Execution date set for Missouri inmate Taylor
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday set a September execution date for convicted killer Leon Taylor.
Taylor is scheduled to die at Sept. 10 at the state prison in Bonne Terre for killing a suburban Kansas City service station attendant during a 1994 robbery. Authorities say he tried to kill the victim's 8-year-old stepdaughter, too, but the gun misfired.
Missouri has executed six men this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have executed more. Another execution is scheduled for Aug. 6, when Michael Shane Worthington is scheduled to be put to death for the rape and killing of a suburban St. Louis neighbor in 1995.
POLICE EMPLOYEE CHARGED
St. Louis civilian police employee faces charges
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A civilian employee of the St. Louis Police Department is facing charges for allegedly impersonating an officer and sexually assaulting a male victim.
Authorities say 28-year-old Michael Cornell sexually touched the man last year, then went to the hotel where the man worked and asked for his personnel records while claiming to be a police officer.
Cornell was indicted Wednesday on four counts of deviate sexual assault and one count of third-degree assault. He was previously charged with felony sodomy related to the same alleged victim. He is jailed on $150,000 bond.
Cornell is suspended without pay from his job in the prisoner processing section of the police department.
Bridge worker who fell to his death identified
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A northwest Missouri man has been identified as the Missouri Department of Transportation contract worker who fell to his death from a Kansas City bridge this week.
KSHB-TV reports 53-year-old David Craven of Kearney was working on a MoDOT project on Missouri Highway 24 bridge just before 3 p.m. Tuesday when he was either shocked or fell for some other reason.
The workers were replacing the bridge joints, doing bridge deck work and making other general repairs. Craven was working for Mar-Jim Contracting based in Oak Grove at the time of his death.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it can't comment on the investigation but noted falls are the leading cause of death in construction work.
Three people have died from falls in Missouri this year.
HIKER DEATH-WAYNE COUNTY
Hiker found dead in hot Utah canyon identified
LOA, Utah (AP) - Officials have identified a hiker found dead in southern Utah as a 52-year-old Missouri man.
Wayne County spokeswoman Kassidee Brown says David Ross Goodrich of Kansas City was found about 2 a.m. Wednesday off a trail in Horseshoe Canyon.
Authorities say he was carrying only a camera, not food and water, and didn't appear to be ready for the triple-digit temperatures.
Officials say a group of hikers came upon the man about 1 p.m. Tuesday, and he asked them for food and water. The group gave him supplies, and also directed another group of hikers to take his dog out of his car as he requested.
Rescuers were called when the man hadn't returned to his car by 10:30 that night.
Kansas City Zoo's oldest lion euthanized
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Zoo's oldest lion has been euthanized after veterinary staffers were unable to treat him successfully for numerous health issues.
The Kansas City Star reports the lion, named Dumisani, was 18 years old and had lived at the zoo nearly his entire life after arriving in 1997 from Indianapolis.
Dumisani's parents were from the wild, making his genes desirable for breeding. The zoo brought in two females from Africa in 1998 to diversify the gene pool, but the lions had feline immunodeficiency virus and were not suitable for breeding.
Officials allowed one litter to be produced before the females underwent a contraceptive procedure, but one of them became pregnant anyway.
Dumisana sired seven cubs in the two litters, creating one of the largest prides among American zoos.
Regulators oppose lowering Noranda electric rate
ST. LOUIS (AP) - State utility regulators have indicated they will deny a request by Ameren Missouri's largest customer for a rate decrease of nearly $50 million a year, despite warnings from the company that it could be forced to close without the reduction.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that all five members of the Missouri Public Service Commission said Wednesday they opposed lowering the special rate paid by Noranda Aluminum.
But on Thursday the Missouri Office of Public Counsel, which advocates for retail ratepayers in front of the commission, submitted a proposal that would reduce Noranda's rate by 16 percent, rather than roughly 25 percent the company initially sought.
Ameren's ratepayers in the St. Louis region could face rate hikes if Noranda is able to persuade the PSC to lower its rate.
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