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Worker injured in St. Louis manhole explosion

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An electrical contractor working underground has been injured in a downtown St. Louis manhole explosion.

KMOV-TV reports that the Ameren contractor suffered burns to the face and arms after the Friday morning explosion near the AT&T building at 9th and Chestnut streets.

The St. Louis Fire Department says the worker was removing what were believed to be dead electrical cables.


Grandmother's shooting death rocks St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The shooting death of a 46-year-old woman walking alongside three of her grandchildren is rocking a St. Louis neighborhood where residents say getting caught in the crossfire is far too common.

Juliette Cleveland-Davis was shot Wednesday evening in north St. Louis and died later at a hospital. The three children, ages 4, 5 and 7, were unhurt.

Joseph Cleveland tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch his older sister was walking home from a nearby store in a neighborhood near the city's border with Wellston when she was shot. The married victim had three sons and lived in the neighborhood for 20 years.

Police say the gunfire began when two men began shooting at a group of people, whose members then returned fire. The shooter remains at large.


Former postmaster sentenced for plotting robbery

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A former southwest Missouri postmaster has been sentenced to three years and eight months in federal prison for plotting to rob a convenience store.

Michael Joe Stubblefield of Cassville pleaded guilty in December to participating in a conspiracy to rob a convenience store in Eagle Rock, where he was postmaster.

Prosecutors say Stubblefield met with confidential informants several times in March 2012 to coordinate a staged robbery at the store, where one of the informants worked.

The plan included using the employee's access information to gain entry after the store was closed, but that changed after the employee was fired.

Also, co-conspirators were to drop cash and other items related to the robbery in a drop box outside the Eagle Rock Post Office that only Stubblefield could open.


Gov. Nixon calls for review of UMKC rankings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon has called for a review of the rankings achieved by the business school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The governor announced his request Thursday during a meeting of the Kansas City Star Editorial Board. He told the board he had written a letter to the chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators asking him to conduct an independent review of the school's rankings.

The Kansas City Star reports that Nixon's request was in reaction to the newspaper's recent investigation into the validity of claims made by the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. A 2011 study by the Journal of Product Innovation Management said the UMKC business school was first in the world, placing it above MIT and Stanford.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City responded Thursday with a statement saying it welcomes the review.


Report: Midwest economic index slumped in July

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has slumped after hitting a three-year high a month earlier.

A report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3½ percentage points in July, to 57.0. The index had risen slightly in June, to 60.6.

Looking six months ahead, the business confidence portion of the overall index also declined. It hit 60.0 last month, compared with 63.6 in June.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers at Creighton University say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

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