorism and security expert, says the report could have been amped up to win federal funds.
Health alert for Missouri company's chicken
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a public health alert because a Kansas City company refused to recall uninspected chicken products.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday it issued the public health alert after Kansas City-based VU Foods wouldn't recall breaded chicken products after it was determined they hadn't been inspected. The USDA says the products bear the establishment number "P-45038" inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the label. They were also labeled for use in restaurants only.
The problem was discovered in mid-July by the state of Missouri, which notified federal authorities. The USDA says it hasn't received reports of illness from eating the products.
The federal agency continues to detain the products and is working to get the products back from restaurants.
Woman surrenders in St. Louis County fatal fire
NORTHWOODS, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County police say a 36-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a fatal fire earlier this month.
Police said in a release that the prosecutor's office on Saturday charged Lakieshia Lane with first-degree murder and arson in the July 6 house fire that killed 49-year-old Dana Williams. Williams was found dead of smoke inhalation in an upstairs bedroom.
Police say Lane turned herself in to St. Louis County detectives on Friday evening and is being held on $500,000 cash bond.
It's unclear if Lane has a lawyer.
HIV DRUG-KANSAS CITY
Kansas City area clinic to offer HIV drug
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas City, Kansas, clinic is offering a medication used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration two years ago approved the HIV drug, Truvada, for HIV prevention.
The Kansas City Star reports that Sharon Lee, CEO of Family Health Care in Kansas City, Kansas, is holding a weekly clinic for people who want to take the drug. Lee says the clinic is among the first of its kind in the nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines recommending that doctors offer Truvada to people at substantial risk of HIV infection.
FATAL HOME INVASION-SENTENCE
More life sentences in 2009 St. Louis murder
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 21-year-old St. Louis man convicted of killing a woman has been resentenced to an additional three life sentences and 45 more years.
The new sentence for Ledale Nathan Jr. followed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a former sentence.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Nathan was 16 when he killed 34-year-old Gina Stallis during a 2009 home invasion.
Nathan was sentenced to life without parole, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that automatic life sentences without parole were unconstitutional for juveniles.
After a week-long hearing in June, Nathan's first-degree murder conviction was knocked down to second-degree. The jury then had to decide the appropriate penalty. Circuit Judge Robert Dierker on Friday followed the jury's recommended punishment.
Nathan could be eligible for parole in 75 years.
Fenton boy, 6, drowns near Rolla
ROLLA, Mo. (AP) - A 6-year-old Fenton boy has drowned while swimming with family members at a rock quarry outside Rolla.
The Missouri State Highway patrol says Noah Cook was in a flotation device in the presence of family members Friday afternoon at Fugitive Beach, a private property at an abandoned rock quarry southeast of Rolla. The patrol says family members couldn't find the child after several minutes.
A diver later found his body.
The child was pronounced dead by the Phelps County coroner.
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