JACKSON, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for killing a romantic rival in 2012. Thirty-seven-year-old Steven Williams was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Darcus Purl. Williams will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Williams shot Purl during a confrontation over a woman.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - State officials say a struggling St. Louis County school district should be able to make it financially. But they say the first day of class on Aug. 18 will provide a big test of whether a new state oversight program is working at Normandy schools. Normandy schools were reconfigured by the State Board of Education in an attempt to revive the academically struggling district and keep it from collapsing financially. Last school year, about 1,000 students transferred from Normandy to other districts.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Police are investigating how a woman's body ended up in a pond connected to a fountain near the Kansas City International Airport. Kansas City police identified the woman as 21-year-old Husenet Yassin. Her body was found Monday afternoon during a routine check by airport security. A cause of death has not been determined. Police are listing the death as suspicious because of where the body was found.
VAN BUREN, Mo. (AP) - More than three dozen small-breed dogs have been removed from a property in southern Missouri amid reports that the owner planned to dump them along the side of a highway. The Humane Society of Missouri says the dogs include 39 Chihuahua and mixed-breed dogs, some of them puppies, taken Monday from property in Carter County. The Humane Society says one of its investigators went to the site and found the owner putting the dogs into a single crate, saying she intended to dump them along the roadway.
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