AP Top Missouri Headlines at 7:27 a.m. CDT

Missouri woman pleads guilty in stolen-mail case
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A southwestern Missouri woman faces up to three decades in federal prison now that she's admitted in court that she played a role in stealing mail....

Missouri civil trial to begin in clergy abuse case
TROY, Mo. (AP) -- A trial is set to get underway near St. Louis over allegations by a young woman and her family that St. Louis' archbishop mishandled the case of a priest once charged with molesting her as a teenager....

Kansas operation rescues horses amid slaughter debate
PEABODY, Kan. (AP) -- Advocates for horses worry that U.S. restrictions against slaughtering the animals in this country soon could come to an end, and one Missouri lawmaker says he welcomes that....

St. Louis tears down abandoned homes to absorb rainfall
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- About 1,000 of St. Louis' delinquent properties are expected to face the wrecking ball to create more green space to absorb rainfall....

Missouri man accused of killing ex-wife in his mobile home
FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a southern Missouri man told investigators he was either sleepwalking or dreaming when he fatally shot his sleeping ex-wife....