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Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Kansas prosecutors have filed state-level murder charges against the white supremacist accused of shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Tuesday that Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Howe says Cross also faces one count of first-degree, premeditated murder for the death of a woman who was gunned down while visiting her mother at a nearby retirement complex.

The 73-year-old Cross is from southwest Missouri, and his racist activities have long drawn the attention of hate-group monitors.

Federal prosecutors say they're pursuing their own hate-crimes case against Cross.


Man charged for shooting into day care

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly firing a shot that went through the window of a home day care facility.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 27-year-old Terrance Vance of Sikeston is charged with unlawful use of a weapon. He was arrested April 5 and is jailed on $25,000 bond.

The shooting happened in March in Cape Girardeau. No one was hurt. Police said at the time that they did not believe the house was the shooter's intended target. The incident prompted a lockdown of nearby schools for about 30 minutes.


St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-area man is accused of sexually torturing women in his apartment over several years.

Authorities on Tuesday announced that 29-year-old Adam Michael Capriglione of south St. Louis County is facing 19 felony charges including rape and sodomy. Capriglione is jailed on $500,000 bond.

Police spokesman Brian Schellman says an investigation began after a victim contacted police in January. Capriglione is accused of raping, sodomizing and torturing several women dating back to 2006.

Capriglione also faces one count of sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly filming a child having sex in 2007.

A phone message left with Capriglione's attorney was not immediately returned.


MU chancellor vows changes after assault report

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The University of Missouri's new chancellor says he is prepared to make the school "accountable and responsible" after an independent review faulted its response to a former swimmer's rape claims.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin's latest remarks amplify his comments when the Dowd Bennett law firm report was first released last week.

The review determined that the university fell short of federal standards for the reporting and investigation of sexual assault on campus. The report also found that administrators in Columbia should have investigated 20-year-old Sasha Menu Courey's 2011 suicide sooner. The swimmer alleged she was sexually assaulted during her freshman year by several football players.

Menu Courey's parents say they support the university's efforts to strengthen its policies.


Settlement close in Missouri virtual program suit

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Almost four years after several teachers sued over a Missouri virtual teaching program, parties in the case are seeking a settlement.

The lawsuit was filed by teachers who started jobs with the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program, or MoVIP, in August 2009. The teachers were out of work by November of that year after the state eliminated funding for the program.

The lawsuit names the University of Missouri, the Missouri Board of Education, the state and eMints, a program based on the Missouri campus that hired the teachers.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the teachers' attorney, David Brown, says the dispute is mostly about whether the teachers were "at-will" employees of the university or if their contracts were for a full school year.


Missouri House OKs limiting e-cigarettes to adults

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have given first-round approval to legislation that seeks to prevent children and younger teens from buying electronic cigarettes and other devices.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that is inhaled.

Missouri's legislation would prohibit sales to anyone younger than 18 years old. The bill was approved by voice vote on Tuesday and needs another affirmative vote before moving to the state Senate.

The federal Food and Drug Administration has said it plans to set marketing and product regulations for electronic cigarettes in the near future but hasn't done so yet.


St. Louis police take new approach to 'johns'

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Men who prowl the streets of St. Louis for prostitutes can expect a brightly colored postcard in the mail - from police.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in an effort to curb prostitution, police are targeting, and perhaps humiliating, the "johns" who use the services. The postcards mailed to the homes of those charged with trying to pick up prostitutes will offer a reminder about spreading sexually transmitted diseases, along with listing the court date.

Solicitation is an ordinance violation carrying a penalty often no harsher than a fine.

Police hope the postcards are an attention-grabber that deters johns. They are rolling out the program this week in two neighborhoods where residents have complained of prostitution.


Opening of nursing home part of Joplin recovery

(Information in the following story is from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Joplin officials are celebrating the opening of an $8.5 million nursing home as another sign the city is recovering from the devastating May 2011 tornado.

The Communities at Wildwood Ranch opened Monday. It will eventually house 120 residents.

The Joplin Globe reports the 2011 tornado destroyed 300 nursing home beds in the city. Sixteen of the 161 people who died were residents and an employee of the Greenbriar nursing home.

Administrator Tracy Rowe says the new nursing home does not have a basement. But areas inside the building have been designed to be used as storm shelters.

Rowe says the home will eventually employ 100 to 120 people.

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