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News Minute: Here is the latest Missouri news from The Associated Press

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - The man who persuaded a rural Missouri town and the state to invest millions in bonds and incentives for an artificial sweetener plant that never materialized has pleaded guilty to three felony charges. Bruce Cole pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud and one count of theft in state court.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City police say three adults have been shot to death and two others critically wounded in a residential neighborhood in the southern part of the city. The shootings occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found one person dead and two wounded at a home, then discovered two others dead at a nearby residence. No one was in custody.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missourians trying to use a call center to sign up for the state's Medicaid program are running into long delays, prompting nearly half of them to hang up before they get help. The delays and busy signals violate the state's contract with the private company that runs the call center. The Department of Social Services has told Mississippi-based YoungWilliams to correct the problems or the state might withhold 10 percent of the company's next monthly payment.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A charitable group dedicated to raising money for the St. Louis Police Department says it expects to collect another $400,000 from its annual fall luncheon. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the police foundation has raised roughly $6 million since its 2007 creation. Those donations helped the police department relocate to new Olive Street headquarters this summer following a move from a nearly 90-year-old building.

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