Wal-Mart seeks to intervene in electric rate case
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Wal-Mart is seeking to intervene in a dispute about electric rates between Ameren Missouri and its largest electric customer.
Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation has sought about a 25 percent reduction in the rate Ameren charges at its aluminum smelter in the southeastern Missouri town of New Madrid (MAD'-rihd).
Wal-Mart filed a motion Friday with the Missouri Public Service Commission asking to intervene in the case.
In its filing, Wal-Mart says a lower rate for Noranda could significantly affect its own electric bills. Wal-Mart operates 73 stores in Missouri that consume a combined 190 million kilowatts per hour in electricity.
Noranda says Ameren is overearning and that lowering its rate would only increase other customers' bills by 1.8 percent or less. Ameren disagrees and says it will fight the rate reduction.
INFANT'S BODY FOUND
2 charged in connection with infant's body
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) - The discovery of an infant's body in a cave has led to arrests and charges against two residents of Warrensburg in west-central Missouri.
Police and the Johnson County prosecutor announced Friday night that 19-year-old Latasha Wilson is charged with abandoning a corpse, and 20-year-old Zakary Carter is charged with tampering with physical evidence.
Neither had a listed phone number. Missouri's online court records were not updated Friday night to show whether they had lawyers.
Two University of Central Missouri biology students found the decomposing body Tuesday in a cave at Pertle Springs, a university-owned public recreation area in Warrensburg.
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine if more charges will be filed. They would not comment further on the case, including a possible relationship between the suspects and the infant.
Bullet pierces window of home day care
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Police in Cape Girardeau (juh-RAHR'-doh) say no one was injured when a bullet pierced the window of a home day care business.
The Southeast Missourian reports police believe the bullet was a stray shot fired by an unknown person around 1 p.m. Friday.
An officer at the scene told the newspaper the bullet passed through the window and hit a wall, lodging in the drywall.
Police had responded to a report of multiple shots in the area. Officers don't believe the day care was the intended target.
Police stopped a vehicle that had been seen in the area at the time and were trying to determine if the occupants were suspects, victims or witnesses. Schools in the area were locked down for about 30 minutes as a precaution.
LINDENWOOD- SEX ASSAULT
Student reports sex assault in Lindenwood library
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A female student says she was sexually assaulted in a library bathroom at Lindenwood University.
The St. Charles school sent email and emergency text message alerts to its students on Friday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police and campus security are investigating.
The woman told police she was attacked in a downstairs bathroom in Butler Library between 10 p.m. and midnight Tuesday. The student said her attacker was hiding in a stall and came at her from behind. She ran away after a brief struggle.
MISSOURI TEEN-SEX ASSAULT
Documents released in teen sex assault case
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Depositions in a northwest Missouri teen sexual assault case show contradictions in statements from a teenager who said she was raped and her mother.
Daisy Coleman says she was a 14-year-old Maryville High School freshman when 17-year-old Matt Barnett took her to his home, plied her with alcohol and raped her when she blacked out. Her mother found her early the next morning shivering on the family's front porch.
Barnett was charged with felony sexual assault, but Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dropped the charge because he said there wasn't enough evidence for a felony conviction. Barnett later pleaded guilty to child endangerment.
In depositions released Friday, Melinda Coleman told Rice her daughter had been less than truthful about some details because she was embarrassed.
Man upset about taxes accused of attack
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) - A St. Louis County man is accused of choking an H&R Block worker after apparently becoming enraged about his tax situation.
Police in Kirkwood say 53-year-old Michael Wright knocked the tax preparation company employee to the ground in an attack on Monday in Kirkwood. Wright is charged with misdemeanor assault and does not have a listed attorney.
Police say the victim had minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
2 killed when semi hits disabled vehicle
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) - Two people are dead after a tractor-trailer struck their disabled vehicle on a highway in west-central Missouri.
The Highway Patrol says the crash happened late Thursday night on U.S. 65 in Pettis County, a few miles north of Sedalia.
Investigators said a Nissan driven by 67-year-old Eldon Coleman of Sedalia was disabled in the southbound lane because of an earlier crash. Coleman's vehicle was then hit by a south-bound semi.
The crash killed Coleman and his 43-year-old passenger, Melissa Coleman, also of Sedalia. A coroner pronounced the two dead at the scene.
NATURE PRESERVE-CONCRETE PLANT
Nature reserve fights Franklin Co. concrete plant
GRAY SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Botanical Garden hopes Franklin County zoning officials will think twice about allowing a concrete plant to be built near its nature preserve.
The Shaw Nature Reserve covers 2,400 acres and is a haven for hikers and bird watchers. KMOX-AM reports that reserve director John Behrer is speaking out against the project. He says noise from the plant would disturb the nature sanctuary's tranquility.
A county planning review committee was scheduled to meet Friday to consider the proposal by Roger Landvatter, who also owns a Kirkwood concrete plant.
The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposal later this month.
MVC-SHOT CLOCK WOES
Quarterfinal game delayed by shot clock outage
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A shot clock lost power early in the second half of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinal between Illinois State and Missouri State, causing an awkward delay.
The clock under the Missouri State basket went blank three times in the opening minute Friday and the game was halted with 19:03 to play. Tournament director Jack Watkins said the game was delayed three minutes while personnel repaired the connection.
Missouri State won 53-48, advancing to the semifinals against unbeaten and second-ranked Wichita State on Saturday.
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