Supreme Court to rule on Missouri execution
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The state of Missouri is still awaiting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether it can proceed with the execution of death row inmate Allen Nicklasson.
Nicklasson had been scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the 1994 murder of businessman Richard Drummond, who was shot to death after he stopped to help when a car carrying Nicklasson and two others stalled in central Missouri.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay over concerns about Nicklasson's legal representation.
When the full appeals court refused to take up the case on Tuesday, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
4,124 Missourians picked insurance exchange plans
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services reports more than 4,100 Missouri residents have selected a health insurance plan through the federally run online marketplace.
The department released the figures Wednesday. HHS said the insurance exchange had more than 31,000 applications from Missouri through Nov. 30. The applications sought coverage for nearly 63,000 people.
Enrollment is up from early November when just 751 Missourians had selected a health insurance plan. The federal health care law set up online marketplaces to help people find affordable insurance but the rollout of the website has been troubled.
The federal agency says that as of Nov. 30, about 137,000 people have enrolled in the 36 states served by the federal website.
Nixon to discuss Mo. higher education budget
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon plans to discuss college affordability and funding for higher education.
Nixon was scheduled to travel Wednesday to Southeast Missouri State University and to Missouri State University. But the governor's office cancelled the morning trip to Cape Girardeau college campus because of weather conditions in the area.
Nixon told higher education officials in October he would propose a significant funding boost for colleges and universities but did not specify the amount he would recommend for next year's budget.
In November, he proposed an additional $5,000 annually through the merit-based Bright Flight scholarship for students who agree to work-full time in Missouri immediately after graduation.
SW Mo. man charged in wife's shooting death
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) - Lawrence County authorities say a man has been charged with first-degree murder in the apparent shooting death of his wife.
The sheriff's office says 55-year-old Radonna Roland-Holman was found on a bed at her home Monday night in western Lawrence County with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Deputies were unable to save her.
Investigators say her husband, 54-year-old David Holman, called authorities to the house. He was later charged and is being held without bond in the county jail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
Mo. dad destitute, looking for daughter's killer
(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Missouri resident whose daughter was among three people found shot to death this month in a Topeka, Kan., home says he's destitute after losing all of his belongings in a fire while he was looking for her killer.
Paul Lee of Springfield, Mo., says he can't afford to pay a funeral home and is asking for the public's help in handling his daughter's funeral arrangements.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the bodies of Tamesha Lee and two others were found in a home Dec. 1, two hours after a different woman was found grievously wounded behind a strip mall. That woman died two days later.
Lee is staying with family members in Topeka and going door-to-door looking for information about his daughter's death.
Missourians allowed to donate unclaimed property
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missourians now can donate unclaimed property held by state government directly to charities that support military veterans, medical research, children's education and other causes.
Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY'-ful) announced the donation program Wednesday at the state Capitol. He says people regularly have asked to donate their unclaimed property and that the new program gives Missourians a "quick, easy and simple" way to do so.
The state treasurer's office currently holds $810 million in unclaimed property belonging to 4.7 million account holders. He says many claims are small but when combined could have a significant affect.
Twenty charitable organizations are participating in the donation program.
Bloch Foundation gives $12 million to St. Luke's
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation has donated $12 million to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
The donation announced Wednesday is the single largest donation ever received by the hospital. It will be used for neuroscience research and programs.
The Kansas City Star reports the hospital system will rename its Neuroscience Institute as the St. Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute.
The couple has donated millions to the hospital and other institutions in Kansas City in the past. Henry Bloch is a member of the hospital board and a trustee emeritus of the St. Luke's Foundation board.
The St. Luke's system has 10 hospitals plus several clinic and health services in the Kansas City area.
Vietnamese monks to move to SW Mo. abbey
AVA, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri abbey famous for its Christmas fruitcakes was in danger of closing because the Trappist monks who live there are aging and no other monks have moved in to take their place.
But that will soon change, when four monks from Vietnam arrive to live at the Assumption Abbey in Ava. Four more are expected to arrive next year at the abbey about 220 miles southeast of Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reports that sometime in the next decade Assumption will change from the Trappist to Cistercian order. The Trappist order is a reform version of Cistercian.
And the Vietnamese monks plan to carry on the tradition of making fruitcakes, which are sold across the country and help finance the abbey.
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