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TEACHER-RAPE CHARGE

Ex-SW Missouri teacher charged with statutory rape

FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) - A former southwest Missouri teacher is facing three counts of statutory rape involving a former 16-year-old student.

Taney County authorities say 27-year-old Caleb Moon, of Ozark, had sex with the student in his classroom at Forsyth High School, the school bathroom and his truck.

Forsyth Superintendent Brent Blevins said Moon was placed on administrative leave Nov. 22 and resigned Nov. 26. The Springfield News-Leader reports he taught high school science and coached junior high boys basketball in Forsyth for only three months. Moon previously worked in Niangua.

Online court records indicate Moon also is charged with two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy and one charge of sexual contact with a student. He bonded out of jail on Tuesday. The records do not show that he has an attorney.

JEWISH CENTER REOPENS

Jewish center where 2 were killed reopens

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A Jewish Community Center in Kansas where two people were shot to death on Sunday has reopened.

The center in Overland Park opened its doors early Wednesday, three days after a man shot and killed a doctor and his grandson in the parking lot. The 73-year-old suspect, Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., then allegedly drove to a nearby Village Shalom senior living center and shot and killed a third woman.

Cross, a known white supremacy, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and capital murder.

The Kansas City Star reports people were in line waiting for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City to reopen. The center has become a hub of activity for all people. It has about 8,500 members; 45 percent are not Jewish.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Missouri Senate endorses drug program renewal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.

The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure endorsed on Wednesday would extend the benefit until 2017. State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program.

The bill would also allow doctors to write epinephrine prescriptions to some locations, including restaurants and amusement parks. Those places could then keep an emergency supply of the drug that treats severe allergic reactions.

It needs one more vote before moving to the House.

FAMOUS MISSOURIANS

Doctor inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A physician regarded as the father of osteopathic medicine has been inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Andrew Taylor Still founded the American School of Osteopathy, now called A.T. Still University, in Kirksville in 1892. His form of medicine focused on the body, mind and spirit. There now are more than 82,000 osteopathic physicians.

Family members, medical students and physicians were among those watching Wednesday's induction ceremony in the state House chamber.

The Hall of Famous Missourians is a collection of busts that generally has honored people chosen by the House speaker. Four new people were selected this past December, and half were chosen through a public nomination and voting process. Still received the most votes from the public.

MISSOURI TAXES

Missouri universities raise funding concerns

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

A statement signed by the governing board presidents of nine state universities cites concerns that legislation could limit the money available for education.

Although the letter does not specifically mention the proposed income tax cut, the executive director of the Council on Public Higher Education said that is the subject of the concerns.

The Republican-led House could vote as soon as Wednesday on whether to give final approval to a bill that would eventually cut more than $600 million of income taxes for individuals and businesses.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has said the bill could harm education funding. He vetoed a tax cut last year.

BB KING-PERFORMANCE

Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures.

The 88-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer issued an apology on Tuesday for what his publicists called "a bad night for one of America's living blues legends."

The written statement says King and his band had taken a four-week break before the April 4 Peabody Opera House show. The band drove straight to St. Louis from Las Vegas, a 24-hour, 1,600-mile trip each way. And King missed his daily dosage of diabetes medicine, which elevated his blood sugar.

Concertgoers said King's rambling set featured a handful of complete songs and a 15-minute sing-along of "You Are My Sunshine."

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