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VIRUS OUTBREAK-MISSOURI

Inflammatory disease shows up among young Missouri patients

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A rare inflammatory syndrome affecting some children with the coronavirus has appeared in a small number of cases at a St. Louis hospital. A spokeswoman for St. Louis Children's Hospital said Wednesday that “a few” children with the coronavirus and symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease have been treated at the hospital. She didn't have information on the exact number, or details about their conditions. The coronavirus is less common and less deadly in children than in adults. But two young children and a teenager with COVID-19 who also showed symptoms of Kawasaki disease have died in New York state.

DOUBLE HOMICIDE-KANSAS CITY

Kansas City police: 2 men found shot to death in home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Kansas City are looking for suspects in the shooting deaths of two men found inside a home in the northeast part of the city. Police say in a news release that officers were called to the home around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday for reports of gunshots. Arriving officers were told that two people inside the home were hurt, and police found the two men unresponsive with gunshot wounds. The men died at the scene. Police say they have no leads on a suspect, although homicide detectives were interviewing people who were nearby and canvassing the neighborhood for any witnesses. Police have not released the names of the two men killed.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED

Police: Pedestrian hit, killed crossing I-64 near St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a man has died after being hit and killed while he was trying to cross Interstate 64 in St. Louis near the St. Louis Zoo. Television station KSDK reports that the crash happened late Tuesday night, killing 39-year-old Forrest Green of St. Louis. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Green was crossing the westbound lanes of the interstate near Clayton Road when he was hit by a car. Green was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured. The patrol shut down a stretch of the interstate for several hours as it investigated.

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE

Missouri passes bill requiring hospitals to offer rape kits

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — All Missouri hospitals would be required to offer rape kits under a bill heading to the governor's desk. Currently, few hospitals have certified staff who can perform rape kits to gather evidence of sexual assault. But a bill that would mandate access to rape kits at all licensed hospitals received final approval in the state House on Tuesday. Now it's up to Republican Gov. Mike Parson to sign it into law. The measure would give hospitals access to virtual and in-person training on how to perform rape kits. By 2023, all hospitals would be required to provide rape kits.

RAYTOWN FATALITY

Patrol says man killed after crashing into tree, another car

RAYTOWN, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in western Missouri say a 32-year-old driver has died after crashing his car into a tree, another car and a utility pole in Raytown. The Kansas City Star reports the crash happened around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, when officers were called to the Raytown intersection where the crash occurred. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Donald Hicks' car crossed a median and crashed into a tree, which then fell onto another car. The careening car then hit another car and a utility pole before stopping. Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene. Raytown police say one of the drivers of the two cars damaged suffered minor injuries.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MISSOURI

Coronavirus cases to 10,000, deaths top 500 in Missouri

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Both the number of confirmed cases and deaths from the coronavirus in Missouri reached somber milestones Tuesday: Cases topped 10,000 and the number of deaths exceeded 500. The state health department reported 88 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 10,006. Thirty-six new deaths were reported. Since March, 524 people in Missouri have died from the virus. St. Louis continues to be the hardest-hit region. State data shows that 53.4% of confirmed cases, and 70.4% of deaths, have occurred in St. Louis city and county combined.

ISLAMIC CENTER FIRE

Federal hate crime charge in Missouri Islamic center fire

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of setting the fire that destroyed an Islamic center in southeast Missouri has been charged with a federal hate crime. The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis on Tuesday announced that a federal grand jury indicted 42-year-old Nicholas J. Proffitt in the April 24 fire that destroyed the Cape Girardeau Islamic Center. He is charged with damaging religious property because of the property’s religious character, using fire to commit a federal felony, and damaging a building used in interstate commerce through use of fire. Missouri has also charged Proffitt, of Cape Girardeau, with a state hate crime.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MISSOURI-NURSE'S DEATH

Missouri family files claim in nurse's death from virus

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Attorneys for the family of a Missouri nurse who died from COVID-19 have filed a claim for death benefits under the state's workers' compensation laws. Celia Yap-Banago died in April after caring for a patient at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Her family and the National United Nurses Union say she contracted the virus because she didn't have adequate safety equipment to treat patients with the virus. The family's attorneys filed the claim Monday on behalf of Yap-Banago's husband and their two sons. HCA Midwest, which operates Research Medical Center, denies that nurses didn't have adequate personal protective equipment.