Big temperature dropped coming to Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Don't put away the winter coat just yet.
Parts of Missouri could see a 50-degree temperature drop in less than a 24-hour period. And a few places will likely see an inch or two of snow on Wednesday.
High temperatures in much of the state have reached well into the 70s on Tuesday. That will be replaced by windy conditions and temperatures in the low 30s by Wednesday morning.
National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Miller says the good news is that the ground is so warm that any snow shouldn't cause roads to get too slick. The cold front is also short-lived - temperatures rebound to the 50s on Thursday.
Mo. court upholds summary for campaign initiative
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri appeals court panel has upheld the financial estimate for a potential ballot initiative seeking to reinstate campaign contribution limits.
The ruling Tuesday by the Western District appellate court overturns a decision made last year by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem.
The proposed initiative would limit contributions to $2,600 per election for candidates for governor, judgeships, the Legislature and other offices. It would ban contributions by corporations and labor unions to candidates or political parties.
The financial summary prepared by the auditor's office says the impact on state and local revenues is unknown. The appeals court said that's sufficient.
Beetem had ordered that to be revised to incorporate an opponent's estimate that the contribution limits could reduce tax revenues by millions of dollars.
ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT
Lawsuit claims KC district actively discriminated
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A lawsuit claims a downtown Kansas City entertainment district actively harassed black customers in order to persuade them to leave the district.
The federal lawsuit filed Monday against the Power & Light District seeks class action status for black patrons of the district. It is the second lawsuit in the last week alleging the district's owners, The Cordish Co., worked to reduce the number of black patrons in the district's bars and restaurants.
The Kansas City Star reports the lawsuit's lead plaintiffs are Dante A.R. Combs and Adam Williams, who say they were harassed three times and denied admission to a nightclub.
Cordish officials deny the allegations, calling the latest lawsuit a "trumped-up and meritless claim." It notes both lawsuits were filed by the same attorney.
Springfield man pleads guilty in toddler's death
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield man was sentenced to 11 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing his former girlfriend's 2-year-old son.
Twenty-three-year-old Austin Pelley agreed to a plea agreement Monday. He was scheduled to go to court this week for second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
The Springfield News-Leader reports court documents indicate the child's mother, Chelsea Garrison, left her son with Pelley in June 2012 to take a test at Everest College. Garrison says Pelley later told her the boy was injured when he ran into a bathroom and fell, and then went into a catatonic state.
Garrison rushed her son to the hospital but he died two days later.
An autopsy revealed the boy died of head trauma.
RECYCLING CENTER-BODY FOUND
Body found at Kansas City recycling center
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City police are investigating after a man's body was found in a pile of trash at a recycling center.
The body was found early Tuesday by workers at the recycling center in east Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reports the recycling center is a private company that has contracts to pick up trash from some businesses.
Investigators are trying to determine where the load containing the body was picked up.
The man's identity hasn't been determined. A medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
STRUCK BY TRAIN
Tennessee man fatally hit by train in Missouri
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - A Tennessee man is dead after being struck by a train while walking on tracks in suburban St. Louis.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 22-year-old Giuseppe Aracri of Cottontown, Tenn., was struck by an eastbound Norfolk Southern train about 10 p.m. Monday in O'Fallon, Mo. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It wasn't clear why Aracri was on the tracks. An investigation continues.
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