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Early voting initiative may miss Missouri ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri proposal to create one of the nation's most expansive early voting periods appears to have fallen short of the number of initiative petition signatures needed to make the November ballot.

An Associated Press analysis of tallies by Missouri's local election authorities shows the proposed constitutional amendment on early voting lacks enough valid signatures of registered voters in all but two of the state's eight congressional districts.

To qualify for the ballot, initiatives must get signatures equal to 8 percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election in at least six of the congressional districts.

That threshold appears to have been met by supporters of a separate initiative that would curb teacher tenure protections and require public schools to evaluate personnel based on student performance data.


4 districts dropped from school transfer lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A lawsuit by Normandy school district parents over attendance rule changes has been scaled back after the state again altered its transfer policy.

Seven parents sued the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the new Normandy Schools Collaborative earlier this month in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The complaint named the Brentwood, Clayton, Ladue, Parkway, Pattonville and Ritenour school systems. The Francis Howell district was added later.

On Wednesday, the plaintiffs asked a judge to drop all but Pattonville, Ritenour and Howell from the lawsuit because the other districts have agreed to accept Normandy students.

Students who transferred in 2013-14 can now remain at those schools regardless of where they attended the previous year. The state initially required prospective transfers to have also attended district schools in 2012-13.


Missouri man sentenced for trafficking fake DVDs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A 42-year-old Missouri man has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for selling thousands of counterfeit DVDs he bought from a distributor in China.

Matthew Cerullo of Springfield was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in October to mail fraud, trafficking in counterfeit labels, trafficking in counterfeit goods and lying to federal agents.

He also was ordered Wednesday to forfeit computers, cameras, cellphones, 15 gold coins, 240 silver coins, four baseball cards, the counterfeit DVDs and $5,300.

The federal probe began after a shipment of counterfeit DVDs from Hong Kong addressed to a UPS store in Missouri was seized at JFK Airport in New York.

Cerullo admitted that he lied to federal agents when he denied receiving shipments of DVDs from China or a seizure notice from customs.


Man accused of threats to magazine for gays

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis man is facing charges and will undergo a psychiatric exam after allegedly threatening to "exterminate" those involved with a magazine for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 40-year-old Darryl L. Jackson is charged with harassment motivated by discrimination to frighten or disturb another person. He is jailed on $10,000 bond. Jackson's attorney declined comment.

Jackson has previous convictions for harassment and was put on probation both times.

Police say several people and organizations had been received threatening and intimidating emails since April. Among those receiving threats was Vital Voice magazine.

Police believe Jackson was using a computer at the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College to send the threatening emails.


FBI investigating body found at Stockton Lake cove

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) - Federal investigators are looking into the death of an unidentified man whose body was found at a southwest Missouri lake.

KODE-TV reports FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton confirmed the agency is investigating the case because the body was found on federal land.

Cedar County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jason Johnson says the body was found around 4 p.m. Sunday by two people walking at Stockton Lake's Crabtree Cove.

He says it appears the body had been there for two or three days, but the department had no missing person reports connected to the discovery.

Patton told The Associated Press on Thursday the investigation continues and described the body as that of a white adult male, 5-feet-11-inches tall and 170 pounds with red or brown hair and a possible goatee.


Program provides apartments for homeless vets

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A new program in St. Louis places homeless veterans into furnished apartments, an effort to both get them off the street and help them turn their lives around.

The effort will serve as a pilot program for possible use in other cities. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it launched Wednesday.

The program is mainly funded by a one-year $750,000 Department of Housing and Urban Development "rapid housing" grant.

About 50 homeless veterans were on hand as Mayor Francis Slay spoke at a news conference in the morning. Within hours, many of them were in apartments.

The effort focuses on the "chronically homeless." Census figures show 112 chronically homeless people in St. Louis, 50 of them veterans.


AP source: Lackey traded from Red Sox to Cards

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the trade.

Earlier, the Red Sox sent their top starter, left-hander Jon Lester, to the Oakland Athletics with outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 draft pick.

Lackey was 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA as the No. 2 starter in Boston's rotation.

Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts. He has made four starts since being activated from the disabled list on July 11. Craig is batting .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs.


Chiefs safety Berry leaves practice with injury

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Eric Berry left Chiefs practice on Thursday after hurting his lower right leg, the second injury that the Pro Bowl safety has sustained so far in training camp.

Berry missed some time earlier with a dislocated finger.

It was unclear what happened to Berry during one of the early sessions of practice at Missouri Western. He was checked by trainers in the injury tent next to the field, then talked with other team officials on the sideline before leaving the field on a cart.

Berry was able to put weight on the leg, but was noticeably limping. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was expected to discuss the nature and severity of the injury after practice.

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