St. Joe man, 84, killed in tractor-vehicle crash
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - A 84-year-old St. Joseph man has died after a motorist struck his farm tractor in northwest Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred Saturday afternoon as a tractor driven by Ora Brooke of St. Joseph was traveling north on U.S. 71 outside St. Joseph. The patrol says a pickup truck that was traveling in the same direction struck the rear of the tractor. Brooke was ejected from the tractor and pronounced dead at a hospital.
The pickup driver did not seek medical attention.
Cases of rabies down in Missouri
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - State health officials say although three rabid bats have been found this summer in a Kansas City suburb, the statewide number of rabies cases is down.
One person was bitten by one of the rabid bats found in Lee's Summit since June 1 and has been treated for the bite.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1khC1tQ) there have been 14 rabies cases reported in animals this year in Missouri. Seven were rabid bats and the others were infected skunks.
Officials also say the number of rabid cases this year is substantially lower than the 39 rabies cases reported for the same time last year. Missouri usually has about 50 rabid animals that are detected annually.
Kansas has had 26 cases of animal rabies reported this year.
1 killed after University City alumni picnic
ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis area police say a 20-year-old man was shot and killed after an annual University City alumni picnic.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1khBvvS ) that two people were shot Saturday night in Heman Park after the annual University City alumni picnic was scheduled to end. Both were taken to an area hospital, where the 20-year-old man was pronounced dead. The victim's identity hasn't been released.
University City police Capt. Michael Ransom says the second person was shot in the leg and is hospitalized in stable condition.
Police haven't said what led to the shootings, which occurred more than an hour after the picnic was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Police say several hundred people remained at the park after the scheduled end of the picnic.
Kansas City doesn't meet demolition goal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Despite promises of an aggressive campaign to demolish blighted buildings around Kansas City, officials acknowledge they're only halfway toward their two-year goal.
The city promised to raze 1,000 decaying and abandoned buildings in two years, but has managed to take down about 500. Mayor Sly James points out that the city previously had been averaging about 100 demolitions a year.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1noLcrF ) reports the demolition list has grown to 1,340 structures. And with each house demolition costing the taxpayers nearly $10,000 on average, the city won't catch up at this rate given the current $1.6 million set aside annually for that purpose.
But the city says it's going to continue the effort.
Big corn crop, little profit in southeast Missouri
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Corn farmers in southeast Missouri are expecting high yields - but low profits.
The Southeast Missourian (http://bit.ly/1qCSVp4 ) reports that the weather has been cooperative this year with average temperatures and plenty of rain. Corn yields could rise 10 percent, but prices are expected to be down.
At midweek, the Chicago Board of Trade listed corn at $3.85 per bushel, down significantly from a year ago.
David Reinbott of the University of Missouri Extension in Benton, says input costs are similar to last year. He says savings in fertilizer cost are offset by rising seed prices, the result of increased demand from South America and China.
Shipping could also be expensive. After the Mississippi River flood closed the river to traffic for part of July, shipping rates have increased.
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