Ferguson unrest could cost taxpayers millions
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The cost of extra policing in Ferguson after rioting and looting that followed the police shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old could cost local, Missouri and federal taxpayers millions of dollars.
St. Louis County Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls estimates the county spent $1.5 million in police overtime to deal with unrest in the St. Louis suburb since Michael Brown's death Aug. 9.
Earls figures the total tab for all bolstered security in Ferguson could range from $3 million to $6 million, with governing jurisdictions ultimately looking to the state and federal governments for reimbursement.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the state should expect a bill for the roughly $740,000 it cost his department to supply additional police manpower in Ferguson.
Suspect in 6-year-old's death caught after manhunt
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) - A 27-year-old man is in custody as a person of interest for the death of a 6-year-old central Missouri boy.
The Fulton Sun reports the man was taken into custody Thursday morning in a Sedalia trailer park on a Pettis County warrant for littering.
Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Paul Reinsch told the newspaper the Callaway County Sheriff's Office called the patrol at 3:15 a.m. asking to use its helicopter to search for a suspect in the Little Dixie Conservation area, near Millersburg.
The Sedalia Democrat reports the suspect was located through a cell phone ping, and a handgun was found in his vehicle.
Authorities haven't released any details about the relationship between the man and the boy or the circumstances of the child's death.
Chief: 'Cops' program leaves Springfield early
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says the television show "Cops" has ended filming in Springfield early after one of the program's employees was shot to death in Omaha, Nebraska.
Williams says crews with Langley Productions were scheduled to film in the city through the end of this week but stopped filming after the shooting in Nebraska.
The decision came after a sound mixer for the show was shot to death Tuesday by officers in Omaha who were responding to a robbery. The robbery suspect also was killed.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Williams said Wednesday no problems had been reported during the show's filming in Springfield this summer. He says the program also filmed in Springfield in 2011 and it was a positive experience that was popular with the public.
POLICE CHIEF DIES
Southeast Missouri police chief dies
LEADWOOD, Mo. (AP) - The police chief in the southeast Missouri town of Leadwood has died.
Dale Newman died Wednesday night of an apparent heart attack. He was 47. Mayor Dennis Parks confirmed Newman's death on Thursday. Parks says Newman was not on duty at the time of his death.
Newman was appointed chief in the town of 1,300 residents in February 2012 following the death of the previous chief, Jerry Hicks Sr., who died weeks earlier in an off-duty automobile accident.
Newman previously was police chief in Ste. Genevieve. He began his law enforcement career in Cape Girardeau. He was the father of two daughters.
Ozark Fire push for same-sex benefits stopped
OZARK, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri fire department that was considering extending benefits to an employee who is in a same-sex marriage has been told the state's Constitution won't allow it.
Last week, the Ozark Fire Department appeared ready to change its policy so it could offer the benefits to female captain Andi Mooneyham.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the department's attorney told its board that the Missouri Constitution does not allow the policy change because of an amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Jay Johnson, a fire board member who supported changing the policy last week, said the board apparently has no recourse.
Mooneyham says she plans to seek other legal opinions to determine if there is some way to receive the benefits.
Missouri dairy farmers urge veto override
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri dairy farmers are urging lawmakers to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation authorizing financial incentives for their industry.
The dairy cattle incentives are included in two broader agriculture bills that Nixon vetoed because they would shift regulation of deer farms from the Conservation Department to the Agriculture Department.
The deer provisions have dominated the public debate about the bills.
But the Missouri Dairy Association says the proposed industry incentives are important to keep farmers from closing their dairy operations.
The bills would authorize state subsidies to farmers participating in a new federal insurance program for dairy production that begins next week. They also would authorize 80 college scholarships of up to $5,000 each for students who work at dairy farms and remain in Missouri agriculture after graduation.
OKLAHOMA JOE'S-NAME CHANGE
Famous barbecue restaurant dropping Oklahoma name
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - The well-known Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Que restaurant is changing its name to reflect that it has no ties to Oklahoma.
The restaurant, which has three locations in the Kansas City area, will be known as Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que by the end of the year.
The restaurant has made several national lists of best barbeque stops. It has attracted celebrity diners and recently served about $1,400 worth of food to Air Force One when President Barack Obama was in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reports the business started in Oklahoma but hasn't had a restaurant in that state for 17 years.
Co-owner Jeff Stehney says the company is proud of its roots but the name change reflects where it has been based for nearly two decades.
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