Missouri, KSDK - Joe Jones, the inventor of the 1989 Roomba self vacuum cleaner, is developing the Tertill, billed as the first weeding robot available to home gardeners.

 Jones a native southwest Missouri man, has designed his next Tertil to run on solar power around the clock.

 The Tertill distinguishes weeds from plants by height. And utilizes collar system around seedlings, so the robot avoids them. 

   Children in Missouri foster care are being prescribed heavy medications at high rates with little oversight, advocates say. A lawsuit seeking class action status in federal court says the Missouri Department of Social Services has failed in its duty to protect the kids in its care. 

   St. Louis Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports. 

   The suit alleges a two-year-old was prescribed a drug not approved by the FDA for children under the age of five. It claims a twelve-year-old girl was given five medications at once, and hallucinated. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

   Missouri, KMOV - An infectious disease called Shigella that can make you think you just have an extreme stomach bug is on the rise.  Shigella is a group of bacteria that causes shigellosis which is an infectious disease connected to severe gastrointestinal sickness. It causes diarrhea, fevers and can cause blood, pus or mucus in diarrhea.

   It is transmitted easily through close contact and it only takes a few Shigella bacteria to pass an infection. Symptoms appear within a day or two of exposure to the bacteria.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - An effort that dates back more than 140 years is getting renewed interest in the St. Louis area - unification of the city and St. Louis County.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger on Monday released a report showing more than $1 billion a year is wasted from the inefficiency of the city-county division. The two Democrats say a task force has been created to work toward a proposal to unify the city and county.

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker says he posted a Facebook video of himself decapitating and butchering a chicken on his farm Monday to show he was working before being called back for a legislative session on abortion.

   Republican state Rep. Mike Moon, an abortion opponent, makes a jab at Republican Gov. Eric Greitens in the video but says he's ready to return to work and try to pass anti-abortion measures. Moon filed a bill Monday that he said in the video is designed to end abortion in Missouri.


   BELLEVILLE, Ill. KSDK - Police are investigating after two people were shot during a home invasion in Belleville, Ill.  A 57 year old woman and a 27 year old man were shot. The injuries were shots to the stomach and leg. Both victims are in critical but stable condition.

   Police say the suspect confronted the woman in the driveway and upon entering the residence the suspect hostily engaged the  27-year-old man.

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - The long-debated issue of horse-drawn carriages on St. Louis streets has resurfaced as the businesses lack enforcement of regulations. 

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that local attorney Dan Kolde recently saw a horse slowly pulling a carriage among the sea of cars during rush hour. He asked the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission why they weren't enforcing a city rule that prevents horse carriages from running during rush hour. 

   OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will again try to hold off the Warriors and hold onto their championship for at least a couple more days when they face Golden State in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. After dropping the first three games of the series, the Cavs pulled out a victory on their home court in a physical Game 4. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue says he hopes his team follows the same recipe tonight in Oakland.

   KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - Authorities say one person has been killed in a crash in Kansas City.

   The Kansas City Star reports  that the crash happened early Sunday at 51st Street and Prospect Avenue when a southbound car went out of control. Police say the car left the road and struck an abandoned building on Prospect.

   Investigators say the driver died at the scene.

   His name had not been released by midday Sunday pending notification of his family.

   EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Police in the tourist town of Eureka Springs say a Missouri man died after falling from a staircase at a hotel. 

Eureka Springs police say William Thomas of Webb City, Missouri, died after falling Saturday night from a staircase at the Crescent Hotel. Police say Thomas was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Eureka Springs. 

According to a police press release, witnesses told officers that Thomas had been in the bar upstairs at the hotel before falling over the staircase's railing.  

Police say the death is under investigation.

   FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The body of 50-year-old Edward Holmes was found early Saturday morning by two kayakers.

 Just before 8:00 a.m., the Benton County Sheriff's Office received a call stating a body had been found near a private dock just off of Highway 12 East.

 The body was located where boats and sonar were obstructed and could not reach.

 When police arrived on scene, they were able to identify the body as Edward Holmes.

   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City theater company is offering a $500 reward for the return of its replica of the iconic flying car in the 1968 movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

 But the company's CEO says the car is priceless to the business.

 The Kansas City Star reports  that employees of A to Z Theatrical Supply and Service reported the Thursday morning theft.

 CEO James Hunter says the car "has hundreds of hours of highly skilled artisans involved in creating this very unique piece."

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis' sprawling Forest Park is getting a $5.8-million makeover.

 The roughly 1,300-acre park that's some 500 acres bigger than New York City's Central Park is renovating its 30-acre Central Fields, which has served as home to the yearly balloon race and LouFest festival.

 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that the land will be evened, and irrigation and drainage will be added along with new visitor facilities and trails linking the area to other park attractions.

Brian Sirimaturos

   ROLLA, Mo. -- An 18-year-old man is dead after a terrible accident at The Fugitive Beach in Phelps County.

 According to The Fugitive Beach Facebook page, the accident happened around  2:58 p.m. when the man and his sister went down the waterslide. The man did not come up from the water.

 Missouri State Highway Patrol drowning report says, Kalon D. Green from Belleville, Illinois was found by life guards where CPR was performed at the scene. Green was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri plans to increase enforcement of a housing policy that requires first-time freshmen to live on campus.

 The proposal is part of a budget plan approved last week by University of Missouri system President Mun Choi. The proposal says the Division of Student Affairs could generate $750,000 by more strictly enforcing the policy.

   (CNN)--Texas authorities said on Friday that Amanda Hawkins, age 19, is responsible for the deaths of her two daughters.  She has been charged with two counts of abandoning and endangering a child after leaving the two girls in a car for more than 15 hours. 

   At the Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville, Texas, Hawkins claimed that the 1 and 2 year olds collapsed after smelling flowers at a nearby lake. Investigators state, however, that Hawkins left the two girls in her car overnight while spending time at a friend’s residence. 

   PARIS (AP) - Novak Djokovic's French Open title defense has ended with a surprisingly lopsided quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria. Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways, even before a 20-minute third set in which he won only 8 of 34 points. The 23-year-old Thiem faces nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal next.

   FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) — A former teacher and coach at a southwest Missouri high school will serve five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to having sexual contact with a student.

   Calvin Thomas Jr., a former special needs teacher at Hollister High School, pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of second-degree statutory rape. Two other charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

   Thomas received two suspended sentences of seven years in prison.

   The Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team has won the 2017 University Rover Challenge, an international design competition where teams showcase potential next-generation Mars rovers.

   One of the nation's biggest health insurers says it will not return to Ohio's public insurance exchanges next year, a decision that could open more holes in the Affordable Care Act's increasingly thin system for helping people buy coverage.

   Indianapolis-based Anthem's decision could leave shoppers in 20 counties without an option for buying individual coverage on the exchange, unless another insurer steps in. The exchanges are the only place where people can use an income-based tax credit to help cover the cost of coverage.