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DeJong, Molina lift Cardinals over Brewers 4-3

Apr. 23, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong wanted another chance against Milwaukee reliever Alex Wilson. He made the most of it. DeJong hit a tiebreaking, leadoff homer in the eighth inning, Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night. DeJong took...

Police: Springfield man stole 18 spare tires

Apr. 19, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man is facing charges accusing him of stealing spare tires off 18 Jeeps over the past month. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 43-year-old James Gilland is charged with felony stealing. Police say he took the iconic spare tire off the back of Jeep...

Woman convicted in death of abusive mom seeks early release

Apr. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman who conspired to kill her mother after being forced to pretend for years she was disabled wants her sentence shortened. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Gypsy Blanchard asked in an email released Tuesday for people to write letters urging Gov. Mike Parson...

Man charged with firing shots in road rage littering fight

Apr. 17, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man has been charged with shooting at another driver in an act of road rage that police say stemmed from a littering confrontation. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 23-year-old Treycarcio Jones is charged with unlawful use of a weapon. No attorney is listed for...

Woman crashes into office, dies after 'medical episode'

Apr. 16, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an 84-year-old driver has crashed into a Springfield dentist's office and died. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Elaine Gould was backing out of her garage Monday when she suffered what police described as an "apparent medical episode." Police say her sport...

Morel mushroom lovers in Missouri could luck out this spring

Apr. 15, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Fans of morels are salivating thanks to a wet and gradually warming spring in Missouri that promises a bountiful haul of the wild mushrooms. Ron Cook, who tracks the wild mushrooms, is predicting an "epic morel season in Missouri." "The conditions are really right for them," Cook...

GOP lawmakers propose bill to separate Chicago from Illinois

Apr. 13, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, according to a central Illinois lawmaker who sponsored the measure. GOP...

Wildlife experts, snorkeler free owl trapped in fishing line

Apr. 12, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A barred owl caught a lucky break when a snorkeler banded with wildlife officials to rescue the bird from a fishing line tangled in trees above the James River in Missouri. Bill Hulsebus was visiting the Springfield Conservation Nature Center last week when he came across the...

Indictment claims charity money went to Missouri politicians

Apr. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials at a Missouri nonprofit organization accused of bribing Arkansas lawmakers also illegally used the charity's money to funnel campaign contributions to Missouri politicians, according to a federal indictment. Three former Republican Missouri lawmakers confirmed Friday to...

Arkansas governor's nephew faces new corruption charges

Apr. 11, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker, the nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for helping a Missouri nonprofit in a widening federal corruption probe that already has ensnared several state legislators, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday....