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Ex-Tornado Fund Employee Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A former Joplin, Mo., woman has pleaded guilty to her role in defrauding a relief fund set up to help victims of the May 2011 tornado that devastated the city. Thirty-two-year-old Herlana L. Latham, who now lives in Memphis, Tenn., …

Missouri Lawmakers Target Municipal Traffic Cameras

Missouri lawmakers could clear up a legal thicket entangling communities’ red light cameras while also applying the brakes to cameras designed to nab speeders. Several recent court rulings have raised new concerns about red light cameras while complaints have arisen …

Thieves Steal $20K of Copper Wire From Missouri Home

A southeast Missouri business owner says someone stole $20,000 worth of copper wire from outside his home, part of an ongoing nationwide problem with copper thefts. J.W. Strack lives next to a stone quarry he owns on Missouri 74 in …

Missouri Lawmakers Will Try to Limit Medical Lawsuits

Missouri lawmakers plan to try again to limit how much money people can receive in medical malpractice lawsuits. Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the liability limits are a priority for the 2014 session. And Rep. Eric Burlison, of Springfield, …

Cause of Missouri Business Fire Undetermined

State and federal investigators say they may never know what caused a massive fire at a southeast Missouri recycling plant earlier this month. The Southeast Missourian reports damage at Missouri Plastics in Jackson is estimated at $7 million. The Oct. …

Missouri Couple Sentenced for Fraud Involving Health Clinic

A Kansas City couple has been ordered to pay $660,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to health care and tax fraud involving a clinic they operated in Kansas City. Seventy-six-year-old Carol Ann Ryser and 68-year-old Michael Earl Ryser operated Health …

Workers’ Comp Costs Could Rise for Missouri Businesses

Missouri businesses could face significantly higher costs for workers’ compensation insurance next year, due partly to a new law that seeks to shore up a financially troubled state fund for disabled workers. Workers’ compensation insurers in Missouri are likely to …

Missouri County Sues Over Botched Performance

Saint Charles County is suing the Ringling Brothers circus act over a short-circuited performance of Disney on Ice caused by a blown transformer. The Missouri county wants Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, Inc., along with two subcontractors and an unnamed …

Floods Damage 100-200 Homes and Businesses in Missouri

Authorities say that flooding from heavy rainfall has damaged between 100 and 200 homes and business in the south-central Missouri city of Waynesville. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Crain says the early morning flooding killed a 4-year-old boy when …

President Obama Signs Missouri Disaster Declaration

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster declaration after severe storms struck Missouri from May 29 to June 10. The storms included one that spawned a tornado in the St. Louis area and others that caused widespread flooding. The …