Big temperature dropped coming to Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Message to Missourians: Don't put those winter coats in storage just yet.
Parts of the state could see a 50-degree temperature drop in less than a 24-hour period. Worse yet, a few places will likely see an inch or two of snow on Wednesday.
High temperatures in much of the state were reaching well into the 70s on Tuesday - to near 80 in some places. 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.
SILVER ALERT-WEATHERBY LAKE
Police find missing elderly Missouri woman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Silver Alert for a missing northwest Missouri woman has been canceled.
Police say 86-year-old Anna L. Gibson was found safe in Platte City on Tuesday. No further details were immediately released.
The Weatherby Lake police issued the alert for Gibson on Monday. Gibson, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, had not been seen since she went to a doctor's appointment Monday morning.
Patrol: man shot himself during police chase
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas Highway Patrol says a St. Joseph man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a chase in northeast Kansas.
The patrol says 29-year-old Jack Ryan Kelley fled from police Friday in Hiawatha, Kan. They say after his vehicle crashed, Kelley ran from the scene and then shot himself. He died later at a Kansas City hospital.
Hiawatha police chief John Defore says police found suspected illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia at the Hiawatha home where Kelley was found before the chase began. A 6-year-old boy at the home was taken into police custody.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Kelley was a suspect in a Feb. 28 home invasion in St. Joseph, as well as other crimes in Andrew County.
Police chase in Missouri reached 130 mph
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man is facing charges after allegedly speeding away from police at 130 mph.
The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo., reports that 19-year-old Jerico Pikal of Blackwell is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He is jailed on $250,000 bond.
Farmington police responded to a domestic disturbance call Saturday. Officers saw a Ford Mustang leaving the scene and a chase began.
Police say the Mustang, allegedly driven by Pikal, reached speeds of around 130 mph, ran red lights and caused a wreck with a police car. A spike strip eventually flattened the Mustang's front tires.
Police say Pikal resisted arrest when an officer tried to handcuff him. He allegedly smelled of alcohol but refused a field sobriety test.
MOTORCYCLE-SCHOOL BUS WRECK
2 motorcyclists dead after wreck with school bus
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Two motorcyclists are dead after their motorcycles were involved in an accident with a school bus in the eastern Missouri town of Wentzville.
The accident happened just before 7 a.m. Tuesday on Route A, near the intersection of U.S. 61. Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Juston Wheetley says a crash team is still on the scene assessing what happened.
Names of the victims have not been released but Wheetley says both were driving separate motorcycles.
The school bus was empty except for the driver, who was not hurt.
Wentzville is about 40 miles west of St. Louis.
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.
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