NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) - A 34-year-old Granby woman whose 22-month-old son died of a methadone overdose has been sentenced to four years in prison. Elizabeth Farnam pleaded guilty in September to second-degree involuntary manslaughter in the June 2012 death of Logan Crow. Investigators said Farnam had obtained methadone illegally. Farnam told police at the time that she dropped a methadone pill while Logan was sitting on her lap during a church meeting.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An execution date has been set for a man convicted of killing a jewelry store owner more than two decades ago. The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered that Herbert Smulls be executed Jan. 29. Smulls was convicted of the 1991 murder of Chesterfield jeweler Stephen Honickman. Smulls originally was sentenced to death by a St. Louis County jury in 1992. His attorney filed several appeals but the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal in April 2009.
FULTON, Mo. (AP) - A bond issuance to rebuild the Fulton State Hospital will be included in the budget proposal Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to offer next month. The hospital admitted its first patients in 1851. Patients now include those committed by the courts for evaluation and treatment. It also is the statewide treatment facility for people who have been found not guilty or unable to stand trial because of mental disease.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs snapped a three-game skid by dismantling the Washington Redskins over the weekend. It wasn't just a blowout, either. It was 45-10, that rare lopsided outcome in the NFL in which a team can start playing its backups by the fourth quarter. It was the kind of game that can fill a team with confidence. Now, Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth by winning at Oakland on Sunday.
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